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Mom Boss Monday (Brittany Wasmund)

mom boss monday Feb 08, 2021

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 Brittany Wasmund of Brittany Wasmund LLC.

Explain what you do & who you service in your business.

I'm a systems + client experience specialist helping DFY (done for you) service providers automate their client management so they can maximize results, referrals, & retention.

How many kids do you have? What are their ages?

I have a two-year-old daughter named Ava.

What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?

Being a mom + solopreneur is intense! You're not only the CEO of your business but of your household. Building systems & processes are required to maintain your sanity, scale, and create a life you love. Your kids thrive off routine and consistency so why not duplicate that in your business? Life and business hacks are my jam. I'm alllll about an easy button whether it means getting groceries delivered or creating client onboarding templates.

What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?

For me, the hardest part is being present when she's home. As a business owner, my mind is always running through to-dos, ideas, social engagement, and more. Even if I put my phone in another room, it's hard to turn my brain off. And let's be real, I don't always want to play kitchen or read the same book for the 137th time.

As parents, we are made to feel guilty if we aren't 100% present while constantly providing stimulation, nutritious food, ongoing education with limited screen time. It's exhausting to keep up with.

We love our businesses. That's why we started them. We love our kids. That's why we had them. Trying to give your kid and business equal attention is a big struggle for me.

What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?

You think you'll be that mom who provides her kid with a wide variety of food and nutritious options, but I learned quickly that feeding kids is the worst (at least for me). It's dramatic, I know. But #truth.

It's usually what I can throw together in 10 minutes, and there's sometimes no balance (cough, veggies) at all. Chicken nuggets, bread, applesauce, and mac & cheese are always on rotation.

My daughter nor myself have much patience left by 5 PM. She's tired, I'm tired. Who wants to cook dinner only to watch your kid cry for something else? Not me!

It's a challenge I'm continually working on because you forget these tiny beings are still growing and learning. Maybe breakfast is where I can shine as a parent or one day might consist of a lot of snacks. It happens. We move on.

What does a "typical" day look like for you (I know this doesn't exist but let's pretend).

5:30 AM - Wake up + get ready

5:45 AM - Ava wakes up & has milk, I drink lemon water

5:45 AM - 7:00 AM - Spend time with Ava, get her ready for daycare

7:00 - 7:45 AM - Daycare drop-off

8:00 AM - Start working (emails, client check-ins, task review) + have a smoothie

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Client calls & work

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Walk my dog, eat lunch

12:00 - 4:00 PM - Client work, work on my biz, household chores

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Workout

5:00 PM - Start dinner + clean up

5:30 PM - Ava comes home + has dinner

5:30 - 7:00 PM - Play with Ava + bath

7:00 PM - Ava goes to bed

7:30 - 8:30 PM - Dinner + watch a show with my husband

8:30 - 9:00 PM - Shower + get ready for bed

9:00 - 9:30 PM - Read a book in bed

9:30 - 10:00 PM - Night night

Do you ever feel mom guilt?

Like 47 times a day! There are so many decisions to make in a day, especially regarding your kids. Will they be cold in a t-shirt? Did they get enough milk? Is this fever, teething, or COVID? Should I sign them up for soccer or is it too soon?

I'm terrified a decision I make today could negatively impact her down the road. We're all just trying to do our best so that's what I keep reminding myself. Keep the tiny human alive and always show her love.

There's a lot of pressure to be an exemplary parent, but who made those "rules". Perfection doesn't exist, and there's a lot of talk about giving yourself grace. Which is easier said than done. Having a community of moms or a few close mom friends has been key to reminding me that we all have our own struggles.

What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?

I get to make the decision daily that my family comes first and my business comes second. If Ava's sick or I want to take an afternoon off to be with her, I can. There's no stress wondering how much sick or vacation time I have. And if I want to catch up on work on the weekend, I can make that decision. No one is telling me how to run my schedule which has made me a tremendously better mom.

What's ONE piece of advice would you give to other moms in the entrepreneurial space?

Know your priorities in your business and in life. Don't get distracted by shiny object syndrome because there's no time for that. And don't forget to make one of your priorities yourself. It's easy to fall into the trap of taking care of others. It's annoying, I know! But if you don't prioritize yourself, you can't help others.

Hang out with Brittany online!

Instagram (She's most active here)

Website


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