Watch: Why You, An Adult, Should Prioritize Play

Think back to when you were a little kid, way before the Internet, iPads, and social media.  Back when floppy disks were actually floppy and we played outside until the street lights came on; when the best toy we had was our imagination.

Do you remember any of the games you played or made up?  Or any of the things you imagined?

If you have kids, when you think of playtime now, it’s probably reserved exclusively for your kids.

Play is a powerful tool for creativity — but it’s not just for kids.  You need to play, too — especially if you want to become the kick-butt entrepreneur you dream of.

Why?  Because business, especially entrepreneurship, requires creativity.

When is the last time that you played, as an adult?

You probably don’t remember.

Although this video is 10 years old, it’s still wildly relevant and important.  So, stop what you’re doing and check this video out.  Make play a part of your business plan.  Then schedule yourself some play time, play away, and watch your creativity — and your business — blossom.

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Five Things to Think About Before You Start a Business

A young mom recently joined our Facebook community and asked us some great questions about how she can become an entrepreneur and start her own business.  Like many, she wasn’t sure where or how to start.

Reaching out for clarity is great, because before starting a business, there are obviously a few things you should brainstorm.

We’ve come up with a few of the basics to help you mastermind your master plan.

What do you like doing?  Can you see yourself doing it every day?

There’s a saying that if you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.  This is vital, because if you’re going to have your own business, it should be something you’re obsessed with, not in love with.  Why?  As millionaire entrepreneur and best selling author of Be Obsessed or Be Average Grant Cardone said, “Getting hooked on the idea of success and actually being obsessed enough to pursue it are two completely different things. Just wanting to be great isn’t enough. I’ve shed sweat, blood, tears—and put my ass on the line more times than I can count—to get to where I am today.”

What do you not like doing?  What can you not do?  Start thinking about building your team.

Yes, you will need a team — even if it’s a small one.  Identify the tasks that you either don’t have the skills to complete, or just don’t want to complete.  Then figure out how to delegate them to someone who’s a rockstar.

What problem does my business or product solve?

Businesses exist for the sole reason of problem solving.  Find a problem and solve it.  This is inherently what will make your business valuable.

How much will it cost me to start?  How can I get started right away, with what I have right now?

Let’s say your ideal business is a clothing store.  Without some heavy capital, it may be hard to immediately open a brick and mortar storefront.  If you start online or at trade shows, with a small inventory, you can get started sooner and keep funneling funds back into your business so you can scale up as time goes on.  You don’t need to be the biggest and the baddest right away.  You just need to get started!

Who else is doing it, and what unique advantage do I offer?

Mark Cuban from Shark Tank calls this standout factor your “special sauce.”  Your special sauce is what makes you shine; it’s what sets you apart from your competitors.  Build your business around what makes your business unique.  Develop your marketing around your special sauce.  Your special sauce could be anything from your messaging, the type of experience you provide, a production method, charitable contributions, or where your product is produced.  Think about what you’re giving your customer, not what you’ll get.  Some key concepts to focus on are sustainability, ethically produced goods, community involvement, social responsibility and social consciousness.

Home-Based Business Opportunities From Millionaire Mom Society

If you’ve read about Millionaire Mom Society, you’ll know that we’re in existence to empower entrepreneurs with tools and resources to start, grow, and scale up their businesses, control their schedules, and control their income – specifically, people who want to work from home, online. We’ve got several options available for people who are seriously interested in working from home or just making some extra cash. There are marketing opportunities, trading opportunities, and even Bitcoin opportunities — you can check it all out here. There’s no experience necessary, and you can change your life with just a few clicks. Change is seriously only a click away!

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#GlowUp2018: How to Make a Vision Board

Hey lovelies!  We’re back this week with a video on how to make your own vision board.

A vision board is a visual representation of your goals.  While writing your goals down is powerful, visualizing them is even more so!

Before you discount a vision board as a hippy dippy waste of time, keep in mind that athletes and other successful individuals use visualization all the time.  Visualization is the real deal, and science backs it.

Psychology Today reports that in one study,  weightlifters were able to activate the same patterns in their brain whether they were physically lifting hundreds of pounds or just visualizing it.

Other research has revealed that visualization practices are almost as effective as physical practice.  The same study found that engaging in both physical and mental practice is more effective than utilizing either method alone.

