Why I Started Bringing My Kids Into Business Settings

Bringing Kids Into Business Settings Since 2016

One of my goals for 2020 is to get more comfortable speaking to camera.

I would like to create more video as it’s quicker to do during nap times! 🎬

It’s also easier for my audience (busy parents) to consume, instead of only newsletters and blog posts.

I’m working on it slowly but surely and you’ll be seeing more of these kinds of posts!

This week, I’m talking about how Babies, Business + Breakfast™ began when I became a parent and:

  • started bringing my children into business settings
  • becoming an accidental activist (while babywearing)
  • getting some change tables installed in corporate spaces
  • creating the Babies, Business + Breakfast™ community
  • producing parent-friendly professional development events and digital resources
  • speaking about inclusion (again while babywearing)
  • advising others on designing more inclusive and flexible work solutions for primary caregivers, like pop-up childcare at events
  • and am now transitioning to an online community and membership program.

Thanks for listening / watching / reading! 🤓

– Amy (+ Family)

Amy Maureen Lynch | Notes From Another Land | Bringing Children Into Business Settings

Join Us As A Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Founding Member In 2020!

Invest in yourself alongside your kids, while making new connections:

  • We focus on parent-friendly professional development (easy to implement content for people short on time and your kids are always welcome to join us)

  • We want you to invest in yourself alongside your loved ones (show up as you are, wherever you are, whenever you can)

  • We’re exploring mixing babies and business (create the change you wish to see, progress over perfection)

  • Our guest speakers have been there, done that and wish we existed when they were starting out (learn from their insights, challenges and experiences)

  • Our community is full of like-minded people who share similar values when it comes to flexible work and parenthood (make new friendships, professional connections and feel less alone on your journey)
Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Community + Membership is now open.

Registration is now open from:
June 22 until July 3, 2020

If you’d like to join us in 2020, you can:

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

remote work with kids time blocking template | Notes From Another Land | Amy Maureen Lynch

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

Working From Home With Kids Tips And Interview

Working From Home With Kids | Amy Maureen Lynch | How I Get Stuff Done Using Time Blocking

Working From Home With Kids

How I get work stuff done on week days when I’m watching the kids during pandemic restrictions:

  • decide what one thing I want to focus on that day (marketing, finance, project work, admin, sales)
  • figure out which times of the day will be best to work on bits of it at a time – write quick notes on paper or our whiteboard which we ALSO use for appointments, meal planning, etc while drinking my morning coffee as the kids play
  • computer use is saved for nap, quiet or bed time, as they automatically will assume I’m going to put on a show or movie for them if I bust it out
  • then try to turn my thoughts about it off until the time I plan to work on it and direct my attention to my kids for the day
  • we spend time outside, going for a walk, doing activities, having lots of snacks and meals
  • I do chores with them or alongside them as they play nearby…NEVER during the dedicated time I plan to work
  • when things in the day don’t go according ‘to plan’, I adjust my expectations, try to be flexible and go with the flow

Our house gets messy but I feel much more satisfied when I’ve created something and my kids are content, than when I have clear counters because I cleaned during my free* time.

Do what works for you, everyone has different things which bring them joy. ✨

*Your time is never free: you must define it, carve it out, protect it and then use it wisely!

Watch The Interview About Working From Home With Kids

I did an IG Live interview and a guest post yesterday about this topic with Julia Slanina, Founder and CEO of Treehouse Medical, a data-driven maternal and pediatric portal designed to serve the needs of mothers, families, and providers.

