What I Like Most About Being Single

When I realized I was going to be single, and a single mom, I was scared. I felt a lot more emotions than that, but it felt the strongest. As time went on I was able to feel other things and gain the confidence that I needed in order to be a successful mom and business owner. 

However, here I am still single years later, people often ask me why. There are a few different reasons, all of which are that I am enjoying life. There is so much that I am enjoying right now. I got married young and I wasn’t able to truly enjoy my 20’s the way I could have. I am thankful for the past, but living in the present right now I am doing things that I want to do. 

Too many times people think there is something wrong with the person if they are single for too long. I can let you know that I have boundaries, but also I am able to truly enjoy my life and go after my goals and hobbies. Here are some quick things that I enjoy the most: 

  • Do whatever I want. If I cant get the dishes done, then it’s fine. If I want to go out to eat with myself or son, I can. I make my own time and schedule. I can organize my schedule and house as I see fit! 
  • Enjoy the extra time with my son. I get twice the cuddles and hugs and LOVE IT.  He is growing too quick. 
  • Work on myself. I have been working on myself in many ways: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I realized that I needed some assistance and took action. 
  • Enjoy hobbies. I am getting back into the swing of this, people ask me what I do outside of work and I honestly don’t even know! So I started to spike an interest where I saw fit. 
  • Relax. I can sit down and take time out to pause through out the day! 
  • Rely on me. I like being in control and taking charge of my life. I enjoy being able to trust in myself and make decisions. 

Yes, I get lonely but I wouldn’t change it just yet. I will only be at this place one time in my life, so I might as well enjoy it and embrace it. What tips do you have for other parents who are single? 

Susie Liberatore is the owner, and Art Director, of Visions2images Creative Services. She helps established businesses grow their brand awareness by using digital marketing and professional branding techniques. With over a decade of agency and corporate experience, she brings businesses’ visions to life, while watching their return on investment increase.

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Balancing life as a single mom and entrepreneur

I wish that I had advice for single moms…. balance, and entrepreneur life. I do not have much to say other than I need help. I am burnt out, I am tired. 

I beat myself up day in and day out, am I doing what’s best for Antonio? Am I taking time for myself? Am I growing my business the way I have planned? 

A year ago, I never thought I would be where I am today, but I also know that it is okay to ask for help. I am grateful and blessed, but sometimes being a full time single mom can be overwhelming. 

I see my other friends or entrepreneur friends who are married, and they don’t get it. It is one of the hardest things ever to be a single mom to a special needs child and have a business. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I just wish there were more awareness and local groups to help cope. Sometimes it can be hard to cope or find people WHO get it and will offer support. 

My advice? It is important to choose good people and build trust with others so you can ask for help knowing that you can rely on them. It is also important to know it is okay to take time off of work and enjoy time with your children. Life is too short to not enjoy it.

Susie Liberatore is the owner, and Art Director, of Visions2images Creative Services. She helps established businesses grow their brand awareness by using digital marketing and professional branding techniques. With over a decade of agency and corporate experience, she brings businesses’ visions to life, while watching their return on investment increase.

Susie helps businesses grow their brand presence and connect with their target audience.

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Susie Liberatore is the owner, and Art Director, of Visions2images Creative Services. She helps established businesses grow their brand awareness by using digital marketing and professional branding techniques. With over a decade of agency and corporate experience, she brings businesses’ visions to life, while watching their return on investment increase.

Susie helps businesses grow their brand presence and connect with their target audience.

The Ultimate Branding Guide to Win New Clients in 7 Days

Women Entrepreneur Books

I have taken up reading more books than ever before. I am all about self-development and realize it is a must as a business owner. 

I really try to find books that can uplift and motivate me especially when I am down or am having self-doubt. Our minds are our own worst enemy, we have to overcome this. 

Here are some of the best entrepreneur books for women:


Do you have a favorite book? Share it in the comments. 

Susie Liberatore is the owner, and Art Director, of Visions2images Creative Services. She helps established businesses grow their brand awareness by using digital marketing and professional branding techniques. With over a decade of agency and corporate experience, she brings businesses’ visions to life, while watching their return on investment increase.

Susie helps businesses grow their brand presence and connect with their target audience.

The Ultimate Branding Guide to Win New Clients in 7 Days

The Podcast Essentials

I have just launched my brand new podcast, and I am honestly loving it. It has been such a great blessing to be able to do this! I love sharing the advice and journeys of myself and other entrepreneurs. 

If you are looking to start your own podcast here are some of my favorite products that I use and LOVE. 

Susie Liberatore is the owner, and Art Director, of Visions2images Creative Services. She helps established businesses grow their brand awareness by using digital marketing and professional branding techniques. With over a decade of agency and corporate experience, she brings businesses’ visions to life, while watching their return on investment increase.

Susie helps businesses grow their brand presence and connect with their target audience.

The Ultimate Branding Guide to Win New Clients in 7 Days

Get Comfy This Winter

Winter has been so cold and snowy lately. I hate the cold and snow, so I ordered comfy items to help me get through this winter and keep me warm, especially for days in the office.

Cosybay Down Alternative Comforter- Grey Corner Duvet Tabs

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Susie Liberatore is the owner, and Art Director, of Visions2images Creative Services. She helps established businesses grow their brand awareness by using digital marketing and professional branding techniques. With over a decade of agency and corporate experience, she brings businesses’ visions to life, while watching their return on investment increase.

