I have been a bit slack with my blog over the past week so I feel I should offer you an explanation.

On Monday I attended the Ausmumpreneur conference in Melbourne. Having a new baby has meant I have not been to an event in quite a few months and until I turned up I didn’t realise how much I missed it!

Apart from the great speakers, the room was filled with many women who run their own businesses on top of having a family. Some of their stories were inspiring and made me realise it is possible to have a family as well as run a successful business.

Now most people think about networking as an opportunity to meet new people, get information and promote your product or service. This is true however there is another great reason to attend these events – motivation!

The motivation and inspiration gained from this room full of women was then backed up by the technical advice from the presenters – all with great success stories of their own.

Now back to the reason I have been MIA. I have harnessed all these positive feelings I gained by soaking up the success of others and spent last week really reflecting on where I want to be in five years time and what I need to do now to get there.

I know I love working with you all and seeing your businesses grow and I love having time to spend with my family (and getting sleep!) so I needed to create a plan that allowed me to have all these things in the limited hours we all have each week. Plus I would like to have a few spare hours to read some of the books piling up beside my bed.

I think I have come up with a fairly good action plan and am working with one of the presenters from Monday to help bring it into reality.

So my suggestion to you is to go to a networking event, conference or even out for coffee with someone you admire so you too can harness all these positive motivational vibes and then ask yourself the following questions:

1. Am I truly happy in my current situation?

2. Where would I like to be in 5 years time?

3. How many hours do I have each day/week to spend on creating my 5 year plan?

4. Can I get there alone or do I need help?

5. Is there something else my business can provide that will generate income but save me time?

These five questions may raise a multitude of other questions and I urge you to embrace the process and take your time with it so you have a really clear vision by the end.

We love celebrating your journey too so send us your answers and we’ll happily provide you some feedback.