It seems only appropriate that I write this post as my teething and very tired almost 11 month old is sleeping soundly on my chest. Judge all you want, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do…right? I have been debating writing this post for a little while now, but I hope that sharing my thoughts and feelings on how I view work life and family life can help someone, or will sound all too familiar to another mom trying to juggle it all. I am not an expert and I only have one kid, (so to all you mamas with more than one kid please share your wisdom!), but day by day I am learning a little more about what it means to be a mom, what it means to make it as a small business owner and most importantly I am learning a little bit more about what it means to be me.
This past year I feel like I have not only given birth to a beautiful baby girl, but have also given “birth” to my new business and blog. These past almost 11 months have been some of the most challenging and rewarding and I am still trying to find the right “balance” between being a present parent and a successful small business owner. At first, I thought I had to be “supermom” and “superwoman” all at once, but recently I have let myself off the hook and let myself just be my best me. There are certainly days when I feel like I am whizzing through my to-do list at home and at work, but there are also days when I feel like I am getting absolutely nothing done. Both are OK, and realizing that I cannot do it all (not all at once at least!), has been one of the biggest eye openers for me.
While I am pretty certain being a mom will be the most important thing I do in my life, I am constantly struggling with the idea that being a mom is what defines me. It took awhile for me to get used to saying that I was a mom and I can see how easily you get caught up in everything that goes along with mommy life. But, then I remind myself that I am a wife, daughter, sister, business owner, creative, and “mom” is only one thing that me, and in the end all of these things make me a better mom.
I’ll leave you guys with one last thought on this whole being a working mom thing, and that is that I have to say I have been so incredibly surprised by the amazing communities I have found of other working moms just doing inspiring things, and I feel so fortunate to be able to be a part of these groups. Many times I have not met these women in person, but we all share triumphs and failures and celebrate each others successes. These women are sometimes just the push I need to keep going when I feel like I have hit a wall, or I am just too tired. They keep me on track and for that I am so grateful.
To all you mama’s out there, I would love to hear how you are juggling it all so feel free to leave a comment below. Happy Monday!