Okay you guys! It’s Friday, and I’m here to share another amazing mommy and her story with you guys. I met Patricia in one of my incredibly supportive Facebook groups, and if you don’t have a mom tribe online, you should probably start creating one, or just join one that already exists. I have met so many incredible people that encourage and support me in my business and parenting endeavors. We are literally never alone anymore, unless we truly want to be, at which point we just turn off the notifications and the phones and do our best to escape the virtual world for a bit.
A little snippet about Patricia: “I married my high school sweetheart, we’re celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary this month. Our daughter Isabelle turns 5 in December. My family is the biggest reason I started my business, and they’re the reason I can keep going through the ups and downs of working for myself.”
Patricia’s story is close to my heart because, like me, she is a working mother who does her best to hustle and support her family. Here is a little glimpse into her life:
1. What is it like running a business and raising a family? What are some of the joys and challenges?
Running a business and raising a family can be quite a balancing act. There are days when I feel like I’m falling short everywhere. Overall though, I love working for myself and having the freedom to only work on projects that I’m excited about, with people that I truly enjoy working with. I also love having the flexibility of being able to put my family first, and that when things come up, I have the kind of clients that say, “take care of your family, I totally understand”. The challenges come with setting boundaries. When you love what you do, it’s easy to lose track of everything else. But my family is the reason I started my business so I have to be intentional about making them the priority that they are.
2. What have been some of your best mommy moments so far?
Anytime that I see my daughter do something with total confidence (whether it’s dancing, or posing for a picture, or belting out her favorite song), I melt a little because I realize I must be doing something right to raise her with such an attitude. Self confidence has always been something that I’ve struggled with so if it’s something I can help her develop early, that’s definitely something I want to do.
3. If you could give your daughter one piece of advice that you believe would make her life better as an adult, what would it be?
Character is what you do when no one is watching. (Disclaimer, I didn’t come up with that, I just think it’s really fitting). No one will ever be as motivated as you are to create the life you want. And sometimes, creating that life involves crappy moments like working a job you don’t love (because it pays for the work that lights you up), or getting yourself to the gym at 5 AM because otherwise you talk yourself out of going. You have to decide what’s important to you and make it happen, even when no one is around to give you credit for it.
4. If you could give other working moms one piece of advice, what would it be?
Create a must-do list and keep it short. As a working mom, I know that things can get crazy and some days, all you do is put out fires. I also know what it’s like to not spend any time working on your business and constantly feel like you’re starting over, it’s really frustrating. Recently, my sister/biz partner and I created a must do list with all the things we have to do every day, no matter what else is going on. That way, we know we did something for our business every day. Also, this means that in the middle of a crazy day if we get lucky and all the babies sleep at the same time, instead of wondering what we can do with our time, we just pull out the list and get to work. Just make sure that your list isn’t super long, and doesn’t include projects. A minimum to-do list can include “create a blog post”, but not “launch my blog with 15 posts published”. If you’re not sure where to start, write down what you do for a week, then use that to create a list. We use Trello to keep track of ours, but pen and paper works too!
Patricia…girl…you are an inspiration! It was so nice to chat with a working mom who has so much knowledge and advice on living the good life and having a successful business. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us today!
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