This is a great opportunity to get fancy and let your creativity shine.  Decorate your vision board with contact paper, use pretty push pins, rhinestone decorations, gold accents, washi tape, or whatever you think is aesthetically pleasing.

There’s no right or wrong way to do it.  Check out the video above for some great vision boarding tips.  You can also grab Olivia Avenue’s vision board planning PDF for free, here.

Video credit:  Rachelleea

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We’re ready to make shift happen – are you?  We know you can live your best life in 2018 and beyond, and we’ve got your back.

As always, we love hearing from you.  Drop a comment below and show us your vision boards for 2018, or email us here.

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Develop These 10 Habits to Live Your Best Life

If you haven’t made any resolutions or set any goals for this year yet, you’ve still got plenty of time.

While “Go big or go home” sounds good, it’s small changes that will be the most sustainable, and thus have the most impact.

Sustainability allows for consistency, and it’s consistency — not will power — that will help you bring change.

We’ve made a list of some small, easy steps you can take to live your best life. (We also have a list of ways to make and keep your resolutions here.)

Read on to live your best life in 2018!

1. Start today, right now.

“Tomorrow” is a mythical, magical place where everything gets done. Unfortunately, “tomorrow” never comes more often than not. So seize the day, seize the moment, and get started.

The time is going to pass anyway, so get like Nike and just do it.

2. Do one radical act of self-care a week.

Celebrate yourself, just because! Whether it’s taking a class you love, getting a mani/pedi, indulging in a craving, watching a movie or a TV series, reading a book, or lighting some candles and taking a bath, get that “me time” in. Find a way to treat yourself at least once a week.

3. If it takes only a few minutes, do it now.

Procrastination is mad real. How many times do you put off simple five minute tasks like making phone calls, sending an email, or tidying something up? Similarly, if you have an extra five minutes, start a new task. You can always revisit it later.

4. Read for at least 30 minutes a day.

“Poor people have big TVs. Rich people have big libraries.” — Jim Rohn

Statistics show that the average CEO reads four to five books a month, which is four to five times more than the average person reads in a year. If you read 30 minutes a day, that’s 3.5 hours a week. You could read anywhere from 12 to 24 books a year at that rate, which is, at minimum, far greater than the four books a year the average person reads.

5. Pack lunches or cook more often than you eat out.

You’ll be in control of the ingredients, save calories, and save money. Winning!

6. Meditate for at least five minutes a day.

Meditation is a major key for living your best life. Besides the mental and physical benefits, meditation can also help teach you discipline. A disciplined mind can — and will — accomplish anything you set out to do.

7. Set a sleep schedule.

Sleep is important! Scientists say that our society is experiencing a “catastrophic” lack of sleep and it’s killing us by increasing our risks for potentially fatal diseases like heart disease, cancer, and strokes. And if that isn’t a reason to get more shut eye, we don’t know what is!

Try going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, to re-train your body to sleep.

8. Unplug & disconnect to reconnect with yourself and those around you.

In today’s day and age, we are constantly glued to our cell phones. We know; it’s addicting. If we invested the time we spend perusing social media out of boredom, habit, or entertainment in reading or learning a new skill, it would be incredibly easy to read more than thirty minutes a day or even learn a new language.

One of the biggest downfalls of being so plugged in is that we’re often tuned out. Set aside times and places that are a no-go zone for your phone, such as the dinner table, in bed, during date night, driving, the hour before bedtime, and family dinners.

Get the whole family in on the plan if you need to. These times are a gift, and we need to be fully present.

9. Make time to stretch daily.

Most of us sit for hours at a stretch, with little to no physical activity. Stretching keeps our muscles moving, increases circulation and blood flow, and can even increase our coordination. There are plenty of stretches you can do in the office or while you’re working.

10. Keep a journal.

If you’re like many, you probably kept a diary as a kid. Journaling isn’t just for kids — it’s beneficial for people of all ages. You can keep a food journal to help you reign in your eating habits, a gratitude journal to help maintain a positive mindset, or even a business journal/planner to help you map out and plan your business ideas and goals. The possibilities are endless!

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Millionaire Mom of the Month: December 2017

Thirty year old Melinda Marie Ferrer is living her best life. She is a mom, wife, and salon owner. As a salon owner and hairstylist, Melinda takes tremendous pride in having a warm, friendly space where women and men can come in, relax, and be pampered. As a mom, she pushes herself to do her best so she can show her girls that anything is possible with hard work, faith, and dedication. Melinda wants her kids to grow up knowing they can live their dreams, no matter how hard it looks.

