How many of you get asked, “How were you able to build a business (or two) when your kid were small”? Well here’s the raw and unfiltered truth: there was no part of the process that was easy. It just wasn’t. Each day was filled with challenges, sleepless nights, and constant learning. It was a relentless pursuit of goals amidst uncertainties and setbacks. But it was this unwavering dedication, resilience, and a mindset of seeing problems as opportunities for growth that led to the establishment and eventual success of the businesses.
The journey of balancing motherhood with running a business is a unique path strewn with numerous challenges and sacrifices. The reality is, while I was building my businesses, there was no easy part. As a mother, I prioritized my children, which entailed a lot of navigation, sacrifices, and perhaps less “me time”. Striving to be everything for my family while simultaneously pushing for success in my ventures was a constant challenge. I often questioned if I could do more, do it better, or do it differently.
Over time, I learned what worked and what didn’t. There were times I chose not to work and focus solely on my kids, and there were times when finding the best care for my kids was the most viable option. I made it a point to be active in their lives, attending their events, being part of their school’s PTO board, ensuring I was there for their doctor’s appointments, picking them up from school, being at their events, welcoming their friends at our home. Just being there for them as much as possible in any way I could.
The truth is, there were sacrifices and even moments of guilt for not being the ‘perfect mom’. However, through trial and error, I found a balance that brought fulfillment to me and my family. It may not have been perfect, but it was our happy space.
Balancing business and family isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula. It’s about finding balance and ensuring you have time for both. Don’t be afraid to take a break from work to devote yourself to your family. Once you find that balance, the reward will be immeasurable.