At some point, we all face business challenges as female entrepreneurs who are also full-time moms.
There are just some days–or weeks or months–when it seems like EVERYTHING is spiraling downhill and there's nothing you can do about it?
There are a ton of challenges that affect our productivity as female entrepreneurs, and when you add mom responsibilities it gets even more complicated.
So, it's no surprise that Balancing Family Life and Business Life is one of the main business challenges we face.
For me, my business life and family life fell into a weird vortex of what the hell is this when we relocated to Canada for my husband's job.
It's safe to say that moving to Quebec threw me for a loop!
Trying to support your spouse's hopes and dreams, while also working on your own (and raise kids) is an exhausting job
I desperately tried to get (and to feel) settled in my new space as quickly as possible when we moved.
However, the first few weeks trying to figure out the school system, unpacking boxes, crying while trying to navigate my way around a French province as an English speaker, and other shenanigans.
It took months to regain the momentum that I lost in my business due to the move.
More importantly, it took months to reclaim some normalcy–or at least a new normalcy–for my family life.
In all honesty, it was (and continues to be) super hard.
Trying to balance my expectations of myself as a wife/mom with my expectations of myself as an entrepreneur sometimes leaves me feeling like my brain might actually implode from too much thinking.
Then, after recovering from my emotional crash, my website crashed!
Just as I really started to feel like things were looking up, my website crashed.
I was this close to quitting it all people. THIS CLOSE.
I seriously contemplated removing the “preneur” part of my self-proclaimed title and just being the “mom” part. That's how frustrated I was.
For four days, while my website was completely inaccessible, I went through various emotions.
- I was mad at myself for not switching my website to a different hosting company–like I had originally planned to do weeks before.
- Then I was furious at the hosting company for beating around the bush about the issue and then encouraging me to purchase a product that did not fix the issue.
- I was embarassed that my website went down in the midst of having a partnership conversation with an affiliate manager.
- I was confused about whether or not I even wanted to continue blogging–maybe God was giving me a sign that I was supposed to be doing something else with my time.
- Then I was back again to being pissed-off at the hosting company.
- Finally, I felt determined to grab the problem by the horns and fix it by any means necessary.
Within 24 hours, my website was back up and running, and I had a renewed sense of purpose for my business.
Sometimes it takes a little chaos to get a little clarity.
Chaos, Clarity, and Change are often unavoidable. So, I'm embracing them. Maybe even welcoming them into my life and business.
I'm in this space because I'm supposed to be helping other women and moms to overcome barriers and business challenges that keep them from truly embracing their creative gifts and finding happiness.
I'm here to inspire them to go for what they really want in life–no matter how big or outlandish that goal may seem…and no matter how much chaos you have to work through to get there.
I continue to slowly make changes to my life and business as to become a better business mom.
These changes are the result of the clarity that I've been embracing in my life.
For now, I simply hope that this message inspires you not to quit.
Instead, continue to push through the chaos, find the clarity you need, and make the changes that are necessary for your success!