Running a blog (whether it's part-time or full-time), while also being a full-time mom is an effort that can feel impossible at times.
There were many instances that I considered quitting my creative pursuits and simply focusing all my attention on “mommying”. But I knew in my heart that I needed a creative outlet. That's what running a blog is for me–a creative way for me to share my talents, passions, and interests with the world…and get paid to do it!
One of the things that inspired me to keep going was reading about other mompreneurs. Listening to their stories to hear why they started, where they struggled, and how they found success was just the dose of encouragement I needed to keep going.
In the spirit of inspiring more moms, I'm highlighting a different mompreneur and her story every Monday for the next few months.
These women are hardworking, amazing mommas who are balancing family life and creative business life. They are at varying levels with their blogging business. Some are just getting started. Some have been blogging for years.
Each mom offers a different perspective on what works (and doesn't work) for her when it comes to being a mompreneur.
Take a few minutes to read the mompreneur stories each week and find the inspiration you need to move forward with your own mompreneur journey! Be sure to check out the resources they recommend, take a closer look at their blogs, and signup for their mailing lists to keep in touch!
Interview #1 with Chrissy, owner Organisemyhouse.com
What's the name of your blog? What do you blog about?
Organise My House.
I blog about making home and life as simple as possible! We all want to make life easy, but still live in a lovely home, stay fit and healthy, and have time for everything we want to do – so this is the place to make that happen.
How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to start a blog?
I started the blog because I owned my own home styling and organising business and wanted to write posts to help people and to find clients. However, I found that I loved blogging SO MUCH and could help so many more people online that it has now taken over from my services business and I am loving every second of it!
How many children do you have? Ages? What do they think about you being a blogger?
I have one daughter, aged 9. She totally loves the fact that mummy blogs – and she even started her own blog a few years ago to copy! This was a great idea as it taught her skills that will be useful throughout life such as photography, planning a post, social media, blogging itself etc…. She didn't keep updating it though and has decided now that she would prefer to work for me on my blog. I'm all for that, as it will teach her a work ethic, and she will see more of how to run a business up close. It could become a business she takes over one day…
What's your favorite thing about blogging?
The flexibility and the creativity.
I started my working life doing a Maths degree and working in IT when I graduated. I love this logical side, but wanted to be creative as well, and so started my home styling business and left the corporate world. However, I did miss computers!
Blogging has been the way that all the skills I have picked up during my life comes together in a perfect way. Its the best of all worlds and I never feel like I have to compromise.
It's also totally flexible around having a family. My daughter comes first and I can work around her – this means that I can stop working in school holidays and after school and actually enjoy spending time with her while she's young. It goes so fast so I want to enjoy it while I can.
I have worked until the small hours of the morning many many months at a time – but haven't minded at all – what other job lets you work as and when you want/need to!?
What your least favorite thing about blogging?
Sometimes it feels like you've started this massive thing that you can't leave alone – there's always something to do whether it be a project for a post, answering emails, taking photos, social media, working on the blog itself etc. It's pretty constantly in my mind (although I love my topic so this is so important when you are starting out and choosing what to write about!), and I find it hard to switch off.
What's your favorite blogging tool that you simply cannot go without and why?
It's actually my spreadsheets! I plan all my posts in advance on an editorial calendar which helps me to balance out what I write and see what's coming up. I also have a work spreadsheet where I plan what I need to do each week/day – this keeps me focused, and shows me what's possible. I would be lost without these.
What's the best advice you would give to a mom looking to start her own mompreneur business?
Do something that you love to do in your life right now – you will spending so much time on your business that if you can make it feel less like work you will be so much better off. I have always loved homemaking and ways to make life easier – so it was a natural fit for me. Everything I do can become a blog post – that's what makes me stay motivated each day…
Just for fun: If you were a beverage, which beverage would you be?
Oooh – good question!
I think I'd have to say a flat white coffee. It's my favourite drink at the moment and would be like me in a few ways. It's comforting and homely, but still a treat, and I only drink it when I have time to enjoy it – so I have to make that time! It also gives me a kick start when I need some energy to get through the day! ?
Want to connect with Chrissy?
- Visit her blog at Organisemyhouse.com
- Join her 30 Day Clutter Challenge
- Follow her on Pinterest at pinterest.com/organisemyhouse
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