Finding Joy in the Shades of Life As I sit here, tired from a night of hardly any sleep, combing nits out of my 5 year old daughters hair I wonder; is there possibly anything else that might just add a bit more juice to my day? If you are a mum in business, you'd probably know what it's like running around chasing your tail (or your kids) whilst being on the phone to a customer, all at the same time as you are trying to get dinner ready, it's full on! So, why do it? Why not just settle for a normal 9-5 job with regular income, less stress and more security? I believe the answer is in the question- we need to have a good enough answer to “why”. If we don't have a good enough reason to start our business, a reason that makes us literally yell in excitement, it's going to be very hard to justify the time, energy and effort needed to follow through. For me, the answer to “why I do it” is simple: PASSION. I have total passion for making a difference in the world. I thrive on getting my message out there to people about how important it is to follow your own bliss, I burn to share my story and music so that I can inspire people to pursue their dreams. But having a dream is one thing, and going out to chase it is another. To be successful we need to work with a clear intent and be really certain of what it is we want to accomplish. We need to tune into ourselves regularly to make sure we are on track and on purpose. So how do I keep sane? Well, the key is to stay balanced, centred and aim to enjoy and be grateful every moment of your life. Work/home balance can be hard, but soon the kids will grow up and there will be a new time, so don't separate them from your journey, bring them along! I have found that the more I include them, the more I feel whole and the happier we are as a family. So when I tell my friends passionately; “I am writing a book! I can't wait to get into!”, I accept that they think I am a total fruit-loop, because I am! But I love it, and I can't see any other way to live my life and be completely happy. I am prepared to deal with the madness of being a mum and an entrepreneur just so that I can experience life fully. Sure it can be tough to balance life sometimes, but if I think what life was like before, when I was living with depression and had no sense of what the meaning of my life was, there is no other way I would rather live. Joy comes from feeling good about yourself and your life. Being a mum in business is all about balance and learning to ride the waves with ease in all shades of life. Want to know how to stay balanced and creatively abundant? Mirva's new book The Art of Soulful LIVING helps you to tap into your inner greatness so that you can live your life with FLOW. For more info, visit Mirva's website: www.mirva.org
"A great group that is supportive of mums in business. Have spoken at and visited this group and have found it well run and worth visiting. Melissa Groom is excellent at holding a wonderful space to assist those in business."
- Trish Springsteen trischel.com.au
"Melissa Groom through Empowered Mums creates a warm, engaging, real and safe place for mums in (or looking to get into) business to connect, learn and grow. There is no pretense or BS just a real community of mumpreneurs looking for education, connection and growth. Mel is awesome to work with and I'd highly recommend her networking events and mentoring...In one hour with her she taught me how to use and leverage Google Hangouts to add value to my business - gold!!"
- Rachael Watt www.marketingkeyinternational.com
"A wonderful collection of friendly, supportive and inspiring women in business! I have made many life-long friends as a result of this group and the high quality of people it attracts is due to the wonderful leader Melissa Groom - an absolute super star."
- Katrina Voevodin www.thebusinessstrategist.com.au
"Excellent support,and a lot of priceless knowledge shared."
- Adrianna Maggi www.heavenlybiscuits.net.au
"Without the support of Empowered Mums and Melissa Groom I wouldn't be where my I am today. My business has grown and so has my self confidence. I'm proud to be a part of this fantastic community that helps women achieve, grow and have the businesses they've always wanted."
- Yvonne Morrison thebusinessboutique.nz
“Melissa Groom offers mums in business an opportunity to join a community of amazing women entrepreneurs at Empowered Mums. Here I have found a place to grow and learn the ins and outs of expanding my business. Melissa and this community have offered me encouragement and direction. Working with Melissa for just a short time I have learned practical ways to improve, expand and market my business. My online traffic has increased and I am experiencing a huge spike in clients. All thanks to video marketing and learning to do classes online, finding my Niche, creating a clear elevator speech not to mention so many other wonderful tools. The experience with Melissa and the Empowered Mums community has been an invaluable opportunity! Thank you Melissa. "
- Miranda Powell www.angelicreikilight.net
“Melissa Groom is truly one of a kind, creating a space where Mums in Business can meet, support, grow and be educated to ensure their message is heard and their Business is exposed! It is a warm, friendly environment and a great place to connect with like-minded people where great friendships are created!"
- Tammy Richie www.yucan2.com.au