Triplet Mompreneur Tuesday Tell All…

What if today your intention was to help and support other women in the online world?

Today, I want you to meet Julie Howard Patterson, a Triplet Mompreneur living in Houston, Texas.

Julie agreed to let me interview her as part of a “Triplet Mom Tell All” series and share her story in hopes that it inspires or motivates you to “FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!”.

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Briefly tell me about you and your family:

I am 33, married 9 years to college sweetheart, and mother of (soon to be) 4 years old triplet girls. Met husband while both were attending LSU in Baton Rouge, LA, graduated from Physical Therapy school.

Via Clomid, became pregnant with triplets. Admitted in March 2013 PRETERM LABOR <23 weeks. Stayed in hospital for 80 days. Didn’t understand the scope of it all at the time. Stopped labor and stayed there until 34 weeks and 3 days and delivered fraternal triplet girls. They stayed in the NICU for 2 weeks and then came home. Both sets of Grandparents helped along with Best Friend’s Mom.

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Career put on hold:

Physical Therapist since 2007 and stopped working in February 2013, a month before triplets arrived. Leave of absence for 6 months to be at home with the girls. Started back a little at a time… working one day a month / 10 hours a week.

Christmas Gift turns into a Family Business

Christmas 2015 started my business: 3 Daughters Design Shop

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Began by making silhouettes for Grandparents as Christmas gifts. Facebook post of the silhouette pictures received tons positive feedback from other Triplet Moms requesting product. This led to opening an Etsy Shop April 2016.

Work/Life Balance:

Triplets go to preschool 2 days a week for 3 hours.

While triplets nap and sleep at night – work on business. Physical Therapist 3 days a week.

Motivation for business: it’s a creative outlet and helps with family budget. Hubby is an Engineer that created an Excel spreadsheet for budget/personal planner. Stick to the budget for the family in order to be able to travel as a family or couple. Schedule: weeks are set with activities and work schedule. Prioritize with List Making as well.

Feels content and fulfilled with work and life balance with help of family.

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Biggest Fear: Committing to much by saying “yes”. Learned it’s okay to say “NO” to orders or customers when feeling overwhelmed.

Success Mantra: Set Achievable Goals and Do Something that Makes YOU Happy.

Fave Books: Anything by Marie Forleo and Danielle Laporte

Satisfying Moments:

Business – End of year silhouette ornaments was a huge success. Had to turn down orders!

Kids – Bittersweet moment at school when they didn’t need help in restroom to potty. Out in public, always well-behaved.

MARRIAGE: Date nights are hit/miss on Wednesdays depending on schedule. Once a month vacation from kids.

In 10 years… Love my Physical Therapy job and want to work longer hours of PT. Door is still open to have more kids. Creative Business in progress – niche will be silhouettes. Mom side hustle: MLM, creative, cooking.

Remain a source of inspiration to me and others:  Thank you Tina! This was awesome!

Julie Patterson’s 3 Daughters Design Shop can be found:

My website is www.3daughtersdesignshop.etsy.com.
Instagram is @3daughtersdesignshop.
And I have a Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/192637521104553/

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I AM Tina Asma, Life Coach & Triplet Mompreneur. @iamtinaasma

***CONTACT ME*** If you’d like to collaborate as well as be featured on my social media.

***We RISE by lifting others!***

Motivational Triplet Mompreneur Monday!

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What if today your intention was to help and support other women in the online world?

Today, I want you to meet Natalie Ramirez-Loftin, a Triplet Mompreneur living in Folsom, California. Natalie agreed to let me interview her as part of a “Triplet Mom Tell All” series and share her story in hopes that it inspires or motivates you to “FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!”.

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Her story is not a fairy tale, but one of strength, family, and success.

Briefly tell me about you and your family:

I am 40, married 14 years, and have 8 years old triplets (2 boys/ 1 girl). Met husband while both were active military in Afghanistan after 9/11.

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Got Married, Discharged from the military (husband remained active), and went into Real Estate. Growing up I was raised by my Grandmother and Mother. Being a “hard worker” was instilled in me at a very young age. Remained a Top Producing Agent throughout my pregnancy.

