Lessons From My Dad…

Lessons From My Dad

By Angela Uebelacker

How do you capture the legacy of a person you place on a pedestal? My father was a great man, not without imperfections, but definitely the glue that held our family together. On father’s day we celebrate the people in our lives that hold this role. The people that have created a legacy that get’s passed on for generations, and there is such a significant reason…

A Legacy

I lost my father shortly after I graduated from high school. He was a man that always made a funny face in photos; on countless occasions you could catch him making up lyrics to random songs, and always dancing without a care if anyone was watching! Our family is made up of men that are always pulling practical jokes on everyone and truly add to the comic relief needed when life gets chaotic. My father served in the Air Force, was an engineer, and could honestly fix just about anything. He was a great cook, instilled traditions and values in us that live on to this day…a family man that loved the outdoors and having us all together.

Losing my father was one of the most devastating moments of my life, and as life continued after I would soon realize the amazing moments I would miss out on. My father used to send me instructions in college, very detailed instructions on how to remove the backing of my car registration sticker, how to make sure the license plate was clean before placing it, and where to place it. It’s moments like that where I can laugh out loud and then soon realize how much I miss his very presence.

His Blueprint

I’ll never get to see him playing with his grandchildren, but I know how amazing he would’ve been as a Grandpa. Although I am married, I never had a wedding but I’ll never get to walk down the aisle with him or share that father daughter dance. When I fix things, I know that’s his influence and feel his hands guiding mine. When I hear my daughter make up songs, I know that’s him singing along with her…and when we dance around without a care that anyone is watching…I know he is dancing with us! It is my deepest belief that the legacy’s our father’s leave is the greatest blueprint to how well our lives will be! In the most difficult moments their memory or legacy has a way of breaking through and providing us with a vision so clear and secure. There are many fears I have in this world, many moments I will never have, but it is in his very absence that I find the beautiful purpose he has given me.

Lesson’s From My Dad

He has taught me to live a life full of love, and to always find the laughter through the storms we endure. He has provided me with strength and confidence in my role as a parent. He has shown me that being silly, laughing at your self, and dancing as if no one is watching is the medicine to life and how we should all be living it!! And although he is not here to walk me down the aisle when I do plan my actual wedding…I know that he will be present every step of the way! My father’s legacy has taught me to live without regret, embrace being young at heart, and to not take any moment for granted.

Daddy, I am so grateful for the memories we had as kids, for the love you gave us and for everything you taught us. Your presence is deeply missed each and everyday, but your influence remains deep within my heart and soul! I love and miss you…Happy Father’s Day!

Written by Angela Uebelacker


Wishing all the Dad’s & Amazing Guys who support us and teach us to conquer our fears a joyous Father’s Day!

How to Run Your Business (While Vacationing Like a Rockstar)!

Vacation like a Rockstar


By Susan Brown

Summer is coming!

Can you believe it? Along with the fun in the sun comes change in routine, kids out of school, and, the best part:  VACATION!

Are you a business owner wondering how to run your business while away? I’ve got some tips to help you ROCK it!

How to Run Your Business While on Vacation:

1).  Be Prepared!

Goals and Plans

If you know you are going to be at the beach, on a cruise, or out of the country, prepare yourself accordingly. A goal without a plan is just a wish. You’ve got to have a method going into your madness to make it work! I suggest writing out a day-by-day list of what you WILL and WILL NOT do while on vacation. If you want to completely unplug, that’s great, just make sure you set up auto-responders on your email accounts and make your network aware you will be away.

2).  Make a List!

I’ve made it a habit to make sure my business is ready to take with me, just as I would make sure to pack sunscreen and a bathing suit in my suitcase. Having a ready- made list of people to contact will maximize the few minutes you do have here and there to work your business! You can also make a week long list of items that are must-dos so you don’t forget anything as your daily schedule changes while away.

3).  Share your Experience!

You aren’t always on vacation, so make sure you take advantage to the cool adventures you are on and share them on your social media accounts! Your audience will enjoy learning about how you spend your free time and it’s a great way to increase engagement!