Here is the guest post:

Working From Home With Kids Mom Life | Amy Maureen Lynch | IGTV Interview for Treehouse Medical

🚼📊 WORKING FROM HOME WITH KIDS 🚼📊
——————
Today’s guest post is focused on helping you make working around your kids schedule more productive and comes from @amymaureenlynch, founder of @babiesbusinessbreakfast, mom of two young kids and a remote worker since 2014. 💻

If you’ve found your windows of ‘work’ time during quarantine shrinking based on your kids’ attention spans, this one’s for you. ⏳

I’ve used time blocking over the years to improve my efficiency with work tasks and output, while lowering my stress levels and feeling more in control when the unexpected (always) occurs. 🎢

Quick time blocking basics for parents I recommend:

  1. Choose a visual and focus on your week ahead (e.g. wall calendar, whiteboard, diary or online calendar).
  2. Break your days into three parts based on your usual wake and sleep times: morning, afternoon and evening.
  3. Pick ONE daily priority for each of the following three areas: work, home and self (e.g. draft a proposal, get groceries, go for a walk).
  4. Write it down! Select which part of the day you plan to focus on each area.
  5. Adjust your expectations and remain flexible! Other things will arise but your new schedule will be better able to accommodate them when they do.

Thanks for giving me another reason to talk about what I love to write about Julia: Flexible and remote work (with kids)! 🚼 📈

We cover time blocking, working in sprints, batching and of course, mixing babies and business in this 30-minute episode.

Key takeaway: Treat yourself like a plant. 🌱🌞
Confused? Watch the replay and you’ll get it.

There’s a free time blocking template for you to download and lots of previous posts about how I do what I do on this blog, if you use the search function to type in:

  • flexible work
  • remote work
  • babies and business
  • work and kids

You can watch the working from home with kids replay on their IGTV channel here and in the video below.

Flexible + Remote Work Resources

  • Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
  • Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
  • Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

For more tips on how I work from home with young kids, you can check out these flexible and remote work resources on my website here: notesfromanotherland.com/digital-resources

remote work with kids time blocking template | Notes From Another Land | Amy Maureen Lynch

Join Us As A Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Founding Member In 2020!

Invest in yourself alongside your kids, while making new connections:

  • We focus on parent-friendly professional development (easy to implement content for people short on time and your kids are always welcome to join us)

  • We want you to invest in yourself alongside your loved ones (show up as you are, wherever you are, whenever you can)

  • We’re exploring mixing babies and business (create the change you wish to see, progress over perfection)

  • Our guest speakers have been there, done that and wish we existed when they were starting out (learn from their insights, challenges and experiences)

  • Our community is full of like-minded people who share similar values when it comes to flexible work and parenthood (make new friendships, professional connections and feel less alone on your journey)
Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Community + Membership is now open.

2020 Registration is now open from:
June 22 until July 3, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST

If you’d like to join us in 2020, you can:

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Spend Time With The Ones You Love, While Investing In Yourself

Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Community + Membership is now open for registration!

Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Community + Membership is now open for registration!

We’ve created a growing community of parents who want to invest in themselves alongside their loved ones.

They attend our events, read our newsletters and believe the future of work includes making space for them, alongside their families.

Our online business mastermind program is designed with yours and your family’s needs at the top of the priority list. Not as an afterthought!

Because you’re not the only one who wants to do what you do, alongside the ones you love.

Reserve your space for 2020, we start in July and go until December.

Membership includes monthly parent-friendly professional development events with guest experts, a like-minded community of parents (and their families), weekly accountability and practical business resources.

What’s different about Babies, Business + Breakfast™?

  • We focus on parent-friendly professional development (easy to implement content for people short on time and your kids are always welcome to join us)
  • We want you to invest in yourself alongside your loved ones (show up as you are, wherever you are, whenever you can)
  • We’re exploring mixing babies and business (create the change you wish to see, progress over perfection)
  • Our guest speakers have been there, done that and wish we existed when they were starting out (learn from their insights, challenges and experiences)
  • Our community is full of like-minded people who share similar values when it comes to flexible work and parenthood (make new friendships, professional connections and feel less alone on your journey)

Invest in yourself alongside your kids, while making new connections.

Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Community + Membership is now open.

2020 Registration is now open from:

June 22 until July 3, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST

If you’d like to join us in 2020, you can:

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Mixing Babies And Business: Remote Work With Kids

Three (3) Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family)

I’ve released a new short online course about remote work for parents, which provides you with the mindset tips and productivity tools to get your home and work life flowing better together.

