-PRENEUR E N T R E P R E N E U R I A L S P I R I T — you don’t have to be Lori Greiner to have the dream, the drive, the grit, the want-to! Female entrepreneurs are making lasting contributions to the business landscape and have become an essential part of the U.S. economic health. But what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur AND run a family? This month we hear from LKNW Mom-preneur, Katie Stankiewicz, owner of Willow Equine and Soul to Sole Connection.
The health and wellness of my family are always keep it real. my top priority. Despite the long hours and various commitments, reconnecting with the simple pleasures makes everything worthwhile. We enjoy playing outside with our dogs, climbing trees, and swimming in our pool. Every night, we chat about our day over supper, and then read books before bed and prayers. Family time rejuvenates me … it allows me to take a deep breath and count my many blessings. MOM-PRENEUR RULE #2
MOM-PRENEUR RULE #1
commitment, integrity, and leadership.
I strive to uphold strong moral principles in both my life and my business. Being able to create and share my dreams with my family is priceless. My daughter sees my dedication and my drive to be an active and present mother as well as a successful business owner.
You can create everything you set your believe! mind to if you always follow your heart and stay in alignment with your values. If you have a dream and a passion, do not sit back and doubt. Always dream big and realistic, take a leap of faith, and have a strong support system in your corner. Watching your hard work, long hours, and creative endeavors flourish is rewarding. Knowing the passion behind your efforts is valued. Showing your children that you can create whatever you put your mind to is priceless! MOM-PRENEUR RULE #3
MOM-PRENEUR RULE #4
craft your life with purpose and intent.
I am blessed that my office is a fabulous 40-acre farm filled with flowers, horses, birds, and trees. This allows me to stay grounded and connected. I love starting my day with quiet meditation and a Pilate’s workout. This allows my mind, body, and soul connection to slow down … it quiets my often too-noisy mind and helps me focus on deep breathing. MOM-PRENEUR RULE #5
If people focused more on what was felt within their hearts, the no horsing world would look so different. around! The unconditional love that resides within all our hearts would shine brightly. Sadly, the heartfelt versions often become blocked by the thoughts, visions, and expectations of others. We can embrace openness and find something to be grateful for every day. That is what is so special about horses—they tap into the authentic core that is within every person. They do not see what is on the outside; they see the beautiful soul that is present in front of them. The more we connect into our hearts, the more authentic and grateful we choose to live. w
L A K E NORMAN
Offering equine assisted psychotherapy and business development, Katie Stankiewicz is a Certified Leadership Coach and Advanced Certified Equine Specialist. She is the owner of Willow Equine (www.Willow-Equine.com) and Soul to Sole Connection, a program dedicated to our military and their families’ mental health. You can reach Katie at 704.237.0644.