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How Being Double-Minded Will Destroy Your WAHM Business

Are you struggling to get your WAHM Business off the ground? Getting easily distracted? Waffling on those key business decisions? Chances are you’re being double-minded! Not sure what that means? Keep reading to learn how being double-minded will destroy your WAHM Business — and what God says to do about the problem!

One Sunday morning, just a few weeks ago, I was sitting in our church’s worship service, trying to keep Mini-Me paying attention and engaged in what was going on, when suddenly a verse I had been studying all week jumped out at me as if the sound guy had suddenly cranked the pastor’s mic up to full volume:

“He is a double-minded man, UNSTABLE in all he does.”

~ James 1:8 ~

UNSTABLE.

In ALL he (or she) does.

Not just in her faith life.

Not just in her marriage.

Not just in her relationships with her kids.

In EVERYTHING.

And if we’re trying to build a business of any variety, but particularly online, we are typically striving for STABILITY. Being unstable in our WAHM businesses is a recipe for failure – one most of us definitely cannot afford! Read More

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The Potential Pitfalls of the 4 WAHM Personalities (and how to avoid them!)

There are 4 distinct WAHM Personalities, each with their own powerful strengths and potential weaknesses. Come learn how to make the most of your top traits & avoid the pitfalls! What is YOUR WAHM Personality?

If you’ve followed Scattered Woman for any length of time, you’ve likely heard me talk quite a bit about The Personalities and how awesome they are for improving relationships. You’ve also probably heard me talk quite a bit about work-at-home mom jobs and other career topics for moms looking to go back to work after being home with their kiddos. So, would it surprise you at all to know that we each have a unique WAHM Personality, too?

Yep! We do!

There are 4 distinct WAHM Personalities, each with their own awesome strengths -- and potential pitfalls. Come learn how to avoid the pitfalls & thrive in your strengths! What is *your* WAHM Personality? Click To Tweet

There are lots of different typing systems out there, but as I explain in this post, I use and teach The Personalities more than anything else because it’s SO easy to understand and use QUICKLY.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have hours and weeks and years to learn a personality typing system well enough to apply it to my relationships, my work, or my life in general. (That’s one of the big issues I run into with the MBTI, among other things, even though I’m certified in and use the MBTI, as well. It’s too complicated to really understand without going and getting certified or studying it intensely.) As a busy wife, mom, friend, and professional career coach, I need something I can access and put to use FAST — and I’m willing to bet you’re right there with me!

That said, if you don’t yet understand the basics of The Personalities, be sure to check out this post, then hop back over to here. I’ll be here when you come back. 🙂

Okay, ready to dive into the WAHM Personalities? Let’s do it! Read More

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3 God-given Gifts for Building a WAHM Business

If God is calling you to raise your babies AND make money from home, it’s time to use His 3 God-given gifts for building a WAHM business!

Have you ever considered starting a WAHM business?

Maybe it’s a financial decision. It’s becoming harder and harder to live on only one income. You love being a stay-at-home mom, but your budget is so tight it’s strangling you. You’d like to have a little bit of breathing room financially, but you can’t stand the thought of leaving your babies with strangers all day while you go back to work.

Or maybe, as much as you love your babies, you also feel like something is missing from your life. Once upon a time, you had a career you loved, a job you excelled at, and you knew exactly how you could help the people around you. If you’re honest, you miss it. You miss feeling like you were part of something bigger than yourself, something outside the home, where you could engage with other adults on a regular basis. And yet you feel so guilty for even thinking about going back to work because you love being a mom, too!

Deciding to go back to work, for whatever reason, can be incredibly stressful. So, what if you didn’t have to choose between supporting your family, having a fulfilling career, and raising those babies yourself?  Read More

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Do You Struggle with Change?

Do you struggle with change? So often we tend to forget to ask for help with life transitions — even when God is right there waiting to help!

A few months back, we were staying in a modern, updated hotel for a family reunion. Much fancier than we’re used to. It was in the upper 90s outside, but the room felt perfect. BLISS after sweltering outside as we unloaded the car.