4).  Meet New People!

Going to a new place is the PERFECT opportunity to grow your network. Strike up a conversation with people you are staying near, those you meet on the beach or by the pool, and even those you sit on an airplane beside. There are ENDLESS opportunities to make new friends while traveling this summer.

Stay organized, plan ahead, and you will ROCK your business this summer!

Click here for more tips on Growing Your Business and Developing a Brand that distinguishes you!

Written by Susan Brown

5 Ways to Survive Summer Break (and keep your sanity)!

Written by Risa Riepma

What kids dream about for summer vacation

A Kid’s View of Summer

It’s Summer…Are You Ready?

I am not sure about you, but the countdown to the last day of school has been in effect for several weeks in my house. For me, the end of school means that not only will my 3 kiddos be spending more time at home with me, but also my husband who is a school counselor.  Despite the fact that my family has had summer break off for over a decade, this summer will be much different.

Last year I left my full time job to grow my virtual business and be a work-from-home-mom (WFHM). YAYYYYYY!

While summer break may mean setting aside the kids’ backpacks and homework, it does not necessarily mean that life slows down. If you have kids and depending on what their summertime activities looks like, your daily schedule is going to looks different and go through a bit of a transition. If you’re used to being in charge of your schedule during the day, it’s time to roll with the punches and be flexible. It may be time to come up with a new daily and weekly schedule. Many home business owners will argue that business slows down in summer months but when this happens, it’s more a result of less income producing activity vs customers having tighter purse strings.

Pay attention to these tips to help your business continue to grow (and help maintain your sanity this summer)!

5 Easy Tips to Survive Your Summer Break:

Tips that Make Life Better

Tips that Make Life Better

1) Plan Your Week Each Sunday

Sitting down with your calendar/planner and your family’s list of activities and plan for income producing activity (IPA) each Sunday will help you be PROACTIVE vs REACTIVE.

I don’t know about you, but having to fit in an unexpected event in an already full day, makes me a bit grumpy. If it means certain activities have to be skipped (because after all, none of us have a clone), then don’t be afraid to politely excuse yourself so that you don’t over-commit.

2) Establish and Stick to “Hours of Operation” For Your Business

Most of us have heard the term “hours of operation” and it sounds wonderful in theory but sticking to set hours that you will do your best to minimize distractions and focus on engaging in IPA takes a conscious effort and PRACTICE! I’ve been practicing this for over 2 years and I still feel like I fall short. As always, recognizing those activities that are time wasters will be key to making the time you do spend, the most productive.

This is especially true in the summer.

It’s important to set hours of operation, whether it is 1 hour/day or more or two 30 min blocks of time each day.  Letting your family know this is “mom’s alone time to work” will keep frustration at bay for you and your summertime rugrats, I mean children. On the flip side to this, doing your best to not be glued to your phone or laptop outside your set hours of operation is just as important. Your family deserves your undivided attention and no one wants to look back at the end of summer break and wish they had spent more time splashing in the pool with their kids.

Remember: daily homework and early bedtimes are just around the corner.

3) Make the Most of Meeting New People and Friends

Summer break + family vacations + new activities = new opportunities to make new friends and share your business!

Whether we are holding more events to share our business, hopping on a plane to visit out of state family, hanging out at our neighborhood pool, or spending more time in playdates, we are going to be surrounded by new people. Being approachable, friendly, and ready to share our products and story can do amazing things for our business. This is especially true during the summer months when we are meeting new people left and right.

One thing I’ve found to be helpful at the end of the initial conversation is asking them right away if they would like to stay connected on Facebook or email. Developing organic friendships where we can be our genuine self and gain others’ trust goes a long way in inspiring others to join us in business as customers and business partners.

4) Set Goals for Your Business and Be Accountable

While June-Aug probably means your kids are putting their feet up more but this shouldn’t be you! Setting BIG goals this summer for your business and not stopping until you reach them will launch your personal business and team to the next level. Finding an accountability partner and someone you can connect with each week to discuss IPA, things that are going well, and areas you need to improve, can help you reach your goals.

