What a Navy SEAL Taught Me About Being a Fearless Mompreneur [Book Review]

You too can be aI don’t typically gravitate toward war stories and military biographies but when a friend recommended Fearless by Eric Bhelm, I decided to pick it up. After the first chapter, I couldn’t put it down. In fact, I devoured the book in two days, listening to parts of it on audio and reading some of it in print. (I’m a little intense that way!)

Despite the tragic fate of the main character, Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown left me feeling encouraged. I have little in common with Adam Brown, but his journey inspired me to be a better mom and entrepreneur. Here’s what I learned from the story of Adam Brown:

My job is important. Whenever Adam was home he told his wife Kelly that her job was so much harder than his. And I think he meant it. I believe he meant for all of us moms to know that raising children and keeping a home is an important job. That we each have a role to play in this life and that heroes live at home as well as in the war zones. He wanted us to know that we are warriors, too. That our husbands could not do their jobs without the love and support of their families.

And I think the same message holds true for our work – whatever that may be. We may not be tasked with protecting the country or saving lives, but our work is important. So we have to approach it with the kind of passion and persistence that Adam exhibited in his work.

Share the whole story. We’ve all read books and watched movies about military heroes. What I love about Fearless is that the writer told the whole story. We got to see Adam Brown’s struggles along with his rise to victory. We got to marvel at God’s power to bring this man out of addiction and incarceration through a spiritual and physical journey that led him to become a man of character and faith.

It was a reminder that when we share the most humbling parts of our past, we provide inspiration for others. It makes us better moms when our kids know we’re not perfect. And it can also make the difference in our business success. This is exactly why Jared was so effective as a Subway spokesperson. And it’s why Dave Ramsey’s financial failures give him credibility. It’s why Lysa TerKeurst touches the hearts of so many women – because she shares her failures and we relate to her humanity. [Read more…]

Meet Featured Sister Anne Elizabeth Denny

anne elizabeth dennyAnne is the woman at the party talking about what nobody wants to hear — end of life decisions. But it’s a topic we all need to talk about with our families. And she’s making it easier to start that conversation.

Meet Featured Sister Anne Elizabeth Denny

Business Name: Plan Well Finish Well

Business Description: As a speaker, author and blogger, I educate and equip individuals and families to proactively prepare for future medical decisions. I especially help women—both those dealing with a loved one’s or their own—upcoming end-of-life journey to trade conflict, confusion and fear for family unity, confidence and peace of mind.

Anne’s Story: 

My mother’s twenty year journey with Alzheimer’s disease was the catalyst for the work I do. Though Mom’s decline was gradual, we faced numerous medical decisions in her final three years. As a family, we did not always agree on the best care possible for Mom.

My experiences, coupled with a whisper from the Holy Spirit, prompted me to explore how other families were coping with end-of-life decisions. I learned that most families never discuss their preferences until the crisis unfolds in the ER. I felt called to learn all I could so I could help other families prepare.

For most of my professional career, I served as a business technology consultant in the healthcare industry. I developed solutions to solve problems for clients, usually by selecting and applying technology. Those skills equipped me to to design and develop a web-based healthcare directive tool, which I’ve licensed to a major healthcare delivery system. I’m actively marketing to other prospects. I’ve written a book, offered motivational presentations, and created my blog to share the message that end-of-life preparation affords peace of mind.

Helping families stay united instead of battling over care for a loved one is my mission. Scripture repeatedly commands us: “Do not fear.” I believe that part of our testimony is a graceful end-of-life journey. With thoughtful preparation, we can demonstrate that we do not fear dying, because we are certain of our salvation. As Christian women, we have the opportunity and responsibility to prepare our families for the dying process. We can be the conversation catalyst for those we love, ensure all of our family members write and communicate their healthcare directives.
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The When, What and How of Making Your First Hire

The When, What and How of HiringI love the thrill of starting something new! Hanging out a shingle and embracing the adventure of opening a new business. It’s just like bungee jumping – exciting and overwhelmingly terrifying at the same time! I was only 25 years old when I made that decision, so it helped that I was naïve and fearless. But I was also filled with determination and optimism. And in no time at all, I was booming with business.

So I did what most small business owners do – I learned to do everything that needed to be done. I was in charge of customer service, sales and marketing, finances and operations. Then, I had three babies in five years and was trying to stay on top of everything at home as well. Eventually the one-woman show ran its course and I realized I needed help.

If you’re overwhelmed with tasks in your business or at home, I know you can feel my pain. And you probably know you need help. But where do you start? Well, I’m not a human resources professional but I can tell you what has worked for me over the past 20 years in making decisions to hire help.

When to Hire Help: Well, if you’re wondering if you need help then you probably should have already hired someone. I say that because most of us moms wait until we’re completely overloaded before we even recognize that we need help. But sometimes it’s difficult to determine if we really need help – or if we just have a problem setting boundaries.

When you own your own business you have to realize that there will always be more work to do. You will never be completely finished. (Kinda like laundry!) So, I think the best litmus test for deciding if you need help is to ask yourself, “What would happen if I took a week’s vacation and didn’t do ANYTHING in the business at all?” If the business or ministry would shut down, then you probably need some help. [Read more…]