I didn’t even THINK to look at the thermostat. Read More

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The Top 10 SAHM Resume Mistakes

It’s not you, mama – it’s your resume. Check out these Top 10 SAHM Resume Mistakes, learn how to FIX them, improve your resume, & get the job you want!

“I’ve been looking for jobs for months now. What gives? Why am I not getting any response to all the resumes and applications I’ve sent out?”

Well, friend, I hate to break it to you, but it’s not you — it’s your resume. Read More

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Sing, Move, & Memorize: Helping your little one learn God’s Word for a lifetime

Think your little one is too young to memorize Scripture? Surprise! She’s not! 🎉 Joining us today is my friend, Amie Winningham of Sing, Move, And Memorize to talk about her simple, yet revolutionary board books and coordinating songs that will — you guessed it! — help you sing, move, and memorize God’s Word right into their growing hearts!

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you ____?”

I bet you can fill in the blank. I know I can, and so can each of my children under 6. We love reading these sweet board books again and again, and we easily memorize their text.

Now imagine nestling in with your lovely little one on a cool autumn morning. Perhaps a warm blanket snuggles you both close, and a cup of hot cocoa is nearby. This time the book brings goosebumps…it’s magic. You’re not reading Brown Bear, you’re reading God’s very own words.

Your little one pauses, the pictures are captivating. Real children are doing baby sign language to a Bible verse and your darling is trying to figure out how to mimic their movements. You look at the back cover and realize there’s music written to this verse! Not only is it God’s word in movement, it’s God’s Word in song, too.

Help! I can’t read music!

No problem. You can listen to it with just a scan from your phone. In no time, you and your sweetheart are singing God’s word and moving to it, too. In no time, you have memorized God’s Word and held it in your hands.

Magic. Read More

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Three Truths to Remember When You Fail as a Mom

Have you ever BLOWN it with your kids? We all have. #MomFail is a thing for a reason! But, as Stacey Pardoe of StaceyPardoe.com shows us in this week’s guest post, there are three powerful truths to remember when you completely fail as a mom. All is NOT lost. Let’s dive in!

It’s quarter ‘til nine on a Wednesday night when I unfurl on the girl I love more than any other girl in the world. After picking up the same fifteen toys a dozen times throughout the day, after the dinner dishes are washed, the little bodies are clad in pajamas, and the little brother is asleep in his bed, I want nothing more than five quiet minutes on the couch before taking my girl to her room.

I stare at the TV and let my mind slip into a different world – some happy family’s world as they live their sitcom-lives. Suddenly, I’m interrupted by the realization that one final toy hasn’t been put away. It rests on the floor in the middle of the room. Did I not just clean this whole room five minutes ago?

“Sweetie, please put away your drawing board,” I politely advise my daughter, who sits across the room on the recliner.

She promptly rises from the recliner, walks to the drawing board, and instead of slipping it into its home between the couch and the end table, she tosses it onto my lap. Read More

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How to Help a Loved One Who Is Battling Cancer

They are in for the fight of their life, and you want to help, but HOW?? Here are 20+ ways to help a loved one battling cancer.

“The good news is Leah is 10 weeks pregnant. The bad news is she also has stage 3 breast cancer.”

At that moment, it felt like all the air had been sucked out of the room. The phone in my hand threatened to slide out and crash to the floor, so I gripped it even harder than necessary. Even though my mind started racing in a million different directions, and all that came out of my mouth was, “Ryan, no…”

Eventually, we ended the call, and my family went back to the business of making pizza for our weekly pizza & a movie night, but I couldn’t focus on anything but my sister-in-law’s situation.

Pregnant AND cancer. Flashing back, I remembered so clearly making my own “it’s cancer” calls. Good grief, I thought, it feels just as helpless on THIS side of the diagnosis… Read More

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5 Tips for Fighting Discouragement

It’s so easy to become discouraged as moms. Whether we’re facing trouble in our home lives, workplace drama, or everyday annoyances, there IS hope! No matter where your frustrations are coming from, here are 5 tips for fighting discouragement from the beautiful Trista Laborn of A Driven Wife. We’re praying these tips are encouraging for you today — right where you are!

