Happy New Year.
Now get back to work.
Changing our moods to match our surroundings isn’t always easy. We ventured into solo-preneurship because we wanted the freedom to be able to work, play and sleep on our own. We chose our unrestricted and self-led careers so that we could “leave work at work” and take long breaks to celebrate the holidays with our families among other things.
Although I am grateful to have that luxury of turning around the “Closed” sign in the window for the last 2 weeks of the year I admit that it is always a struggle for me to shift into vacation mode or “mood”. I love my work. It’s not easy to turn off this brilliant brain of mine (ahem).
When I get into a productive momentum, I don’t want to stop for anything. Not even chocolate covered candycanes and eggnog. This hot mom / workaholic / home maker needs to be given an annual intervention at the same time every year. It has become a ritualistic detox for me to turn off my smart phone and leave it off to stay present in the holiday festivities.
Interestingly enough, once the holidays are over and it’s time to go back to work, it’s a struggle to go back to the work mindset. There is a new detox that needs to take place.
I am just not in the mood.
By this point, I’ve gotten happily accustomed to waking up late with the kids, hanging out in pajamas to sing Wii Karaoke most of the morning, eating left-over apple pie for breakfast, snacking on gingerbread houses and chocolate truffles, and having “words with friends” marathons with old college friends all. day. long.
Snap out of it. Remember your purpose
Once we get clear and remember our higher intention, it shouldn’t take long to snap back into the profit-producing mindset. After all, it is the choice we made to work hard in our independent careers that allows us to have long vacations as a result…and as a reward. We’ve earned the right to be able to get lost in our hazy lazy vacation moods without losing our shirts.
And we’ll earn it again. And again.
Let’s get PUMPED.
I cannot wait to get going in 2013. There is a world of possibility waiting to be attained in small business and Mompreneurship! Mom business leaders are the new sexy of the decade and we are venturing into more opportunities than ever before. I am fully prepared to get you into the profit-producing mindset and give you the tough love you need to reach your personal goals this year!
While still fresh from her convent boarding school, Vivienne attended London University and earned a teaching degree in Child Psychology and Drama. Both majors were put to good use later in her life when she entered the unknown waters of homeschooling but more immediately she left the capital City to paddle in the sea during her breaks while running her seasonal restaurant and bar in the Channel Islands where she also raced powerboats to add a bit of adventure to Island life.
When she flipped her boat she moved to Spain where she taught water ski-ing and wind sailing to tourists for a year until an American whisked her away to Texas, where she married her blue-eyed cowboy. Things settled down for a while in the bible belt while Vivienne worked for Ticketmaster and added to the census. Restless again she decided to join the homeschool movement while her children were still too young to object. Here she dispelled the myth that homeschoolers were odd, surrendered her razor and embraced a lifestyle that celebrated jeux sans frontiers. Her children graduated from college despite the fact that they were never chained to the kitchen table.
With that little project behind her she poured everything she had learned about home education into a memoir entitled, THE SOCIABLE HOMESCHOOLER, also the name of the radio show she hosts on Toginet. Vivienne encourages like-minded parents, from all walks of life, to consider homeschooling as an heroic and viable alternative to traditional school.