Monthly Archives: April 2018

Thank your village — and then be theirs

Thank your village; Monday Motivation

Thirty-five miles from here, my husband and children ate breakfast without me yesterday, so I could write in a quiet house. This spring, a friend’s landscaper-spouse is helping us diagnose the problems with our yard. And this summer, three groups of friends are watching our children for a week so that my husband and I […]

Opportunities for youth entrepreneurs in Wisconsin

youth entrepreneurship

When it comes to innovation, Wisconsin’s children are among the top. Madison and Milwaukee rank 2nd and 9th, respectively, among U.S. cities with the highest rates of children inventors, according to a study released in December, “Who Becomes an Inventor in America? The Importance of Exposure to Innovation.” “(E)xposure to innovation during childhood has significant causal […]

Brainstorming Solo — 1 easy trick for overcoming writer’s block

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This isn’t normally something I’d share. But in the interest of helping others defeat the fiend known as “writer’s block,” I’ll go ahead. I’ve been writing professionally in some capacity or other since 1996. Most of my experience is working for daily newspapers — and when you work for a daily newspaper, you don’t get […]

Goal achievement made easy, with this weekly plan

weekly plan, setting and achieving goals

Monday Motivation is a new feature that runs — surprise! — on Mondays, as a way to keep you, me and all of us, inspired and working toward our goals. Let’s make this a great week! WEEKLY PLAN I beyond-love planning. It makes me giddy. The possibilities, the details, the lists, the organization. When I’ve […]

Got questions? These groups can help.

Wisconsin Entrepreneurship Resources

WISCONSIN ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESOURCES Need some training? Seeking a mentor? Hoping to collaborate? Searching for shared work space? Here are some of the key groups providing services to entrepreneurs in Wisconsin. (Know of an organization or program that should be added? Let us know — Email kirsten@motherbility.com.) CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Madison Area Technical College’s Center for […]

Motherbility’s Kindness Challenge: How can I help you today?

When church, Chuck E. Cheese and the radio station all say the same thing, you can only respond one way: “Message received. And challenge accepted.” Sometimes the universe whispers. Other times, it whacks. This was our Sunday morning: The day’s sermon focused on cheerful giving as thanks to God for his many blessings. After church, […]

Serenity, Courage, Wisdom: A prayer … and organizational tool

Serenity Prayer, organization, motherbility

I woke up at 4:48 this morning already overwhelmed. Let me tell you about my life right now, so you can understand why. Two weeks ago, I learned that we’ll likely have to renovate the master bath of our rental property — even as we’re finishing up replacing all the windows. Then our minivan broke […]

We all have a genius

Elizabeth Gilbert, genius, "Eat Pray Love"

In today’s Good To Know, the “Eat Pray Love” author details how to survive the roller coaster of creativity. “Is it rational, is it logical that anybody should be expected to be afraid of the work that they feel they were put on this world to do?”

How To: Open a business checking and savings account

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is part of motherbility’s Start-Up Kit for Start-Up Businesses. Note: This article addresses business checking and savings accounts. Motherbility will discuss the business-loan process in a later article. Picking the wrong bank can cost you time and money. You don’t want to waste either. Fees, services, locations — all vary significantly from […]

Embrace the ‘e’ word

The man’s comment caught me off-guard. I had been talking for about five minutes with Evan, a fellow participant in a course I’m taking, about why we had joined the class. I explained a bit about motherbility, and he smiled. “Oh, so you’re an entrepreneur,” Evan said. I, very briefly, hesitated, then replied, “Yes.” That […]