When it comes to being a mom, wife, entrepreneur and everything in between, and in all my years of navigating those roles, discouragement has always raised its head to stop me in my tracks. But, along the way, I’ve learned to recognize the signs of such an attack and keep going.

Let me share with you five tips for fighting discouragement in every area of your life: Read More

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Learning to Be Faithful in Little

Do you ever wish you had more money? It’s time we start learning to be faithful in little, so we can eventually be trusted with more. Here’s how!

Have you ever thought about WHY you’re struggling financially?

Honestly, my basic train of thought has always been, “We either make too little or spend too much. Let’s just fix it!”

But, it’s never been that easy. And over the past several months, I’ve been convicted that there’s a spiritual component to our finances, as well, that I previously had not considered.

Do you ever wish you had more money? It's time we start learning to be faithful in little, so we can eventually be trusted with more. Here's how!

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The Story

In Luke 16, Jesus tells the parable of the shrewd manager – the one who cheats his rich boss and gets fired, but then is somehow commended for ingeniously making friends for himself by giving his boss’ debtors partial forgiveness on their debts. It’s not an easy story to understand, and in all the research I’ve done on this passage, I’ve come to the conclusion that there really is no consensus as to exactly what Jesus is trying to say.

However, Jesus does leave us with this gem of a life lesson in verse 10: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (NIV)

Other translations use the term “faithful,” instead of “can be trusted.” If you’ve seen any of my Facebook LIVE interviews from 2018, you may have seen a printable on the wall behind me that says, “Whoever is faithful in little will be faithful in much.”

That paraphrase of the verse has become my mantra this year.

I WANT to be faithful, even when it seems like we never have “enough.” Whether it’s enough money, enough space in our home, enough time, enough energy, or even enough health, I want to be faithful with what we have RIGHT NOW, so that I will be able to be trusted if and when God decides He wants to bless us with more.

I want to be faithful with what we have RIGHT NOW, so that I will be able to be trusted if and when God decides He wants to bless us with more. Click To Tweet

If you would like to hang that printable in your own home as a reminder, you can grab it here!

The Long Road to Learning to Be Faithful in Little

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar to you:

Balancing the budget is the bane of your existence. There never seems to be enough money for all the expenses that pop up, and your creative attempts to bring in more income seem to always fall flat.

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BTW, if you’re looking for ways to make money from home, be sure to check out these posts:

Should You Try Working From Home?

It's a fact of life: most of us Stay-at-Home Moms, at some point, will either want or need to go back to work. Should you try working from home?

WAHM Network Marketing: Is It for You?

It's definitely familiar and all your friends rave about it. But, is a WAHM network marketing business a good idea for YOU?

WAHM Freelancing: Is THIS Gig Your Best Fit?

WAHM Freelancing. Set your own hours, create your own schedule, only accept jobs YOU want to work on. How does THAT type of WAHM job sound?


If you’re reading this post, I’m going to guess your hand is raised high just like mine. So, let me ask you this question: how are you managing your finances RIGHT NOW?

Yes, I know, there’s never enough to go around – believe me! But, do you know where your money is going before it’s gone? Do you have a solid budget and a way to direct your spending each month?

I laugh as I even ask the question, because I’m willing to bet you’re a lot like me. I HATED budgeting. I hated dealing with money in general (and still do), but it’s a necessary evil in this world, and I needed to figure it out!

But, it wasn’t an easy transition…

Do you ever wish you had more money? It's time we start learning to be faithful in little, so we can eventually be trusted with more. Here's how!

Failing at Financial Peace

So, soon after we got married, Erik & I took Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace course and determined to “gazelle intensity” our way into a better financial situation. However, we STRUGGLED with the cash envelope system. Entire $20 bills would mysteriously go missing and neither of us knew where. We could only get 20s out of the ATM, and we never seemed to make it to the bank during business hours to get change for the exact amount we needed in each envelope.

