Rise of the Mumpreneur - Guest Blog by Sara Noel
Becoming a number #1 co-author of a mumpreneur book. Creating the opportunity to publish your story amongst other inspirational business ladies. MIBA book ‘Rise of the Mumpreneur’
On October 8th I boarded a plane to Marbella knowing that I was about to embark on a life-changing experience.
At the beginning of the year, I said yes to an opportunity to become a co-author of the upcoming MIBA book ‘Rise of the Mumpreneur’. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wasn’t even sure of all the finer details. But my heart was sure and it led the way. My heart knew I had plenty I needed to say and that writing one chapter of a book was the beginning of unleashing my voice. Finally.
Fast forward a few months and I found myself connected to the other co-authors in a Facebook group. Excitement built up throughout the year as we shared our fears of the unknown and words of encouragement for one another. The opportunity I had said yes to became more real as the months went on. The reality that I had stepped well and truly out of my comfort zone excited me, but I will be completely honest and admit it also scared the living daylights out of me too.
Who would want to hear my story?
Will I be judged?
Who am I to be a co-author of a book?
Will I lose family? Friends?
I woke up dazed and confused as the plane hit the ground in Malaga. I had completely passed out for the full duration of the flight. This didn’t surprise me. I am an independent parent juggling work, building a business and raising an amazing human being. It is not often I get the chance to just be still. Well, outside of my ‘very’ early morning rituals that I have to slide down the stairs like a ninja to make happen due to the fact my Son has elephant ears! I had also spent most of the year dealing with the rapid decline of a family member who was suffering terribly of physical and mental ill-health.
It had been only 1 week since the funeral of my Grandma when I boarded that plane. Within seconds I was out for the count. Depleted of every ounce of energy left in my body and soul.
One by one the co-authors gathered in the airport. Apart from the online engagement each and every one of us was a stranger to one another. You could feel the anxiety in the air and in a strange way it felt comforting. Comforting to know that I was not alone in how I was feeling – petrified!
After being greeted by our warm and welcoming hosts MIBA co-founders - Leona Burton and Estelle Keeber, we all settled into the beautiful villa. Within 1 hour we were bonding like long lost sisters. We shared snippets of our backstories, ate, laughed, and cried. It was like a beautiful emotional rollercoaster, but comforting in the fact there were others around you to hold your hand.
The next couple of days was a mix of hypnotherapy led by the amazing Tania Taylor, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist and fellow ROM co-author, and free writing.
The guided meditations were beautiful and key in helping us unleash our words as we drifted off periodically to different parts of the villa to put pen (and in some cases tears) to paper.
My favourite spot was tucked in the corner in the blazing sun by the pool. I am a little bit of a sun worshipper so to have sun rays shining down on my peacock feather pen (I also love peacocks!) made what was quite an emotional process somewhat easier.
To top it all off the super talented Natalie Boland was at hand to make us look and feel amazing for the book’s headshots. Estelle swapped her MIBA CEO hat for her photographer hat and worked her camera magic. It was a perfect end to a unique experience. Thanks ladies!
Sharing this experience with such a wonderful, warm and loving group of ladies is a moment in time I will never forget.
Am I scared? YES! Of course, I am. I am just about to share a very personal story publicly.
But it isn’t about ME. If I can stop someone/anyone in their tracks and support them in their time of need then it was worth it.
And that is all that matters.
To all the other contributors…
You are all such wonderful, strong, determined women and I feel honoured to have shared this experience in Marbella with you.
Let’s do this! 👊🏾💛💫
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‘Rise of the Mumpreneur’ will be released December 2019. Visit www.mumsinbusinessassociation.com for more information on MIBA. Do you have a story to tell? Find out how you too can become one of MIBA’s Amazon best selling authors here. I hope to read your story soon 💛
Co-authors of ‘Rise of the Mumpreneur’ and now life time friends 💛
Thank you to Sara Noel who originally published this on her own website on 21 November 2019. Click here to view. Sara runs Strategize Your Biz.
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