Watch this quick video for more info:

Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) Short Online Course For Parents

Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family)

This online training is going to cover three key things I’ve found helpful over the years, which I apply to the personal and professional areas of my life.

You can implement them straight away and adjust based on your–and your family’s–needs.

Why should you listen to me?
I’ve been working remotely since 2014 before and after having kids, across time zones as a freelancer, contract employee and founder.

My tips work whether you’re a parent or not, employee or employer and I’m hoping they will help YOU navigate remote work now and in future.

We’re big on getting stuff done in small windows of time! 

Buy now to receive instant access to this short online course designed to take you under 30 minutes to complete.

The course covers three (3) key remote work mindset and productivity tips we’ve used over the years and includes a:

  • Workbook with writing prompts [PDF]
  • Remote Work (With Kids) Mindset + Productivity Checklist [PDF]; and
  • Time Blocking Template [Excel].

Mixing Babies And Business Remote Work With Kids Short Online Course Preview by Amy Maureen Lynch

About the course

  • Focus: This course covers mindset and productivity tips for remote work with kids
  • Commitment: It’s designed to take you under 30 minutes to complete
  • Flexible: Log in whenever it best suits your needs (day or night) and access everything through an online portal using your mobile or desktop device
  • Inclusive: Each Lesson contains a Video Recording [MP4] with subtitles, Audio Recording [MP4], Transcript [PDF] and Slide Notes [PDF]
  • Practical: Workbook contains writing prompts to help you apply the content to your personal and professional situation, including an easy to implement Remote Work (With Kids): Mindset + Productivity Checklist [PDF]
  • Simple: Time Blocking Made Easy Template [Excel Spreadsheet]
  • Accessible: You will have online access to course content for six (6) months from your date of purchase

Preview the online course platform here.

Please add a comment or email contact[at]amymaureenlynch.com if you have any questions about your creative projects/remote work (with kids).

Thank you for reading!

– Amy x

P.S. Feel free to forward this post to others who may also need a bit of digital love and encouragement to get started.

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

Access my FREE Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work e-course and get started on your plans to pitch existing and future clients (or employers) a long-term remote work arrangement.

Sign up to my free short online course which includes five daily emails, prompts to get you started and a PDF workbook! ⬇️

If you have any specific questions about remote work, please comment on this blog post, I’d love to help you out!

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

Making Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family)

Practicing what I’m always writing and speaking about

Parenthood and professional development don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive | Amy Maureen Lynch | Notes From Another Land

I’ve been re-learning how to record, upload and caption video in small windows of time, working from home with kids. 🎬

It’s all for my upcoming short online course about Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family).

To help you navigate remote work with kids, I’m sharing:

  • Three (3) key mindset and productivity tips I’ve found helpful over the years as a remote worker, which I’ve used before becoming a parent and since having kids;
  • Real-life remote work (with kids) examples; and
  • Practical flexible work resources.

These tips work whether you’re a parent or not, employee or employer and you can implement them straight away to help you navigate remote work now and in future.

Why am I making my first online course since 2013 right now?

Because it’s information I’m always sharing with others in conversation, I’ve been working remotely for the past six years and I want to help other parents (and their families) make their current and future remote work experiences more manageable (and hopefully…enjoyable!)

As a parent, online course taker and creator, some things to consider if you’re creating content:

  • Think of how people will consume it:
    • Are they pushing a stroller and listening to audio?
    • Watching on mute and reading captions as the kids nap?
    • Reading and scrolling through during late night feeds?
  • Write out your content in advance if you want to multipurpose it, as it will be easier to edit subtitles and resources later on
  • Summarize points on your slides if you want to provide slide notes/handouts with your resources
  • Break things into small chunks and focus on doing one bit at a time to avoid overwhelm
  • Try to have fun and enjoy the process, your work will reflect the energy behind it!

Comment if you have any questions about your creative projects/remote work (with kids).

