As a child, when asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” my answer was, “A business manager”.
I mean really…what kid says that?! But my dad worked as a manager for the same company for 47 years and I aspired to be just like him, so yeah that was my dream job.
Upon graduation from college I landed an incredible job at one of the oldest, largest corporations in existence. I felt on top of the world, and just like that, my plan to follow in my dad’s footsteps was falling neatly into place.
After about 5 years however, the bright-eyed enthusiasm I once felt, started to fade as I began feeling marginalized, undervalued, and at times demoralized. The reality of being female in a “good ol’ boys” culture, decades of bureaucracy and poor leadership started taking a toll on me, mind, body and spirit.
In 2015 I had my first child. She was (and is) a force to be reckoned with and all of a sudden how I spent my time became a much more important factor. I was able to take four months of maternity leave and upon returning everything felt different. It wasn’t that I wanted to be a stay at home mom, I wanted to work, but the reality of how unfulfilled I was professionally became clear. After another kid and four more years of gritting my teeth and hanging tough, I hated my job, had two auto-immune conditions, and felt completely drained at the end of each work day.
Thanks to my incredible mom, I’ve always been a self-proclaimed feminist and loved any opportunity to lift up and support other women. After becoming a mom, this passion intensified as I experienced first-hand the isolation, expectations and exhaustion that is just “normal” for working moms. I wasn’t okay with that, and as soon as I came out of my own postpartum fog, I did everything I could to make sure other moms knew they didn’t have to settle for a life of surviving until bed time.
I joined the Moms of Young Children ministry at church. I also started the first ever return to work program for moms at my company. I reached out to new moms to make sure they knew they weren’t alone, but none of it felt enough…I still yearned for more ways to make a bigger impact.
I was at a cross roads. I wanted more time to spend with my kids. I wanted money to be able to do fun things and make incredible memories with my family. I hated my job and my health and relationships were suffering. And most of all, I had this passion burning inside of me.
I knew the only way to get everything I wanted was through entrepreneurship…and so I took a giant leap of faith.
For a while I was absolutely loving life. Building a business was exciting and fun. I was getting to make decisions and be creative and meet new people. And then reality set in.
Did you know that being an entrepreneur is hard? I’m pretty sure I’ve heard that somewhere, but I didn’t actually get it until I was faced with the pressure to grow my own business. All of a sudden EVERYTHING was my responsibility. There are so many details, most of which I wasn’t even aware of until I missed it and it came back to bite me! (Like the time my business license expired…or the time I didn’t know I needed a business license to begin with!) On top of figuring it all out and doing all the things, the steady, corporate, paycheck was a distant memory and the anxiety of how to bring in money kept me up at night. I was working so hard but nothing was happening. I was trying to do all the things the “experts” told me to do but I couldn’t fit it all in, nothing seemed to work and I felt overwhelmed, lost and scared. The time and financial freedom and passion was no where to be found and I was going to have to go back to a “real” job.
For me, that was my rock bottom, and I had to make the choice to double down on what I knew in my gut was my destiny or bail out. Even though I was scared out of my mind…I doubled down.
I began treating myself as my own client and developed processes and tools based on the tried and true business basics I learned in my corporate career. I also prioritized self-awareness, reflection and self-care from my coach training so that I could be grounded, authentic and remember why I was doing any of this to begin with. The result? I have moved out of chaos and anxiety and into a place where I’m finally living my dream of making an impact and loving life.
If you’ve decided to make the leap into entrepreneurship but are feeling stuck and like you can’t seem to take your business to the next level even though you’re doing “all the right things”, let’s work together. I’ll share my replicable process that I know can help women just like you achieve find fulfillment through entrepreneurship, create the time to spend with your family and achieve your goals faster than you ever thought possible.
I want to hear all about your journey to mompreneurship as well. Will you go into my facebook group and share your story?