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So, start before you are ready!

If not now, then when? If not you, then who? Because it’s more about progress than perfectionism. Perfectionism is just a nicer word for… well, you’ll see…

This video is about an Ah-ha! moment I had this weekend. Sometimes we just have to start before we are ready, or we will never do the thing that we know we should be doing. You don’t have to wait until you are thinner, prettier, or more knowledgeable. Just start. Remember, we are aiming for progress, not perfection!

What do you need to start today?

  • Do you have a book that you need to begin writing?
  • A room full of memories that you need to clean out?
  • An exercise program to start?
  • A morning routine to set into motion?
  • A letter to write?
  • Forgiveness to request?
  • A business to start?
  • A new habit to form?

Comment below and tell me what’s holding you back. I wasn’t going to start my video series until I had lost a few pounds (like 30!). But I was encouraged to just start and walk into my fear. Maybe it will be a little less scary next time. 🙂

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A week ago, Tuesday, I got the phone call no one wants to receive…

“Hello Terri, I’m calling to inform you that your mother collapsed. She is in a coma in the Cardiac ICU and her blood sugar is over 1000 (normal blood sugar is under 100). She’s not breathing on her own. Terri, your mom is on life support.”

Have you ever received a call like that? I’m sure you have. This is the kind of announcement that causes your knees to buckle and your head to swim. Suddenly, your day – once so planned out and organized – becomes a fog, a jumble of facts, phone calls, relatives, and swirling emotions.

And so, just like that, my day – correction, my whole week – became derailed.

What can you do when you become derailed?

Let’s face it, life is messy. It doesn’t always fit into our nice neat boxes like we want it to. As emotional beings, we can ride the pendulum from joy to despair and then back again, all within a single week, a day, or even an hour.

Here are 3 tips for getting through a rough day:

1. Connect with the ones who mean the most to you. Group hug your family, cuddle on the couch with your children, cry on your husband’s shoulder, laugh with your siblings, and listen to the ones who are hurting. Be an ear for those that need to process; be a shoulder for those that need to cry. Continue reading I was completely derailed…

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I recently heard someone say, “Your brain is not an effective storage solution.” That is becoming more and more true for me. For two reasons, I think…

  1. I’m getting older, so perhaps my memory is not as sharp.
  2. There is more and more to remember. We are on information overload.

Today, I recited my 14-digit library card number from memory. I memorized that number about 20 years ago and my brain still holds on to that information for whatever reason, even though all my kids have their own cards and I only use mine about once every three years. How does that work?

Our brains are really incredible at holding on to some information, but not all information. Our brains are selective, but it’s hard to figure out what it’s going to select. And what it is going to forget!

But no matter how our amazing brains work and do what they do, one thing has become increasingly clear… my brain loves to be freed up to focus on creative, intellectual, and relational information. And the best way I know how to free up my brain to function at its maximum potential is to release it from carrying around thousands of bits of information that it doesn’t need to. And here’s how…

Continue reading My Digital Brain

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5-Steps to Profitable Business

Or maybe your entrepreneurial gene. 🙂

Tell me if you get this. Because I get you. And you’ll know what I’m talking about because you either feel it in your chest or you don’t. Some of us are wired as entrepreneurs. Somewhere deep-down in our very make-up, we possess an entrepreneurial gene or something. That doesn’t mean that all of us who possess this gene are running our own businesses. Yet. But somewhere deep down, we know that we want to. And we also know that we’d probably be really good at it.

Others of us are not wired this way. That’s totally perfect too. My husband calls it the E-mentality. His “E” stands for “employee.” He says he just thinks more like a team member. “Just tell me what to do,” he’s been known to say. However, he hardly ever says those words these days as he is the CEO of Countryside Pet Resort and Spa, a dog boarding, daycare, and grooming facility in our town.

Entrepreneurs. Employees. We totally need each other. One is not better than another. But if you feel that entrepreneurial pull and deep down in your heart of hearts want to pursue the possibility of creating your own business, your own income, your own destiny, then this blog post is for you.

