It might sound counterintuitive, but when you own your own business, the best way to think about long-term strategies for your business is to focus on the other areas of your life. I love my job, but the reason I got into this whole entrepreneurship thing wasn’t to work 70-hour weeks — it was for more control over the work I do and for better work-life balance.
Is balance a myth?
Balance. It’s akin to a foreign word to most of us who spend our working lives attempting to be everything: a great parent, a great spouse, a great employee, a great volunteer, a great leader, a great athlete, etc. Are we able to achieve greatness at anything when we’re trying to excel at everything?
As a graphic designer, working remotely and freelancing were already part of my life before I became a mom, and I assumed that kids would fit pretty easily into my lifestyle. I was wrong. Since my son was born, I’ve learned a lot that’s helped me become a better parent and a better business owner. Here are four tips I wish someone had told me before I became a mompreneur.
My mother, like 1 in 6 women in America, is a rape survivor and that is how she began her motherhood journey. She gave up on school and a professional career to be with her kids. There was no dilemma when it came to work and family for my mother. Her top priority was and has always been, her kids. Behind every mother's day is a woman's story. I captured a little bit of my mother's story on The New MORE podcast this week. What is your mother's story?
If you could have more of anything right now what would it be?
If you had asked me that question before I became a mother, I would have had a laundry list of responses; I want more opportunities, more vacations, more money, more clients, more bedrooms, more ... But now when I think about what I want more of, everything boils down to one word — time.