Susie helps businesses grow their brand presence and connect with their target audience.

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The Best Office Gadgets

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I love having so many great office decor options and office gadgets on Amazon. There are so many great items out there that I always have a hard time choosing which items I need next.

    1. BUBM Double Layer Electronic Accessories Organizer, Travel Gadget Bag for Cables, USB Flash Drive, Plug and More, Perfect Size Fits for iPad Mini This is so neat because I am traveling more these days and have wires that always need to be packed and cared for.
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    4. AboveTEK Stylish Aluminum Tablet Stand, Cell Phone Stand, Folding 360° Swivel iPad iPhone Desk Mount Holder fits 4-11″ Display Tablets/Smartphones for Kitchen Bedside Office Table POS Kiosk Showroom  I love having this at my desk so that I can see things on my phone when I am on my laptop. 
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  1. Headphone Stand with USB Charger COZOO Under Desk Headset Holder Mount with 3 Port USB Charging Station and iWatch Stand Smart Watch Charging Dock This is a great way to be organized. I always have so many devices and wires this is such a huge lifesaver for me.
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  2. Airplane Travel Accessories, Airplane Footrest, Premium Memory Foam Foot Hammock, Travel Foot Rest, Travel Gadgets. Fly Legs Up, Provides Comfort. This is my favorite, because I sit a lot all day. This is a life saver and helps me keep some good posture, and relaxation, while working.
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  3. Tocode Fashion Laptop Backpack Contains Multi-Function Pockets, Durable Travel Backpack with USB Charging Port Stylish Anti-Theft School Bag I am always on the look out for great back packs that can hold a lot of my technology but I also love that this has a USB charging port right inside it.
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How To Become Better With MOM BUSINESS VACATION

About a year ago, I was in a place where I had no idea how to be a business owner but I knew it was what I wanted to do. I had everything in place but something was missing. It seemed like most days I was struggling to find ways to express my thoughts and feeling and get the encouragement I needed.  

One day I found my savior – my sales coach! I knew I needed her as a sales coach, but more than that I needed to be a part of a mastermind. I knew I had to lean in on other female entrepreneurs. It was the best decision I made. We all go through things and need to vent, let thing out, or share success stories with one another. 

The best thing that I honestly love is the mastermind retreat. Do not get me wrong I love the online networking we do as well as the sales coaching part, but there is something about the retreat. All of the ladies (mostly mom’s) get together and talk about all things business. 


We run away from our family and life for about three to four days. The very first one I went to I had MAJOR anxiety now I feel like we are all family and can’t wait for the next one. They say that everyone should experience a vacation on their own, especially mom’s., I couldn’t agree more… 

If we were in a work environment we would have team meetings, right? So why not have something similar for entrepreneurs.  It is truly an amazing experience! I love this idea and love how planned it is (thank you sales coach Renee) 

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It is the best for mental health. You realize how powerful and amazing you are. You come back happy and a changed person. If you go for business and surround yourself with great people you will get the confidence that you need. I know I always come back from the retreat confident and happy; there is something about being around successful female entrepreneurs. 

It is a great time for reflecting. We doubt ourselves all the time, we think no one wants to buy from us.. or whatever. I can’t tell you how many times I came back from one of these and launched something new and it SOLD. Now of course there is much more to it than just talking about it, but I made it happen. 

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Top Four Things to Do for Self-Care As an Entrepreneur

Self-care is the topic of a lot of conversation these days. People seem to drain themselves because everyone is on overdrive. I know I am one of those people; I am always on overdrive. Being a single mother and entrepreneur means there are still a million things to do. At the end of the day, we need to take care of ourselves to be successful and get the most out of the time.

Self-care gives you the time to clear your mind so that you can step back, reflect, and reorganize. This action is how I get my creativity and focus back. It does not have to be anything extravagant or even take a lot of time, but a few little steps can help you for sure.

Here are the top four things I do for self-care:


  1. TAKE A MIDDAY OR EVENING WALK.: I sit at the computer desk a lot; I sit a lot, period. I need to get my blood flowing, so taking a midday walk can really be helpful. Get the kids, the dog, whatever, and put your phone away and just go for a walk. Take a deep breath and enjoy the scenery around you. It has been so great for my son and me to enjoy this activity.
  2. PREP HEALTHY MEALS: Self-care isn’t always meditating, working out, or getting massages. Sometimes it’s as easy as setting up small ways to care for yourself. As a mother, I am always on the go. If we plan with our meals, we will actually eat and not let ourselves get hangry. Am I right, though? Like really, I know that when I don’t meal prep, I wonder what to eat. Then, I end up going out to get food and overeat because, by that time, I am starving!
  3. UNPLUG FOR 30 MINUTES: I know, I know. I get it. Literally, I have to unwind. This tip means 30 minutes by MYSELF. This time is nothing to do with my son, dogs, housework, etc. The phone and computer get put away. You can truly let your thoughts wander and have some time clearing your mind. You do not need to meditate per se but it is essential to do this step.
  4. BOOK YOURSELF A MASSAGE OR FACIAL: This act of self-care is the super dreamy one that everyone loves. It doesn’t need to happen as much as the other steps. I have learned how to do a facial at home, and it just makes so much of a difference. I can get a new feeling and cool off my face.

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To be the best mom and business owner you can be, you must unplug and recharge. I honestly have time blocked off in my calendar so that I take care of these items and myself. It is okay to block this time off AND COMMIT TO IT. What does self-care look like for you?

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