Change your mindset to reach your goals.

44547880This is one of the most important books I have ever read.  Based on what I learned from Mindset, I feel equipped to reach some of those goals that have eluded me for years.  And, as a mother, I have some new tools for parenting my boys so they embrace challenges and are prepared for any obstacles that come their way.  Read below for a “taste” of what I learned.

Are you a growth mindset or a fixed mindset?   Maybe you have no idea which mindset you might be, and you wonder why you should care.  But I assure you that the concept of mindset may be a game changer for you in almost anything and everything that you do.

The book, Mindset, by Carol Dweck, was suggested reading from my son’s 2nd grade teacher.  But this is not a book about parenting.   And the concept of “mindset” is just as important for adults as it is children.

The two different types of mindset:

The fixed mindset believes that your qualities are carved in stone.  We are each born with a fixed intelligence, capabilities, a certain type of personality and character.  These things cannot be changed.

A growth mindset believes that your basic qualities are things you cultivate through your efforts.  They believe that a person’s true potential is unknown (and unknowable) because it is impossible to forsee what years of passion, toil and training will accomplish.

To further the explanation, I will summarize an example that was in the book: One day you go to a class that is really important to you and you really enjoy.  The professor returns midterm papers to the class and you got a C+.  Is your initial reaction that you are stupid or you like the class less?  Or, does this grade motivate you to study harder for the next exam in hopes of getting a better result?

Now take that example and apply it to a situation in your life where your results were less than optimal.  Did you quit that activity or start liking it less?  Or did you rethink the situation and find a way to achieve better results? Continue reading

Rework-Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

62531032The other day I stopped in to see my web designer- Arny Pollack from Dice Media.  I needed to meet with him because he is always a wealth of amazing ideas and he gets me thinking out of the box.  About half way through the meeting, Arny asked if I had read the book “Rework”.  The title itself doesn’t give many clues as to what the book is about, but of course I hadn’t read it.  Arny gives me this surprised look.  Who knows why, I mean, in my free time I am over here reading “chic lit”- something that touches the emotional side of me for goodness sake!  But I took his advice and picked up this book.  I cracked it open late afternoon and couldn’t put it down. Continue reading

My Own Little Story

logo3If you read my most recent newsletter you have heard the news: I finally launched my online baby book-

This blog, The Inspired Mom, was born out of the concept that there must be more moms like myself.  Who had an idea, a dream, a goal and they might need some support in order to pursue their ventures.   In fact, the very reason I was able to reach my goal was because I had a support network of friends and family who wanted to see me achieve my goals.  Even though I have launched my website, I still have a huge journey ahead of me.  I need to get out there and market my book.  This is not something I have experience in doing, but then again everything I have done over the last three years has been outside of my “scope” of experience.

Up to this point, I never considered myself to be a creative person; but, as I look at my website and a finished baby book, I realize I am sort of creative.  Also, I didn’t envision myself as an entrepreneur, but I can’t think of anything else to call someone who has created his or her own business.   I knew nothing about technology or how to build a web-based business, but I have managed to ask the right people and do enough research so that I could bring My Own Little Story to life.  Now, I am going to teach myself something about marketing and public relations.  I guess in the near future, I might have to hire someone if I want it done right.  In the meantime time, I am going to harness my passion for my product and see who will share my enthusiasm

I hope that my readers will take a look at my website you can click here:  There are some really cool features of My Own Little Story that have never been done before on a baby book site. Continue reading

Don’t give up- when the going gets rough.

CIMG0356If you have ever dreamed of owning your own business you will enjoy this story about Phyllis Calza.  Phyllis started her career in education working with children as the Program Director for a reading intervention program. Her job was part of a special program that was funded by the state of California (back when there was money to spend).  In 2002, the funding for this reading program was cut and Phyllis was left wondering what she wanted to do for a career.   She and her husband wanted to start a family; but, just like so many of us, Phyllis didn’t get pregnant as easily as she had hoped. While she was in the midst of career decisions and trying to get pregnant, Phyllis realized that she would really like to start her own stationery and gift business.  However the timing didn’t feel right because she was more focused on getting pregnant.  So, she took a short break from working and wound up pregnant with her first child, Austin. Continue reading

You never know which decision might change your life forever.

On September 11th, 2001 Denise Berger made a decision that would end up saving her life.   At 8:46 that morning, Denise was working in the South Tower of The World Trade Center on the 103rd floor, when she saw an airplane crash into the North Tower.  At the time, nobody in her building was aware that the collision was a terror attack.  Denise said she saw the plane crash as if it was in slow motion.  Her vantage point was such that she could make out figures sitting in the cockpit.  After the initial impact, she heard several explosions and was fearful that the Tower she was in would catch fire too.  She made a split second decision to get out of the building.  Denise followed her gut and figured she could always go back to her desk later if there was no need to worry.  In addition, Denise was newly pregnant with her second child. Continue reading

My Life On Time

As a mom it is critical to be organized.  If you don’t write things down, you are likely to forget something extremely important- like donuts for the kindergarten class on “Dad’s donut day” or your day to drive the carpool to swim lessons.

That’s why we could all use a great calendar or planner to help family life run smoothly and eliminate the likelihood of getting the dreaded call from school that your child is sitting  in the office because you forgot to pick them up!  Laura Marusa, a mom of two kindergarten girls, had a hard time finding the right calendar to fit her needs.  As a result, she dreamed up the perfect calendar then created it using her own computer and design skills.   She named her creation My Life On Time.   Continue reading

Are you inundated with Christmas catalogs? Just throw them in the recycle bin!

I have to say I am a bit overloaded with ads and catalogs this holiday season.  It looks like retailers REALLY want me to buy another flat screen for $999.99.   Considering most of us are too busy to sort through all of these catalogs to find something sort of cool, I want to share a link to a gift that I received and absolutely love.  Take a look at Naturally Knotty totes and clutches.  

I was introduced to this brand when one of my stylish girlfriends gifted me with this water proof, sand proof, spill proof (because it’s laminated)  tote.  The very next morning, I tossed my workout gear in and headed out to teach my spin class.  I was given the bag with four pockets (pictured above) which came in  handy for my keys and a water bottle and my bike shoes with clips didn’t scratch or tear the interior.  Afterwards, I threw my sweaty towel along with a half open water bottle  into the bag and when I came home to realize that the water had spilled, I just dumped out the contents and dried it. No damage to the bag and my life got just a little bit easier.   Now here is the story on how these bags came to life: Continue reading

Erin Condren- remember that name.

I have been wanting to write Erin Condren’s story from the day I launched the inspired mom.  She is an incredible role model for mom entrepreneurs.   She was the person who actually got me started dreaming about “possibilities”.  Her success has been an inspiration to me and I hope you find some inspiration too.

Erin’s journey to success was hard fought and included some setbacks that might have have caused many-a- woman to throw in the towel.  The lesson to be learned from Erin is that sometimes disappointment is part of the actual journey on the road to success. Continue reading

A mom who isn’t afraid of anything!

Mani Pedi Cutie in Hermosa Beach is one of those places you have to visit in order to appreciate. When I walked in, I was both impressed and curious. At first I thought MPC was just a gorgeous salon. Then, I noticed an area designed with young girls in mind and learned that the salon uses non-toxic beauty products. When I heard the proprietor was I mom of two kids, I knew that I had to interview her for my website.

Fearless, intelligent, determined are just a few adjectives that I would use to describe Ally Conley, the owner of Mani Pedi Cutie. With two children ages 3 and 6 she created an upscale nail salon that is both eco-friendly and child friendly. When you read her story, you will understand why I chose the adjectives above to describe her. Continue reading