Melinda balances her boss lady life and mom life with being a wife. “Marriage isn’t easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding when you push through obstacles and conquer them together,” she says.

Melinda is always focused on growth in every aspect of her life. She strives to become a better person physically, mentally, and spiritually, while keeping in mind that which all women should know — that we are already beautiful, whole, and complete.

To learn more about her salon visit: http://www.lazuli-salon.com/

Millionaire Mom of the Month: October 2017

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Dr. Venus Hensley is a devoted wife and mother with a doctorate in pharmacy. She’s a superstar in the classroom, often lecturing medical students and giving them not just the knowledge they need to pursue their careers, but also the motivation and encouragement. Thank you, Dr. Hensley, for your passion and inspiration as both a professional and a #MillionaireMom!

Millionaire Mom of the Month: November 2017

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PO1 Kenya Hernandez is a New Jersey native, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating North Bergen High in 2002. She completed her Associate’s degree in General Studies at Central Texas College.

Kenya is currently serving her sixth duty station in Millington, Tennessee. Not only is she serving, but she’s also raising two little boys, ages one and six, while their father on deployment. Needless to say, her hands are full, and her balancing act is unmatched.

She has been on active duty for the past 15 years. She’s been stationed in Jacksonville, Florida; Yokosuka, Japan; and San Diego, California.

Kenya has been deployed on both six month and three month deployments while stationed on the USS Gettysburg (CG64), where her crew was a part of a pirate hunting operation off the coast of Somalia, to keep shipping vessels safe.

While stationed on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN70), she served a ten month deployment fighting ISIS.

Her awards include seven Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Navy Commendation Medal, and four Sailor of the Quarter Wins.

In the next five years, Kenya plans to retire and be a full-time mommy to her little ones.

#MillionaireMoms, unite!

11 Ways to Make Extra Cash for Christmas!

Tis the season to be jolly…..and if you’re like a lot of Americans, rack up some holiday credit card debt.

A November 17, 2017 report by CNBC mentions that almost half of people who charged Christmas to their credit cards last year still haven’t paid it off yet, almost a year later. Yikes!

This year, Americans are projected to plunk down an average of about $660 for gifts.

If the idea of starting the new year with more debt makes you cringe, you aren’t alone. We love Christmas, but we’re not digging the debt.

The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to cut back on Christmas…you just need to create some extra cash flow. How awesome would that be?!

Luckily, in the age of the Internet, making money – and spending it! – has never been easier. Santa’s got a list, and so do we, although we’re kind of biased and we think our list might be a little bit better than St. Nick’s.

Our list is a list of ways you can generate some quick Christmas cash this holiday season.

No, we aren’t going to tell you to stop eating avocado toast or chuck your iPhone. We’re going to give you a list of ways you can easily make some moolah.

Ready? Here we go!

1. Have a (Virtual) Yard Sale.

Let’s be honest. We’ve all got a ton of stuff lying around that we aren’t using, so be it toys, DVDs, books, household appliances, or whatever miscellaneous odds and ends you have stashed in drawers, in the back of your closets, and camped out in the garage. You can de-clutter your home and make some extra cash by having a yard sale.

If a yard sale isn’t your thing, you can quickly and easily slang your stuff on eBay, Amazon, Facebook Marketplace, or apps like OfferUp.

You’d be surprised how much you can earn on things that were just lying around collecting dust!

2. Clean Out Your Closet!

Are you really going to wear that kind of awful Christmas sweater Aunt Karen gave you last year? Or those jeans you swore you’d get back in for the last two years that still don’t fit? Or those heels that you bought because they were cute, but can’t wear more than an hour? Probs not.

So why not gather up all your gently-used items and head to a Plato’s Closet or similar store? They pay cold, hard cash for your gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories.

A general rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it or worn it in a year, set it aside for someone who will.

Don’t forget to clean out mini-me’s closet, too. You can head to Once Upon a Child and sell kids gear for some extra dough.

3. Get Paid to Buy Groceries. (Even Beer Counts!)

Yes, this is a real thing. Apps like Ibotta give you cash back on tons of brands at tons of stores – you can even get cash back for things you purchase on Amazon. As a bonus, you’ll get $10 just for signing up and redeeming your first offer. They can also pay out via PayPal, so you can cash out quick. Sign up here; it only takes a minute!

