This weekend was special for me. My new book, The Everyday Woman’s Guide to Entrepreneurship, officially dropped last month. I’ve been marketing my butt off networking and engaging through social (@everydaywomansguide) and scheduled a photoshoot this past weekend to create some [ s t u n n i n g ] content.
What I loved most about this shoot was that every person involved was a female entrepreneur: the photographer, videographer, owner of the home/studio I rented and every woman who participated as models. It was very important to me that every element of the shoot supported the vision and message of the book: women empowering women.
The entrepreneur life is considered a golden prize for many: time freedom with the ability to be your own boss. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t true. I wake up every day feeling immensely blessed and thankful for this life God has provided me. Though it’s been three years, I never take a moment for granted because I remember what it was like working 16-hour days in corporate feeling stuck and stifled.
I always wanted to be able to look back and know that I pursued life fearlessly, aggressively and unapologetically. That I did the absolute most I could and felt completely fulfilled by that endeavor. I never wanted to look back and wonder “what if.”
Now that I’ve experienced that, I want to share it with others. There was no way I could keep that joy and fulfillment to myself, which is exactly why I wrote this guide to engage, equip and empower women with what I wish I had when first starting out.
Yet one thing about the “golden” entrepreneur life is that it can get lonesome every now and then. You often work from home by yourself with free time that others don’t usually have working 9-5. It can be difficult to get together with others. To clarify, 90% of the time I’m fine with this. You wouldn’t know it by speaking with me, but I am actually pretty introverted. I love working by myself every day with little to no interaction. But because of this, it can be easy to forget the power of togetherness.
I was reminded of this power when I gathered with so many incredible women over the weekend to laugh, chat and strike a pose. Most of the women I had met through a “Badass Business Women” Facebook group. I posted that I was looking for a few women to participate in the shoot with me and several ladies offered to help. We ended up creating some amazing content and friendships.
The photoshoot reminded me just how important it is for entrepreneurs, especially females, to get together to replenish ourselves. To feed on the positive energy that others bring. To emotionally connect. To laugh. To relate. To relax and enjoy the presence of those around us. To be held up by one another (for us, quite literally pressing each other’s backs up while posing so we could keep good posture).
I know that positive energy will transfer to the content we created. I’m so thankful for the opportunity and can’t wait to get together again soon.
If you’re reading this and feeling isolated in entrepreneurship, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and create some connections. I know what it’s like to wish you had girlfriends to get together with who are on the same page as you (entrepreneurs, time freedom, etc.) As we all know, making friends as an adult ain’t easy. We’re all in it together. Know that you can always reach out to me!