I personally do a lot of Googling, trial and error and learning as I go. 🔎

Thank you for reading!

– Amy x

P.S. Feel free to forward this post to others who may also need a bit of digital love and encouragement to get started.

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

Access my FREE Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work e-course and get started on your plans to pitch existing and future clients (or employers) a long-term remote work arrangement.

Sign up to my free short online course which includes five daily emails, prompts to get you started and a PDF workbook! ⬇️

If you have any specific questions about remote work, please comment on this blog post, I’d love to help you out!


SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

I’m Speaking Up

Because Black Lives Matter

This started as a train of thought over the weekend, was meant to be a quick note and instead has turned into a personal essay and written promise of sorts.

I believe Black Lives Matter.

Having young kids to care for is not an excuse for me to stay silent.

Having a small email database and social media following is not an excuse for me to stay silent.

Having a business in transition (is it even a business yet?) and trying to pivot during a pandemic isn’t an excuse for me to stay silent.

In fact, as a white woman of privilege with access to a contact database, my Canadian dollars, my authentic words and my determination to learn and express anti-racism activism, I am very much committed to NOT remaining silent.

Don’t get me wrong, I am also reading, watching, listening and learning.

Unpacking my privilege, enquiring within, asking myself hard questions and looking at my actions to date.

But I am all about creative expression, community building and sharing resources–which are sometimes difficult to source–with the general public.

I often link to things in my newsletters, this blog and social media, so there are some links for you below if you would like to explore the topics of racism and social justice in your own time and in your own way.

The rest of this post is about what I am doing about it.

Because as a human being, a parent, a mother, a sister, a friend, a wife, a cousin, a neighbour, a colleague, a connection, a citizen, a blip on your scrolling radar, I feel it would be an irrevocable step for me to sit still and be quiet.

In Rachel Cargle’s Public Address On Revolution (linked below) she asks:
“How will you show up in this time of human history? How will you tell the story to your grandchildren about what action you took during the civil unrest that happened in the year 2020?”

This quote is taken from an article written by Damaly Shepherd on Medium (linked below). She is a member of two online business programs and communities I belong to, which as she details in her article, had very different responses to discussions around race and social justice in their groups.

After I had my first son a few years ago and participated in an entrepreneurship startup school with him, I wanted to create a similar environment in a business space where you could bring your child(ren) and feel like you belonged because things were designed with your needs in mind, not as an afterthought.

I officially launched the Babies, Business + Breakfast™ idea as a pilot program for parents interested in pursuing professional development alongside their kids in May 2018.

A new community focused on diversity, inclusion and belonging.

It was designed for all parents.
All children (not just babies).
All about the topics of business, entrepreneurship and flexible work.

And I failed in many ways.

My original content was aspirational of the type of community I envisioned creating: Everyone meeting up with their children in a safe, diverse and inclusive converted corporate space to make connections, learn from experts and fill their own cup during a rare opportunity for themselves.

I designed branding based on stock photography, my own personal family images and some from our first official event, where a photographer was kind enough to volunteer to take photos.

To date, I’ve only had three face-to-face professional development events for parents and am in the process of transitioning to an online community going forward.

But I am writing to you now to say I want to do better.

I am going to do better.

I am going to continue building a more diverse and inclusive community of parents.

I am going to focus on connecting these parents (while they care for their children) with a more diverse range of industry experts and guest speakers.

I will advertise more widely.

I will start as I mean to go on with this online community.

It may fail to have an impact.
It may fail to grow or gain traction.
You may unfollow me or unsubscribe.

I can’t control any of those things.

All I can take ownership for are my thoughts, my words, my dollars, my actions and for now – how I raise my children.

My ‘why’ has always been the belief everyone deserves to design a life that works for them and their family.

My background is in marketing and communications but that doesn’t mean my message is always on point or in the right tone.

Please know I have the best intentions and am actively working on being a better version of myself.

Right now it looks like focusing on education, compassion and small everyday actions.

