Meet Featured Member Sheeba Varghese

Sheeba VargheseHave you ever had a moment in your life when you knew things had to change? I remember being frozen in time one day about 9 years ago. I was changing my son’s diaper and he was smiling, cooing and searching my face for attention. He was such a sweet baby and all he wanted was for me to look him in the eyes and let him know that I saw him. That I really truly saw him. But I was too busy with all of my “mothering tasks” to be the kind of mom he needed. The kind of mom who was really there for him. I felt the Holy Spirit wash over me as I realized how I had been looking right through this lovable little boy…how I had been entirely missing his most precious days. I held him tightly. And I cried. I sobbed. And I decided that something needed to change. I wish I had known Sheeba Varghese at the time. I had to figure it out on my own and it wasn’t easy. But Sheeba helps moms like me all the time. She’s a blessing to these women and a gift to mothers everywhere! 

Meet Featured Member Sheeba Varghese

Business Name: defining moments 365

Business Description: Sheeba works with moms who feel stuck in the routines of life and want something MORE. She helps them to DEFINE new moments that encourage and support them to thrive in all areas of their life.

Sheeba’s Story: After the birth of my 2 sons, and the constant travel schedule of my husband’s career, I made the choice to stay home with the children. I am not sure if anyone can truly be prepared for that type of transition. I know I was not. I had transitioned from a high school classroom to a new classroom-my home. I made it through diaper changes, bottle cleaning, and sleepless nights. And before you knew it those days turned into preparing lunches, circle times, and play-dates. It was during the summer of 2009, that I found myself wanting something more but I didn’t know what it was. I felt like I was in a rut personally and professionally. Each day just rolled into another. I deeply valued the time and opportunity to be at home with my children AND I also knew that I wanted to utilize my talents, gifts, and skills in other ways too. So, I found myself searching for my next steps. 

This is what I did know for sure:

1. The element of teaching and training was important to me.

2. I loved encouraging and motivating others to follow their dreams and passions in life-whether they were young, old or older.

3. I was passionate about empowering and encouraging others to see the potential within themselves.

4. I did not want to pursue my master’s degree for the sake of achieving another degree.

It was not until I saw this short article-in fact, it was the very last article of Costco Connection Magazine titled, One Step Can Make Huge Life Impact, that totally changed my life around. It was a defining moment for me. It was a moment that made a huge impact in my life. Once I read the article, I felt inspired to research the author. I didn’t stop there. I took many more little steps that led to the birth of defining moments 365 in 2010.

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Gifts Created By and/or For Christian Moms

MothersDayGiftGuideLooking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your mom, sister, friend or even yourself?  Take a peek at a few of our favorite gifts created BY and/or FOR Christian moms featuring members of our very own Sisterhood of Christian Mompreneurs! (Oh, and if you have a product or service that was created BY and/or FOR Christian moms, please add a link below so we can hop on over to your place and check it out!)

As a community of moms, we celebrate the gift of motherhood every day. And on this special day of recognition in the U.S., we wish mothers all over the world a blessed and peace-filled day. Happy Mother’s Day — and happy shopping!

International Christian Mompreneur Network’s 2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide [Read more...]

Why Mompreneurs Avoid The “No Excuses” Approach

young and nice woman in a black tailleur working as a hostess and checking listOne of my favorite personal trainers thinks most people are full of excuses. “I’ve seen every excuse in the book,” she insists. Call it an occupational hazard – she’s watched countless people invest in their fitness only to fall short by not showing up to do the work. But what she may not realize is that there’s a difference between excuses, obstacles and choices. And what sounds like an excuse is often an obstacle or a choice.

So how can you tell the difference? Well, if we’re still talking about the gym, let’s take a look:

You don’t show up for a workout because one of your kids got sick = obstacle.

You don’t up for a workout because your husband came home from work early and you realized it would be the only day that week you could eat dinner as a family = choice.

You don’t show up for a workout because you overslept = excuse. (Unless, of course you were up all night with a colicky baby, which caused you to oversleep. Then, I’d call it an obstacle. Maybe even a choice!)

Regardless of WHY you skipped the workout, the next day, when you show up at the gym, you’re likely to catch some flak for your so-called excuse. The intention is to motivate you, but it doesn’t always work. Who wants to face all that humiliation the next day?

Leaving Room for Grace

Like fitness experts, many business professionals find it motivational to take a “no excuses” approach to their goals and success. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve been to those conferences that are more like pep rallies for struggling business professionals. Where everyone gets “fired up” to make a commitment and meet a goal. And they all agree to make it happen. No. Matter. What.

Well, there’s a fine line between motivating people and setting them up for failure. And for me, the “no excuses” approach crosses the line. Why? Because when you accept the “no excuses” approach, there’s no room for grace.

When you’re filled with excuses, faced with challenges and making difficult choices, you don’t need a reprimand. You don’t need to feel shame or guilt or hopelessness. The one thing you need is grace.

Mompreneur Obstacles

The moms I know and work with need grace. I mean, we REALLY need grace. We have good intentions. We have goals and strategies and skills and creative ideas out the wazoo! But we also have kids and laundry and teacher meetings and church festivals and bake sales and soccer practice. Just to name a few of our “excuses.” [Read more...]