Balancing Life and Entrepreneurship

Balancing life and entrepreneurship is different for everyone. I admit that I struggle to find balance. Often I’m told that because I’m single with no kids that I shouldn’t have any problems balancing. Welp, here’s the thing, because it’s only me the tendency to be a workaholic is strong. I am an entrepreneur, a reservist in the Navy, an actress, and a dance and acting instructor. All of that is work. And many times I have found myself doing nothing outside of work. Where is the balance? At least someone with kids and/or spouse/relationship can put work to the side and do something with them.

 

I have felt guilty for taking vacations although when I think about it I’ve only had 1 vacation this year that wasn’t work or family related. I went to NYC in June of this year for a bit of leisure and to see Anika Noni Rose in Carmen Jones at Classic Stage Company. I even got to spend some time with her while there. Did I feel guilty? Yes, I did. Was I still doing work? Yes. I don’t regret going because I hadn’t seen 2 of my friends in over 5 years. Wondering the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn with my friends was relaxing. Actually, it was therapeutic. This was the moment I realized how I lack balance in my life.

 

After my trip to NYC, I had travel to NC, FL, and Bahrain. My plan was to do work while on these trips. LOL! My ancestors had a different plan. While in Bahrain, I was going to complete a training course, but the internet was not strong enough to stream the videos. However, it was strong enough to stream Nettflix. How could I be mad? I binged on RuPaul’s Drag Race and Rick & Morty. The long flights to Bahrain and back to the USA were spent watching movies. Is this what leisure feels like? Yes, yes it does.

 

Incorporating leisure activities into my schedule has now become a priority. I’m teaching myself to find balance without guilt. As I find this balance, I also realize that volunteering is not leisure to me, it’s still work. So, I don’t count volunteer time as leisure. Finding balance between life and entrepreneurship is a conscious action. I’m still working on it. I schedule it into my day. This is new for me, I’ll keep you posted on the results.

 

 

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“All who wander are not lost” JRR Tolkien

I’m a wandering soul with an entrepreneurial spirit. My journey has allowed me to discover my passion for acting, writing, dancing, and modeling. Through the use of internet marketing I’ve been able to generate an income online living the WiFi and Pajamas life. Feel free to reach out to me to learn how you can do the same. And as always, thanks for reading and sharing!

#14Day1KBootCamp with Arielle Loren

#14Day1KBootCamp with Arielle Loren

 

Where do I begin? I “met” Arielle Loren in the same place I met several people, Twitter. Don’t ask me the details because I don’t remember. I do recall when she started Corset Magazine and other businesses she launched in between. Then somehow I lost track of her. Oops. Well, thanks to algorithms and paid ads, she began to appear in my social media feeds. I was happy to see her. Fast-forward to a few days ago when I was cleaning out my Gmail. I have committed to cleaning it out everyday; yes it’s that bad. I saw an email from her about a “pay what you can” 14 day course. I deleted it. I received another email about it. I deleted it. I received yet another email and this time I read it.

 

This 14-day business bootcamp is something I need and feel comfortable taking with Arielle. She has a proven track record. I started to fill out the registration then saw the payment. It’s a $97 course and she’s allowing you to pay what you can. Embarrassed I entered $15 then closed out the browser without submitting the payment. I thought to myself, what do you have to be embarrassed about? Your military orders got screwed up which caused you to miss out on a large sum of money, you’re still owed money from the military, your job applications keep getting rejected, you’re drained and tired of people hence why you stopped doing social media work… why are you embarrassed that $15 is all you can truly afford to give up for this 2 week course? I reopened the website, filled it out, and paid my $15.  I’m a prideful pretty bitch, glad I swallowed my pride.

 

I take my losses in private. Quite frankly, it’s none of your damn business what’s going on in my day to day life. I don’t need to update my status or write a blog post each time something flops. I don’t thrive off bullshit comments of, “You got this,” “Don’t give up sis,” “You’re amazing,” etc. Sorry, it does nothing for me at this point in my life. You won’t catch me posting a selfie of me staring into the distance and captioning it with some poetic tale of struggles.

 

Listen, bottom line is this, I’ve fucked up in business. It’s not that deep. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to be something that I’m not just cuz it’s profitable. That shit gets draining. At my core, I don’t like dealing with people. The less hands on I have to be with my business, the better. The less consulting I have to do, the better. The less running behind a client seeing if they did their part, the better.

 

Arielle made it clear to come with ONE business idea in mind. Again, I keep a lot to myself and I purchase my intellectual and digital property ahead of time. I rummaged through what I own and have decided that I will be focusing on WiFi And Pajamas. The Facebook group has almost 200 members and I’ve a laundry list of ideas to grow this brand. WiFi And Pajamas is the place for affiliate marketers and direct sales reps to hone their internet marketing skills.

 

Tonight at 8pm EST Arielle will be live on her Facebook page to discuss the upcoming training. I will share it on my Angela Naomi page too. Plus, I will post it on Twitter.  

 

Arielle, I cannot thank you enough for doing this. I’m glad algorithms worked in my favor. The next 14 days are going to be a welcomed challenge.

“All who wander are not lost” JRR Tolkien

I’m a wandering soul with an entrepreneurial spirit. My journey has allowed me to discover my passion for acting, writing, dancing, and modeling. Through the use of internet marketing I’ve been able to generate an income online living the WiFi and Pajamas life. Feel free to reach out to me to learn how you can do the same. And as always, thanks for reading and sharing!