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The Story of Made in Monique

I was constantly trying to convince myself that what I was doing the right thing, that this was my path, that I was happy.

“I design machines that check car parts so they don’t malfunction and kill people. I save lives.” 

This is what I used to tell myself almost daily when I was an automotive technologist. I was constantly trying to convince myself that what I was doing was the right thing, that this was my path, that I was happy. Family and friends commented, “You must be so proud to be doing what you do. Going through all that schooling.” but to me, I didn’t feel whole.

Here’s the thing about being an automotive designer. You sit inside this dark room, the blinds closed shielding the sunshine, with about three to ten other designers. You sit in “open” cubicles, or at long coffin-like desks. Everyone is about six feet away from each other, and if everyone actually stretched out their arms, you would be able to touch the next person’s hand. Here’s the creepy part. No one talks to each other. No one.

If you need to speak with someone, you email them. If you have a question, want to grab lunch, or need to go down to the shop floor to look at equipment, you message your boss or another employee. Let’s say that you did speak, it would echo down the hall, or throughout the room and you were told to keep it down. This was eerie and uncomfortable for me.

Not only was there no connection with co-workers, there was no connection to the people who were benefiting from what I was doing. This is why after five years, I left. (Five years! Wow. Now that I read this over I can’t believe I lasted that long!) How can you stay working eight to twelve hours a day, where you feel like a zombie, because all of your emotions have been sucked out by the fluorescent lights?

After leaving the industry, I moved throughout Canada. I was meeting people from different walks of life working food & beverage, sales, and marketing positions. I volunteered in every town I lived in, but I missed the technology.

WHY AM I SO TORN BETWEEN THESE TWO WORLDS!

One day it came together. I found this wonderful position that would forever change my life. Being a virtual assistant. Although as most adventures go, it had some rocky parts. I started training (tossing money away) with a not so helpful program online. I felt discouraged, but knew there was something to this VA business-thing.

While in bed cruising the internet on my phone, I found it. The holy grail of virtual assistant programs. It was Michelle Dale and her company, Virtual Miss Friday. Finally I had the resources and training I was looking for. I finally knew that I could bring together my two passions, helping people and technology.

Made in Monique was born and has grown into an extraordinary team. Our 1nSourcing™ team that is full of heart. A team who backs entrepreneurs and philanthropists who give back. Every day when I shutdown my computer, I know that our team has made a difference in our client’s business, their personal life, their cause, and people throughout the world. The digital world and making a difference have finally come together. If you are looking to make a difference while growing your business, and increasing your income, visit here to work with our team who’s got your back.

Support for the Long Ride

No matter how long you have been in business, we all realize at one point or another that we can’t do it alone.

“Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.” – Jana Kingsford

I was able to witness one of the greatest things today.  While hand writing my blog on the front porch (Yes, that’s how I roll.) the young boy across the street was learning how to ride his bike.

The boy’s mom was holding onto the back seat, like all parents do when teaching their children to ride, while the boy tilted from side to side.  He was obviously going to topple over but he didn’t care.  He wanted to do it himself.

Sound like anyone you know?

No matter how long you have been in business, we all realize at one point or another that we can’t do it alone.

When you’re:

· Designing your website.
· Scheduling your social media.
· Creating social images.
· Handling customer inquiries.
· Responding to social media.
· Researching new clients.
· Connecting with new clients.
· Coordinating orders.
· Editing and making Revisions.
· Researching for product.
· Creating new product.

But wait!  How are you doing all of this the right way on your own.  Depending on your business, you will have even more on your daily to do list and the list said nothing about your personal life!  When does that happen?  So with each task pulling you off from side to side, you’re going to topple over.  You’re going to fall hard.  Even though it’s a learning moment, you might not be able to recover, physically with your business, or mentally as an entrepreneur.

Are you the same as my little neighbor pedaling unbalanced?  We all have that passion for freedom, that’s why we do what we do.  The thing is, when you take on too much, it sets everything off balance and you fall, hard.  There’s no shame in taking the support so you can go further, faster with your business.  Become an entrepreneur who goes further and visit here to see how we can support you with your growth.

Running and Business

Remember, success is nothing unless you’re healthy enough to enjoy it.

“One run can change your day. Many runs can change your life.” – Unknown

Today I finished another 10K race. For all of you non-metric users that’s 10 kilometers, or approximately 6.21371 miles. During the run today, well jog, I realized something at kilometer three. How I run a race is how I run my business, and here’s how.

“Supporting others is one of the things I enjoy most.”

Run: Running might look like a solo sport but it’s far from it. The race I ran today had 404 participants. My time might not be the fastest, but every runner that passed me got a thumbs up, “Nice run”, “Keep it up!”, “Great job” or some other shout between breaths. There have been races that people have stopped me after the race was finished and said thanks or asked for a hug. That right there makes it worth it a run over the top.

Business: Supporting entrepreneurs is what my team and I do every day. It’s the reason why Made in Monique started.

“If I kept my mouth shut I would get further a lot faster.”

Run: Although shouts of encouragement come constantly out of my mouth, if I just kept my mouth shut I would be able to save my energy and run further, faster. The thing is, without chatting you don’t get to meet all these amazing people. I’d rather put 15 seconds on my end time to meet a new friend.

Business: When working I stop during the day and catch up with fellow VAs. This makes the day so light and positive. I might be adding time onto my day in the end, but it’s worth it for the virtual coffee with a friend. 

“Steady as I go is just fine with me.”

Run: There are no shortcuts. Running the route and knowing that you took every step the right way, let’s you finish with your head held high.

Business: Short cuts are becoming more common in social media marketing with buying followers. I would rather grow a business with the right audience, then a bunch of dead accounts or people that don’t care.

“I’m making a difference.”

Run: Many times due to my lung capacity I’m finishing near the end. That’s fine. By participating and finishing the race, I’m supporting and bringing awareness for the cause that is hosting. Today it was first responders. Last week it was a 5K at the zoo. Running for causes that I care for brings an entire new meaning to the sport.

Business: Everyday my team and I support entrepreneurs who are making a difference to the world around us. It doesn’t matter if it’s their community or globally, we’re helping them make a difference.

“It just makes me feel so damn good.”

Run / Business: Is it possible that the same endorphins come out during a run as they do while writing a new Passion to Project Strategy? I just feel so excited after a race and finishing a strategy for a new client. This euphoric state lasts from hours to days.

I’m not sure if you’re a runner, jogger, volleyball player, or weight lifter. Whatever you’re doing outside your business, make sure you’re taking the time out for your health. If you can’t find time in your day, click here to see if you qualify for working with our support team who will help you find that personal time again.

Remember, success is nothing unless you’re healthy enough to enjoy it.