I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and I’m crafty, so naturally I’ve wanted to be a creative business owner since before I knew what that really meant. It took me a while to find my ‘thing’ (wool felt!), I first tried several other crafty ideas. I’ve also always wanted to be a stay at home mom, so I had to find a way to make those two dreams work together.
It’s hard work to be self-employed and work from home with kiddos running around, but it’s possible if you’re determined! I want the flexibility of being self-employed so that I can be here when the kids get home from school, or if they need to be picked up. There’s no need to miss a meeting or a soccer practice because I set my own hours. I have systems in place that help me stay on track and succeed as a small business owner. And here’s a great, free printable workbook full of pages to help you set attainable goals and become a master of time management!
When I tell people that I work from home the standard response I get is “Oh that must be so nice!”. I have to smile and say that it’s lovely but the reality of my days is far different from what people must think.
I run two small businesses from home with two kids. I was about 178 months pregnant with my second when I started my entrepreneurial adventure so I’ve always been in this balancing act of family and work.
My expectation was that the children would play happily around me while I got loads of work done, kept up with housework, never missed a precious moment of their lives and never felt an ounce of mom guilt.
I’ll give you a moment to stop laughing before you carry on….
We are a unique generation of Moms. We are often isolated from family and wrestling with our desire to be both amazing homemakers and fulfilled either creatively or professionally.
We were constantly told as children that we can be and do anything we want. Yet we are not so far from the generation of our mothers and grandmothers who stayed home and created a beautiful family life often with the help of relatives who lived nearby.
We are conflicted.
At the very centre of that conflict is our home. It’s where we do daily battle. It’s where life catches up with us and we give ourselves a hard time for not ‘having it all together’.