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Intentions, Boundaries and Commitments!
3 Ways to Expand in Business & Parenting

Francoise Everett

Most mothers I work with (and dads, too!) struggle with fatigue and overwhelm, prioritizing and accountability, and making money. They often feel like they are falling short somewhere, and that’s where guilt comes in. Not a good thing!

Guilt is an energy leak to your vitality. Guilt costs you money in your business because you have a hard time owning your value. And worse it costs you quality time with your kids because energetically, you’re not truly present with them.

  • Do you struggle to keep your commitment to your business?
  • Do you have great intentions to spend more quality time with your kids?
  • Do you fall short in business and in parenting because you have unclear boundaries?

If you answered YES to these questions, keep reading!

Here are three things you must be willing to do to release the guilt and expand into your greatness, both in business and in parenting. They do not add another item to your to-do list. Rather, they help you flow, give you the space to move, and get the results you desire.

1. Speak your truth in the moment

   Your Benefit in Parenting
   Your children get to speak their truth in the moment. They learn to be inner-guided
   and live from their own power.

   Your Benefit in Business
   You get to hone in your skill of being laser-sharp with your clients.  You get to stand
   for your clients and not hold back in your enrollment conversations.

2. Set up your schedule and honor it

   Your Benefit in Parenting
   You get to be 100% present with your kids when you are with them and you experience
   quality time together.

   Your Benefit in Business
   You accomplish your goals to completion and you move your business forward to make
   more money.

3. Being willing to expand into what’s uncomfortable

   Your Benefit in Parenting
   Each time you expand into your own discomfort, your children expand as well. This is
   a huge gift to your kids as they learn to navigate life.

   Your Benefit in Business
   You are able to sit with the discomfort of any money conversation. You are able to hold
   the space for enrollment from a place of service, and you become the leader in your
   business, rather than be led by the discomfort. This is a huge step in growing your business.

I invite you to take some time this week and explore the places in your life where you hold back from stepping into your greatness, your full self-expression, and holding firm to your intentions.

  • Do you hold back with your kids? 
  • Do you hold back in business? 
  • Where do you hold back in your life? 
  • What is YOUR COST of holding back?

Be willing to take yourself through the 3 steps above.  Be open and radically honest about where you are and where you want to be. 
See where you need support, and reach out for it!

Françoise Everett is the founder of Guilt-Free Mothering, a breakthrough resource for passionate, entrepreneurial moms. She works with extraordinary, conscious mothers to guide them to unprecedented personal success in motherhood and in business. With the benefit of her coaching, mothers uncover their own natural ability to balance the demands of motherhood with their goals for a thriving business.  Visit to get your copy of The Everyday Guilt-Free Guide and receive the weekly ezine articles to expand in business and in motherhood.


Do you need help speaking your Truth, setting and honoring your boundaries, or expanding outside your comfort zone so you can get more clients, make more money and have more fun in your business? Schedule a complimentary MMM Strategy Session with me to learn how to do that–and more–so you can have a business that sustains you (and your family) financially and emotionally!

Your partner in success,

Lisa Smith
Marketing, Mindset & Manifesting Coach



  1. Kassandra Brown says:

    Great article. Inspiring. Quick and I LOVE that it doesn't add another element to my 'to do' list.

    • Glad you found it helpful and inspiring, Kassandra! I look forward to more of your comments on my blog, and if there’s a topic that would be helpful to you, let me know so I can post a blog about it.

  2. Chef Ikeena Reed says:

    Thank you so much for this peak into setting boundaries, intentions and committments Lisa!  
    While all of the articles I initially saw on your blog page were great topics of interest and well written, this one spoke most to me most as I often experience guilt when I over-schedule or can't keep committments.  
    The funny thing is that though it is not my intention, this guilt is usually of my own making–and if I am honest with myself and my partners, I could actually avoid these moments when setting up boundaries around my time.  
    I am inspired by your writings and will definitley take under advisement your strategies to speak my truth in the moment, honor the schedules I set and expand when the situaton calls for it.  I can totally see exactly where I can apply each of these steps in areas of my business and I will be pulling out my calendar tonight to review and re-work where neccessary!  
    I encourage ANYONE who is struggling to keep committments, find their niche or “fit in” and juggle their multiple projects have an in-depth look at Lisa's blog and consult her for further coaching in these areas.  She is truly an expert in her own niche and I really admire that!
    Chef Ikeena Reed~
    Head Chef / Owner
    Keena’s Kitchen Catering & Event Services

    • Hi Ikeena

      Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I'm glad to know you got some insight from the post and plan to do something with the information. That's the most important thing–the DOING once you learn something more to do.

      One tip I find useful and offer to my clients with this issue is to practice saying, "Let me check my schedule and get back to you on that." It gives you a good way to not immediately respond with "yes" because you don't want to appear rude for saying no, and allows you time to contemplate if it's a good use of your time, something you would feel good about doing, and if you really can carve the time in your current schedule. It's also easier to call or email someone with a "no" than to say it in person. But as you practice that and get more comfortable with it, you can eventually get to the point of being able to say no in person.

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