#MompreneurMonday 4 Ways to Keep the Fire Burning

Let’s face it–everyday you’re not going to love your business, especially in its early stages, but here are four ways to keep the fire burning. 

1. Celebrate and memorialize your accomplishments. Hang up photos of you with your products, of you at events doing your thing, and photos of you with your clients. When you’re feeling down about your progress or lack thereof just look up. 

2. Form a mastermind group with other mompreneurs. When you have people who are just as passionate as you are rooting for you and willing to help you come up with solutions for your family and business that makes it much easier to remain in the game. 


3. Take a break. Step away from the business, get back to being a mom and reconnect with your source, God. 

For some help reconnecting to your source make sure you get your copy of Pursuing Your Passion in a Godly Fashion: Prayers for Creative Christian and Entrepreneur (use code: passion to save $2 on your pre-order). 

4. Change your work hours. Are you putting in work during the hours when you’re the least productive? Sometimes as a mom and an entrepreneur your work hours become the midnight hours, but that might not be the actual time your brain functions best. You have to create a schedule that will allow you to work when you’re most productive. 

Don’t look for ways out when it gets rough. Continue for looking for ways in. Don’t give up Pursuing Your Passion in a Godly Fashion because you’re tired right now. 

I want to hear from you. What do you do to keep the fire burning when being a mompreneur is driving you insane??? 

Pathways to Your Passion: Don’t Dwell in Defeat

So, I’m shaking things up a bit here with a video blog, I guess that’s a vlog (right). Nevertheless, this is the second post in the Pathways to Your Passion Series, “Don’t Dwell in Defeat”. Just press play and rejoice with me today.

 

See you on the other side of your passion!

More Than Monday featuring D. J. Blackmore

This week our “More Than Monday” feature comes to us from Down Under. The Hunter Valley of New South Wales Australia is mostly known for coal mining and Sermilon, however it is also the fertile ground that author D. J. Blackmore grew up on. D. J. began writing at the age of fourteen and has not stopped even though she was told that only “the very good and very lucky” become published authors. Despite rejection and five children D. J.’s words have grown into more than what was predicted, but exactly what she wanted them to become. 

 

What motivated you to become a writer?

DSC_9302altI liked words. Right from my very first days at school, I have vivid memories of the first learning words on cards, and having the pleasure of recognising them. I was encouraged by an English teacher in my teenage years never to give up my writing. I don’t know that I ever could. It is both my master and my friend. It drives me on to create, and comforts me when I want to talk.

 

 Are you a full-time writer?

I am a mother of five, so there are days when I don’t write at all. I’m not perturbed by this, and I don’t feel especially guilty, because there are times when I work day in, day out, and it’s a hunger that drives me on. There’s always some laziness when I put something down and have to sometimes push myself to start over where I left off. Yet when I do, inspiration eventually flows, but only through the effort of labour.

 

Ultimately, what is your vision for you, your books, and your writing career?chartertoredemptionlarge

I don’t know how many books are in me. I don’t know how much time I have on this earth to share all I would like to, but I’m in a hurry. It’s important to me to give this gift of words while I can. My vision for my career is ultimately to flourish, but in all honesty, from the moment of
publication, that was honour enough for me. The years of hoping, and trying and waiting, the years of rejections are over. The hard part is over. The best is yet to come. 🙂

How were you able to overcome and deal with the frustration of being rejected? 

I suppose that for the most part, I didn’t take the rejections personally. Sometimes I did question whether I was wasting my time in continuing to write, but the fact was that the enjoyment and the thrill of writing didn’t diminish, regardless of outside opinion. I had enough belief in my ability that I thought that determination would win through in the end.

What role does your family play in your writing career?–support system or inspiration?

My daughter Sarahane has been an endless inspiration and encouragement to me. We have plot talks that we share as friends, and it’s an enjoyment to both of us.

What advice would you give to any woman desires to be “more than”?

We can never rely on anyone else to give us belief in ourselves. No one can ever truly give us a sense of worth of who we are. That’s something that comes from within. In the long run, if you think you’ve got it, keep going, long after everyone else has forgotten about you. Continue on with determination. Don’t feel the need to try and win people over with your talent, because your ability will shine in the end.

And for those of you desiring to become published authors, If all else fails, have your work professionally edited, check to see if that particular publisher is looking for the story you’d like them to accept. It may be that the manuscript is too long, or too short. It may be that there’s such an influx of work that they need to delve into, and they just happen to be having a bad day when they look at your work …  

 

To learn more about D. J. Blackmore and her work please visit http://www.djblackmore.com.au/

If you’re looking for a great historical fiction read or you want to try something new please order D.J. Blackmore’s debut novel, Charter to Redemption.

Connect with this fabulous mom of five and author of Charter to Redemption of Twitter @DJBLACKmore1

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If you know a woman whom you believe should be featured in More Than Monday please feel free to nominate a woman by sending her information including where she can be reached at to the Neophyte Author at nigerialockley{at}hotmail{dot]com with “More Than” in the subject line. 

Failure. Not An Option.

Last week while aimlessly scrolling through my Facebook news feed I stumbled upon a post about how much published writers make. Based on the data, according to the Digital Book World 2014 Survey the financial forecast for me is bleak. However, as I type this post right now everything in me is echoing, “Not so.” You see for me there is something that I cannot and will not accept. Failure. Not an option. Whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that because you do not earn a certain amount of money from your writing you are a failure, but my goal is not to be broke and the God I serve is rich in houses in land. He delights in blessing His children.  Why should I accept earning less than what He is capable of providing? 

The first thing I want to use my writing for is to glorify God that is not equivalent to earning $1000 per year. The word clearly tells me (and you) that our gifts will make room for us in this world. So, don’t shake your author earningshead at this post and say, “That girl has gone completely mad, she ain’t making a dime.” I believe God. I believe He made the patriarchs rich and I believe He is the same yesterday and forever. Therefore, failure. Say it with me, “Not an Option.”

I don’t know what the forecast for success for you is in your field of industry, but I am sure the odds are stacked against you or there is someone always telling you what you cannot do. They’re wrong. When I set out to get my book published someone said to me, “I don’t know why you’re doing this. You’re not going to make.” I was crushed and at the same time invigorated. Those words hurt, but the Lord filled me with something sweet and I’m going to share it with you today. The Lord inspired me to respond to that person’s unbelief by saying, “Even if you don’t believe in me don’t you believe in my God?” I dare you to say that your naysayers and the dream-killers in your life who always have data and facts to share. The fact is God is greater than statistics. The fact is prosperity is a part of his plan for us. The fact is with God all things are possible, including me earning more than what that survey says.