Because I wasn’t born to sit here and stay silent.

Resources I am engaging with, which you may be interested in exploring:

Organizations I have worked with over the past few years to learn how to create a more diverse and inclusive community for parents:

I am committed to continuing to learn.

Thank you for reading, my writing has always been meant to be a two-way conversation.

Please comment or send me a message contact[at]amymaureenlynch.com if you would like to share your perspective or additional resources.

– Amy (+ Family)

Manifesting And Magic As An Intuitive Entrepreneur

Earlier this month I presented my first live webinar since 2013 👀

I had all the tech knowledge and tools I needed way back in the early 2010’s but I realized this week that what was missing was my confidence, owning my voice and feeling safe speaking my truth.

Amy Lynch Presenting A Mixing Babies And Business Webinar For Women In Leadership Foundation Ottawa Notes From Another Land

I’ve been bringing my children into business settings since I became a parent in 2016 and over the past couple of years, have created a business and community focused on providing parent-friendly professional development events, resources and news for others like me.

At the start of 2019, I didn’t exactly know if I was meant to keep banging on about the merits of flexible work, inclusive spaces and experiences for people who also happen to be parents.

I kept pressing on, doing the work, taking (very) small steps while looking after two young kids, mindset, affirmations, forgiveness work, journaling, a new spiritual practice, taking inspired action, getting even more intentional with my time, making symbolic upgrades and lots of decluttering.

Small steps I took over the past year before the global pandemic hit included:

  • guest speaking at events;
  • hosting my own events;
  • writing regularly to my audience on this blog, through my newsletters and via social media; and
  • working on converting my content into an online course.

Manifesting my desires and creating space for magic to unfold

Spoiler alert: When you take the first step, the Universe takes 10 to meet you!

Over the past month:

Mixing Babies And Business Webinar Amy Maureen Lynch | Notes From Another Land

Unpacking the magic (and mantras) behind the opportunities

What’s interesting about all of these things are, I used to:

  • write content for other businesses and now I am doing it for myself, treating myself as a first-class client and delivering top-quality work: It’s safe for me to invest in myself
  • 💻 edit and design an online magazine for an industry leader, sourcing contributors and now I am considered a thought leader when it comes to flexible work: It’s safe for me to share my message
  • 📅 run an online professional development program, hosting other experts via webinars and promoting their work and now others are seeking me out and facilitating the events for me: It’s my time and I’m ready for the next step
  • 💰 source sponsorship and raise money for other businesses and charitable organizations to further their missions and now others are offering their services, support and funds to further my vision: I serve, I deserve
Amy Lynch Pandemic At Home With Kids Notes From Another Land

Working through visibility challenges

Some of you may recall over the past year, I also encountered a series of challenges including a person following me and the miscarriage of our third child.

These things knocked me sideways, leading me to rethink:

  • my perceived purpose and my feelings about it;
  • what I want to be sharing;
  • how I want to show up in the world;
  • how much I am willing to let circumstances beyond my control hold sway in my life;
  • how safe it is for me to keep doing the work I do, in the way that I do it, in the places I do; and
  • how I can ask for help, delegate, hold onto my power and rebuild my (and my family’s) sense of safety.

If you’re in Canada you can call the Victim Support Line 24/7 toll-free at 1-888-579-2888 or at 416-314-2447 if you’re in the Toronto area. You can also contact Victim Support Service Info, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General or Ontario Office for Victims of Crime.

Reclaiming my power

Looking back over the past decade, it’s clear how everything was lining up to prepare me for the moments I’ve been experiencing in 2020.

I already had all the tools, tech know-how and life experiences I needed. I was enough the whole time.

But I had to REALLY believe it, feel safe in that knowledge, own my power and take the next step.

Some mantras I have used during this period of manifestation, which may also help you on your journey:

  • It gets to be easy
  • I was born for this
  • Others need to hear my message, from me, in my own voice
  • I could be the light at the end of someone else’s tunnel

It hasn’t been easy but when I committed to continuing to show up over the past year in spite of my circumstances, magical things started to happen.

