As an entrepreneur, & a mother that was raised in the millennial generation, I feel I’m always being tortured with high expectations, joys, demands, judgments and revelations.
Side Note: Millennials have been characterized in a number of different ways. On the negative side, they’ve been described as lazy, narcissistic and prone to jump from job to job. Well Excuse me, I am the total opposite of these negative characteristics! Click Here for all the positive attributes we have!
With the longest list of goals & too little time to accomplish them, I always feel overwhelmed. Yet, regardless of the madness of my business and my personal life, I feel absolutely certain about a few things:
I OWN MY AGE!
I’m 35 years old, Mother of 2 owner & founder of F & M Events, & CTC Workshop also working on starting my Business classes. There is no age limit to when you can start your business, with or without having children, there are pros to being able to work for yourself & stay home and attend to your kids. You can coordinate your own schedule, you don’t have to miss out on any milestones, you can do as you please. From one perspective, this makes me a tremendous success story, from another perspective, I am in over her head.
When I say I own my age this is what I mean, although I started young in motherhood & in business, there are a ton of opportunities and challenges that come with this. Sometimes I work with people older than me, & they may assume or think I have no clue what I’m doing.. My thought is Yes, I am 35 years old, but I am also much more than that. I am a natural leader. And I am fully capable of steering a company and it’s workforce into the future.
WHAT I LOVE!
Even as the mother of two children, I’m not afraid to say that I LOVE WORKING. In this country-these words don’t exactly roll off the tongue. Sure, work may be necessary. It may feel like a chore or a duty. But, if it takes you from the responsibilities and joys of home and family, how could a woman possibly love it? How could she possibly want more of it?
In many ways directly and indirectly, I encounter this negative attitude on a regular basis from certain people. The often-implied implication is that mothers who are ambitious and passionate about their full-time careers are somehow less invested in their family’s well-being. It may be 2020, but this sentiment is apparently the norm for some people, I still do often get the common questions “How do you manage it all?”, “How do you make time for your kids?” etc. etc. But some people actually cheer for us Momprenuers…Me, Myself & I for Example, I will be your Number 1 Cheerleader! I LOVE hard working Mommas, we are taking over!
Learn how to FLIP THE SWITCH-LIKE DRAKE!!
It took years to balance personal life & my business, now I try to make sure when I’m home, I’M HOME. Because I work hard during the week & INCREDIBLY hard most weekends, so my weeknights are with my family, & sometimes friends. There are always emails and texts that need to be checked, but while when I’m home I try to set the phone aside and I close the laptop. It’s like flipping the switch, from work mode, to home mode. Its easy, try it, walk into your home, flip the switch and suddenly everything is different. It may sound stupid, but it helps to have a physical anchor that reminds us we’re no longer under the pressure of work. At home, you should be lighter and more present.
There should be a respect at home for our families, & this is created after some time. I run my entire business from the living room and have no separation between these two competing aspects of my life. It took a toll on my well-being, as an individual and as a family, and I learned my lesson. I can finally say that today, my home is my sacred space – free from the endless notifications of my professional life, it really helps you stay sane. I’m thankful for being able to work from home & also enjoy my home, but I’m relieved to know that home will continue to be our safe haven as the future comes, both as business and as a family.
Side Note: According to recent research by the Kauffman Foundation, the average age of an American entrepreneur is 40 years old. So guess what I still have a few years to really get my shit together, by then I hope to be where I want to be financially & lead an even bigger business, while I sit my ass home!
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