Military insurance allowed one candidate per year for IVF. Fibroids had grown with medication and was heartbroken. Convinced doctor to go ahead with procedure or they’d have to wait another year. Had 4 viable eggs but went ahead with 3 eggs at once. Delivered at 33 weeks and triplets remained in NICU for 3 weeks.

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Went back to work right away! Real Estate Agent for military families and part of a supportive community. Showed houses with triplets in tow when they were only ONE month old. It was an outlet to communicate with adults and not be stuck at home. Husband was deployed to the Middle East when triplets were 10 months old and she had to do it all on her own. Younger brother would come and help when he wasn’t in school and Dad came to help as well. “ You do what you have to do!”…

CROSSROADS  TO CHANGE CAREER

As a realtor it felt like it was feast or famine for a long time. When triplets were 3 years old, changed mindset to be a better Mom and not choose a paycheck over spending time with children. Returned to California. Husband changed career and I was able to leave real estate job. I didn’t want to ask for money and wanted my own financial freedom/independence.

MERMAID DREAM

Growing up my Mother had a retail shop and a real estate background. She encouraged me to get creative and sell my items. Created custom aprons at first, posted pictures to Facebook, and they sold for $60 each. Aprons turned into Tutus. Brought the triplets to the fabric store at 5 years old to help with the business. Balance: Creative at night/bedtime in order to spend time with triplets during the day. Online business grew more and more everyday. Mom encouraged me to find a shop to rent while selling my products at booths and fairs. 3 Peas & Me grew from word of mouth, along with online FB, Etsy, and in person referrals, due to the #1 Craftsmanship details!

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Hobby vs. Family Business

Rented a shop in the Touristic/Historic Area with weekend hours for Thursday/Friday/Saturday selling: Custom Shirts, Tutus, etc. Makes everything at home during the week. Mom helps with kids and shop in order to have a good balance. Crafting hours doesn’t always match up to pay, but it allows triplets to see Mom being productive as well as encourages them to be social communicating with the public. Dad works hard as an engineer BUT they see what mom does.

Although one son has Autism (higher functioning) and one son has sensory issues, all three including one daughter have shown entrepreneur mindsets! Their discussions are out of the box thinking about how they would run a business together including customer profile, branding, and marketing at only 8 years old!

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WORK ON PRAISE!

I AM more than just a Mommy or wife, I’m ME!  My business gives that Self confidence and self worth I crave. When a customer praises my work, that’s when I light up.

ADVICE TO Triplet Moms or Mompreneurs

Get out in the public with the kids! Don’t let fear keep you house-ridden. Houses will be messy and meals won’t always be cooked at home. Find some happiness for YOU! Find that passion, take a leap of faith, and DO IT!

MARRIAGE

Every marriage has bad moments or bad days… that does NOT equal a BAD LIFE! Come back together as a family and remember why you started this journey together before having kids.

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FAVE BOOK

The Five Love Languages – Everybody is loved in different ways. Praise each other. Live a life of Gratitude.

Remain a source of inspiration to me and others: 

Thank you Tina! This was awesome! Yes, fellow Mommas- get out there, create, innovate, and do something YOU love!

 

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I AM Tina Asma, Life Coach & Triplet Mompreneur. @iamtinaasma
***CONTACT ME*** If you’d like to collaborate as well as be featured on my social media.
***We RISE by lifting others!***

Emotional Intelligence is KEY. 

One thing I have learned in my personal and professional life related to emotions is that we all have them. Some of us feel them deeply, some of us stuff them completely, some of us actively run the other direction from them, worried that emotions are somehow frivolous, dangerous, or unnecessary. Some of us think of emotions as something you “get through” or resolve in order to get back to the business of living.

For me, emotions are as present as the sky, as necessary as oxygen. Not all of us operate that way and I completely get what an exhaustive prospect that is for some. 

Feel your feelings. Feel all your feelings. Scary as that is, emotions are a beautiful, complicated part of being a human being. And they don’t have to be so scary or sanitized.

