Recently I put on my first workshop to help Small Business owners get better skills…
Mompreneurs – How To Balance Motherhood With Running A Business
“So now you’ve seen us in our natural habitat” I could hear my best friend (also a business Mum) smiling through the phone. It was 9pm on a Sunday night and she was two hours away in the midst of a family emergency.
It had been one of those dinner time, drop the knife mid pumpkin chop and run type of emergencies. She’d left by the time I arrived to stay with her boys, but her husband met me on his way out with a list of instructions. At the very bottom he’d written ‘please ignore the mess’.
I opened her front door and narrowly avoided maiming by Lego. Dodging a stray shoe, I vaulted over a bag of park snacks from the day before and was on my way up the stairs.
I smiled, thinking about the mess I’d just come from. How not half an hour before, I’d dived into our wardrobe (clean washing pile) and triumphantly come up with the holy grail…matching pyjamas for Miss 4! Master 6 months wasn’t so lucky.
The Pressure of Perfection
There was a time when I thought I could do it all. Be the Mum, the Co-Business Owner, the Domestic Goddess. And I didn’t just think I COULD do it all, I thought I SHOULD be able to do it all. A Business Supermum.
I bet you can guess how that turned out.
If I was working I was thinking about how I wasn’t with my kids. If I was ‘Domestic Goddessing’ I was thinking about how I wasn’t at work or with my kids. I had something to feel guilty about 24 hours a day.
I was living on coffee and hardly sleeping with completely unrealistic expectations. I was a mess. A mess going 100 miles an hour, working nonstop but achieving nothing.
Being OKAY with Your Best
Our house is clean but messy. For me, no amount of organisational tips, meal planners or lists make up for the fact that right now, I just don’t have enough hours in the day. It won’t be this way forever so for now, I prioritise.
The kids are young but growing fast, so when they’re awake, I’m theirs. When they go to sleep I belong to the business. If my work is done and I’m tired, I go to sleep. If not, I have Netflix and I tidy.
I am still a genuine believer in having it all. Just not all at once. For me, having a growing business and happy kids comes at the cost of not having a beautifully kept home.
Let go of the idea of perfect. You’ll be amazed by what you can achieve.
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