At the end of January 2019, I discovered some Big Big news: I am pregnant (for the very first time in my life!!). Our baby is set to arrive towards the 1st week of October, and so I have a few months left of working during pregnancy to get ready for this big life change… and entrepreneurial journey change!!
Although I “felt ready” for a couple of years and was delighted when the happy news surfaced, I have to admit this has been challenging for me… How continue working during and after pregnancy?
You see, I LOVE working, I am PASSIONATE about having an impact and maximizing my potential (I am a “ruler” archetype meaning super determined but also a stubborn workaholic ^^).
My big fear or question has been: how can I continue growing my impact & revenues, if I can’t work as much (both during and after the pregnancy)?!
I DON’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS YET, BUT HERE IS WHAT I BELIEVE:
IT IS POSSIBLE TO ‘BOTH’ CREATE A POSITIVE IMPACT IN THE WORLD ‘AND’ HAVE A HAPPY BALANCED FAMILY LIFE.
And so after a number of emotional roller coaster (“it’s magic! I am so happy…. but wait, I need to stop taking on so many clients?!”) and a few emotional breakdowns (probably amplified by the pregnancy hormones… but breakdowns nevertheless including litters of tears and hours angry journalling ^^), I’ve made a few decisions :)
Again, I don’t have all the answers just yet but I want to share them with you… because all challenges come with an opportunity to grow beyond what would have been possible without.
I hope they will inspire you !
HERE ARE 3 BIG CHANGES I HAVE DECIDED TO IMPLEMENT TO CONTINUE WORKING DURING PREGNANCY, AND HOW IT MAY IMPACT YOU AS A MEMBER OF CREATORS FOR GOOD’S COMMUNITY:
BIG change #1: I will offer Discovery Sessions ONLY until May 20th 2019 this year
Starting from June, I’ll only work with existing clients (so I can slow down during my 3rd trimester, and take time of in the fall), and not offer any extra one-on-one support.
In other words, if you want to benefit from a free (and no-strings-attached) 45 minutes skype session with me, so that you can clarify your priorities and action-plan to make your impact dreams come true, click here ;)
ALSO AND FOR YOUR INFORMATION, I ONLY HAVE ***2 SPOTS*** LEFT TO JOIN ONE OF MY PROGRAMS IN 2019.
So if you want to either:
- Find & validate your impact-driven business idea…
- OR validate & launch your impact-driven business (meaning build the foundations to have your first few clients)…
- OR re-align your business model in order to reach financial sustainability...
… before September, NOW is the time to get my help!
>> The first step is to apply for a discovery session so we can meet, and decide together if one of my programs could be a good fit for your current situation & goals.
BIG change #2: I have started to write a book!
I have decided to take on less one-on-one clients this year, and take 3 full months off my business (from September to November) as a maternity leave + work part time before & after.
Now if you know me, you know that I LOVE working and I LOVE my mission, and so it’s actually hard to make this decision to slow down. I know it’s good for my body, my baby, and my family’s ballance, but the ambitious side of me felt quite frustrated with the decisions… until the idea of writing a book emerged.
Or should I say “re-emerged”, because in fact it has been there – below the surface – for quite some time already!
I can’t tell you much about it yet, except that it will be a practical book to help citizens like you and me define their impact-driven business ideas thanks to a step-by-step methodology, practical guidelines and inspiring case studies.
Everything I learned and experience in the last 5 years mentoring over a 100 purpose-driven entrepreneurs, will be helping as many individuals as possible to turn their dreams into an actual, feasible & impactful business project !
BIG change #3 : I am developing more & more online courses!
Online courses are a great way to learn: I have myself joined a number of course since I became an entrepreneur so that I could make progress in specific areas (time management, marketing), and so I know it can be beneficial for my ideal clients.
It’s also a great way to share knowledge and so, create value & an impact on a bigger scale (it takes less time than 1on1 clients).
Win – Win!
My ambition for the few coming month is to:
- Grow the online course Captivate (which I co-created with Change Creators magazine in order to help impact entrepreneurs use storytelling to improve their marketing),
- And launch a series of affordable online courses in collaboration with my business bestie Danielle (with who I co-founded Changemakers Association) that will help purpose-driven entrepreneurs grow their business depending on where they are at precisely in their journey.
More about that soon, so stay tuned!
Solène is the Chief Empowerment Officer of Creators for Good.
She developed a methodology that allows Global Citizen to start and grow their own impactful businesses from anywhere in the world – and with no need for investors or government support.