Posted on May 09 2017
When people ask me if I run, I now answer: yes, behind by son.
These past 11 months have been filled with sleepless nights tending a crying baby instead of a attending a party, countless breastfeeding marathons instead of 42Ks, and an overwhelming sense of exhaustion. So in the spirit of celebrating Mother's Day, I wanted to share what it means to be a mompreneur in this day and age... the good, the bad, and the things I don't give a f* about anymore:
1. You'll always be exhausted. The truth is my first kid is my business. It needs attention, love and time. Add a baby, husband, family, friends, and my own survival to the mix and time just never slows down.
2. You'll forget how to use Netflix. A good Sunday was well spent watching 4 hours oof Scandal, Suits, or reruns of Sex and The City. Now my kid prefers the swing to Modern Family, and any nap time is spent catching up on emails and work, so there you go.
3. You dread nighttime events. Along with nap time, any time I get before he wakes up is spent taking care of business, so I want to get up as early as humanly possible given number 1. Also, my baby won't sleep without me (I am one of those moms) so that makes going out at night close to impossible, and simply undesirable.
4. You'll feel guilty very often. Being a mom and an entrepreneur means there is plenty of chaos. Both the business and baby require your attention for unforeseen reasons and at unforeseen moments, so at least once a day I'll feel guilty of whatever gets left behind... including family and friends.
5. You'll love the flexibility. Since both babies and businesses are unpredictable beings, the flexibility of being a #momboss will definitely come in handy.
6. You're phone will be your mobile office. Thank God for Dropbox, a cloud-run inventory system, and Whatsapp. Thanks for everyone patiently waiting for me to answer.
7. Your bed will no longer be made. And the dishes will no longer be washed at once. And that is okay as long as everyone is still alive.
8. You'll realize your priorities have changed. When I first graduated from Entrepreneurship, I wanted to be a billionaire. Now I want financial freedom, I want to do something that I love, and I want to help people accomplish their dreams living an active and healthy life. No less respectable. Your priorities will change.
9. You'll redefine success. Along with your priorities, your definition of success will also change. I want to do something with my life that my son is proud of. I want him to develop my work ethic and passion for pursuing my dreams. I want him to know his mom believes the end doesn't justify the means, and the right choice is sometimes the hardest. If he learns this through my work, I've succeeded.