***May is Mental Health Awareness Month! 

@iamtinaasma I AM Tina Asma, your Life Coach & Empath, here to encourage and challenge YOU to be your best self! Contact me for your FREE 1:1 call to see if we are a great fit and get YOU enrolled in my 6 weeks program to Tap Into Your True Self! Look forward to hearing from YOU! 👯💖🙌🏻

#emotionalintelligence #feelings #awakening

Motivational May – Triplet Mompreneur Tuesday

What if today your intention was to help and support other women in the online world?

Today, I want you to meet Michaela Meltzer, an Australian, Triplet Mompreneur living in Canada. Michaela agreed to let me interview her as part of a “Triplet Mom Tell All” series and share her story in hopes that it inspires or motivates you to Be Fearless as well as realize that you have the power inside yourself to create a happier life.


Michaela Meltzer – Arbonne Consultant: Helping people achieve healthy living and great looking skin! “Have a Fearless Mindset, Educate Others, and Build a Global Business!” @michaelameltzer , Facebook.com/mlmeltzer, http://www.arbonne.com/pws/michaelameltzer/tabs/home.aspx
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I AM Tina Asma, Life Coach & Triplet Mompreneur. @iamtinaasma
***CONTACT ME*** If you’d like to collaborate as well as be featured on my social media.
***We RISE by lifting others!***
#tripletmompreneur  #tripletmom #mompreneur #momboss #momblogger

 

Creativity Takes Courage

“Daring Greatly” means that YOU have the courage to be vulnerable, to show up and be seen. To ask for what YOU need, to talk about how you’re feeling, to have the hard conversations. -Oprah —————————————

People tell me all the time “Don’t know how you do it!”… funny thing is I’ve heard this since I was 19. When I left my small bayou hometown for college in New Orleans… or when I had to drop out and start working to provide for myself… or when I started traveling All over the USA for my Consulting job… or when I moved to Abu Dhabi for work for 2 years (my first international home away from home)… or when I had triplets and became a First time Mom… or when we moved to Istanbul for almost a year and a half with 3 years old triplets… or when I flew home ALONE on a 12 hours direct flight to Louisiana with 4 years old triplets for six weeks… guess you get the picture. I try not to let people’s opinions or worries affect my decisions. No one will ever understand my journey or adventures with the Peas (triplets) because it’s mine alone. It requires so much of me and there’s tons of times where all I want to do is stay in bed and pull the covers over my head… BUT that’s when I remember that there’s a woman out there somewhere who needs to hear my story. I have to be courageous in order to be creativity (especially with Life Coaching) to show her that she can handle anything life throws at her on a daily basis. Just take it Moment by moment or minute by minute if need be. ✨

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Do you let the hard things in life break you, affect you, change you, inform you, and teach you? Don’t try to run away from it or cop out. LEAN into it and LEARN from it. 

Be vulnerable and allow growth to happen… make room for grief, for joy, for misery. Practice vulnerability and have an attitude of gratitude. Be courageous. Your strength will motivate you therefore pushing you to be creative more than you would ever know. ✨ 

@iamtinaasma I AM Tina Asma, your Life Coach, here to help serve, encourage, and Challenge you to be your best self. *Contact Me* for your free 1:1 session. 

Reflecting as part of a mindfulness practice.

Reflecting is a super easy task that people don’t do enough. In a high-paced world, we often forget to stop and rest. We forget the importance of learning from our mistakes. Reflections are an integral part of growth. Though at times they can be painful, they are also highly effective and beneficial to growth. You need to start reflecting as a part of mindfulness practice. This will help you become accepting of yourself and build confidence to be the best you can be.

Everyday Sunday I reflect on my previous week and focus on how I make this week better. Many people don’t understand the purpose of reflecting or how it can benefit them. When I look back, I realize mistakes and learn how to do better in the future. 

Three effective ways to reflect on your life: 

Journals- write it out! 

People don’t journal like they use to. When you journal you write about the important things that happened during your day. At the end of the week, you can review those writings and check/acknowledge patterns and themes. After you have read through the entries you will have the knowledge you need to make changes in the following week.