Honestly, it drove me absolutely batty. I hated feeling like a failure every single day because I couldn’t keep up with cash or do anything right with the envelope system — especially when it seemed like everyone else was having such success with it! So, I did what any good Melancholy-Choleric would do when faced with something I completely suck at…

I quit.

I did ZERO budgeting for the entire next year.

I HATED feeling like a failure, so I quit budgeting entirely. Big mistake... Years later, I found a system that FINALLY works for me! Learn more here: Click To Tweet

In hindsight, it was not the smartest move I’ve ever made, but I was so burnt out on FAILING, it was easier to just try not to spend money at all and deal with the consequences later. Which ended up putting us in SERIOUS financial trouble when my husband’s position was cut and I was diagnosed with cancer. Such a scary time to be financially unstable!

Stressed to the max and completely freaking out about how we were going to stay afloat, I knew I HAD to find a better way to track and control our spending.

Enter YNAB!

You Need A Budget — affectionately known as YNAB to those of us who love it — is a dandy little app that has saved our bacon both literally and figuratively over the past few years. (We REALLY love our bacon in this family! ??)

It allows us to use a zero-sum budget without having to mess with cash, lets both Erik and me to enter transactions from our phones right when we’re making a purchase (so we don’t forget later!), does all the math for us to keep track of how much we have left in each category in real time, and even lets us easily move money from one category to another if we have an unexpected expense (or if we spend too much on groceries that month… not that THAT ever happens… ?)

I cannot tell you how much I love this program!

YNAB has been the saving grace for our finances, and I finally feel like we’re gaining control. We even managed to buy a house recently and get all the things we needed for it (including three major appliances!) without going over budget! HUGE accomplishment right there!

Do you ever wish you had more money? It's time we start learning to be faithful in little, so we can eventually be trusted with more. Here's how!

A Bonus Blessing from YNAB

In reflecting on my financial background recently, I realized that I didn’t grow up having to think about money, which was a huge blessing, but it also meant I had NO idea how to be a financially responsible adult once I got out on my own. I didn’t know HOW to be faithful with the little money I was making. I just knew I shouldn’t spend more than I made. The bare-bones basics.

And it was embarrassing.

The biggest – and most unexpected – blessing I’ve gotten out of using YNAB is the confidence that I CAN make decisions about our money and how we spend it. I CAN be a “real” adult and be trusted with adult responsibilities.

Even if God never chooses to entrust us with more money than we have right now, *I* at least know I am being faithful with little and not squandering the precious resources we DO have!

Are YOU Being Faithful in Little?

So, let me ask you one last question: Are you ready to be faithful in little?

If our struggles with the cash envelope system sound familiar to you, do yourself a favor and check out YNAB! If you  use my referral link, we both get one month FREE! (It’s only $5/month, but hey, when we’re being faithful with little, even saving $5 is a big deal! ?)

Regardless of what tool you choose, the important thing is to be faithful with the few financial resources you have right now, so both you and God will know you can be trusted with more in the future!

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Trusting God in the Midst of Health Issues

Health crises can challenge even the strongest faith, so if you’re wrestling with God over your own health struggles, please know you are not alone! I talk about my own battle with cancer a lot here at Scattered Woman, and today we have a special guest blogger, Hannah Pritchard of Discovering Grace, who is sharing her own story about trusting God in the midst of health issues.

I set down my phone on the tattered coffee table and tried to breathe deeply. The words kept echoing in my head. I tried to get them out; I tried desperately to stay calm and pretend that what I had just heard wasn’t real. I felt so unprepared for this and so unequipped to handle the journey that was ahead of me.

“You may never have children,” the doctor said matter-of-factly. “We need to get you on medication as soon as possible or this may develop into diabetes.”