I’ve really doubled down on my mindset, grounding and spirituality work in order to fill my own cup first, which I’ve found has helped build a more solid foundation for me to create from.

My next few blog posts will focus on:

  • books I’ve read which have helped me with my mindset, visibility, productivity and economic empowerment;
  • how I wrote and self-published my first non-fiction book; and
  • techniques I use to do flexible and remote work from home, with young kids.

This is only the beginning…I can’t wait to see what the Universe has around the corner! ✨

Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading!

– Amy x

P.S. Feel free to forward this post to others who may also need a bit of digital love and encouragement to get started.

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

It’s intended to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:

  • designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
  • creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
  • defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
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Celebrating Small Wins Every Day: Startup Blogging Hit Number 15 On Amazon!

My first book made it into the Top 100 in Amazon’s Kindle Store

It changes by the hour and I’m playing the long game but celebrating the fact my first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, made it to Number 15 this week in the Top 100 under the Blogging and Blogs book category in Amazon’s Kindle Store!

I also received my first review – I’m not related to them by blood and I didn’t pay them for it, I swear. 📚

Amy Maureen Lynch first book released in April 2020, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, reaches number 15 in Amazon's Top 100 for the Blogging and Blogs category on the Kindle Store

Amy Maureen Lynch first book released in April 2020, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, reaches number 15 in Amazon's Top 100 for the Blogging and Blogs category on the Kindle Store
Amy Maureen Lynch first book released in April 2020, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, receives its' first five-star review

This book is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date. It aims to help current and aspiring creatives, freelancers, bloggers, flexible workers, business owners and side hustlers with limited time.

I sincerely hope it helps inspire you to overcome any fears of failure (encouraging you to embrace failing forward instead), showing up as you are (because you’re never ‘too much’ of anything for the right type of person/your ideal customer) and create the magic you’d like to see in the world (because we need your ideas out of your head and brought to life!) ✨

It’s intended to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:
– designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
– creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
– defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience contains links to resources and templates to help you work through the exercises and action items mentioned in the book.

Amy Maureen Lynch first book released in April 2020, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, on display in the Author's home office

Preview the Startup Blogging book’s first few pages for free online

You can preview the Introduction and Chapter 1 using the ‘Look Inside’ feature on the Amazon website and it’s available in both eBook and paperback formats (links in my bio). If you don’t have a Kindle or if you do but it no longer works (like mine), you can download their free Kindle App for Apple or Android and read it on your device.

The eBook launch price on Amazon is $2.99 USD* until May 24, 2020 then it goes up to $5.99 USD*. If you have a Kindle Unlimited Membership then I believe you can grab a copy for free at the moment. Or you can grab the paperback version on Amazon for $9.99 USD* (set to remain at $10.99 CAD* for 🇨🇦 readers).

By the end of this book, you’ll have a clear idea of:
– what themes your blog will focus on;
– how and when you’ll create original content;
– who your ideal customer is and how you’ll reach them; and
– what solution you’ll offer, launch and test.

Happy reading and do let me know if you have any questions about the book! 📚

*Amazon marketplace prices vary by your purchase location.

Extra support for readers:

If you’re interested in learning more about my book, you can click on the button above and use Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature to view the Table of Contents, Introduction and beginning of Chapter 1.

Resources mentioned in the book, which I have created in a digital format for Startup Blogging readers to access include:

  • Chapter 1: Your Why – Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 2: Your Values – Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 3: Your Time – Productivity Resources, Ideal Week Template and Action Step
  • Chapter 4: Your Tools – Action Step
  • Chapter 5: Your Content – Writing Prompts, Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 6: Your Ideas – Marketing Prompts, Content Generation Resources and Action Step
  • Chapter 7: Define Your Solution – Business Model Canvas and Ideal Customer Resources, Ideal Customer Questionnaire Script and Action Step
  • Chapter 8: Launch Your MVP – Content Tracking Prompts, Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 9: Test and Evolve – MVP Testing Prompts, Terms and Conditions, Privacy and Refund Policy Template, Exercise and Action Step

Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions about my blogging journey.

