Best Momprenuer advice from 7 #girlbosses
Mompreneur Advice & Motherhood Inspiration
Mom's are the real deal. We all couldn't be here without them (quite literally). But in so many ways they are the rock of our lives from babes to adults. I love that we have a week to pause and change the focus onto celebrating and thanking these women that make the world go around! Today's feature highlights 5 #girlbosses who are rocking both their businesses and motherhood. Get ready for some raw & encouraging mompreneur advice and some motherhood inspiration!
Meet Sonja of A Couple Cooks
Website | Instagram Mompreneur Advice: Lighten up on yourself! Running a business and being a mama is a huge gift AND responsibility, so make sure to give yourself a ton of grace. Also, find a schedule that works for you! Fitting in work during nap times and a few hours after bedtime is a good balance for me--and getting childcare for a day or two per week has been revolutionary! I still get tons of time with my little but am able to stay productive during the week so I can have mostly free time on the weekends. I also set very tangible and realistic time goals on my tasks to keep myself focused--this keeps me away from procrastinating time that I'd rather be spending with my son!
Meet Morgan of The Crafter's Box
Website | Instagram Mompreneur Advice: love that my children see me living my passion and building something that I'm so proud of in my business. They see that balance isn't always easy (and often lopsided) but that it's possible to be both a dedicated momma as well as an entrepreneur who loves her business. Our children will aspire to be what they see - seeing mom work (and also do preschool pick up and park time) means a lot to me. Building balance is something we all have to work towards as moms, it's so important. Sometimes as a mom, you have to give yourself a break too - because you work really, really hard :).
Meet Kayla of This Little WanderingWebsite | Instagram Mompreneur Advice: Okay, confession this is taking me a moment because I don’t think I think of myself as a “mompreneur” or even running a business… I mean I know I am, but when I get down to it I struggle labeling myself as a business owner. So on that note, the only advice I think I have to offer is to be authentic to who you are. My business is sharing our photos and stories and working with brands to share their products and stories in a way that is authentic. The business world, especially for mothers, can feel very competitive and fake in many ways. At the end of the day your greatest value and strength is just being yourself and bringing that to your business. I find I am doing the best when I am sharing myself for who I am and not apologizing for my flaws or trying to hide the fact that; yes, I am a mother juggling home life with my business. Instead, I try to just own the messiness and chaos and “real life” which brings a rawness and truth to my content that can’t be duplicated or faked. The only advice I have is be yourself…your whole self the mom side, the business side, all of it and bring that to your business as the strength that it is.
Website | Instagram Mompreneur Advice: Growing a business alongside growing a family has shown a lot of similarities! The most helpful one to me has been the fact that no business is the same, just like no family is the same. In both cases, I want all the advice and I read all the how-to's and those are helpful but in the end, nobody can tell me exactly what to do or what will work for us. Every day is an experiment and sometimes it works and it's exciting and other days it's a lesson learned the hard way! To anyone in a similar position as me- raising a young family and growing a business - I would say to embrace the uncertainty and make decisions that feel good to you for your business just like you do for your children. It's easy to look around and feel pressure to do it a certain way but I've been surprised at my natural instincts and I've tried hard to stick to them. Motherhood Inspiration & Resources: I was raised by a mother who lived for being a mom. She's one of those people who loved being pregnant and can never remember us FIVE children ever doing a bad thing. "You were all just so sweet!" :) So she is a huge inspiration to me of a mom who was happy, available, nurturing, and fun. I also love listening to talks, books, and podcasts about motherhood - I recently discovered the podcast 3 in 30 takeaways for moms that I'm loving! The episode about raising confident children with Marilyn Faulkner was really inspiring to me. Check it out here! :)
Meet Megan of The Vegan MomWebsite | Instagram Mompreneur Advice: Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve looked forward to being a mom. It wasn’t until I became one that I realized, it’s not as easy as it looks! I’m constantly in the struggle of making sure I set enough time aside for Teddy Graham and my husband Sean. I want them to know and feel that I’m present and make sure they understand how much they are loved. If there is anything I’ve learned it’s that it is a 24-7 balancing act and I fail A LOT. There are some days where everything seems to run smoothly, but more often than not it feels like a tornado inside my head or house. Between running Teddy Graham to Kindermusik or Tumbling, shooting or wrapping up projects for the blog, and balancing 5 pets, my son and Sean, there’s no such thing as a slow day. Mixing business and family can be a struggle. I definitely have moments when I have to set aside time specifically for each – like shutting off my phone during family time or having Sean take Graham and the dogs out to play while I knock out some solid work hours. But when it’s appropriate, I incorporate Graham into my projects and it can make it a little hectic and chaotic, but the memories I have of us tasting new vegan restaurants or making vegan-friendly recipes in the kitchen are some of my favorites! Every day is a balancing act and I believe the real super-moms are the ones that can admit when it’s hard and learn and grow from it.
Motherhood Inspiration & Resources: My favorite thing that has helped me transition my family into a Vegan Lifestyle is our Meal Delivery service, Purple Carrot. They are plant-based recipes with 100% wholesome fresh and perfectly portioned ingredients in every box. Each week we get it delivered to our front door with menus featuring an outstanding array of plant-based recipes. Purple Carrot has helped us try an array of vegan-friendly foods we never thought were possible, all while staying healthy!