All I heard was: “Your body isn’t normal, your life will never be normal, and you’re not normal.” Read More

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How to Find Time for Bible Reading with the Feast of Firstfruits

When we understand the Feast of the Firstfruits, we can finally find time for Bible reading — even as a busy mom — with zero guilt. Please welcome our guest blogger for today, Rachel Schmoyer from Read the Hard Parts, as she shares with us this life-changing truth from Leviticus 23.

There are a lot of opportunities to feel like a failure as a mom of littles. For me, one of the areas I struggled was with the idea that a truly godly woman wakes up before her kids to read her Bible and pray before the day begins. Try as I might, I just couldn’t do it. After my first child was born, all my time was hijacked. From the time I opened my eyes in the morning to the time I closed them at night (and every two hours in between), my time was not my own. In the next four years, babies number 2, 3, and 4 came along. With each baby, the ideal of an early morning quiet time became all the more unattainable.

It’s not that I didn’t read my Bible at all. I read when I could here and there. I kept a devotional in the bathroom and listened to preachers on the radio, but it just wasn’t the same as digging into the Bible myself. I was sure that the truly godly moms had no trouble getting up at the crack of dawn to sip coffee and read scripture. Read More

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5 Natural PMS Cramp Remedies Every Woman Should Know

For many of us, the cramps that accompany our periods are the worst part of being a woman. But you don’t have to be miserable each month! Please welcome Angela Johnson from Health As You Can as she shares with us her top 5 natural PMS cramp remedies EVERY woman should know. (These are great remedies to add to your Home Health Arsenal, too!)

90% of women suffer from them. If you’re reading this article, I’m assuming you are one of them. PMS symptoms can range from moodiness to breast tenderness to bloating. However, for me and many women, the most severe PMS symptom?

Cramps.

I can always tell when they are about to come. They start off slow, warning me that they are on their way. Then they come in full force like the waves of a tsunami, one after another, until my pain reliever kicks in and calms the storm. At one point, I was taking 15 or more 200 mg ibuprofen tablets a day. I’m not proud of it but I had to do it just to function.

However, reading about the effects of NSAIDs on your liver, scared me, so I started looking into alternatives. Read More

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15 Tips for Getting Started with Essential Oils

Are you interested in essential oils, but aren’t sure where to start? Here are two long-time oilers’ top tips for getting started with essential oils – including everything we wish someone had told US!

Your sister uses them. Your best friend uses them. Shoot, even your mom uses them! Essential oils are all the rage right now – and for good reason! With as many different varieties as there are plants on God’s green Earth, essential oils are phenomenal supports for our bodies and awesome additions to our Home Health Arsenals!

If you’re interested in essential oils – or even if you’re already dipping your toes into this oily world – it’s important to know a few key pieces of information as you begin. Read More

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3 Spiritual Lessons from Meet the Robinsons

It’s not just a kid’s movie! There are actually 3 HUGE spiritual lessons from Meet the Robinsons that are great for adults and children alike. ?

Special thanks to Jessica Meades for today’s guest post!

Meet the Robinsons is a cute Disney film that came out several years ago. I had seen it before, but it was only recently that I watched it again with fresh eyes. I’ll try not to give too much away for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, but no promises. (If you’d like to watch it first and then come back to this post, it’s currently available on Netflix!)

My friend Laura has written about spiritual lessons that we can learn from cartoons with our children, specifically My Little Pony (and MORE My Little Pony!), which is her favorite, and that got me thinking: Read More

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Marriage Communication Secrets: 5 Ways to Powerfully Improve Your Marriage

Are you struggling in your marriage? Do you fight & bicker like there will NEVER be a happily ever after? What happened to that fairytale romance you thought you had signed up for? Friend, there is HOPE! Check out these 5 Marriage Communication Secrets to POWERFULLY improve your marriage TODAY!

When we get married, most of us have this idea of a wonderful, romance-filled life ahead of us. Fairytale happy endings dance through our heads – even if we TRIED to ground ourselves in reality before saying “I do”!

But after the honeymoon ends, and we fall into the daily routine of work, paying bills, raising kids, and just living life, we often turn around and wonder, “What happened to my happily ever after? I don’t even KNOW this guy anymore!”

