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Come on, put on that Heather Small song to set the mood while reading this column about finding business inspiration as a mompreneur. I was struck with the following advice during my usual morning run, shadowing my son as he rode his bike to school. As I was returning home, I glimpsed a challenging hill I've tackled a few times. But like a horse being drawn back to the stable, I was running toward home thinking of all the e-mails and phone calls that awaited me.
So I asked myself, "What are you going to do today to make you feel proud?" And I turned around and decided to take on that hill. Immediately, I felt proud of myself for deciding to reach beyond my comfort zone. As I climbed that hill, I kept asking myself, "Are this pace and effort...more
A decade of chronic health issues taught me how to slow down, focus on my body and eat more whole foods including gluten-free whole grains, fiber, healthy fats and complete proteins. My healing journey wasn’t a straight path; it’ was a winding, twisting road but I studied every healing modality that crossed my path and learned how to nourish my body instead of just feeding hunger pains. This is a simple and fresh recipe I serve for a fun dinner or lunch. You can easily swap your favorite fresh herbs and nuts and seeds, if desired. The honey and fresh lemon juice add a naturally sweet touch while the red pepper flakes offer a pop of hotness. Leftovers can be tossed into tacos and Buddha bowls, too!
Cleansing Honey Lemon Quinoa Bowl
· ½ cup quinoa
· 2 medium summer squash or zucchini, thinly sliced or diced
· 1 cup organic mixed salad greens (such as Earthbound Farm)
· 1/3 cup peeled and thinly sliced apple
· 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley or...more
Motherhood and entrepreneurship complement each other in many ways.
I think being a mompreneur is a pretty tough job. I struggle daily to find balance between work and motherhood. And yet, I wouldn't trade it for anything, and I believe that each somehow complements the other.
I started my business when I became a mom, so I think there's a connection between business and motherhood. I have found that running a business is not entirely different from running my family. In fact, my family flourishes most when I run it like my business. With my family, just like with my business, we create vision and mission statements, set goals and strategize. We meet monthly and even do team-building activities. So overall, I think my business benefits from me being a mom.
However, sometimes I feel taken less seriously by others because I put motherhood first. Through this column, I meet moms all the time who are afraid that they can't build a business because they are parents. Not true. Just because I choose to put my family first does not mean I shortchange my...more
Farel B. Hruska
Think for a moment about your movement patterns as you live your life…what is physically asked of you? Are you moving in single planes of motion? Is your body equally loaded on both sides? Are you in “textbook” form as you squat down to pick something (or someone, if you are mom or dad) up? My guess is that your answer is a resounding NO! It is VERY rare to move through our world with symmetry and in fixed movement patterns. That’s the FUN of it! Life is DYNAMIC! So, let’s train with that in mind.
"We founded New Chapter® nearly 30 years ago out of a desire to bring the healing value of nature’s botanicals into people’s lives. From the beginning we formed a firm commitment to utilizing the whole plant, in its pure, unadulterated form and to make a contribution through every innovation. Nature, in its wholeness, offers a profound opportunity for healing. Our mission then was the same as it is today: To deliver the Wisdom of Nature to all those seeking natural wellness. It is our hope that people will experience a new chapter in health from using our products, and join us in offering gratitude to the healing sustenance of herbs and whole foods."
—Paul and Barbi Schulick
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Find out how this entrepreneurial mom really feels about running a business from home.
I created an entire business just so I could be a work-at-home mom. But is it a blessing or a curse? It depends on which day you ask me. Let me tell you what I really think.
I hate being a work-at-home mom because:
Farel B. Hruska
Our lives require us to move in a variety of ways...usually at the same time! AND, life is not FIXED! We are asked to move in life while still maintaining balance. It makes sense to train this way for that very reason:
Grab your resistance band, stand on it with one foot and progress this exercise from Bicep Curls, to a Glute Squeeze/Hip Extension, to a Leg Press and then finish it off with a balance combination, challenging your core, as well!more
Recipe time! This Fall Trail Mix was inspired both by the season and by some of New Chapter’s beloved ingredients, from Pumpkin Seeds to Flame Raisins.
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Spread ingredients out on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!
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Reposted from My Body Back Journey: Week 8
Here we are---the final blog post. On September 1, this day seemed so very far away. But now that I have completed the program, it’s hard to believe it! Since last week had such an interesting start and taught me a great lesson, I felt realistic and optimistic going into the final week. As I stated in last week’s post, I have been very consistent with my eating habits and workout habits throughout Body Back. This final week was no exception. So imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scale and had lost three pounds! What?!? I believe I said, “Holy crap!” Of course I was pleased but I also would have been pleased with losing half a pound. I think what’s most important in weight loss and developing a healthier lifestyle is consistency. That’s a HUGE lesson I have learned during the last eight weeks and something that will help me maintain what I have achieved and help me continue to progress in my “after Body Back” life. Well, technically,...more
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You start your business so you can have a career that's supportive of motherhood. You work hard. You do your best to balance working and raising kids. But what happens when your business takes off?
That's what happened to me. Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining or saying I'm not thrilled about the success of my business. But I started Stroller Strides eight years ago so I could spend most of my time with my son. At the birth of the business, that worked. We got to play after classes. I worked when he was napping. Life was good. But as he grew, so did the business. We are now one of the fastest-growing franchises in the nation, and I'm managing a staff of 12. I'm now the mother of two kids and have less time to spend with my family. I squeeze much of the time I do have with my kids in between work, and even then I'm checking e-mail on my phone.
I have slipped down the slope of good intentions. While my original purpose was to be a mom first and foremost, now...more
Guest blogger: Kwany Lui, co-founder of Bundle Organics
It’s no surprise that during pregnancy – more than at any other time in your life – it’s important to eat well and stay active.
In addition to providing for your own health, you also need an extra boost of vitamins and minerals to grow a healthy baby and while breastfeeding (since nutrients are excreted in breast milk at the mother’s expense). So here’s a little background on why these extra nutrients and minerals are so important:
Folic Acid: It has been shown that this B-complex vitamin is essential in preventing spina bifida and related birth defects that occur during the first 28 days of pregnancy. For this reason, it is recommended that women start taking at least 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) of folic acid two to three months before conception and throughout her pregnancy. Foods: Kale, spinach, orange juice, and enriched grains.
Iron: During pregnancy, you need double the amount of iron that a non-pregnant woman needs. This extra iron not only helps your body make more blood to supply oxygen to your baby, but also supplies your baby with large amounts of...more
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Meet a woman who realizes you can't have it all--but tries anyway.
I am often asked in interviews if I have a role model who inspires me as a mompreneur. While there are many women who inspire me, I've never found the one special person who fits the bill--until now. If anyone asks me again, my answer will be Lynda Resnick.
Who is Lynda Resnick? She was a mompreneur long before the term was coined. She is also the entrepreneur behind POM Wonderful, FIJI Water, Teleflora and more. And she's an amazing mom to five kids (now adults). I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Lynda when I was a finalist for her America's Favorite Mom contest. I was immediately inspired by her energy and her obvious commitment to her loving family...more
Where does the time go? It has been one year since we released our Passion Project #BeYOUtiful video.
This video is what we are all about. Celebrating the beauty in all of you. Helping women realize their beauty and radiance no matter their number on a scale.
Do you know someone who is #BeYOUtiful? Please share this with her!more
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