Keep Going: 4 Lessons You Learn Your First Year of Entrepreneurship

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Lately, I’ve been in self-reflection mode. Re-evaluating my brand, relationships and experiences. Last year, I put all my energy into creating Queens Conquer and connecting with my local community here in Austin, I didn’t take time for myself. So this year, I’ve been working towards cultivating a morning routine, acting on my intuition and surrounding myself in situations that serve me.

It’s officially been one year since I created Queens Conquer and entrepreneurship is definitely not as glamorous as most make it seem. Even though they are many wins to celebrate, there are many learnings that come from building a brand in the start-up stage. It’s important to remember that your biggest challenge is just as much your gift. Here’s a few things I learned that not only apply to my business, but personal life as well.

Choose Progress Over Perfection: 

When building a personal brand it’s important to remember that you’re human. Be patient with yourself and always do what fills you-not what you think others want you to do.  Even though you may not be where you think you should be, you’re making progress. Practice your craft and challenge yourself to be more consistent. (This really resonates with me because I found myself thinking I had to share “perfect” content, when people actually prefer consistency. Even if the picture isn’t “perfect”, share your story and be bold in your delivery.)

Don’t be Afraid to Ask: 

Often times we feel that if we ask for help it’s a burden, but know that it’s okay to ask for help, ask questions and ask for opportunities. It doesn’t make you weak and know that you don’t have to do it all, alone. (Ladies, we often wear many hats and can do it all, but we don’t have to. Remember, you can do anything, but not everything.)

Say No without Feeling Guilty or Explaining Yourself:

In the first year of building your brand you will come across lots of opportunities, but remember you aren’t obligated to be a part of everything. Remain true to yourself and your priorities. Have the courage to say no to the requests that don’t align with your interests, values or lifestyle. Don’t feel guilty or obligated to give a reason. Saying no doesn’t require justification. Those who are for you will understand. (By saying no you’re making room for the yeses that you want)

With Change, Comes Work. Take Time to Rest:

Being an entrepreneur and working from home, I love that I have the power to create my  own schedule, but that doesn’t mean I have to work from sun up to sun down. Create a schedule just like you were at a regular job. Incorporate 30 min breaks to eat a healthy snack, stretch, or get active . Make your health a priority, mentally and physically. (Rest, recharge, and repeat)

To my fellow entrepreneurs, what is a lesson you learned in the first year(s) of building your brand?

As you continue to conquer your dreams, remember you are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously, Queen. Trust your greatness!

Much love & many blessings

Founder & CEO of Queens Conquer

Alexandra Wilson

 

Finish Strong: 7 Ways to Bounce Back from Burnout


Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it has officially set in that this year is almost over – it’s crunch time! After a week full of family, friends and food, it took me a couple days to gain momentum and get back in the swing of things. Anytime I feel stressed or under pressure, I go out for a run to free my mind. Over the weekend, I ran the trail around Lady Bird Lake and was inspired to share some inspiration to encourage you to bounce back and power up!

Whether you’re working towards meeting yearly goals, studying for finals or finishing up projects, it’s time to recharge & plan our power moves for the first quarter of 2017.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed or uninspired take a deep breath & remember why you started. Here are a few tips to recharge:

  1. Meditate: Close your eyes and visualize your goals, dreams and aspirations. Speak positivity into your life and create a daily affirmation like “My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.”
  2. Take a Break: Do everything in moderation. Give yourself 15 min breaks throughout the day to refresh your brain. Stand up, stretch and eat a healthy snack to get some energy.
  3. Write: Wake up each morning with intentions to conquer the day. Write down your thoughts, goals and to do’s. Then ,create a priority list and how you’ll you take action. Remember, small plans first, with realistic goals, builds confidence, then make bigger plans with bigger goals. Always have a plan.
  4. Unplug: Put the phone down, turn the TV off and get off the computer. Escape the digital distraction, information overload and experience the people around you. Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around, you could miss it.
  5. Get Active: Remember, health is wealth. Give yourself at least 30 minutes a day to go out for a walk, dance to your favorite playlist or attend a yoga class. Make it count!
  6. Read: Find a cozy corner and cuddle up with your favorite book. Get carried away in a good story and let your mind wander.
  7. Practice gratitude: Be grateful for how far you’ve come & trust that you’ve got everything inside of you to conquer what lies ahead. Remain grateful for all lessons and blessings you have endured this year, it’s only preparing you for what’s to come.

Remember, you become what you believe. Make your next move your best move. You hold all the power to success. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Finish strong and conquer from within.

Much love & many blessings,

Founder & CEO of Queens Conquer

Alexandra Wilson

Speak Up: 5 Ways to Conquer Public Speaking

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The fear of public speaking is a real thing! Quite frankly, it is one thing that myself and other people I know, have struggled with. Recently, I’ve been challenging myself to create videos to connect more intimately with my community. Facebook Live is a great tool to use for practice because there’s no pausing or editing and your friends are notified to tune in. They can even comment and like while you’re recording, which is a good confidence booster to keep going!
The fear of speaking in front of an audience can sometimes prevent us from telling our story successfully. I know how difficult it can be; your palms start feeling clammy, sweat drips from your forehead and you feel so nervous you go blank and forget everything you prepared for. Whether you’re making a formal presentation, or creating a video to share your brand’s story, speaking skills are imperative. Remember, to choose progress over perfection.

“You’re not a victim for sharing your story. You’re a survivor for setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth and raging courage.”

Here’s a few tips to help you conquer public speaking:
  1. Be Prepared. Write down at least 3 talking points you want to discuss. Create a plan of action on how you’ll share the information and evaluate what flows best. Remember, to introduce yourself and share a fun fact with the audience to break the ice. Keep your sentences short and sweet and get straight to the point.  Practice with a friend and ask for feedback.
  2. Relax! Let go of any stress that’s building up. Practice breathing exercises to relax your mind and body beforehand. Drink some water to stay hydrated. Listen to your favorite jams and build your peace. Don’t be afraid to use your hands and move around when you speak, own the stage.
  3. Trust Yourself. Be confident. Only you know what you’re going to say. If you mess up, keep going! Be patient and take a moment to pause in between thoughts. Think before you speak, you got this.
  4. Evaluate Your Progress. Practice makes perfect. Once you finish your speech take time to evaluate the pro’s and con’s. If you had someone video tape it, go back and watch it and take notes on what you can do to make it an even better next time.
  5. Face your Fears. You are what you say you are, so what will you say to give people any opportunity to learn what you want to be known for. Remember, everything is a stepping stone.Challenge yourself to speak to small groups and then once you feel more comfortable, reach out to larger organizations for speaking engagements.
Set intentions. Don’t overthink. Trust your greatness and remember you can conquer anything you put your mind to. Let no one but you, define YOU!
Much love & many blessings,
Founder & CEO of Queens Conquer
Alexandra Wilson