Author: Nicole Carpenter

Meet Janneke

Hi, I’m Janneke Marquez, the Community Manager here at MOMentity! I’m so excited to run the MOM Academy and you’ll see me in and out of all the MOMentity social media groups. But I realized you probably don’t know much about me. Let’s change that! How did I cross paths with MOMentity? I heard about Nicole and Momentity in 2013 at the first ever Pinners Conference in Utah. At that point in my life I was a SAHM mom to my 3-year-old son. I also had a portrait and birth photography hobby I was trying to launch into a business. I...

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An Easy Acronym to Get Your Dream Going

On the wall above my desk is a framed quote by author, speaker and pastor John C. Maxwell: “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” Familiar quotes like Maxwell’s sound nice. You probably have a favorite of your own, like Walt Disney’s, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Or Henry David Thoreau’s, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” At a glance, phrases such as these remind us of possibilities. But in how many cases does a quote in a frame on an office wall actually...

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Fighting Bullies Through Kindness in our Home

My sweet little kindergartner was coloring at the bar while I was cooking. It was a rare moment of peace during the pre-dinner rush. He must have been deep in thought while he worked to keep the crayon inside the lines. Through the sound of sizzling hamburger I heard him say of the blue, “I don’t respect Donald Trump.” It’s a bit of a shock when we see the world around us through the eyes (or mouth) of our children. Usually, it has us squirming a bit in our skin because what they say or do mirrors what we...

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Nicole interviews on Parent Entrepreneur Power podcast

Rummaging through my files this week I realized I never shared with ya’ll this podcast I did with Mary Kathryn Johnson, host of the Parent Entrepreneur Power podcast.  In it we chat about being a mother first, working from home and the path we take that leads us to where we are. As I re-listened to this interview from two years ago, I realized as an entrepreneur, I’m not as far along as I thought I’d be in 2017. And that made me sad. Because if I’m being totally honest, it feels like I’m a hamster on a wheel,...

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Holding on to disappointment? Here’s how to let it go.

I began as a big bouquet of bright helium balloons. Only months ago, life had some exciting things in the future and I was full of anticipation. I began imagining, hoping and planning events to come. Unfortunately, it’s been one setback after another, mixed with constant sick kids and doctors visits of my own. Every day feels like a new stretch and struggle. I do my best to keep things in perspective and realize so many others have much bigger struggles than my own. Even my own family and friends are battling bigger trials. But the size of another’s...

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