W/LB – How Do You Achieve It?
Aug22

W/LB – How Do You Achieve It?

As I am working on an article for an upcoming publication, I felt a strong need to have a discussion with my fellow entre/intra/corporate/preneurs about work/life balance.

 

Here’s a peek at the interview:

 

Q: How do you achieve work/life balance as an entrepreneur?

Well, I talk about work/life balance (W/LB) a lot in my chapter in The Entrepreneur Within You, and on social media platforms such as facebook and twitter.  During the first year of meeeeeerunning my business full-time from home, I had absolutely zero life, and absolutely zero balance.  However, one of my contributors, and very close friends has a blog called www.mylifestylezen.com.  I found myself reading it very often actually searching for clues on HOW to achieve balance. I read many blogs, sites, books, and talked to many of my co-entrepreneur friends.  We have made some conclusions about this “W/LB” however, it takes a few to keep each other accountable to whether we are really achieving it. Due to the fact that many of us do not do so well in this area, we created a signature t-shirt line and facebook page called the #theysleepwegrindcollaborative – where we check in late-night to see who’s up, by doing ‘roll call’.  Here’s a link: facebook.com/theysleepwegrind.

 

Now, back to the question at hand. It has literally taken me a year and a half to be able to consciously achieve W/LB. I was not doing this for a long time and it was causing a bad strain on my productivity and on my marriage, to be honest.  My husband and a few close colleagues had to really get it through my head that I was way too much of a workaholic. I quit working full-time to NOT be a workaholic, and my workaholism got worse!

 

So, here’s how I achieve W/LB currently:

  • Keep an accountability partner close to me (my very good friend and consultant)
  • Ask others to let me know when they see me falling out of balance (my mommy tells me often and she can spot it from a mile away)
  • I promise myself to listen to my body when I need rest or need to back off work for a bit
  • Listen to my children, hey they tell me when I have worked too much in a day or on the weekend
  • I have begun to plan 1 weekly meeting outside of the house with a client or friend, so that I can get out and play a bit
  • We have planned one fun date a week for hubby and I, when the kids are now back in school full time
  • I take myself on dates for tea, coffee, or shopping just to enjoy myself and reflect
  • I began a workout regimen that I had not been doing before
  • I love coffee, but 3 years ago switched to a ‘healthy’ coffee to reduce my migraines and jitters which has interrupted my work flow many times
  •  I allow myself creative freedom to help build my own artistic voice and portfolio at least 2 times a week (non-client work)
  • I began drawing and soon to be, painting again (my first love of art)
  • I began voicing my experiences as an entrepreneur to share stories and testimonies with others, so not to feel so alone
  • I collaborate and connect with others online as much as I can – I love my Facebook community
  • I have learned to outsource a bit and hired 2 consultants to help me grow my business in sales and marketing; it’s working tremendously and I feel less stressed
  • After a year, I have finally embraced that hubby (who was a stay at home dad for 10 years), is here to help with the family business, he’s helped tremendously
  • I have helped my children 6 and 11 to launch small businesses, publish books, design t-shirts and play in ‘art’ as often as possible to encourage creativity in the home
  • I have coached quite a few other designers and authors of late, and find it encouraging to be able to support others’ endeavors
  • Most of all, I have learned from a coach, to “fill my cup first, before I pour into my business, or into others” and it’s working wonders. She says, “you cannot pour with an empty cup.”

 

All of these things combined have helped me achieve a fun/amazing/encouraging and exciting W/LB over the past year.  

 

Q: You said that you attend a variety of events, where do you find the time?

stackedpaperbackWell, when we published The Entrepreneur Within You almost one-year ago, I promised myself, and the “brand” that I would either plan 1 event monthly or participate in another organization’s event where we could promote the book and the movement. So far, we have, and sometimes more than one per month. For the events we have planned such as book signings, book brunches, TEW jr. meet-ups, live author workshops, picnics and more, I have always had my side-kick, daughter Jasmine (11) who is such a mini-event planner. She loves helping me plan the logistics, get creative with party details and embrace others assistance in the process. We always have great deal of sponsors and volunteers which is amazing.

I recently found that my 16 years as an executive assistant still shines when planning events. I absolutely love it and it gives us something to look forward to outside of work once per month. When we have an event coming up, I often end up working late nights, early mornings and finding time to coordinate things while I’m half asleep, but it’s all worth it in the end. We have had some great times collaborating this year with the TEW Crew!

