You likely know me from Lipsticking. That’s my first baby. She’s close to 15 now. Wow, they grow up so fast!
I still maintain that blog, with a sincere focus on women and women’s issues. It’s from that blog, from writing it, interviewing so many talented, smart women in it, and from having amazing guest bloggers (Robbi Hess, Sybil Stershic, and Donna DeClemente, among many other talented, smart women), that Nurturing Big Ideas grew.
There you have it. I was my own first client!
I grew up in the 1960s. That makes me a baby boomer. It also makes me fierce in support of a woman's voice, because I was too often silenced in those years. Women were rising up to build strength and purpose, in those days, but we had to get over a lot of hurdles and stumble over a good many potholes.
I bring my talent to my work by tapping into the desires and demands of a life lived not on the sidelines, but in the middle of the chaos.
Mom and More
Here's the short list of me and what I am and what I have done, plus what I do now:
- Professional web content writer
- Author/blogger/Content editor
- Editorial writer: local evening news
- Book coach and POD publisher
- Co-founder of BlogPaws, a successful online influencer community (acquired by a major brand)
- Keynote speaker
- Conference builder
- Serious business networking maven
- Teacher, trainer, believer in peer group learning
- Proud Mom of Chloe, Maggie and Donnie - three great kids who make me look good every time they leave the house!
- Proud Grandma of Miah Rae, Frankie, Sammy, Owen, and Kyla - the mighty five!
The Mom Thing
Of all those bulleted points, the one I'm most proud of is Mom. I did all those other things because ... well, because I saw an opportunity, and I took it. I grab opportunity and wrestle with it until I make it my own, time and time again. I still have bruises to show for some it.
But, the being a Mom thing - bringing new life into the world! Wow, what tremendous change that brought into my life! I was first surprised, and scared, until I finally embraced the most colorful moments of pure song and dance, moments that were truly the most delightful in my entire life!
Being a Mom informed everything I did and everything I became and everything I am now. I don't dictate or scream or try to take over. I nurture. Pure and simple.
I believe you need that Mom's touch. Because Moms know each child has a special kind of talent inside. Moms see the magic that comes from recognizing that talent. Moms know how to take children move from ordinary to extraordinary.
Sadly, too many grown women lose some of that. They let the extraordinary slip into the ordinary. The day to day drudgery grips them. They still have the talent and the magic wants to get out, but life wears them down. The magic fades.
At Nurturing Big Ideas, I'll help you bring the magic back! The time is NOW! Do that thing you want to do. Now is the time to take your BIG idea to the world. Build a business. Write a book. Be a public speaker.
Going from Side Hustle to Entrepreneur to Published Author
It's hard. Deciding to go from hobby or side hustle to a real business to a published author, even becoming a public speaker, is hard. In fact, it's even a bit scary at times.
Wondering which steps to take first, second, third…that’s daunting. How to go from new entrepreneur, to successful entrepreneur, to established business professional, to book author to public speaker - holy cow! That's huge.
I know it's huge. Back in 2004 when I threw in the towel on the "being an employee" thing, I had no idea what I was doing or how to do it. I just did it. And failed more often than I want to admit. And spent sleepless nights wondering how I was going to pay next week's phone bill.
Somehow, I found help. I stumbled into a group of amazing people who were not just helpful, they took time to teach me the things I didn't know. They pointed me in the right direction. They nurtured me.
And so, because of them, because of all the people who helped me, all those years ago, I am here, today, to help you.
Being an entrepreneur.
I love animals. Ask me about my former life in BlogPaws. That's my girl, in the picture above. My Emily.
I love reading. I love telling stories - and helping others tells stories.
I've done the reinvention game too many times to count. To me, reinvention is just figuring out what works better today, and what might get me where I want to be, tomorrow.
I only know that I love what I do now, and every reinvention along the way contributed to getting me here - with you.
You can find me on Facebook at the Nurturing Big Ideas page almost every day.
I invite you to join my Facebook group, Smart Women Write Books. It's about reading and writing. I know you read, so join us. Maybe you'll be inspired to write.
You can find me sharing content on my LinkedIn page pretty much every day. I love my LinkedIn connections.
Over on twitter just look for @ideanurturing
And, if you want to connect via email, it's yvonne (at) yvonnedivita (dot)com
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