[Author Interview] Meet Christian Mompreneur Lori Wildenberg

Author of Messy Journey

If you’ve ever worried about or lived through the “prodigal child” scenario, you’ll appreciate the honesty and practical wisdom in this new book by Christian mompreneur Lori Wildenberg. I have the honor of serving as a Mom Mentor with Lori in a group she manages for Moms Together. She creates a space for encouraging, equipping and empowering moms in their faith and motherhood. In her latest book, she shares her Messy Journey as the mother of a “prodigal child.” 

Q. What inspired you to write Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home?

A. Life doesn’t always go the way we expect. As parents, we can do everything “right” and still have a child who veers off the expected path. With my daughter’s permission and input, I share our journey— the struggles a prodigal child brings and how to live life in the middle of the mess.

Q. How would you describe this book to someone in a 30 second blurb?

A. Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home is for parents walking the difficult road with a wayward child. This book is filled with stories from dozens of Christian parents and some prodigals. It includes my personal journey with my same-sex attracted daughter. The book is vulnerable and honest. No matter why a parent has a prodigal (or if you love someone who does) this book will bring comfort, help, and encouragement.  Practical grace- and truth-filled ways of navigating a relationship with a detoured child who is rejecting faith, dabbling in sin, or wholeheartedly embracing sinful behavior are given. There is hope.

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15 Blessings from Business Boutique

Christian Mompreneur Lessons from Christy Wright, Dave Ramsey and Team

Business Boutique Christy WrightAfter two days of learning and connecting at Christy Wright’s Business Boutique in Nashville, my mind is overflowing with ideas and my heart is filled with encouragement. I can honestly say this was the best event I’ve ever attended for Christian mompreneurs who are ready to take action on their dreams of owning a business! With Dave Ramsey’s team behind the scenes, and an incredible lineup of speakers and performers on stage, the conference was everything I had expected and more.

I couldn’t possibly share everything we learned and all that we experienced here on the blog, but I want you to benefit from some of the generous encouragement and most practical tips we received. Whether you are a dreamer, a starter or a builder, you can take your business one step further with these blessings from Business Boutique.

15 Blessings from Christy Wright’s Business Boutique in Nashville

  1. There’s room for you, too. Christy wants you to know that even if someone else is doing what you want to do, don’t let that prevent you from moving forward. Stop letting fear hold you back from doing what God has placed in your heart.

“You can have the most extraordinary experience of your life when you step into your fear.” – Christy Wright

 

  1. Your mind is fertile ground, so you need to be very careful about what you put into your brain. Dave Ramsey talked about the power of intentionality and encouraged us to feed our minds with positive thoughts and ideas, and to write down our dreams.

“Be careful what you write down – it will turn your life in a trajectory right toward your dreams.” Dave Ramsey

 

  1. Getting out of debt and staying that way takes sacrifice. But the reward is a legacy you can’t afford to miss out on giving your family. Step 1: Create a budget.

“The road to comparison will always dead end with debt.” – Rachel Cruze

 

  1. It’s time to get real about your money. No matter how great a product is, the mismanagement of money is the thing that brings most businesses down. So treat your business like a business and pay attention to the finances.

“A hobby costs you money. A business makes you money.” – Christy Wright

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Business and Balance for the Mompreneur [An Interview with Christy Wright]

Business and Balance for the MompreneurIf you’re a fan of Dave Ramsey, then you’ve probably heard of Christy Wright. She’s the “mompreneur” on Dave’s team and she’s made it her mission to help other moms make money doing what they love.

Christy is hosting a series of events for women around the country called Business Boutique. And she stopped by the International Christian Mompreneur Network recently to chat with me about her events and her passion for helping women succeed.

You can watch my discussion with Christy about balancing business and motherhood here. She will share:

  • Her story about growing up as the daughter of a mompreneur.
  • Her secret for dealing with mom guilt.
  • Tips for charging what you’re worth.
  • Why it’s so important to work in your strengths.
  • What to do when you can’t afford to hire help.
  • The best advice I’ve ever heard on saying ‘no.’
  • The scripture verse she leans on as a mom and entrepreneur.
  • Details on how to join her at an upcoming Business Boutique event.