Weekly Friend Therapy

Ask your partner or even a close friend to just talk about the things that went on during the week. Being able to speak to another person about what’s going on in your mind can be very helpful if that person is naturally validating with you. You could make a regular thing of that to check in with a friend about all that is going on.

Use your Planner



There are so many great life planners nowadays that are perfect for weekly reflections. Be sure to write down your goals and any major events that would have occurred. On Sunday look back on the week to see what you have accomplished and what got in the way of your accomplishments. Utilize that information to move forward in the following week.
When you look back you can compare the you of yesterday to the you of today. This is pertinent information to facilitate growth. It also helps you determine how close you may or may not be of your goals. The use of reflections can bring you closer to your goals. How have you reflected on your past? How has it contributed to your future? Use the comment section below to share your thoughts. 

Eat that Frog!

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

― Mark Twain

Have you ever heard the term, “Eat the Frog First”? I heard this several months ago and I’m not sure why when put this particular way it stuck, but it did. Basically, it’s a way of systematically prioritizing your tasks each day, hour, etc. This is something I really struggled with when I first started working at home (and still sometimes do). Yes, working. This ‘staying-at-home’ stuff is no joke, but I digress.
The idea here is to prioritize based on your need and desire to do tasks. Lifehack outlines it best:
The things you need to do, but don’t want to do. Aka, the “Frog(s)”
The things you need to do and want to do.

The things you want to do, but don’t need to do.

The things you don’t need or want to do.

Ideally, you want to reprogram your brain and create a habit of eating the frog first. The reward there is you’ve done the ‘worst’ thing first, thereby making everything else seem easier or better. For me, it’s usually bathrooms, putting away laundry and some days, working out. I’m really trying to get better at this. I have developed a habit of putting these things off until I have to do them. Then I’m not happy about it because inevitably, I’d rather be doing something else, but it’s all about recognizing things you don’t like and working on them, right? Easier said than done sometimes…

Myths of starting an online business…

While there are many opportunities to succeed online, there are many MYTHS that must be overcome first.

If you’re thinking about starting your own business, take a look at the following before you dive in:

1. “You can work a part-time schedule and make a full-time income.” 

Here I thought I could be a Triplet Mompreneur working between 9am-3pm when my triplets were in school and not have to stay up all hours of the night, YEAH RIGHT! It’s fine to aim for goals such as passive income, but if you think you’re going to achieve that within a couple of months, you are setting yourself up for failure and disappointment. I’m six months into it and feeling defeated to be honest. 

2. ”Social media makes it easy to sell online.”

Unless you have products readily available to sell it’s difficult to market services online. You can’t necessarily leverage your existing friends, fans and followers into your business customers although they are of great support especially in Facebook groups to help generate participation.

3. “You can start an online business for free.”

 It’s certainly cheaper to start a web-based business than a traditional brick and mortar one. YOU can build a business from scratch without spending any money (if you have a great deal of time on your hands and are willing to work on multiple tasks around the clock). But most online businesses require a website, products to sell, effective ad copy, a social media presence and customer support. There are free alternatives, but these require plenty of work.

4. “Everything can be automated.”

You can install many applications and platforms (such as WordPress) with a few clicks, use tools such as autoresponders to help maintain your email list, and use software applications to post to automate many tasks.
If you are going to really succeed online, you must also take a hands-on approach to things like niche selection, market research, content creation and customer support. 

So many things to consider before doing the big “cannonball” leap into the deep end of the online business pool. Grow a work Tribe, a client Tribe, and have tons of family & friends that support you! Good Luck! 

How Lucky Are You?

It’s the start of a new weekend, which means it’s time to shake your shamrocks, take a deep breath and try to think positive, energizing thoughts! 

Do YOU believe if you work hard you can create your own luck? And does hard work mean being tied to your desk or phone 24/7? I don’t know about you but I’d rather FOCUS on the actual work in order to free up some time during my busy day/week to do things I actually want to do besides “look busy”.  🙌🏻 Food for thought. 

Wishing YOU lots of love and luck this St Patty’s Day!

What is your favorite quote? Share it with me by tweeting it to @iamtinaasma and I might feature yours next week!