Thank you for reading!

– Amy x

P.S. Feel free to forward this post to others who may also need a bit of digital love and encouragement to get started.

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

It’s intended to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:

  • designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
  • creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
  • defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Feedback on Startup Blogging:

Part of the contents of this book were originally created and delivered by me as a conference workshop for an event in 2019.

The content has been carefully edited to focus on making it more digestible and actionable, encouraging you to startup blogging now and test your ideas over the coming months.

“I liked that the focus was on organic development of community and ideas instead of just social media marketing. I also like the periodic questions to consider what I wanted to do with the information.”

“Enjoyed the ideas for how to share your message or find out what resonates with people.”

“I love Amy’s generosity with sharing her knowledge and experience. Really great session.”

“Lots of useful ideas for starting and growing an audience.”

“(I enjoyed) the personal experiences of the presenter, interaction with audience, resource materials and focus on doing things for passion rather than just for money.”

“The topic is very interesting and well presented.”

“Very inspiring.”

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The First Move: A Fictional Short Story Submission

The First Move

by Amy Maureen Lynch

If you enjoy this short story, please ‘vote’ for it to be included in the next anthology from Something Or Other Publishing (SOOP).

Amy Lynch And Baby At Home

This story covers sensitive topics which may upset some readers. If you’re in Canada you can call the Victim Support Line 24/7 toll-free at 1-888-579-2888 or at 416-314-2447 if you’re in the Toronto area. You can also contact Victim Support Service Info, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General or Ontario Office for Victims of Crime.

***

Every time the doorbell rang, she jolted, heart beating like a frightened rabbit. Dropping everything, she hissed at her children to stay in the room together, away from the front door. She walked slowly, peering out the glass–the postman was already retreating down the steps into his van en route to the next house.

She let out her breath before unlocking the deadbolt and snatching the parcel off the porch. Locking the door, she leaned against it and took a deep breath to smooth the worry lines from her face. Resuming her smile, she dropped the post on the counter and asked the kids to pick out a story before fixing their snack.

Her days were filled with routine and peppered with checkpoints. Ordinary tasks like grocery shopping, school drop off and a walk to the park had the makings of a military exercise. She was certain her children could sense she was constantly on edge but did her best to downplay it. She smiled often and broke into song instead of barking instructions at them. Everything was made into a game with rhetorical questions.

And what do we do if a stranger approaches us? Run away.

And where do we go if we lose Mummy or Daddy? Find someone who can help us.

And what do we do when we hear our special word? Stop, hold hands and listen very carefully.

***

He didn’t have a reason to contact her outright. Once he found out where she lived, he started driving through her neighborhood on his way home.

He wondered what her life was like now. It had been years but he reckoned he could still read her mind. People don’t change much, kids or not. He didn’t have any of his own but his friends who became Dads still had the same life, same problems, with less time and money.

Sometimes he missed her but the earlier he knocked off work, the more likely he’d be to catch a glimpse. She was usually alone with the kids. This new family were strangers to him but she remained unchanged.

***

Sunglasses were always in the car and her bag. Keys within reach. Her phone was always charged, off airplane mode and unlocked. Leaving the house took ages as it was with young kids and these new rituals added a non-negotiable buffer to her going outside. She vowed never to be caught unaware and treated each outing carefully with its’ own list of duties, every time.

Before entering the car at home or in parking lots, she circled it, inspecting the boot and backseat. Only then would she fasten her children in their seats, get in herself and promptly lock the doors.

Phone within reach. Sunglasses on. She began to drive, surveying the parked cars and oncoming traffic, the license plate numbers and vehicle models imprinted by memory. Recording the distance from her home to each outing, she estimated how long it should take her to get there and back.

***

As he began to recognize her afternoon routine during school pick up, he tried to match it with his. Sometimes he drove past, other times he parked and waited.