 

I look forward to reading the full interview once it’s available, and of course we will share it with you!

 

For now, please visit our facebook page and let us know how you achieve W/LB!

 

Cheers!

jmh-sig

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4 Tools for Business Moms to Expand Their Blogs

A successful blog requires more than just a little expertise, personality, creativity and talent. Whether you manage a blog to support your business or started a blog for fun, the following tools can help your site grow and thrive.

Smartphone for Mobile Blogging

If you’re like most business-focused, entrepreneurial moms, you’re probably guilty of carrying a bag occupied by a collection of digital devices that help you survive the day. From a tablet for keeping your little one entertained to your smartphone for ongoing personal communication, your devices all serve a purpose. Designate a BlackBerry cell phone or other professional device for all your small business-related activity; including editing, updating, optimizing and sharing blog posts while being mobile.

Manage your blog and create new posts anywhere, anytime, with a WordPress app. Because of most smartphone technological capacities, you can also efficiently and easily use it as an Internet researching and social networking tool for content and blog promotion. Subsequently, while away from the desk and computer, you can frequently update blog followers.

Pinterest for Driving Traffic

Unless your blog continues to acquire loyal followers and attract new visitors, it can eventually turn into a desolate and useless space. The photo-sharing app Pinterest is not just for organizing healthy dinner recipes and bookmarking favorite fashion inspirations, it’s a social media tool that can continually drive traffic to your blog. If you can post organic content that’s interesting enough to get re-pinned, a single pin can result in repeatedly generated blog traffic. Pinterest users will turn into new blog visitors. New blog visitors can turn into new customers or clients, which equates to small business victories.

With more than 4,500 Pinterest followers, Isra ​Hashmi of The Frugalette shares that a Pinterest account can be a “traffic-driving machine,” spotlights TheSocialCraft.com. Pinterest strategies include creating boards and posting pins that appeal to your readership, consistently pinning — at least one pin a day, and optimizing blog content to be Pinterest-friendly (i.e. adding a Pinterest button and visually appealing photo).

Social Media for Giveaways

Maximize your business space on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and even Instagram to host and promote contests. Leveraging giveaways can increase website traffic, enhance your brand, draw awareness to your products or services and increase engagement or foster connections, highlights MaximizeSocialBusinesscom. By building awareness about your blog or products through a contest, for example, your online brand will naturally experience digital word-of-mouth marketing. A single share or re-tweet of your sweepstakes can result in new Facebook likes and Twitter followers. “Free” and “win” attract people. Then people will invest in your social media activity and blog content if you continually promote sweepstakes and contests.

Guest Posting for Followers & Outreach

A blog without enticing and valuable content is a waste of digital space. Guest posting is an excellent content tool — it establishes blog authority and attracts new followers to your site. Guest posts from credible and experienced authors helps with brand building.

By opening yourself up to guest posting, you can experience:

  • Increased search engine results rankings and results, plus domain name authority
  • Popularity, networking and blogging outreach for new connections and followers
  • High-quality content and active posting

 

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Check out our recommended social media captain/consultant Patrice Cokley at www.patricekcokley.com

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About the TEW Founder + Our Purpose
Aug19

About the TEW Founder + Our Purpose

jmh2About Julie M. Holloway (JMH)

Julie M. Holloway is a multi-passion entrepreneur based in Chicago, Illinois. Her love for the arts began at the early age of 8. After high-school she attended Ringling School of Art & Design, DePaul and The Art Institute of Chicago where she took a variety of art courses and is currently pursuing her BA in Business Administration with a Marketing Focus at Capella University. The first sixteen years of her career, Holloway worked in various roles at companies such as Accenture, Home Depot, Nike and Oce Printing only to realize her passion and potential has and always will lie in the creative industry.  After three years of moonlighting as an intrapreneur, while working a 12-14 hour work day, Holloway was spending 2-4 hours per night on her graphic design business. One day she woke up and realized it was her time to pursue her passion as a creative entrepreneur and took the ultimate leap of faith and left her full-time career in corporate America.

