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This May, in celebration of Mother's Day, Creative Chat Cafe celebrates and shares stories and journeys of successful women and mompreneurs. In this episode, we feature a woman in business who has thrived through change and self reinvention.
About our guest.
Crystal Horton is a family strategist, personal coach and mom blogger who teaches proven, practical strategies for "thriving" rather than "surviving" in today's fast paced, parenting world.
Crystal's enlightening, energetic strategies are designed to promote a greater sense of family-life balance while also opening deeper levels of communication within the family unit.
Some key points of discussions in this episode ...
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Table of Contents (click on the minute timeline for the specific content):
00:34 - 1 - Greetings and introductions.
02:21 - 2 - Intoduction: Crystal Horton of www.CrystalHorton.com
05:49 - 3 - The key to finding balance in our lives.
09:02 - 4 - SONDRA: "Be where you are!"
12:50 - 5 - Leverage the power of delegation to get things done.
15:10 - 6 - ZEF: Learn how to silence the noise to create balance and destress.
18:21 - 7 - Why it is important to put yourself first sometimes.
19:34 - 8 - Reminder of what's in this episode.
20:52 - 9 - The importance of describing your business goals to your family.
24:08 - 10 - 5 steps how mompreneurs minimize interruptions.
32:01 - 11 - Let's connect!
The Conversation: Your Hosts:
SONDRA: Different days I do feel more balanced than others, and I do yoga too, and that helps me because it is like a physical manifestation of my balance. If I am focusing on standing on one foot, I should be able to do that with no problem if I am balanced. There is so much that we have to get done at one time. Being pulled in different directions all the time can be frustrating.
What I do that can help people mompreneurs like Crystal, is to take some of those chores that are pulling at you and do them for you. That way you can be there for your kids when you are needed and you do not have to worry about other things, like shopping or picking up dry cleaning. I mean, you did not have children just so that you can just drop them off places. What about you, Zef? You have a lot on your plate too, so how do you create the balance in such a noisy world that is driven by Social Media?
ZEF: What I have had to do is implement a “wind down” and “shut off” time - no calls, no computer, no texts, no devices! I set up my business number to go straight to voice mail after certain time.
Because my brain is super active, the only way to “wind down” and “shut off” for me is to watch a movie because it takes my focus away from my devices and work - otherwise my brain still runs at 200 mph! Sometimes I am doing one thing and thinking about a hundred other things at the same time. I mean, for people who really know me they can be with me in the car when I am driving and they will see my face and say “You look like you are driving, but you are really not. Your mind is still going at 200 miles per hour.” And I say “Uh huh. Yes, you caught me.”
SONDRA: I have noticed in my business with a lot of the busy moms, they are so busy making sure the kids and husband are taken care of, that they don’t take time for themselves. They need to know that it is okay to take some time every day, for maybe an hour, to just focus on themselves. I mean, it’s hard on those of us who don’t have children so I know it is a lot harder for the moms. They are just such giving people, but they need to be sure to give to themselves as well. Crystal, as a mompreneur who has to do a lot of balancing act between business and managing a household, how do you describe your business goals to your family?
CRYSTAL: In the world of entrepreneurship, we thrive with vision boards. So, my family and I created a Family Vision Board. We took a different approach by asking the kids to cut out, draw and/or color our favorite things to do, together as a family. This includes: fishing, road trips, playing “Fire Ball” in the backyard, bike rides, a membership at the local rec center, reading together, playing board games and watching movies. So we put all that on our board and hung it up in a high profile location in our house to see it every day. When the kids would ask questions about why my husband and I work we refer to our board. This helped me explain why I have goals in my business and why I do what I do. We can’t do the things on our family vision board until my husband and I reach our goals.
ZEF: Have you ever found yourself bribing your kids so you can get through a phone conversation without being interrupted? And, do you have any tips for busy moms on how to find balance?
CRYSTAL: Yes, Yes I have!
Here are five tips that minimize phone interruptions:
These 5 tips alone have cut off interruptions!
ZEF: Those are some really great ideas, Crystal. I especially like that you spend 15 minutes before and AFTER your phone call. Too many parents will spend special time with their children before their call, and then that is it, they move on with their day. You have to create a good habit by spending time with them both before and after. Awesome. Thank you Crystal. Now, it's time to say goodbye ladies. Thank you for joining us everyone, and we will see you next show. Same time-Same place next week.
Thoughts and Tips: