ICM Network Welcomes Kelly Garrett as Marketing and Education Director

If you’ve been around the International Christian Mompreneur Network for a while, you’ve probably met Kelly Garrett (pictured with me above on right). Even if you’re new, you’ve seen her work behind the scenes. Kelly was one of the first mom entrepreneurs to join me in this adventure as part of a mastermind group. And seven years later, I’m excited to announce that she is now my partner and joins the ICM Network team as our marketing and education director!

Kelly is a digital marketing connoisseur, strategist, graphic designer and web developer. She’s been my go-to girl for anything tech for a long time and she’s been a valuable resource to the ladies in the Sisterhood as well. In fact, she’s built websites and designed logos for several of our members.

As our marketing and education director, Kelly’s job will be to help you learn all the techie things you need to run your business online. (Read between the lines: she actually enjoys doing the things that make most of us pull our hair out in frustration!) You’ll see her face more often in the Facebook Group and as part of our Sisterhood. And you’ll get to learn from her as she develops courses, webinars and other programs designed to help you grow your business.

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[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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Meet Featured Sister Amy Walton


Sometimes you meet people and you just feel a connection to them. A sense of familiarity or comfort. That’s how I felt when I first met Amy Walton through our work on the board for Girls on the Run. She’s a dynamo when it comes to development and has a heart for serving the girls and our community. 

It was a few months after meeting Amy that I had the opportunity to really get to know her over a cup of tea and learn about her work coaching women. Amy is a true blessing to the ladies she works with, helping them make time for themselves, trust in God and improve their relationships.  

I would describe Amy as compassionate, resilient, personable and incredibly smart! Her life story is one that will inspire and amaze you – no matter where you are on your journey. I’m honored to share it with you here. 

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2016 Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift Guide

Ten Unique Christmas Gifts Made or Sold by Christian Mompreneurs

Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift GuideOne of the things I love most about the International Christian Mompreneur Network is the opportunity to learn about the creative and inspirational things other moms are doing with their businesses or ministries. And I had the chance to do that recently on a video conference with some of the women in our Facebook Group (which you can join here). We held a Zoom meeting to share our products and services and prepare for holiday shopping season.

These ladies are blessing the world with their talents and gifts. And they are about to bless your friends and family with some fabulous Christmas gifts highlighted in our 2016 Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift Guide!

With more than 10,000 Christian mompreneurs in our community, the following is just a small sampling of the amazing work these ladies are doing. Please take a few minutes to support a fellow mompreneur and do a little Christmas shopping!

Ten Unique Christmas Gifts Made or Sold by Christian Mompreneurs

2016 Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift Guide 

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Meet Featured Sister Tammie Polk

Introducing the Christian Mompreneur Book Club!

t-polk-photoYou know how God brings just the right people into  your life at just the right time to fulfill his purposes? Well, I see that happen in my life all the time and Tammie Polk is one example! I had been talking with Elizabeth Green about starting a Book Club for Christian Mompreneurs in our Facebook Group (which you can join here if you’re not already a member!). We thought it would be fun to read a faith-based or business book together and discuss it in the group so we can share our knowledge and encourage one another. But who would moderate the group? Who would have the time and the passion and the skills to lead us on this journey? So I prayed about it. And then we just let the idea go until it was the right time. A few months later, Tammie showed up eager to support this ministry and lead our Book Club! Don’t you love when that happens? 

So, I’d like to introduce you to our Featured Sister, Tammie Polk! She will be filling you in on our Book Club plans over in the Facebook Group, so be sure to join us there for details! 


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[Author Interview] Meet Christian Mompreneur Joanne Miller

Author, Creating a Haven of Peace: When You're Feeling Down, Finances are Flat and Tempers are Rising

You never know what really goes on behind closed doors. I remember hearing those words when I was growing up and started spending time with friends in their homes only to discover their family life wasn’t the way I pictured it to be. Sure, there were a lot of sibling squabbles in my home, but there was also a lot of love and laughter. And that’s what I wanted to create for my own home and my own family. Joanne Miller has not only created a sanctuary in her home, but she has also taught other women to do the same thing. She graciously offered to share her tips with us here as she talks about her new book, Creating a Haven of Peace: When You’re Feeling Down, Finances are Flat and Tempers are Rising

Oh, and if this little interview piques your interest, please join us for an in depth audio interview as Joanne shares some of her real, raw stories and tells us what goes on behind closed doors of her home! Click here to listen to the interview

Joanne Miller


Q: Most busy moms would not describe their lives as peaceful — in fact, it’s a bit chaotic at times! What does it mean to create a haven of peace?

A: Let me be clear on the point that creating a peaceful Sanctuary doesn’t mean you live in a monastery. Kids are loud, life can get crazy, and tempers can get out of hand. That’s life. And it is definitely the life of a home with children. What makes a home a Sanctuary is that, in spite of the noise, the mess, the chaos, there is a spirit of peace and unconditional love. A spirit of adventure and a positive culture that embraces life to the fullest without judgment and conditions. A place where those who reside feel loved and safe no matter what happens. There are many small steps one can take to make the home a place of Sanctuary for the family without breaking the bank or creating extra stress and strain. Simple ideas and examples which I cover in the book.

Q. Why did you write this book and who did you write it for? 

A: Creating a Haven of Peace is a compilation of stories and articles I have written through the years for my own need to get my thoughts on paper. I love to write and I hope my message is one that ministers to the needs of others. I began to put this book together when my husband, Dan (www.48Days.com), and I started receiving as many questions about our family, our marriage and relationships as we were getting about business and career issues. People are hungry for strong and healthy relationships. When I was a young wife and mother, I looked for mentors to help me grow and teach me how to be better than average. Now I am honored to give back decades of gathered and applied knowledge to others who are seeking.

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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!

Meet Featured Sister Alecia Baptiste

Alecia BaptisteIf you’ve been to the Prayer Cafe, you’ve been blessed by the encouragement of Alecia Baptiste’s weekly devotionals. Alecia is one of those people who showed up in my life at precisely the right time for precisely the right purpose. It was God’s hand at work when she and I connected. She was searching for a way to share her gift and minister to women, and I was looking for a special sister to lead the Prayer Cafe. Don’t you love how God answers our prayers and connects people? 

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Meet Featured Sister Katy Blevins

KatyBlevinsDo you ever get a call or an email from a friend who says “You should meet so-and-so!” It happens to me often and unfortunately, life is so busy that I don’t always get the opportunity to meet so-and-so. But recently, when a mutual friend Maria suggested I talk with Katy Blevins, we actually found the time to get together – live and in person! And I’m so glad we did. Katy is a breath of fresh air. She’s a creative spirit with a flair for business and a heart for supporting other women. And I’m honored to have met her and to introduce you to her today! 

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[Author Interview]: Meet Christian Mompreneur Colleen O’Grady

Author of Dial Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting with your Teenage Daughter

Dial Down the DramaI don’t know about your childhood, but there was plenty of drama growing up in my house with three girls. I admit to being the source of my fair share of the drama — I was a master at slamming doors and rolling eyes. (Sorry, Mom!) And I’m waiting for my own house to erupt with the same kind of teenage girl drama any day.

But Colleen O’Grady says I don’t have to expect the worse. She knows there is a way to dial down the drama and reduce conflict so you can have a better relationship with your daughter. And her new book is filled with practical tips and professional advice on how to do just that! 

I met Colleen several years ago through a coaching program in Asheville, NC. I was immediately drawn to her and impressed with her parenting wisdom. As a licensed therapist, she’s had plenty of experience working with families and learning how to dial down the drama. I’m honored to share my conversation with Colleen here on the blog today! 

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