Mom Boss Monday (Rebecca)Feb 01, 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 Rebecca of Rebecca Kay Co.
Explain what you do & who you service in your business.
I help mompreneurs find time for their side hustle, so they can take back control of their business, time, and goals and erase the mom guilt.
How many kids do you have? What are their ages?
I have three kids, a son (age 3) and twin girls (age 10 months).
What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?
Being a side hustle business owner is often frowned upon when you are a mom with a corporate job. The expectation of those around you is that you should be holding your babies at every waking hour when you are not at work. This is why I want to help mompreneurs know that they can still be amazing moms and side hustle business owners.
The trajectory of success is not the same for everyone. I started my first online boutique business just before I got pregnant. Even though it took me four years to start making decent profits, I still succeeded.
I started my second business after getting promoted at the big four audit firm where I work and when my twins were just three months old. I share this to inspire every mom boss out there that you can build your side hustle while working full-time, without sacrificing on your priorities. I did it, and so many other moms can do it!
What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?
Going back to work after starting my coaching business while my twins were just three months was tough! Getting into the groove of working 8-10 hours at work and then finding time to work on my side hustle was definitely one of the biggest struggles. However, it has also been one of the reasons why mompreneurs ask for my help.
I have a proven system to help moms who are running their side businesses, to work in small pockets of time during the day and stay on the course to making an income out of their side hustle.
What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?
Sometime, those pockets of available time are at 3:00am after the babies have woken up for a nighttime feed! My routine is not perfect and that's ok because I am making the most of the time I have, while taking the time to care for myself.
I think that the gurus in time management are mostly male, and so the standards of time management are really not customized for moms. As a mom you need to know that what has worked for one person will not necessarily work for you.
This is how I have tweaked my time schedule to work around the kids, so that I don't end up using them as an excuse not to make progress with my business.
What does a "typical" day look like for you (I know this doesn't exist but let's pretend).
I wake up at 5:30am and feed my twins, so that they can sleep until 7:30am. This gives me enough time to go through my morning routine.
I use the GGG method to take care of myself in the mornings:
- Growth: I read my personal development book of the month (I'm a non-fiction gal) for 10 minutes and then do my daily planning for 15 minutes.
- Gratitude: I pray & journal for 30 minutes.
- Go: I exercise for 15 minutes.
My morning routine lasts for around one hour. I use the other hour to get ready for work, prepare my packed lunch, and spend some time with the kids.
If I get 5-10 minutes, I spend some time on a business task that I know will take me at most 10 minutes :-) That way, I give myself a pat on the back for getting at least one thing done, just in case the day at work goes haywire.
In between work, I usually get an hour during lunch and 10-20 minutes of downtime. I use this time to make progress with my top three business priorities. Time is of the essence when you are a side hustler, so any time you can get to do something for your business, DO IT!
In the evenings from 6:00-7:00pm, I typically have a "no social media" hour, so that I'm present with the kids.
Then, I work on my business for one uninterrupted hour. Afterwards, I get some time to unwind, have dinner, and catch up with my husband.
I'm asleep by 10:00pm, so that waking up the next day becomes much easier.
Do you ever feel mom guilt?
I feel it all the time, and I honestly don't think you can get by as a mom without the mom guilt. What helps me is being present with my kids when I can, like my "no social media" hour.
I also think it's important to remind myself that the time I'm spending away from them is a short-term sacrifice. I'm making the sacrifice now, so that I can live a flexible lifestyle long-term, where I don't have to limit the time I spend with them.
Mom guilt is also something that is self-inflicted at times. So, my daily affirmations help remind myself that I'm an amazing mom and I'm doing the best I can for my kids. Being a great mom is not defined by how many available hours you have for your kids, but by how you spend those available hours with them.
So, if I can get just one hour of quality undistracted time with them, I throw confetti in the air and tell myself that I'm doing great!
What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?
I think the resilience and courage that comes with being a mom, and the fact that we juggle so many responsibilities, makes us amazing business owners!
What's ONE piece of advice would you give to other moms in the entrepreneurial space?
Your journey is unique and will not look like anyone else's. Take pride in the fact that you have done what so many others haven't, which is a success in its own!
Take charge of your time and give yourself permission to know that some days you will be a hot mess, and that's ok. What matters is that you are making progress consistently, no matter how small it is.
Hang out with Rebecca online!
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