Kim Shanahan will help you give someone you care about a very special bouquet for their birthday, bat mitzvah, healing, or any other occasion. But what’s so special about Kim’s bouquets? They’re made out of books!
When Kim began her business, Book Bouquets, her motivation was similar to that of many mompreneurs: she wanted to make her life less stressful with a flexible job. While being an entrepreneur proved to make her life MORE stressful, it also granted her the creativity, flexibility, and personal growth she would not have been able to experience otherwise.
Hi Kim! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. What has been one of your biggest visions manifested so far?
As part of doing the Manifest Method with Savor the Success I realized I wanted to provide disabled employees with job opportunities. One of my BIG goals for 2015 was to make that happen, and I’m so excited to announce that on November 1st it will! I was fortunate to meet the director for our local county development center which focuses on providing jobs to adults with mental disabilities. It’s a win win partnership for both groups as I will be able to use their facility for our production and they are getting to provide work opportunities for their clients. I’m over the moon excited that my vision for Book Bouquet has begun to manifest itself.
What was your biggest lesson learned in bringing this vision to life?
Clarity is key! You can’t move forward without knowing what you are moving towards. It seems simple, but in running a business day to day it’s easy to loose sight of what the real purpose is. Once I created a visual image for myself of what I wanted Book Bouquet to be (a place to employ disabled workers) I was able to make business decisions that would lead to that outcome.
What were your struggles with bringing this goal into reality?
Fear and doubt are always my biggest struggles. All the “what if’s” that rear their ugly heads. To combat that I do the “Wouldn’t it be amazing if” exercise to see that the outcome of what I want is so powerful that I have to push through and make it happen.
Did you ever feel like giving up?
No, it’s just not in me to give up. I do get overwhelmed and that feeling can lead to inaction.
If you answered Yes to the above, what motivated you to keep going? How did you get through it?
I get through the overwhelm feeling by referring back to my 90 day vision and blueprints. When I see the progress I’ve made it helps me keep going. The blueprints remind me that anything can be broken down into small achievable steps. When a project “hits the wall” I go back and break it down into the tiniest steps. Success leads to more success so by doing one small step, it leads to doing the next, and before you know it the project is done.
What did you learn about Give, Give, Get during the process of manifesting your vision?
You have to be open to receiving as well as giving. I think as women many of us are very good at the give give part, but the get part is something we close off because we feel undeserving. Opening yourself to receiving gifts is just as important as a giving spirit.
How did you lean on your Circle sisters for support during this period?
One of my concerns going forward is setting up the assembly system for a successful work environment. My current circle partner just happens to have been down this road already and has given me lots of golden nuggets of information that will save me hours and headaches down the road as we move forward.
Did you get something helpful for your vision by helping someone else manifest theirs?
I got my connection to the director of the center by announcing to my networking group that my larger goal was to employ disabled workers. In attendance that day was the director of the center who immediately reached out after the meeting to see how they could help me make that happen. My desire to help employ a part of our workforce that is often overlooked led to my getting a space to work at the center rent free. I would say that’s pretty huge for me, and it’s such a win win for both parties.
What was one of the most important keys to your success?
I first started thinking about employing disabled adults five years ago when I was pregnant. As an older woman in pregnancy there are more risks, etc. and I began to wonder how I would protect my child if it was born with a disability. I realized my business could be set up in such a way as to employ disabled people, and the fire was lit in my heart to make that happen. I had a lot of steps to take to get the business ready to take this step, but I am continually amazed at how the universe steps in and rewards us with exactly what we ask for, when we put the work into the intentions. So my advice is to figure out what you want within your heart then use your business as the tool to make that happen.
What is the #1 piece of advice you have for entrepreneurs who want to live their dreams?
Approach things that scare you with a fun loving attitude. Tell yourself it’s going to be the best, that you’re going to have fun, that everything will work out for you. Keep repeating in your head and believe it! Remember to smile and breathe through the fear! If you’re not doing things that scare you in your business you’ve gone complacent and you will stop growing.
What’s your favorite way to savor the success?
Reading, of course! I will stay up all night reading a good book. I love children’s books that entertain both of us! I can’t not finish a book, even one I hate.
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