If she was driving, he knew he wouldn’t be able to make eye contact but he would ease up on the gas and try to draw out the moment a bit more. She might be deep in thought or distracted as she spoke and turned to check on something in the back seat.

Other times, she was getting her kids out of the car, so he got a longer look. If he was feeling extra gutsy, he’d circle around again or visit a drive through to buy himself more time.

***

She felt comforted when a police car drove past her house or could be found parked in a lot near the shops as she ran her errands.

They’d visited her at home, listened to her calls and read her reports. The number of recorded incidents increased. She was often alone with her children and distracted when it happened.

The first few times she recognized the company vehicle but assumed they had contracts with the local businesses. One day, she saw the same vehicle circle around and park outside the school. When she returned to her car it was still there. She fastened her kids into their seats and realized with unease who it was.

Perhaps there was a pattern or perhaps it was purely coincidental, the police mused.

Stay alert, remain aware of your surroundings and document everything. Without him approaching her, they were all powerless to proceed. Case closed.

***

It was like an itch he couldn’t scratch. The more he saw her from a distance, the closer he wanted to get.

He knew he couldn’t leave his work vehicle or approach her on the street without getting into trouble. Sometimes he wore his hat or sunglasses to shield his face, as he gripped the steering wheel to keep from waving.

He stole glances as he drove past her on the sidewalk, cradling a baby on one hip and instructing a little girl to hold her other hand.

She was too busy to notice him but he drank it all in.

***

She began encouraging her children to hold onto her coat pockets and learn how to climb into the car and their seats, to keep her hands free. They practiced reciting their names, their parents’ names and their home address. The older girl was encouraged to talk for the younger one, as she didn’t have as many words yet.

Her husband was sent calendar invites to the events and meetings she planned to attend, receiving texts when she arrived and as she prepared to leave. A fiercely independent woman used to exploring foreign cities on foot, she no longer went for walks alone in their neighborhood.

Every night, they began the ritual of closing the window blinds and checking the locks. But his presence crept into her dreams and other strange intruders entered her sleep uninvited. She always woke with a start before finding out why they were in her home, just as they reached out to her.

***

When her afternoons fell out of sync with his, he started driving by her local neighborhood in the mornings. He was less likely to spot her walking around but might pass her on his commute.

The main road was always jammed with stop and go traffic, so he’d sit and wait, sipping his coffee as he slowly inched past the major intersection. It was a good day when she zipped past his window, only a few feet between their driver’s side windows for a brief moment.

He wondered what they’d talk about when they finally reconnected.

***

She started reading a book on self-defense and enquired about classes at the community center. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any but they did offer one for women last summer.

Her voice wavered and she’d find herself crying in front of complete strangers and her own children as she made her enquiries. The staff listened intently and wished they could help her more, as she wandered off to the library for story time, wiping away embarrassed tears.

Women who were complete strangers held space for her. Offered emotional respite but unable to shoulder her pain.

“Be careful,” they said.

“Mind yourself,” they said.

She represented their Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Daughter, Friend, Colleague. Her children were like their own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, the neighbor’s kids.

Her story illuminated their fears. Triggering a great remembering of their own vulnerabilities and the fragility of life.

She was them and they were her. But there was nothing anyone could do but wait.

Wait and watch for his next move.

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If you enjoyed this short story, please ‘vote’ for it to be included in the next anthology from Something Or Other Publishing (SOOP).

Short Story Synopsis:

A fictional short story told in 1,288 words from two perspectives: A woman being followed when she’s alone with her children and the man pursuing her. The reader is taken along as the internal dialogue alternates between both parties. The perspective of a potentially paranoid, overprotective Mother transforms as the reader discovers she is the victim of stalking behavior that remains on the ‘right’ side of the law. All the while, the reader journeys into the perpetrator’s mind and his obliviousness to the effects his actions are having upon others. The reader learns about their history and motives with mounting suspense but is left waiting for the next move to unfold.