Holloway opened JMH Cre8ive Solutions in November, 2011 and has experienced tremendous growth and an expansion of creative design, print and web services along with her team of co-entrepreneurs. With an enormous heart and hunger for collaborating and assisting entrepreneurs carry through their creative vision, the business continues to flourish. Not too long ago, a colleague labeled JMH as the “dream midwife” because she has helped, encouraged, counseled and mentored many clients and colleagues as they pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

 

The TEW Vision

In November 2012 Holloway authored a book titled The Entrepreneur Within You (TEW). She organized this inspirational entrepreneurship anthology with 18 contributing authors withtew2a-(2)---Copy hopes of empowering, inspiring and equipping entrepreneurs nationwide to pursue their passions and dreams.  The crew is currently working on volume two which will introduce another 17 contributors. From her infamous “quit day” in 2011 JMH continues to inspire, encourage and equip her colleagues as well as pefect strangers with hope and inspiration of following their life’s journey.

The TEW movement continues beyond the book from a power-hour inspirational TEW Radio Show on Wednesdays at 11:30am Central Time with her co-author Nicole Knox (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tewradio) to live workshops, speaking engagements and book signings for the TEW Crew and TEW jr. club, she is on a mission. Holloway has truly found and tapped into her creative abilities and is living the entrepreneurial dream of moving from hobby to hustle, or in other words turning her passion into a profit.

In her spare time, JMH spends quality and creative time with her husband Darnell, children Jasmine (11) and D.J. (6) who are also emerging entrepreneurs. Together, the family loves sports, games, the Chicago White Sox, playing mini-golf and going to various events together. The kids are learning a bit about entrepreneurship by authoring books, selling soy wax candles, t-shirts, journals and Vitner’s Hot Corn chips at events. You can find out more about the Holloway’s retail business line at www.jmhgoodies.com!

 

Let’s Connect

www.jmhcre8ive.com

www.twitter.com/jmhcre8ive

www.facebook.com/jmhcreativesolutions

www.theentrepreneurwithin.org

www.twitter.com/tewyou

www.facebook.com/theentrepreneurwithinyou

Media: http://theentrepreneurwithin.org/media/

 

 

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My Testimony by JMH
Aug18

My Testimony by JMH

22 months ago I was preparing to pack my ‪#‎cubicle‬ in anticipation of my 10.28 quit day. Yep, I was packing that *&%$!@# 2 months early.

Every morning I’d pump {{http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld1cXry5nyM} saying I know there is something better, something more for me, something more fulfilling, somethingimages more along the lines of what I was created for. I prayed, and prayed that he would show me the path, when I could not see two feet in front of me. I said, just USE ME for whatever you need to, Lord knows someone needs you.

No more cubes. No more dead-end feelings inside. No more water cooler B.S., no more feeling used and abused by authorities. No more dwelling in the past about what should have been my future. I had to make a gut-wrenching, faith filled, fearful yet powerful decision to BE MY OWN BOSS.

No one said it was easy breezy, and no one still says it. But, I promise, when you build something from scratch (just like baking that cake) it cannot be compromised by anyone. Why? Because it’s YOURS.

I built this city from the ground up, and I share it in hopes that you will do the same. You know my tagline —– c’mon…. “UNLEASH the entrepreneur within you”

  • 5 years ago, taught myself how to do graphic design
  • 4 years ago, took some sales and marketing courses so I could sell
  • 3 years ago, wrote that business plan for JMH Art & Design
  • 2 years ago, wrote that quit letter to the lovely boss
  • 1 year ago, published The Entrepreneur Within You (Book)

_MG_0271Today, I am just in awe. Celebrating, empowering, equipping and encouraging all of my fellow entrepreneurs to keep it moving, keep on your grind, keep planning your next move(s), you deserve it. Design your LIFE, exactly how you envision it. No one can do it, but you. And no one deserves it more than you.

 

 

 

 

GO TIME!

‪#‎elevation‬
‪#‎celebrationtimesCOMEON‬
‪#‎TEWmovement‬

♥ JMH

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The Official TEW Book Trailer

2013 TEW Book Trailer

 

 

Learn about how you can channel your inner entrepreneur with the help of “The Entrepreneur Within You.” While some people are born with an inherent entrepreneurial knack, many successful entrepreneurs channel their business savvy through the advice and experience of others. Aspiring business owners can hone their skills with the help of “The Entrepreneur Within You.” This book is a collection of both inspirational and practical business advice from designer and marketer, Julie Holloway. In addition to Holloway’s tips as a seasoned professional, there are 17 other contributing writers who each pen a chapter on a variety of business topics as well as personal reflection regarding the road to entrepreneurial success in this inspirational business anthology.

 

 

Thanks for watching!

The TEW Crew

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