Remember: focus on action oriented activities and track weekly stats.

5) Take Time for Yourself

Finding some alone time each week to re-energize and refocus is so important. Life can get a little crazy with all the the moving parts and things we need to juggle during the summer to keep our households running smoothly.

What helps me manage stress is making sure I start each day with a grateful heart. Then, I need to get my workouts in at least 3-4 times/week. I schedule them early in the day so that there is less of a chance that other commitments get in the way.

Remember: Whether it is reading, doing yoga, or whatever your outlet may be, make sure to schedule that in your weekly to-do list. You’ll feel better, have more energy, and be more productive.

Being flexible and able to adapt to the changes that summer break brings is what helps us grow and find happiness. Cheers to a fun summer full of family, smiles, personal and professional growth, and SPF!

Written By Risa Riepma

Build a Business & Continue a Legacy

Go After Your Dreams

Business Along with a Military Career…the Ultimate Freedom

With Memorial Day upcoming, most topics that come to mind are important to highlight, but heartbreaking, as they bring to mind those we have lost over the years…who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our Freedom.  They leave us unsure of what to do next, and how to carry on their legacy.  They leave us feeling lost and confused. 

Today I want to talk about something uplifting.  I want to talk about two people who decided to DO SOMETHING about that heartbreak, and to find a way to heal the families that are left behind.  Matt and Micaela are two dear friends who found a way to run a successful business alongside their military careers.  They are incredible leaders that I am proud to serve alongside, and I am the beneficiary of their leadership and mentorship as entrepreneurs as well.  I asked them to join us today to talk about how they balance their business with their military careers, and how they leverage their success to run a nonprofit, the Survivors of Heroes Retreat at Holbrook Farms, Minnesota.  More importantly, I asked them to share a little bit about their inspiration, and how they’re giving back to a community one hero at a time.

Click on the Video Below Watch Their Amazing Story

Thank you to Matt & Micaela for taking the time to share with us today!  From shuffling boxes out of the way of the camera in their new house, fitting in a video the night before Matt went TDY, my internet crashing last minute, filming with a phone propped up, sitting on the bathroom floor (with a baby sleeping in the next room)…it’s a miracle we pulled it off.

Learn More and Get Involved

Mission Milpreneur and Holbrook Farms Retreat

Holbrook Farms Retreat

To learn more about the retreat, check out http://www.holbrookfarmsmn.com, and see how Matt and Micaela redefined their ability to give back at http://redefine.rodanandfields.com/blog/micaela-matthew-brancato-finding-passion-serve/.  To contribute to their mission, click here.

Written by Angelina Stephens


Even Super Heroes Deserve a Day Off!

We salute mother's

Mothers…the 1st Super Heroes

by Angela Uebelacker

Mom’s…The First Real Super Heroes

Gosh…to think about what I wanted to say to all you mothers, in celebration of your amazing Super Hero powers has really been difficult.  By no means am I perfect, or close to winning the ‘Mom of the Year’ award, but I fear there is too much worry and pressure where this thought is concerned.  Now, don’t get me wrong, because we as humans are not perfect (and there are mothers out there that simply shouldn’t be blessed with this role)…but, for everyone else, all of you…GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK!!!

This time of year, or day, is about the celebration of Mothers.  A special day to really highlight all of your amazing qualities and characteristics, and amazing abilities to do everything, be everywhere, produce multiple limbs for holding everything…YOU NAME IT, we do it all!!!  And although this day counts, and we appreciate the love, gifts, cards, and thought that goes into this day…we’re absolutely fine with even a few quiet hours to ourselves…CHA-CHING talk about winning the ultimate pot o’gold HAHAHA.

