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26 Sep

Entrepreneurship, Divorce and Parenthood. How I “Do It?”

My career involves mentoring, inspiring and empowering women. Sometimes I get asked where I find my own motivation, how do I stay positive and how do I manage  running a start-up company while being a divorced mom of three girls. Here is part of the answer to that question:

I have my own support system that includes coaches, family  and friends. I find that girl friends are SO important. Having founded a Social Selling company, II talk to other folks in the Direct Sales owners circle. We share ideas and discuss potential pitfalls. I even pick up the phone and call direct competitors. I feel that we are collectively better when the industry is strong.

I exercise often.  Cardio and walks help clear my head. If you friend me on Facebook, you will see the regular replay of my Spotify BootyShake playlist that keeps me moving!  I do weights to feel strong and I get regular massages to relieve stress. I spend each morning reading for a few minutes before I wake the girls, sometimes business books and sometimes pleasure (right now I am reading Night Circus -fun- and Multipliers - biz).

Sometimes I forget to feed the dogs and I try not to become too annoyed when the kids ask for more pets. I try to keep First Things First and I prioritize. My daughters help a lot. I cannot say enough about how wonderful these three little ladies are. They love me unconditionally and treat me well.

I have a growing team of women around the country, the Winnie & Kat Independent Stylists, who believe in my crazy dream. These women are out there promoting the company, creating their own businesses and sharing the opportunity. They each work the business in their own way and they help me to grow as a leader and as a person.

I need to make difficult decisions sometimes and sometimes I get lonely, but that’s ok. I find that being in my 40’s, I am able to ease up on myself and it helps that I am not a perfectionist. I look at life this way: We’re here, so let’s make the most of it. Follow your dreams and take risks. Ask for help when you need it. Take big leaps because, outside of your comfort zone, that’s where you’ll find the magic.*

*The magic part is borrowed from Independent Stylist, Meredith Carpenter. I love it!

Diane Prince Johnston Founder and CEO Winnie & Kat 310.924.0171 Successes through Dresses http://www.linkedin.com/in/dianeprincejohnston http://www.facebook.com/winnieandkatsocialselling

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05 Sep

Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave: Tips for Your Transition Back to Work

Going back to work after having a baby can be daunting. Whether you’re counting down the days (in a good way) or dreading it like doomsday, you’re sure to be running the gamut on emotions, and feeling pressure to get organized.

10 Tips From Moms Who Learned To Make It Work:

1. Try to remain optimistic. If you are dreading leaving your newborn and think you both will be emotionally scarred forever, know this: You won’t be. You may even find that being around adults again is rewarding. And your little one will be safe and happy in the capable arms of a trusted caregiver. 2. On that note, hire someone you trust. Do your due diligence. This is not the time for a rush job. Interview several people, check their backgrounds, ask for references and above all: Trust your gut. You’ll never feel secure if you hire the woman with 20 years experience if something about her didn’t sit well with you. Your instincts are a great barometer. 3. Prepare. Make sure your nanny or babysitter knows your cell phone numbers, your home address, the baby’s schedule and where the emergency equipment is (first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.). Talk to your nanny about the circumstances under which you should be contacted at work; if you get pulled out of a meeting because the nanny called, your first reaction will be panic, when she just had a simple question about picking up groceries. Be sure to do a few trial runs -- leave the babysitter with your child for shorter periods of time while you are still on maternity leave to help everyone get oriented. 4. Baby proof. Your newborn is just a bundle now, but before you know it, he or she will be crawling—and heading straight for that three-prong outlet. Go to the baby gear store and get what you need—outlet covers, cabinet locks, toilet locks, soft corner covers, and whatever else your house might require. You’ll feel better knowing it’s done, especially when you’re at work. 5. Stock up. No need to be running to the store after work every other night. It’s so much easier to stock up NOW on the things you know you’ll need. Head to a big box store and buy a 2-3 month supply of diapers (don’t forget to size up), wipes, formula, baby food, laundry detergent, bath soap, diaper cream, and anything else your baby might need in the coming months. Just one less thing to do… 6. Buy a pump. If you’re breastfeeding, get a good pump and test it out ahead of time. A hands’ free pumping bra will help too. Also, prepare your baby to be bottle-fed. Don’t wait until the morning you leave for work — if he or she is at all reluctant, you’ll regret not trying earlier. 7. Ease In. Gradually ease back into work if you can. See if you can work shorter hours the first week, or plan to start back on a Wednesday or Thursday so that the first week doesn't seem so long. 8. Redefine the word “first.” It can be hard initially when a nanny is the one who first sees your baby roll over, crawl, or take her initial steps. Try to savor the first time you see the milestone and realize it’s just as special. 9. Strength in Numbers. Seek out other working moms at your company. You may not have been close to them before you had a baby, but now it may help to have a mom friend at work. They understand what you are going through and you can offer each other tips and support. 10. Don’t feel guilty. Dozens of studies confirm that there are no fundamental differences between children reared by stay-at-home-parents and those cared for by nannies or day care centers. So, enjoy those moments to yourself, try not to focus on the negative, and make the most of quality time with your child when you get home. Lynn Perkins is CEO and co-founder of UrbanSitter, an online resource to find and book trusted babysitters and nannies. Browse detailed babysitter and nanny profiles, read reviews from parents, and schedule interviews at the click of a button--it's quick, easy, and efficient.

Lynn will be speaking at this year's MomFair, so don't miss out!

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