(Side note here: pursuing your entrepreneurial passion is possible whether you start a business now, later, or never. There are reasons why NOW might not be the best time, because of your season of life, temporary circumstances, etc.. However, if the timing is good but you still feel hesitation or awkwardness about exploring an entrepreneurial endeavor, you might want to assess your situation to see if you might be carrying around some excess baggage labeled “unconfidence,” “childhood misconceptions,” or “naysayers” that is weighing you down.)

So, you feel that you might be an entrepreneur at heart, but you don’t even know how to begin to explore the possibilities. Is this you?

Or maybe you have started down the path of business creation, or have even been running one for a while, but feel that you have lost your way, then this is for you too.

5 Steps to Finding Your Entrepreneurial Groove

Continue reading 5 Steps to Finding Your Entrepreneurial Groove

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And why the words “I can’t afford it” are a cop-out!

I hear it all the time…

I would buy that curriculum, but I can’t afford it.
That car is too expensive, dear; we can’t afford it.
I would save for retirement, but I can’t afford it.
I would tithe, but we can’t afford it.
I would homeschool, but we can’t afford it.
I would buy that toy for you, honey, but we can’t afford it.
We can’t go on that trip. It’s too expensive and we can’t afford it.

I have heard myself say those very words over the most diverse things as well. In the not too distant past, I have been known to utter that phrase when refuting purchases that span anywhere from $5 to $5000. How about you? Do any of these scenarios below sound familiar to you?

Continue reading How to Afford Almost Anything

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5 Building Blocks to a Profitable Business

No one starts a business to fail. And yet, many businesses do. However, when you build your business on the right foundation; and then assemble it using the correct building blocks in the proper order, your chances of success skyrocket!

So, today, I am going to reveal my formula to building a successful and profitable internet business. I have pulled these ideas from many inspirational and successful entrepreneurs over the years, but I have combined them in a way that makes sense for me. I hope these ideas clear up the confusion around business building in the internet age for you as well, because homeschool moms are perfectly positioned to succeed in and profit from a business that operates online.

First of all, let me address the most obvious question that you might be asking. Not all businesses are internet businesses, right? Actually, I would argue that in the 21st century, all businesses are now internet businesses, because if you fail to harness the internet for your business, it will slowly disintegrate. In our digital world, every business needs an internet presence and an internet marketing strategy.

Your foundation is your WHY.

Whether you currently own a business, or you are dreaming about starting one, you need to understand your WHY. Why do you want to create a business? And the answer cannot be simply, “money.” You have to have a bigger WHY than money. Why do you want the money? What would you do with it? Who would you spend it on? What greater good would you invest in?

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No one on earth has the same set of gifts, talents and personality traits as you. You have gifts to share with the world that only you can give. You can serve the people around you in a way that no one else can. You are unique. You make a difference.

Think about why you want to start or continue your business. What do you bring to the table? Who can you reach? Who can you serve? Know your WHY. Because without your WHY, you will lose your way.

Once your foundation is sure, you can begin to build. Continue reading 5 Building Blocks of Internet Business

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Discover the Magic of Mapping out Your Week

Homeschooling is a growing movement. More and more parents are choosing to teach their kids at home for reasons that include individualized instruction, efficient use of time, the abundance of excellent curricula available, and the quality time they get to spend with their kids.

But for many families, to homeschool means to give up one parent’s income, which can become a financial hardship. What many families don’t realize, though, is that homeschooling does not preclude earning a second income.

Everyone is allocated the same 168 hours per week. The important idea to consider is how we use these hours. Let’s break it down.

Homeschooling takes less time than traditional schooling, because school time is more focused and intentional. You don’t need to use any of your time for assemblies, roll call, bathroom breaks, lining up, etc. Most families can be finished with their studies before noon, if they start around 8:30 or 9am. So, if it takes your children 3-4 hours per day to finish all their subjects, then you can allot 15-20 hours to homeschooling each week.

If you sleep for 56 hours (8 hours per night) and reserve 60 hours to “other” activities (such as errands, cleaning, meal prep and recreation), you still have 32+ hours left that you can devote to creating a second income. I spend about 20 hours per week running our two businesses from home (4.5 hours on 4 afternoons a week).