Embrace Your Many Roles

We love all of the wonderful people that raise us up on this day (in fact, we deserve to be celebrated every single day)!!!  As a mother, we have many roles.  We are students; we have goals, dreams, careers, aspirations…we are smart, driven, empowering, and not perfect!  We want to give, serve, grow, and live.  We want to enjoy life, rock our messy buns, embrace our worn out sweatpants, and every now and then SKIP THE GYM!!!  There shouldn’t be so much emphasis on what we’re feeding our kids, our focus should be on the quality time we’re spending with them, and teaching them morals and manners that will help them grow into decent human beings.

Our kids are watching every single thing that we are doing and not doing for that matter, and they recognize the stress, aggravation, and overwhelming schedule we have created for ourselves…let alone them!!  Yes, activities are important and so is eating a balanced healthy meal, or simply sitting down at the table together with no ELECTRONIC devices!!  So, give yourself permission to embrace the moment…play outside, get dirty, and live life!

Hang Up Your Cape…(for just a moment)

We take on so much as mothers, and you know what…I LOVE IT, TOO!!!  All the chaos!!!  But, we have to remember every day that it is okay to not always be on!!  Whether you’re an entrepreneur, stay at home mother, nurse, teacher, or volunteer, your role is significant!!  You impact people every single day…and you should be so very proud!!  It’s not an easy role, and WE LOVE IT unconditionally, but we also owe ourselves a bit of a break every once in a while!!

If you are not perfect today, you most certainly won’t be tomorrow either…and you know what????…IT DOESN’T MATTER!!!  You will always have Super Hero powers no matter how tall you stand, or how far you fall…and WE applaud you…the genuine, hardworking, loving, dedicated mother, but most importantly we applaud you, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!!!

Happy Mother’s Day…Today and Every Day!

Written by Angela Uebelacker


The Power of Positivity


Power of Positivity

By Susan Brown

How many times have you heard THIS one before?  Be honest!  I know it can get old:  the power of positive thinking.  However, it truly IS one of the most powerful things you can do for your life, and let me tell you why!

I recently came across a quote that read something like “what you think about now determines where you will end up in five years.”  I was honestly blown away by this and had to read it several times.  How?  How is that true?  As my befuddled brain thought through it, I realized what I think the author was getting at:  What you think about, you bring about.

I’ve heard this phrase countless times from various leaders in my company.  Motivational speakers, books, and even on my Pinterest feed!  I mean, who doesn’t love a good quote, right?  This one is profoundly true time and time again, at least for me.

I find that most thoughts engineer themselves in my head from negative self-talk, upon further recollection and mindfulness on this topic I realized that some things even manifest from untrue and/or unloving things people have said.  For example:  Have you ever looked in the mirror and called yourself ugly?  That’s what you will think about all day:  “I am ugly”.   Or, have someone tell you as a child you aren’t good at math?  You will tell yourself you can’t possibly run a business.  It REALLY is true that the thoughts that pop in and out of your head influence your day-to-day actions.

Are you wondering if this is true in your life?  Experiment a little!  Write down your thoughts each day.  Pause and write on your phone or a little notebook any time you have a negative thought.  Then think:  where do these come from?  Why am I telling myself this?  Is this actually true?  I’ve found tons of incredible insight through self-reflection.  And, in doing so, it has created so much empowerment and positive change in my day-to-day outlook and attitude!

Here’s a story to show you that what’s between your ears really does influence your actions…

Yesterday, I took my sweet toddler to his 30-month well baby visit.  We adore our pediatrician and our son (he is the sweetest boy)!  However, we’ve recently noticed that he shows significant speech delay and there have been a few other things that gave pause for concern.  Despite these things, I’ve tried my best to maintain a positive attitude and went into the appointment upbeat.  Sadly, that’s not how I left it.  It was a difficult conversation with our pediatrician who continues to be concerned about areas of his development.  As a mom, this is not fun news.  I sobbed.  I felt sad, angry, and helpless.  But you know what?  Instead of drowning myself in all the negativity that I was SO tempted to do, I chose to focus on the positives:  early intervention, the great services we are already receiving, insurance to be able to seek services, my amazing son, and our incredible support network.

