When you say to me wine, I already start relaxing. When you say girls’ night out, I feel excited. When you say taxes… But again, they’re just words, right? And yet words can actually have a lot of power over us. Well, today we’re going to talk about F-words. Yes, you heard me right. F-words—some that we love and… well, some that we as mompreneurs may have overlooked.
Here are just a few of my favorite F-words:
FREEDOM: If you’re a mom entrepreneur who has any experience working in corporate America and trying to juggle all that entails, plus raising a family, you know what this word freedom is all about. You have an appreciation of what it means to be able to determine how you spend your own time.
FLEXIBILITY: What’s a mom, much less a mompreneur, without flexibility? Flexibility is the ability to spend the day with the kids during a snow day, or go on vacation over spring break. Flexibility is that tango, that mompreneur dance, if you will, where some days I work and some days I don’t, and really maximizing the time that I have available to me in powerful and efficient ways tailored to my family and business.
FULFILLMENT: Fulfillment is huge. Let’s face it. We are some strong, bright women. This work that we do is not the only thing we could be doing with ourselves. But we choose this work because in it we find fulfillment; we find something with purpose, something that aligns with our priorities, with things that matter to us. In this work we find our place in this world, a place of value and significance. What a powerful F-word!
FAMILY: It is often for the love of family that we start a business so it should come as no surprise that our businesses are often at their very best when we are nourishing and growing our families along with our work. Learning opportunities abound for the whole family when you own your own small business, not to mention the benefit of added income potential, which brings me to my next F-word.
FINANCES: Granted, this F-word may not be on the top of your list of favorites, but gals, if you are serious about running a business, this is a word we must not overlook. Now this is some medicine of my own I have to take because it doesn’t come naturally for me to want to study the incoming and outgoing of money in my family and business. But in order to make that money count for the things I’m working so hard for, this F-word is something I’ve got to come to terms with.
FEAR: Fear is like the monster under your bed. Until you acknowledge it for what it is—probably an old pair of slippers or half-eaten sandwich, if you have kids around—it has complete power over you. Rather than allowing ourselves to be ruled by the unknown, fear can be an incredible motivator for us in our businesses. So shine a light into those dark places where fear likes to hide and learn to use this F-word to your advantage!
So these were just a few of my favorite F-words. My hope for you today is that you will find real strength in these words for your life, your family and your business.
You know I love to hear from you, so leave me a comment!
What are some of your favorite F-words?
How have you come to love some of the more “angsty” F-words in your life (like finances or fear)?