And – pay close attention – because she will give you a little homework assignment that I think you’re going to have fun with!

There’s no cost to watch the interview – and I promise it’s not a sales pitch disguised as an interview. Christy will share information about her upcoming events and how you can purchase a ticket – but she’s also going to share some really valuable tips you can implement today in your business.

So please click here and join us in our discussion about Business and Balance for the Mompreneur!

Clean Up Your Media Diet [Christmas in July]

FeelnHave you ever had trouble falling asleep at night after watching a movie or TV show because the scenes kept replaying in your mind? I remember that happened to me one night after watching Dexter and I felt sick to my stomach. I wished I had never watched the show because I couldn’t erase what I’d seen.

I’m not a huge TV watcher but I can get easily drawn into shows that offer nothing of real value. I call it “junk food for the mind.” And when I fill my mind up with junk – like many reality shows, crime dramas and chic flicks – I begin to feel sluggish, in a spiritual sense. I know that sounds a little dramatic but it’s the truth.

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3 Reasons to Join me at Platform University

Platform Conference with Michael HyattWhen I started a freelance writing business more than 20 years ago, the goal was to be independent. I didn’t want a boss. I wanted to do it all myself. On my time. On my terms. It was a challenge as a young wife in a new city, with no friends or family or professional contacts. But I eventually grew my “business” into a 60-hour workweek, writing and editing for local businesses from my apartment. I was so proud of myself for “succeeding” — and so grateful for the flexibility and financial freedom that accompanied my success.

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7 Business Lessons from the Football Field for Mompreneurs [Movie Review: When the Game Stands Tall]

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I rarely have an opportunity for a date night with my oldest son, but when I offered him and a friend tickets to a preview screening of a football movie, I instantly became the greatest mom on the planet! Andrew and I saw When the Game Stands Tall with our friends Cindy and Nick and we all agree the movie speaks to moms as much as it does to boys. It chronicles the lives of the coaches and players of the De La Salle High School football team in Concord, Ca. With an unprecedented 151-game winning streak, the Spartans are doing something right. But it is more than just winning football games. Whether you’re a football mom, a swim team mom or a dance mom, I think you will agree that sports are the classroom of life. Especially when there is a great coach in the picture. In fact, coaches (like teachers) have the power to help shape a child’s character and set a player on the path to a winning life on so many levels. Based on a true story, When the Game Stands Tall is overflowing with lessons of character for today’s youth…messages of dedication, brotherhood, leadership, faith, forgiveness, humility, love and honor. As I sobbed and cheered my way through the film, I couldn’t help but glean a few encouraging messages for the mompreneur. (You know I’m always thinking of you!)

7 Business Lessons for the Mompreneur from When the Game Stands Tall:

(I’ll try to do this without spoiling the movie, since it doesn’t come out in theaters until August 22!) 1. Give a perfect effort. The De La Salle coaches demand a lot from their players but they don’t expect perfection. Rather – they require a perfect effort. Every day. Every play. Many of us mompreneurs have a perfectionism problem. We expect perfection – which makes us less successful and more critical of ourselves. I’d like to suggest we take a page out of the Spartan’s playbook and expect a perfect effort. What if we went to work each day ready and willing to give a perfect effort? What if we let go of the need to achieve and embraced the desire to serve? What if we applied that thinking to the job of motherhood as well? I think I’d like to play that game. 2. It’s not WHAT you do that matters…it’s HOW you change lives in the process. Coach Bob Ladouceur could have moved on to lucrative coaching positions in college or professional football, but he was more interested in transforming character than winning games or earning a paycheck. “Winning a lot of football games is doable. Teaching kids there’s more to life? That’s hard,” says Ladouceur. No matter WHAT you do in your business, you have the opportunity to teach, preach and reach people through your work. [Click to Tweet!] Maybe God’s plan for your business or ministry has nothing to do with your bottom line and everything to do with the effect you have on the people you serve. I’m not suggesting we ignore traditional measures of success – that would be irresponsible. But I do believe we are called to look at the impact of our work through the eyes of Christ. 
3. Remember, the Reward is not the Award. Player Chris Ryan makes a difficult decision in the last game of his high school career. He shows maturity and courage when he puts the needs of the team above his own. Despite pressure from his father to achieve a state scoring record, Chris goes for the REWARD of teamwork over the AWARD of an individual. When you’re running a solo business or freelancing, it’s often difficult to see beyond your own goals and your need to carve out a legacy or make a name for yourself. You may think that awards and accolades will help attract clients and build your credibility. But this film reminds us that it’s not about collecting recognition. I believe the true REWARD in running your own business is the ability to share your gifts with others while making time for what matters most in your life.

“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Matthew 23:12

4. Don’t let your business define you. I was talking with a client the other day who was at a crossroads in her business. She was making the decision to let go of her office lease and move her business back home. She admitted that it made financial sense and provided so many benefits for her family. But she was having a difficult time letting go of the prestige that comes with leasing a “real” office in town. The defensive coach of the Spartans tells his players “Don’t let a game define who you are. Let the way you live your lives do that.” And I feel the same way about our businesses. We have to stop letting the successes, failures or natural transitions in our business or ministry define who we are personally and professionally. We are so much more than that. And the way we live our lives tells more about who we are than our business accomplishments ever could. 5. You have more potential than you think. A defensive lineman named Beaser gives a courageous performance for the Spartans by facing his fears. While physically outmatched by opponent Buster Matthews, Beaser doesn’t let that stop him from giving a perfect effort. In fact, he prepares in advance by facing Buster in his mind every day. Whatever your David and Goliath story is, you can learn from Beaser. You may think you are up against the impossible in your business but you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Your potential is there. You just have to face your fears like Beaser.  6. Love is the secret weapon to success. What do the De La Salle Spartans have that other high school football teams lack? The movie tells us the answer is love. Love of the game. Love for one another. And love for our Lord. You may not be doing everything the ‘experts’ tell you to do in your business or ministry. You may not be blogging often enough, or pinning images on Pinterest, or bringing in sponsorship funds, or traveling to conferences, or building your team…but if you love what you do and you love the people you serve, I suspect you have a winning formula.

 

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7. Stand Tall. The film encourages young athletes to stand tall for what they know is right. It calls on youth to stand tall in terms of endurance, authenticity, unity, justice, humility, grace and love. After a crushing loss, Coach Ladouceur tells the team, “We got lost…caught up in the hype, the glory and the relentless pressure. That’s not who we are. We need stand back up and find our way again.” Hello? Ever feel that same way about your business success? It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype, the glory and the pressure…and to forget you who really are and where you are trying to go. I was moved by Coach Ladouceur’s words to #StandTall in business. To stay true to my values and to never compromise character for success. To ignore all the bad business advice , to make room for grace and to play a smaller game if necessary. I am counting on you – my fellow mompreneur – to help me #StandTall and I’ll be here to keep you accountable for the same goal. Let me know if you’re with me. Together we can kickoff a winning streak for Christian mom entrepreneurs around the world!

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

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Looking 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!)

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7 Tips for Work-at-Home Moms [Stewardship.com Guest Post]

Business mom with baby.I’m honored and excited to be making a guest appearance over on Dave Ramsey’s new site, Stewardship.com, today! The website is all about being a good steward of your gifts and living with intention. So I’m thrilled to be discussing tips for how to do just that when you are a work-at-home mom. Take a peek…

7 Tips for Work-at-Home Moms

When I tell people I’m a mom to three active children and I’ve worked from home for 20 years, I get two responses: “I don’t know how you get anything done!” or “I wish I could do that!”

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