Yesterday, and every day, I will CHOOSE the positive outlook because it IS powerful.  I hope you can, too!

Written by Susan Brown

Milpreneur Tribe: 2017 Guest Bloggers

Milpreneur pronunciation

Milpreneur /mil-pruh-nur/

Welcome to our Tribe of Milpreneurs…

We are so excited that you have joined our journey to Live . Give . Serve . Grow. and we can’t wait to learn from you!

We call ourselves Milpreneurs (military + entrepreneur = milpreneur).  If you don’t know, we are a group of military spouses, family-members, and their supporters, who share a mission.  Really, it’s a journey to change lives, inspire, and connect a community who can learn from each other!

One way that we are doing just that, is by sharing amazing stories from our incredible military community.  You’ve heard from them, but now it’s time to introduce the 2017 Milpreneur Bloggers.

Mission Milpreneur

Tribe of Milpreneurs

2017 Milpreneur Bloggers:

Susan Brown.


Susan Brown

Susan is a former elementary school teacher who switched gears to build a small business and stay at home with her two toddlers.  She is a Navy wife living in the D.C. area and loves connecting with other military spouses.  In fact, Susan is an expert on managing social media and has great tips to Grow a Business You Love.  Click to learn more about Susan.

Risa Riepma.


Risa Riepma

Risa is a wife, busy mom of three, entrepreneur, and a retired Air Force dietitian.  After 20 years of military service, she is settling in Texas and loving every minute.  When you need some motivation, check out Risa.  She loves to run, cook healthy meals, and find ways to challenge you to find your G.R.I.T.  Click to learn more about Risa.

Angelina Stephens.

Angelina Stephens

Ange is an active duty Air Force maintenance officer, military spouse, freelance writer, entrepreneur, and proud mom.  When you want to be inspired, read about her greatest Learning Moments or tales from living on a boat.  You’ll love her honesty and relate to how she turned quirky superstitions into achievements.  Click to learn more about Angelina.

Angela Uebelacker.


Angela Uebelacker

Angela is a busy mom, full-time student, entrepreneur, and military spouse.  While working in the health care industry, Angela developed a passion helping others.  Now, she’ll help you feel empowered as she shares her authentic self and Ideas Worth Spreading.  Angela recently moved to Japan with her Navy family and is living a new adventure every day.  Click to learn more about Angela.

Come back to www.jengriswold.com each week to join the conversation with our Tribe of Milpreneurs.

And, we’d love to hear your ideas and comments!  Share them on Facebook or email us at milpreneurgroup@gmail.com.

From the Rearview Mirror

Mission Milpreneur

Reflections in Mirror

By Angela Uebelacker

When I think back to before I had children, I’m reminded of how I hoped it would always be.  My child would have the best life, we’d always be on an adventure, we’d always play and have so much fun, and never be tired of this world we created for our little loves.  Life would ALWAYS be something we would look forward too; we would always be on time, present, and ready to play ALL DAY!!!  It never occurred to me how much would actually be true, what details would actually change, and even as the years go by how often I’m reminded of how I hoped it would be.



My child from the age of 6 months old has experienced so many changes…changes she has never once asked for, but very bravely endured!  There have been two deployments, and three moves in her 5 years of life.  She has lived in a hotel, traveled across the states, and traveled internationally.  She has fallen in love with family, friends, neighbors, daycares, and pre-school teachers all to be pulled away when our lives took on a different journey.  She has questioned these changes, feared being forgotten and most importantly feared being left behind the entire time!

As parents, there is no such blueprint on life, let alone on how to be the best parents we can possibly be.  There is no truth to what we hoped it would be like, simply because we’re not meant to know our true journey…We get tired, we have schedules, routines, work, school, extracurricular activities…and somewhere in between what we do to make “our lives” better we have the time for how we hoped it would be.

