The following is the first in a series of stories by Fairfield County Venture Mom Holly Hurd on the 12 steps to starting your own venture. The first week is determining what you want to do. To submit articles to The Daily Darien, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org .
So many moms don't know what they want to do. They've just sent their youngest child off to elementary school and now have all day between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and want a venture for themselves. Over the next 12 weeks, I'll break the process down week by week with assignments for each week. You'll need to start a VentureMom notebook to keep ideas and notes and to complete the assignments. The 12 weeks will be made up of three parts, Find Your Venture, Get Organized, Put It Out There. Part one, Find Your Venture, will be made up of three assignments that will help you find a venture so let's get started.
Step One Week One
This is your self-examination week where you explore what really makes your happy and your figure out what you love to do. In your new VentureMom notebook, answer the following questions about yourself and really think about what you want to do. Use these questions to get your juices flowing and ideas germinated:
What did you used to love to do?
What are you good at?
What talent do other people envy in you?
What do you enjoy?
When do you feel most fulfilled?
Look at the past: What did you enjoy in high school, grade school, college, when you were single?
What intrigues you?
What do you want to learn more about?
What do you find fun?
What do you envy? Who do you envy? Why?
Was there a part-time job you had that you loved?
What five things do you want to do before you are 75 years old?
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?
Is there something you love that you want to turn into a career?
Find your passion and pursue it. Imagine how you'd feel if in addition to being a great mom, your friend introduces you as her neighbor and a she. What do you fill in the blank with? She designs jewelry. She has her own landscaping business. She's a caterer. She's an amazing event planner. She runs the local shelter. She works with an architect. She's a photographer.
If you were given a full day, a week, an hour with no mommy commitments, what would you do? What project can't you wait to get your hands on? When you're standing in the grocery store trying to decide what you're making for dinner, what do you wish you were doing?
Spend the week brainstorming and writing down everything that comes to mind in your VentureMom notebook. Add photos or magazine pages of things that make you happy to guide your search. Stay tuned for Step Two next week.
VentureMom, Holly Hurd
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