I never planned to be a work from home mompreneur, but life is funny like that. I was a career woman with two degrees and a good job. I had big dreams of being the next Melinda Gates in the global health arena. The company I worked for gave me a good position and I was making important connections that would take me where I wanted to go in my career. Then, all of a sudden, my hours jumped from 40-60 a week and my pay didn’t increase along with the hours.
I found myself in a place where I never wanted to be – overworked, underpaid, and stressed to the max. Not only did I not have any time for my self care or for my husband, I had zero energy left over for hobbies or to even think about starting a family.
Why I Never Wanted to be a Working Mom with a Commute
I was always on the fence about wanting children because my experience with working parents growing up was that they worked late hours to keep a roof over our heads, missed soccer games and dinners, and spent their emotional energy on a commute, travel for work, and horrible bosses. So, when I did start to think about whether I would have kids, there were two things that were glaringly clear in my mind. The first was that I wanted kids who I could be 100% present with and who wouldn’t grow up feeling like they have to figure it all out on their own. Secondly, not only was my career in international development and global health going nowhere fast, it was taking too much of my emotional energy and time.
So, while I loved what I did for work, it just wasn’t worth the stress anymore. Then, the company I worked for went bankrupt and suddenly laid me off. The feeling of not having any control over what’s next for me was so overwhelming that it made me want to crawl into bed and never come out again. But then something strange happened…
My Aha Moment
I thought about all the time my parents missed during my childhood and I realized that if I was going to have kids, I had to get behind the driver’s seat of my own life, my income potential, and my schedule. I decided in that moment that I would never again, if I could help it, work for anyone else.
That being said, I want to earn money to provide for my family and do the things that I want to do in life. I want to contribute to the world in a meaningful and impactful way. I LOVE pouring myself into things that I’m passionate about and to come up with new ideas that can help people go further in life and in business. But I want to do all of that from home on my laptop (in sweat pants).
What Did I Do? Well, like any other rational person without a business degree, management experience, or capital; I started a business!
I Dove Into Entrepreneurship Head First
I partnered with a clean living health and wellness company because the products and the mission aligned perfectly with my passion for global health, helping people and communities, healing the environment, and giving people the tools for healing their mind, body and soul.
So, I ventured into entrepreneurship head first – without knowing what would happen or how things would work out at all! I just knew that I had to trust my gut, learn as I went, and, as Angie Lee says “Drive the plane before learning to fly.”
Working part time, figuring it out as I went, my side hustle became my full time income and quickly replaced and surpassed my former salary.
And just when I found myself in the flow of growing my business as a solopreneur, I added ‘mom’ to my title which meant not only did I have to figure out how to be a mom, I had to figure out how to juggle parenting while being a work at home mompreneur, without sacrificing my emotional energy or time so that I could be 100% present in my daughter’s life and give her everything that I missed out on as a kid.
I’ve been through so many ups and downs with this journey. From finding confidence as an entrepreneur to struggling with balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship, to starting over once again when we added our second child to the mix… My journey has not been easy-but then again what worthwhile things are?
What I Do Now
I’m blessed to spend my time with amazing impact-driven women, helping them start and run their own businesses that they’re passionate about. I make sure they get connected with the training, simple systems, tools, and resources that are available to them so they can reach whatever level of financial success they desire.
The women I work with are passionate, driven, and have a tenacity for life that is unparalleled.
It’s hard to believe that I am living my dream of running a successful online business from the comfort of my own home. And it’s even harder to believe that online business has been so financially beneficial for me, and continues to grow exponentially. But what is even more amazing than these two things (which are big enough in themselves) is how this “job” has pushed me out of my comfort zone and into the world as a confident woman who embraces her true self.
I get to share my talents and my passion with women all across the world. I wake up each day on my own terms, excited to think, create, learn, and grow, and to share what I learn with others who have the same desire to live a life of purpose and freedom! I get to do all of this from home (in my sweatpants, sometimes with a toddler on my lap).
My family is my world, and they’re always first in my heart. I am living the dream of being home with them during this stage in their lives, while still making an income and and impact. Not only that, I have the emotional energy left over to take care of myself so that I can pour back into them when they need it most.
Today, I’m living a life of my dreams. This lifestyle IS possible; but I won’t sugar coat it and tell you that it didn’t take making some big changes, taking some chances, having a vision that is bigger than my excuses, finding ways to balance everything in order to show up consistently (even when I didn’t feel like it), finding ways to work smarter, and, most importantly, investing in personal development to uplevel my mindset, skill set, and confidence.
If you’re in a place where your heart is urging you to get in the driver’s seat of your own life, to make a change and do something new, don’t ignore it! If I can do it, so can you! My hope is that you take the leap, make a plan, and get to work because it just may change your life for the better! And I’m here to encourage you every step of the way.
Each morning I follow a routine for success and one of the things I do is ask the universe “Whose life can I add value to today?” This helps me connect with and serve the right women – either as business partners, or as people who are looking for a solution or inspiration that my journey and what I’ve learned along the way can provide, regardless of whether that ever impacts my income.
I love working with women who are:
- Passionate about helping others
- Has grit and a vision for their future that is bigger than any excuses
If that sounds like you, then we should connect! I’d love to set up a time to talk with you about what success means to you, what your goals are, and if any area of my business might be a resource or a solution for you!