So, the time is there, if we use it wisely. But that is certainly not the only obstacle to working from home. As homeschooling moms, we are responsible for the care and supervision of our kids 24/7. All working parents need some type of child care, even those who work from home. However, public school parents utilize the school system, which provides built-in childcare. Homeschooling parents who wish to focus on work or building a business just need to get creative. That’s not a problem since creativity is our specialty!

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We are responsible for the care and supervision of our kids 24/7.

Here are some ways that creative homeschooling moms have carved out some uninterrupted work time: Continue reading Homeschooling & Home Business: A Match Made in Heaven

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Discover the best business ideas for busy homeschoolers

What would you do with an extra $25,000+ a year? How about $50,000 or $100,000? A home-based business can provide you with an additional income to pursue the dreams you have for your family. I have heard many homeschooling moms say that with the addition of $25,000 or more to their annual income they would:

  • Remodel their home
  • Save for future college tuitions
  • Travel the world with their family
  • Purchase quality school resources
  • Pay off debt, including mortgage

However, for stay-at-home, homeschooling moms, trading time for dollars in the form of a job isn’t always the answer. You homeschool your kids because you believe that you can provide them with a quality education that includes teaching your family values. And that requires your presence.

I have been running my own business and working from home for 15 years. This has provided me with freedom to schedule my own hours around my family’s activities. It has also allowed me to invest in my kids’ education, travel around the world with my family, and begin remodeling our home. My husband works from home now too, so he has been able to spend more time with the kids than he ever dreamed possible.

We love the life that we have designed. And I want to help you design your ideal life too. I have just finished writing the special report – The 9 Best Business Ideas for Homeschool Moms. It’s available now and you can download it below.

Are you ready to stop worrying about having enough money to pay the bills each month, design a business that fits your unique educational choices, and create the lifestyle you’ve always wanted for your family?

Then click the image below to download your copy of…

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Your routine can set you up for success.

It’s a new year, full of hope, promise and opportunities ahead. But in order to see the hope, claim the promises or jump on the opportunities that come your way, you need to be centered, or grounded, in who you are (or whose you are), what matters, and what you have been put on this planet to do. That is what a morning routine can do for you. Plus, it sets you up to succeed in the things that matter.

A morning routine sets you up for success.

A morning routine sets you up for success.

I find that a solid morning routine not only makes my days flow smoother, but also contributes to a better attitude, sense of well-being, and purpose in my life. Maybe this sounds like a bunch of hogwash, but I challenge you to give a morning routine a try to see if it makes a difference in your life.

Now, most likely, you already have some sort of morning routine. At the least, you get out of bed each day, get dressed, eat breakfast (I hope), teach school. You may incorporate a great deal more into your morning routine – things like chores, exercise, etc.

I am going to lay out my morning routine for you below. It’s far from perfect, but it’s getting better and better as the months go by. I am looking forward to adding a few more things to my AM routine in the coming months. You might see something here that you want to add to your mornings on a regular basis, but it’s important that you only add one thing at a time, or you might sabotage yourself. As humans, we are only wired to accept a certain amount of change in our lives. Continue reading A Morning Routine Sets You Up to Win

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How can balance be achieved through scheduling?

Being a homeschool mompreneur can get a little wacky, throwing our families into a tailspin, if we are not careful. Balance is important for everyone, but it seems to be particularly critical for moms.

Scheduling and mindfulness provide better balance

Scheduling and mindfulness provide better balance

I have not always been very good at maintaining balance in my life. I have gone through times over the years when I couldn’t stop working on my business and times when I didn’t want to work at all; I have endured a messy house for days on end and then went on a cleaning and decluttering rampage to rid my family of the mess once and for all; I have eaten perfectly and exercised faithfully month after month only to fall victim to a deadly combination of delicious home baked goodies and frightful weather that shook my resolve and dashed my good habits.

Through the passage of years and experience, I am learning balance. I am learning that planning and mindfulness are the keys to balance in my life. I would like to bet that this is true for you too. When I make an appointment with myself, I am likely to keep it. If I make something healthy, I am likely to eat it. If I have an audiobook or podcast on my phone, I am likely to take a walk to listen to it. If I schedule a day-off and plan something with my family, I am likely to show up. Continue reading Scheduling for Better Balance

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