Being a grandmother is absolutely awesome. It can be better than being a mom in so many ways, it is very special.
When my daughter first told me she was pregnant 9 years ago I was not thrilled. My first thought was I am way to young to be a granny and I definitely did not want to be referred to as grandmother in ANY form.
I did not want to be called granny, grandma, nana or none of the common terms used. I went as far as considering an African name for grandmother because it did not contain the word “grand” in it, “ouma“.
As I stood there and watched her enter this world, frozen, camera in hand, not one picture taken, she was born. I lost it.
My daughter, her best friend, and I were crying heavily with a sense of joy I have never felt. They carried my new grandbaby to the table where they cleaned her up. At that moment I knew she could call me ANYTHING she wanted. I was in love with the most beautiful being on this earth.
Today she is 8 years old and we are very close. When I am working, with laptop on my lap tray, she likes to sit next to me and pretend as if she is working. She will ask, “Granny are you working?”. Then she will gather her notebook, lap tray, crayons, and work on her clothing designs. She likes to create outfits and color them with her crayons. One day she probably will be a famous clothing designer!
This daily habit of hers makes me really pay attention to how she is influenced. She wants to have her own business, be her own boss, influenced by watching her “granny”. She is always interested in what I am working on. She is soaking up my habits and it causes me to reflect on what a sponge children are at this age. I am cognizant of my actions around her at all times.
I am a sponge too. I am constantly trying to learn better ways to blog, market, network, and grow my business. I am working on increasing my own efficiency while studying my favorite blogs:
I love reading these blogs and all of their guest post, such valuable information – everyday!
I am reading and listening to my favorite marketing/social networking peeps (especially when their niche is service professionals):
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The bottom line is to think about who YOU are influencing, who is watching you and your actions. Sometimes you never know. I have had clients and people approach me that I never thought were paying attention to what I am doing or saying online.
I try hard to be inspirational and professional. Often I am looking for inspirational quotes to uplift myself.
Hopefully something I share or write about is helping someone. I want to get better through my journey and hope it influences someone else to improve their journey as well. What habits do you have with those that you are influencing?