It’s simply not that simple…the love and pride I have for my husband’s service and the community we belong to continues to grow with each passing day.  I chose this life, not knowing the depths of how much would change, but fully accepting the reason behind it!  Every new experience no matter how frustrating, no matter how many new interviews, friends, neighbors or finding our way around unfamiliar territories, I’m so forever grateful and proud of the choices we have made…And one day, my hope is that she will be too!  But until then, I would like her to know…

From the Rearview Mirror…

From the rearview mirror, Mommy has watched you grow into a brave, smart, adventurous little girl.  I have feared every change you have had to endure.  My heart has broken with every single goodbye, and I have even forgotten how to breathe with every tear!  Through all of these changes, you have continued to make me so proud.  You have inspired me to be a stronger, BRAVER, person and one that I hope you can be proud of too.

From the rearview mirror, I have watched your curiosity, frustration, and even felt you worry…I see your sad eyes, I see your tears, and understand your fears!!  I’ve watched you wave goodbye, race my car until the fence ends, and watch which direction I turn.  And with each passing day, I’ve missed you!!  There is nothing more that I would rather be doing, but spending all my time with you…and when Daddy is “away” for work, I have captured every moment I could.  Cheered on all your first milestones, and made myself available for every ‘pre-school’ party and event so you always had someone present.

From the rearview mirror…I have seen your excitement, I have seen you smile, and felt your laughter!!  My job is just a job, my continued education a dream, and no matter how busy life gets my hope has always been the same.  One day you will understand the choices that I’ve made, you’ll appreciate the changes, and look forward to what lies ahead.  And no matter where we go I hope you always know how I hoped it would always be, and that with each passing day I continue to strive to make it all be true.

From the rearview mirror, I did it all for you!

Written by Angela Uebelacker


Are You Building Your Business Online The Right Way?

Raise your hand if you are building a business online?

Awesome!  You have locked into the power of the e-commerce world, and let me tell you, it’s a huge opportunity!  Thousands of people sign up daily within various direct selling and marketing opportunities!  The internet allows you to connect with billions of people across the globe.  Literally a world of opportunity and connections are at your fingertips, but the question remains – are you using this opportunity correctly?

I watch it daily on my social media feeds – various consultants and network marketing affiliates spamming their network with “join me, join me”, desperate pleas for people to buy their products or join their team.  Don’t get me wrong, that used to be me, until I locked in on the bigger picture and the real foundation needed to build a thriving network marketing business!

What Distinguishes You

What most people fail to understand is that there are literally THOUSANDS of great opportunities out there, and within each of those there are THOUSANDS of people sharing those same great products.  What distinguishes you from others is not your number of posts per day, contacts on your phone, or followers on your feeds.  What really gives you the ability to connect and GROW is YOU!

The average person out there isn’t looking to join a company, they are looking to join a person!  People don’t want to browse your page and continuously see copy and paste type posts with yet another results picture of a complete stranger you don’t even know!  They want to see YOU!  They want to hear from YOU.  Why do you love what you do?  How do you use your opportunity in your busy days?  How have the products helped enhance your day-to-day life?   You have to make it personal!

Your Brand

What so many online marketers don’t do is brand themselves and focus on building relationships.  These two things are VITAL for success!   These days’ people want REAL.  They don’t want to be sold to, they don’t want to be bothered, and they don’t want to hear a bunch of jargon.  They want real, authentic, down to earth people that are just like them.  You don’t need a shiny, perfectly packaged success story.  Actually, you need quite the opposite.  If you are seen as “perfect”, who will want to connect with you?  Not many people!  Be yourself always!

The more real and relatable you are, the more people you will attract.  The more you take time to get to know a person FIRST before you share your product or opportunity, the more sales you will make!  I guarantee it.

So, go out there and really take a hard look at how you are building!  Ask yourself tough questions.  Look at your social media feeds.  Are you giving people valuable content?  Sharing your heart?  Showing your REAL life?  You don’t have to be Pinterest perfect, just real and authentic.

I challenge you to put yourself out there and focus on building relationships first.  Watch the gold that will follow!  You won’t regret it!

Written by Susan Brown

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