Please come on over to SmartWoman’s NEW home!

June 4th: I have moved my wordpress.com blog to a self-hosted domain provider. This specific blog address (https://smartwomanguides.wordpress.com) will no longer be updated.

*******PLEASE NOTE: The new location is www.smartwomanguides.com.*********

Please update your bookmarks and links and come on over and visit! You will find the same (and more) free articles, resources, inspiration, and support for female entrepreneurs as before! We’re waiting. 🙂

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Listen in to SmartWoman’s First Interview!

I am thrilled to announce that I have had my first interview! WOW! How exciting and flattering! 🙂

Listen in as Chris Brown of BrandandMarket.com asks me about being a female entrepreneur, about what led me to blogging, and what it took to get me here. Special thanks to Chris for inviting me to do this! Be sure to visit her site often–she has a lot of wisdom to offer.

Listen in to SmartWoman’s First Interview!

Today I have been focused on my goals for June. Keep an eye out for many cool new things. And, thanks for dropping by. Be sure to tell your friends about us here!

Together, we are stronger.
Vicki Flaugher, the original SmartWoman

 

SmartWoman Manifesto

I sometimes get teased for my moniker, but I like it, so I use it. I wrote a manifesto some years ago to sum up my view. I felt I should republish it here to renew the message.

(The picture to the side is by Joyce Roe Flaugher, the original Mom of the original SmartWoman. Isn’t that cool?)

SmartWoman Manifesto

“A Smart Woman uses her entire toolbox of experiences, talents, feelings, logic, intuition, education, and yes, even her mistakes, to live her life authentically engaged. She takes the time to care for herself, evaluate what she really thinks and feels, and acts and reacts from a place of patient love, energized compassion, and balanced accountability. Choices are opportunities and she welcomes them. Opportunity leads to her future and she faces that future with a ready and willing heart and a nimble and open mind.

A Smart Woman respects others’ points of view while still making her own choices. She gives generously to others while nurturing herself. She knows the value of boundaries and is skillful in using them to build stronger relationships. She speaks up when she needs to and she knows how and when to supportively listen as she keeps her vision of peace and tolerance in sight. She knows when to walk away, wishing luck and best wishes to those who are on another path. She knows and values her true worth.

Adaptable, caring, capable, and clever, a Smart Woman embraces life and triumphantly whoops and hollers her way to joy. She claims her power and her divine birthright, as each of us do, in a myriad of infinitely beautiful and unique ways, creating a fulfilling life as a Smart Woman. She’s not out to prove anything to anybody. She is here to learn, live, love, laugh, and contribute.

I believe we all have a lot to share, to communicate, to witness, and to celebrate. I would feel honored and thrilled to know you are by my side. So, what do you think? Are you ready to explore? I hope so, because today, I am making firm plans and those plans include you. I am a Smart Woman with firm plans. Are you?”

Side note: If you google “smart woman” you see there are lots of others who are in solidarity. I have tried logging on to enough websites where the username “smartwoman” is already taken, so I must be on to something… 🙂

Together, we are stronger.
Vicki Flaugher, the  original SmartWoman

p.s. I promised in my weekend post to solidify “what I call what I do”. Here’s my first draft: “I empower female entrepreneurs by providing services and products that help facilitate their success.”

Not sure it’s a keeper, but what about you? What do you call what you do?  Do share!

What I’m all about

I sometimes wonder about myself. I am an enigma to me. I love results, am a hard worker, but I am ill-fitted for the average “job”. It’s not always so clear to me where I fit in when it comes to wealth building.

I believe with all of my heart that I am meant to contribute here but I also know I am not supposed to have my nose (or any other part of me) to the “grindstone”. I love creativity, I love working “smarter not harder” and I am a pure blown hedonist. Not in a sinful way, but in an ice cream loving, joke about life, spent time doing cool stuff way.

I pray that I can be successful choosing this approach. I think I can–I have hope. That is one thing entrepreneurism has given me—hope that I can live the way I choose and the way I prefer and be successful. I read about people every day that did it their way and love their lives. That’s me…that’s where I live.

What about you? What drives you? What interests you? Why do you do what you do? Shout out!