Mom Boss Monday (Rainy Barton)

mom boss monday Jun 29, 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 Rainy Barton of More-Time Mama.

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

I am a business productivity coach for female entrepreneurs. I help them own their time and streamline their business, through the use of systems, workflows and routines, allowing them to work less and make more! 

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

I have one 14-month-old son named Lincoln

What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?

I think the fact that I do so many different and unique things and still manage to run my business. Also, the fact that my productivity coaching is not to help you be more productive and get more done in the traditional sense, but more so learning how to manage your energy so that you can slow things down to make more progress initially. Once you’re actually productive, you’ll be doing less which is a weird concept to grasp at first.

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

Finding the time to do everything I need to do when I work my 9-5 still and my husband never has the same schedule (he’s a manager at Office Depot so his hours change every week, sometimes he works 8-3, other times 1-9. 

Right now I’m home since I’m a school teacher for my day job so I have a little more flexibility but when I’m teaching it’s nearly impossible to find time to work my business especially since I also teach circus classes 2-3 nights a week (yes circus I know it’s unique lol). I just have to be very efficient with my time and know exactly what I’m gonna work on when if I want anything to be accomplished.

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

Probably just how exceptionally messy my house can get sometimes. I feel like if people knew the true extent they would say why would we ever hire her when she can’t even keep her own house organized?

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

On a typical day, I wake up between 5:30-7:00 for some me time and morning routine where I work out, journal, and get ready for the day.

My son wakes up around 7:30-8:00, and I make him breakfast.

We hang out and play for like an hour and then he plays by himself and watches tv for a little while I work.

We have lunch and he takes a nap and I work some more. 

He wakes up and we spend more time together and sometimes I work while he’s with me.

Dad gets home if he was working and makes dinner then we do bath time storytime and bedtime.

I work more after he goes to bed and then spend time with the husband.

Do you ever feel mom guilt?

I don’t feel mom guilt in the traditional “I shouldn’t be taking any time for myself or working while my son is home, so I just won’t do anything”

I’m more on the other end. I have no problem making sure I get my time whether it’s working out, or getting an hour of uninterrupted work. But I still do it. I just struggle with mom guilt in the sense of I must be a terrible mother for still making time for myself, but the way I handle it is reminding myself I deserve to be happy too and I was a lot of things before becoming a mom so I need to take those into account too.

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

Just the fact that I get to use my passions and the things I’m truly exceptional at as well as my newfound motherhood experience to help other moms run the business of their dreams and build the life for their family that they have always dreamed of.

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

The dreams on your heart were placed there for a reason, and it would be silly for us to push them aside just because we are a mom or feel like we don’t have time or can’t do it.

We need to stop getting in our own way and create an action plan for our dreams. We aren’t getting any younger, and you don’t want to look back at your life and see a lot of what if’s.

Hang out with Rainy online!

The More-Time Mama Podcast

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