Ladies, it doesn’t have to BE like that! Read More

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13+ Tips & Tricks for Improving Your Family’s Gut Health

Following a gut-healing diet is ESSENTIAL for healing all those random health issues our families face, but it can be difficult to get started. One mama is sharing ALL her tips & tricks for improving your family’s gut health!

You’ve broken out in hives – inexplicably.

Your husband has gained an extra spare tire in the last year, but he’s still as active as ever.

Your son has battled eczema since the day he was born – and nothing you’ve tried has helped.

Your baby girl is constantly saying her stomach hurts – and you have no idea why.

Do any of these scenarios sound like your family? If so, it’s time to do a checkup on your family’s gut health!

Skin issues, bloating, weight gain, digestive upset – and even seemingly unrelated health issues like asthma or allergies – can all be linked to poor gut health. So, if your family is struggling in any of those areas – and there are plenty more, including many aspects of our mental health! – today’s interview is for YOU! Read More

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The ONE Thing Missing in Your Home Health Arsenal

Maybe your immune system is shot. Maybe it’s cold & flu season – and EVERYONE you know is sick as a dog. In addition to a strong Home Health Arsenal, you need ONE more thing: a high-dose vitamin C immune boost!

If you have stocked your Home Health Arsenal, followed the Bug Buster Protocol, and supported your immune system daily with these 5 DIY recipes, and you’re STILL getting sick regularly, it’s time you and I had a little chat.

See, this scenario is exactly where I’ve been the past year or so.

I use my Home Health Arsenal and Bug Buster Protocol at the FIRST sign of a bug. I’m religious about hand washing and doing our best to avoid picking up “the nasties” when we’re out and about.

But it hadn’t been enough.

I had been sick almost constantly since just after Thanksgiving, and after 3 full months of this junk, I was DONE.

While the rest of my family responds & heals quickly with just our regular HHA & BBP tools, my immune system is so doggone SHOT from chemo that it needs something a bit more heavy-duty to kick start it.

Enter the ONE thing you MUST add to your Home Health Arsenal MUST as a cancer patient or survivor — or as a mom trying to keep her family healthy: Read More

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A Lesson in Faith: Planning a Wedding with No Groom in Sight

I hadn’t dated in 11 years. WHY would God ask me to plan a wedding with no groom in sight?! Turns out, it all came down to a lesson in faith.

About two years before my now husband entered my world, I was a single woman, living on my own, working as a Resident Director at a small, private, engineering school, and desperately trying to NOT be super frustrated with my single status. Singleness is supposed to be a “gift,” right?

Well, maybe for Paul it was, but it sure didn’t seem like much of a gift for me.

Surrounded by college students, who even in their complete nerdiness seemed to miraculously find their soul mates, I felt completely and utterly alone.

Aside from my co-workers (most of whom were married or married with kids), I didn’t even have non-student friends. I was just LONELY.

And it seemed like God was sleeping or just didn’t care.

The Command

As I was getting ready for bed one night, I was struck with the overwhelming thought that I needed to plan a wedding. But this wedding wasn’t for one of my students – even though there are several each year! – this time it was MY wedding I needed to plan.

Why, God? There is no man in sight for me to marry. Why should I spend all this time and energy planning a wedding? Read More

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Living the Mosaic Life: Building a WAHM Business You’ll LOVE!

If you’ve ever thought about starting an at-home business, come be encouraged by this mama who has already done it. Learn how building a WAHM business blooms naturally from the Mosaic Life!

Y’all are in for a TREAT today! If you’ve been around Scattered Woman for a while, you’ve heard me talk about this concept of a Mosaic Life – how we moms don’t tend to have perfectly linear career paths, but by gaining experience in various fields and environments we eventually land in work that is meaningful and fulfilling for us.

It’s a journey, to be sure. And it’s not always easy.

So, today I want to introduce you to a woman who has lived through the multiple, varied jobs along with raising a family stage and has come out on the other side! Read More