3 Things I’ve Learned in 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

Well, it’s been almost exactly three months since I launched my business. I think it’s time for an update…

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

First of all, I just need to say that the last few months have FLOWN on by. I’m so confused because it feels like it was just New Year’s, but then all of a sudden it was then Valentine’s Day, I went to Colorado, and now I’m about to meet my mom in Texas for our mother/daughter weekend. WHERE IS TIME GOING.

All of this is to say that when you are doing something you love, something you truly care about, I honestly think time moves more quickly. I used to sit at my desk at work and by 10am I was ready to go home. That’s ONE hour in. Now? I start working at 7am and all of a sudden it’s 1pm. I think that’s both a good and bad thing, but the fact that I’m not sitting there twiddling my thumbs until 6pm is pretty fantastic 🙌🏻

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

If I had to sum up how the past three months have been, I would say they’ve been mind-blowing in the absolute best way possible. Never in my dreams did I think I would receive the outpouring of love and support or the opportunities I’ve been given. I wasn’t really worried about succeeding as an entrepreneur in the long run, but I do feel VERY lucky when I think about how far I’ve come in a short period of time.

There’s still a loooong long way for me to go, but here’s what I’ve learned since announcing my social media consulting business as a full-time endeavor…

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

That whole motivation thing is harder than you might think. I’d like to think I’m pretty good about self-motivation and time management, but MAN is it hard to keep yourself focused when no one is giving you real deadlines. I seriously have to implement my own for all of my clients so that I don’t drop the ball, and if I don’t plan my week down to the hour, I will forget to focus on things. This is something I struggle with on the daily, but am really working on! It’s gotten better, but I swear I’ve developed ADD or something…🙈

Kindness will get you unbelievably far. So here’s the tea: I haven’t actually had to send out any cold emails or proposals to potential clients that didn’t email me first…and for that, I am SO incredibly lucky. But you know what? I swear it’s just karma or something because I’ve found leads in the most unlikely places. People I’ve only talked to via Instagram comment or DM, friends of friends I met once, connections through alumni…those are the people that have now become my clients.

I couldn’t disagree more with the idea that women have to be hard, cold, and cut throat to get ahead in business. I actually think the complete opposite. You never know who you’re going to meet or speak to, so treat everyone with kindness and be generous with your time when you’re building those relationships.

Keep information close. So basically when you’re a business owner who offers shareable knowledge as part of their business (like I do), sending proposals can be tricky. While I want to present my thought process and strategy to win a client over, I have to be strategic in what I share because if I give too much away, they won’t need me.

If you’re in a business with skills that are not easily learned (like photography or finance), then you probably don’t have to worry about this! But for me? I know for a fact I’ve sent out ideas that were then taken and used by someone else, and that’s on me! Lesson learned.

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

Wow, just writing all of that actually just made me realize how far I’ve come since January, but also how far I still need and WANT to go. It’s a been a whirlwind, to say the least!!

I am so grateful for this life I live, the journey I’m on, and the support I receive from all of you every step of the way. I hope to be able to write another one of these in three more months, three years, and three decades😊

xo Jordan

all photos taken by Leah Davis of Kindred Soul Studios

DFD Babe Feature: Michaela of Michaela’s Motto

Oh yeah y’all, we are BACK with a DFD Babe Feature!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

It’s been a minute, but now that I’m actually a full-time female business owner myself, this series means more to me than ever before. And, if you’re new around here, I’ll just be super quick in explaining why: the DFD Babe Feature is all about supporting women who inspire me with their drive, ambition and success in creating businesses they’re passionate about!

Today I’m putting the spotlight on my friend Michaela who I actually met through one of my closest dancer friends (hey, Larissa!). Michaela is also a professional dancer, but on top of that, she’s a personal trainer who just launched her own nutrition and fitness plan. Think she might be superwoman honestly…

In this interview, we talk a little bit about where her love for fitness began, her mission and goals for Michaela’s Motto, and how she handles the stresses of entrepreneurship. Keep scrollin’ to learn more!👇🏻

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

Okay, tell us when you first became interested in fitness!

I started dancing at age 3 and have always loved staying active. Once I graduated high school and became a professional dancer, I found myself wanting to take care of my body and it became a hobby of challenging myself physically even off the dance floor. It was a positive outlet for me and I found myself so passionate and wanting to share it with others.  

And what about Michaela’s Motto?! What was the motivation behind creating your fitness app and nutrition plan?

I wanted an affordable platform that could serve women all around the world and teach them a healthy lifestyle. I struggled with an eating disorder in my past, but found a love for macro nutrition that taught me how to have a healthy relationship with food without restriction. Flexible dieting provided me that balance and freedom while still achieving my goals. I became a certified Macro nutrition coach so that I can help others fuel their body properly and also enjoy the foods they love. Life needs BALANCE and I am a true believer that flexible dieting compliments that.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

I’d love to know your top three fitness moves for building muscle and burning fat!! I know burpees can be amazing but I can’t do more than about 5 of those, so hopefully that’s not one of your answers😂

I love to incorporate plyometrics into my training programs. They get the heart rate up and get the calories BURNIN’. Plus, there aren’t many people who LOVE to do cardio so I like to incorporate it within the workout versus spending hours doing cardio a week (no one has time for that)! Lifting weights is also a huge component to weight loss. Even after your workout, your body is still burning calories to recover muscle tissue from your workout.

Some of my favorite exercises: jump squats, timed circuits with weights and bodyweight exercises, box jumps, battle ropes, & ice skaters.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

What are three personality traits you think are key to being a successful entrepreneur?

A humble personality, outgoing/social (key to networking), and being genuinely passionate about what you do!

What’s your favorite part about being your own boss, and your least favorite?

I can work from anywhere, create my own schedule, provide and offer something to people that one else has. But being a one man show can be extremely challenging. I am learning SO much. If I don’t know how to do something, I have to learn how to do it and figure it out.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions?

Keep your current job and have your personal business as your side hustle until you become more established. It is nice to have a reliable/steady income each month while you work out the hiccups of your personal business. Take on a few customers at a time so that it isn’t overwhelming when you first begin, and slowly add clientele and your workload.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

I always try to do something my myself, whether that’s working out or just sitting a watching a favorite show of mine at the end of the day. Creating work hours for yourself is so important, just like you would have a start and end time of a job if you were employed by a company. Take care of YOU so that you can efficiently run the best business.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

And there ya have it!! Just so impressed by my fellow female dancers and bada$$ business babes👏🏻👏🏻 You can find Michaela on Instagram here and check out her fitness app here!

Be back soon!!❤️

xo Jordan