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moms – what’s up with back ‘n the groove?

What is all this business with being back ‘n the groove anyway?  What does it all mean?  As women, as moms, & as spouses/partners, how do we define a space for us?  How do we know when that space is in our groove?  Sometimes, as moms, we spend too long in one space, and we need to find our groove in a new space – whatever that is…it is a new realm where we feel great…maybe even groovy.

Whether we work outside the home, inside the home, or stay-at-home, the life cycle is continually on the move for moms.  We are masters of multi-tasking and our skill-set is constantly being refined and updated NO matter what we do professionally or personally.  I remember a few years ago, over cupcakes and coffee, a good friend told me she was going back to work part-time.  It was the right time for her and she discovered her groove excellently!  I always admire how she makes it all happen….kids, husband, work, fitness, time for friends.  A constant reminder to me and all of us that life is fluid in nature, and with each phase, we redefine the groove.

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start-ups, CrowdRise, and giving back all rolled up into one!

Last week I won a CrowdRise T-shirt on twitter. Thanks Felix for promptly shipping it out to me!  This was so exciting because I never win anything!  If you do not know what CrowdRise is, you should check them out at http://www.crowdrise.com/ Basically, CrowdRise “crowd funds” charities. Which is funny because this week, I participated on a podcast for crowd funding for start-ups with Susan Outlaw of PeerBackers AND my fave, Tory Johnson, did a segment on crowd funding on GMA earlier in the week.  Obviously, crowd funding is all the rage, so why not blog about it? Of course, I should blog about it.  I thought that I would give you a deeper look at CrowdRise and its importance for start-ups………..

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a little re-prioritizing, laughter & venting on a SNOW DAY

Last week, I attended a webinar led by social media guru, Ann Evanston.  One of the main takeaways was — vlogging is in.  If you do not know what a vlog is – it is basically a  video blog.  A little panic set in me after hearing that vlogging was in because I really do not love making videos.  In an effort to offset making a vlog, I inserted a quick slideshow  (of my adorable dogs) in one of my blogs last week.  I knew that I had to make a vlog sooner than later, and it was on my list for today.

Except that today ended up being a SNOW DAY for my boys, and everyone was HOME!  Originally, today was supposed to just be a two hour delay for school, so when I prioritized my day, I still kept the vlog in the top 3!  Then, school was cancelled, and I thought what a great excuse of getting over the fear of vlogging than a day that has already gone hairy.  Why not have a little fun with my 2 little cameramen running around.  AND, fun was what we had.  The boys helped me with the first part of the taping, and when we lost sound on one part – I figured, run with it!  That is the theme of this day – run with it!

So, without any further introduction, I give you THE attempted SNOW DAY VLOG (unedited, run with it version).

I know that many of you, moms, are stressed today.  A number of you have touched base and shared your thoughts and stressors.  Sometimes, the best cure for chaos is to laugh and make fun of yourself like I did in my vlog AND/OR vent to a good friend.  Feel free to leave your SNOW DAY vent below!


examining need vs. want (in a fun way)

I have had a crazy week filled with business plan writing and office supply shopping.  Woohoo!  To quote Justin Timberlake, I am “Bringing Sexy Back” one office supply at a time.  For me the theme of the week has been Need versus Want. When working on the sales plan for my upcoming braduct, I have been flushing out whether my product is a need or a want.  Then came my trip to Office Depot to buy a file cabinet that I needed, but I also bought a fancy purple stapler and “backngroove” pink file folders (clearly a want).  However, it could be argued that I needed these items.  I did need folders and a stapler.  Not necessarily the stylish ones that I bought, yet on the other hand, I am creating a brand.  A feminine, lingerie-esque brand that possibly needed pink and purple office supplies.  I know — keep telling myself that.

When examining Need versus Want in any aspect of life, business or personal, could it be that we convince ourselves that something is a need when it really is want?  Can an item be both a need and a want at different times? I made a quick slide show of a major part of my life to examine this argument.

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abundant 2011

There is a lot of talk about New Year’s Resolutions all over the blogosphere.  I was trying to avoid it, but it seems as though I cannot. I try not to make the usual resolutions: exercise more; eat less; lay off the wine; call my mom more or less because once I set the resolution, it seems to become a major focal point of mine.  As in the old saying, “Forbidden Fruit is the Sweetest”, that is what happens with my resolutions.  Traditional Resolutions are usually about giving up or limiting something.  The more I try to limit myself,  the more I think about what I am trying to avoid.  Earlier this week, I had the smallest thought of trying to give up sweets, and the next thing I know, I am arranging for a cupcake date on Friday with my cupcake eating friend (you know exactly who you are).  MMMMM…I am dreaming of  cupcakes from Vanilla already.

