Mom Boss Monday (Jacqueline Koenig)Sep 28, 2020
This weekly blog post highlights women who are successfully running their online business while managing a household to #NormalizeTheShitShow that comes with the territory of “doing it all”.
These moms are going to share the messy side of running their biz & raising kids, what a typical day in the life looks like (does this even exist?!), how they deal with mom guilt and SO MUCH MORE!
You're getting a sneak peek into what their life looks like so you don't have to feel bad when you haven't bathed your kids in weeks & they have avocado in their hair as they lay in their crib (guilty 🙋🏼♀️).
This week we’re hanging out with Jacqueline Koenig of Your Daily Tasker.
Explain what you do & who you service in your business.
I am a virtual assistant and I provide social media and podcast management services, as well as general administrative services.
How many kids do you have? What are their ages?
I have 3! I have a son who is 11, a girl who is 2, and my newest addition is 4 months old!
What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?
My mission is to help small business owners take off duties from their plate that they need to get done, but would rather not spend so much time focusing on. I am also here to help those who are looking to become a virtual assistant and help drive them for success.
I am all about moms coming together to have a great business and personal life! I believe we all need to be able to lean on one another and learn from each other. I am here to make smiles!
What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?
It is not easy being a full-time mom and a full-time small business owner! Especially with two kiddos in diapers, that don't quite understand that mama can't always focus on them all hours of the day.
Some days, my confidence and positivity wear down simply because I am just tired! But all in the same, I keep chugging on and focusing on making good moves for my business because this is all for me and my children. My husband works over 50 hours a week and not your typical 9 to 5 hours, so that makes it especially difficult!
What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?
Honestly, I am not always dressed for success. It is likely I am working from home, but I've got a couple day old washed hair and bags under my eyes. It's super hard to keep up with my looks when I've got these babies to feed and make sure I get all of my duties done.
My house may or may not be clean, either! And my laundry may not be folded (it's cleaned, but it's not put away!) The house isn't quite Marie Kondo proofed!
What does a "typical" day look like for you (I know this doesn't exist but let's pretend).
I am a mom of two under two. I do have help from my husband, who works evenings and basically has an opposite schedule from me, but it is still a lot to work from home, play mom and wife, and take care of myself at the same time! Nevertheless, I wouldn't trade it for a single thing!
Here is my typical workday:
6:30 AM- wake up. I like to be up an hour or so before my kids wake up. I also do not do anything work-related for this whole hour, and this hour is my "me" time.
I am up, wash my face, brush my teeth, and head to the kitchen for a tall glass of lemon water. I am big on getting my water intake in because I know there are so many benefits to drinking water, as a former soda guzzler! I also grab a bite of a bagel and eggs or an acai bowl.
6:45 AM- I practice some form of exercise, usually yoga, barre, or cardio kickboxing. Again, moving the body is good for you, mentally and physically!
7:15 AM- I listen to a motivational podcast. Some that I usually tune into are: "The Skinny Confidential", "Heart & Hustle", "The Highest Self Podcast", or "Daily Boost"
7:30 AM- I usually jump into my client work by this time. That typically involves checking client emails, client social media, and the Trello boards for any messages or any type of work I will be focusing on that day.
8:00 AM- My 2 year old is up! She usually likes a small bottle of milk and cuddles. I also get her ready for preschool!
9:00 AM- The littlest one is ready for breastfeeding! Spending some time with the baby and my husband, catching up on what happened the day prior and planning the day. Lots of communication with my husband is very important to me, and I think in most relationships.
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM- Back to my clients. Some days, I have client phone calls around this time to catch up on what I am have been working on and what my clients would like me to focus on next.
12:00 PM- Picking up the kiddo from preschool, and we are usually famished by this time. After lunch, it's time for her nap!
1:00 PM- While the 2 YO is napping, I breastfeed and get more work done for the client. From social media posting to newsletter writing, to ordering food for them, I do it all! Work, work, work, until 4 PM....
4:00 PM- My "work" day is over. My husband also usually leaves for work around this time as well. This is my time to hang out with my kids in our backyard, taking a walk or head to the park! I try to also get in a mommy playdate once a week or so. Playing outside and social interaction is very important, even in dealing with our health crisis!
6:00 PM- I am super tired by now, but I need to get dinner on the table for us. I meal plan at the beginning of the week and my husband usually shops for the meals. If I don't meal plan... I'll end up ordering to go and I'd just rather not do that!
7:30 PM- Bath time for my toddler and putting down my infant! I enjoy this time the most. I like bonding with my toddler at bath time and putting down my kids to sleep is when I reflect on how the day went with them.
9:00 PM- I try to get in some time by checking out my personal Facebook page, and taking the occasional Buzzfeed quiz just for giggles... but I tend to snooze away by this time.
This is my ideal schedule that I follow *most* of the time... it doesn't always happen exactly how I plan, but I do my best to follow! Following a schedule and having things planned, even if they are little things, is key to surviving as a mom and in 2020 in my opinion!
Do you ever feel mom guilt?
I do. Especially with my babies. I felt guilty getting pregnant after my daughter turned 1, thinking I didn't give her enough time. But, I have noticed that many things do not turn out how I think they will. I make sure that my kids have mommy and daddy time equally together and individually. I also have attended a few postpartum groups to chat with other mothers who feel similar or exact how I have felt. It helps a ton!
What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?
So many things, really! But I love that I can stay home with my kids who don't need to go to daycare, and I make my own hours!
What's ONE piece of advice would you give to other moms in the entrepreneurial space?
Be kind to yourself. You are your worst critic, but you do not need to beat yourself up for your mistakes.
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