4. Drive for Uber/Lyft.

If you’ve got a few spare hours and a car, you can make some extra money driving for Uber or Lyft . The holiday time is likely a prime time to pick up passengers, with all the holiday travel, events, and parties – and the subsequent need for designated drivers. Word on the street is that some companies even have some generous sign on bonuses available. Here’s a $10 credit to sign up with Lyft!

5. Earn Cash Back on Everyday Stuff.

There’s a nifty little app called Dosh that automatically gives you cash back for purchases at over 100,000 hotels, restaurants, and online stores; places you probably actually frequent quite often, like Chuck E. Cheese’s, Target, Nike and more.

The app links to your credit or debit card, watches your purchases, and gives you cash back as you spend.  Absolute magic.  I earned almost $10 in less than five minutes just by linking my cards.

If you’re traveling, you can bolster your account with a $25 bonus for booking your hotel via the app.

You can cash out via PayPal or to your bank account.  Why not get paid for stuff you’re already doing?!

6.Use Your Facebook Stalking Skills For Something Productive.

Just kidding, we know you aren’t a Facebook stalker.  But seriously, now you can put your web sleuthing skills to good use to earn some extra money.

There’s an online company that does research for customers; it’s called Wonder.  Some of Wonder’s big clients are HP, Johnson & Johnson, and other big-name brands you’ve likely heard of.

So check this out:  Wonder is actively hiring web researchers.  Wonder advertises that its top researchers earn about $15 to $25 an hour.

You’ll set your own schedule and work as little or as much as you want, from the comfort of your own home.  If you’ve got some spare time and an Internet connection, and like doing research, it’s an easy breezy way to earn some extra bucks.

You can apply here.

7. Put the Pen to the Paper…Err, Web Page.

Fancy yourself a writer?  If you can write a quality blog post, there are sites that pay over $100 per post.  Yes, you read that right — $100 or more per post.  You can check the list out here.

If you’ve got a niche – baking, gaming, tech, weddings, fitness, health, nutrition, whatever — you can hit up problogger.com for job listings.

8. Donate Plasma. (And Save Lives!)

Yes, we said it.  In all honesty, plasma donation is a gift that gives back – you’ll earn some extra cash (it can even be in the hundreds), and you’ll also be saving lives.  How’s that for the holiday spirit during the season of giving?

Google plasma centers near you to learn more.

9. Share Your Opinions.

You probably do this for free on social media all the time anyway.  Why not get paid for it?!

While there are several sites that seem kind of scammy, there are also some legit moneymaking opportunities out there if you know where to go.

Our favorites picks are: Survey Junkie, which pays you via PayPal; Pinecone Research, also pays via PayPal; and Inbox Dollars, where you can earn money for taking surveys, watching TV, or buying things online.  You’ll get $5 just for signing up.   How easy is that?! Additional Survey Option: Survey Voices 

10. Shop Til You Drop.

The Internet has 110% changed the way we shop.  Amazon Prime spoiled us with its readily available inventory and two day shipping, and because the Internet is the home of the latest, greatest, and fastest innovations, InstaCart was born.

InstaCart basically lets people shop their local grocery stores, like Publix, online, and have their groceries delivered – and you can sign up to be a shopper and/or deliver groceries.

You can work as much or as little as you want.  Apply here.

11. Start a Home-Based Business.

If you’ve read about Millionaire Mom Society, you’ll know that we’re in existence to empower entrepreneurs with tools and resources to start, grow, and scale up their businesses, control their schedules, and control their income– specifically, people who want to work from home, online.   We’ve got several options available for people who are seriously interested in working from home or just making some extra cash.  There are marketing opportunities, trading opportunities, and even Bitcoin opportunities – you can check it all out here.  There’s no experience necessary, and you can change your life with just a few clicks.  Change is seriously only a click away!

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Like we said, Santa’s got his list and he’s checking it twice – but you should probably revisit ours more than that.  While other people are packing on the dreaded holiday pounds and shrinking their wallets this holiday season, you can be fattening up your wallet thanks to our income-generating secrets.  How’s that for a secret Santa?!

Drop a comment below and let us know what method you’ll be trying out first – and how you’ll be spending your cash!

As always, we love hearing from you – drop us some suggestions of your own, let us know how you liked ours, or just wish us a happy holiday here.

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