I guess that is what is happening with trying not to blog about resolutions.  The more I told myself that I was not going to do it, the more that I had a desperate need to write about my resolve for 2011.  So – here you go…

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look r. BRAfeld, it is the prototype

Good Morning – welcome to 2011! The 5 a.m. wake-up was ROUGH this morning……

A little update for my Backngroove-Readers – My boys still have 1 more day off of school!  I know – RIDICULOUS!  After 2 weeks of being off of school, the teachers need an in-service day, and we parents, who really need a mental health day, have the kiddos home for 24 more hours.  If anyone wants to borrow my boys for one day, I can even send a packed lunch!

Well, this Backngroovemom has to get back to reality, so I am taking advantage of having an old sitter home from college – thanks Mary! – Who is on off on her own adventure with the “not so much Backngroove-Boys” today.  Tomorrow will be a very nasty wake-up.

The last 20, I mean 2, weeks have been relaxing and exhausting all at the same time.  It was nice to table my “braduct” for 2 weeks and enjoy my kids and out-of-town company.  After 2 weeks of watching & playing basketball, cooking, skiing, cooking, going to movies, cooking, even a trip to Dave & Busters (whew) and endless cleaning up…I AM READY TO START IT UP!

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here comes 2011: from “protoype guy” to “vegas guy” and everyone in between

All over twitter and fb, there are wishes, hopes, dreams and expectations for 2011.  Truthfully, I am just hoping to survive winter break…just kidding!  I am hopeful that my “braduct” (thanks JB for coining that term) will evolve from an idea into a prototype, and then, of course, a useful braduct that all women NEED to buy.   I have a rough outline of how I am going to get there, but I still have many unanswered questions.

The most difficult piece for me is that those questions will more than likely be left unanswered until 2011.  I have spoken about it before, patience is something that I am learning.  With that, I am also learning to prioritize differently and, occasionally, lower my expectations for myself.

This week has been lonely without “prototype guy”.  “Prototype guy” is visiting family for the holidays, and I cannot begrudge him that.  BUT, I miss him!  We were on such a fabulous creative roll before he left.  Who would have thought that we could have such a great time playing with bras in a purely platonic, utilitarian way?  My 2011 expectation is that we can pick up where we left and continue on that roll.

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to tweet or not to tweet over our egg nog?

Yesterday was one of those days that I accomplished ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.  Do you ever have a day like that?  It seemed as though the more that I tried to get on track, the less I was on target.  The mood started to creep into today, so I took a few steps back, went spinning (thanks Laurie), and now I am possibly back on track.  BUT, wait today is the boys last day of school before winter break, and I am just back on track?  Which brings to mind, winter break and how does a mom reconcile veering off the road for 1-2 weeks or more?  This is new territory for me, so I will not even pretend to be an expert.  All that I know is that even as an at home mom, winter break and other school vacations are completely disruptive to all schedules.

This morning, I tweeted to @AnnEvanston (social media expert) questioning what her thoughts may be on social media & what happens over the holidays?  I am anxious to hear Ann’s thoughts.  For bloggers, business owners, entrepreneurs & mompreneurs, and everyone in between, maintaining a brand through social media is becoming more and more important.  How do we fit all of it in and be “present” for our kids, extended families, partners/husbands/wives?

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mompreneurs do not have to sacrifice!

I mentioned in an earlier blog that a few years ago, I applied to a job post for a hospital social worker.  I was both enthusiastic and stunned when I was called for an interview.  At this point, I had not been formally working for 7 or 8 years.  I washed my hair, suited up, and headed to the interview.  The hospital was part of a larger conglomerate, so the first part of the interview covered all the basics with H.R.  You know all the general stuff:  I had to work a year before accruing any vacation days; there was no flex time if I wanted to attend school programming for my children; parking was my own responsibility.  A dream job – right? Ha!

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uninhibited

@backngroovemom just met a guy that I never met before at a coffee place in polish hill to discuss my bra project – good thing I am #uninhibited

For some reason…in the last 2 weeks, I have now broadened my adventure to 2 projects….

whew!

I have been distracted for a few days by a website based project that I have been investigating (details to remain vague).  Today, I had to get back on track with my bra project (details still to remain vague).  My 9 year old has been required to sign a non-disclosure after discussing the idea.  He now affectionately calls my bra related product a “braduct”.  Maybe I should hire him for marketing?

Anyway, as a woman entrepreneur, I think that it is important to be uninhibited?  Why?  There is no room for blushing when trying to start a company.  So, today I met an artist to discuss bra related prototypes in a local artist area at a coffee shop that looked like a bar from the outside.

whew!

I skipped the blushing, got right down to business, and hope that I have found the guy to make my prototype! And, I did before having to go pick up my kids from school…even better!

just a short little thought for today.