Mom Boss Monday (Yolanda Rumph)Jun 08, 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 Yolanda Rumph of The Collective Flo, LLC.
Explain what you do & who you service in your business.
I am a certified Director of Operations and System Strategist. I help business coaches and service providers increase revenue, productivity, and time by identifying the right systems and tools for their specific business style.
How many kids do you have? What are their ages?
2 (17 yr old Man-child & 7 yr old Madame President)
What makes you unique as a mom/biz owner?
As a mom to a 17-year old and a 7-year old, I've learned how to work with different personalities. My oldest child is very laid back and will do what you ask him to do without argument. It doesn't take a lot to appease him. My youngest is completely opposite. Don't get me wrong, she's a good kid and will do what you instruct her to do. However, sometimes it will come with animated flair and sarcasm. She has been a firecracker since birth. She did not allow me to have drugs for goodness sake! They have shown me how to communicate and break down things in a way that others can understand what is being communicated. They help me to break down the bigger picture into smaller actionable chunks for others to "get it". This communication helps me to bring value to my peers and colleagues.
What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?
The hardest part of running my business and being a mom is coming to knowing when to make a hard stop and shut it all down by a certain time on a daily basis. It's like my brain doesn't stop and I will pull out my cell phone to see if an email came through or type an idea that just came to me. There are some days that I feel as though I have been plugged in ALL day and not being present with my kids.
What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?
Lol! For me, it could be bad hair days! Seriously though, there are days where I find myself wondering why the hell am I doing this. It would be so much easier to just work the 9-5 and let someone else make tough decisions. I find myself crying when it seems as though nothing is working and maybe this business stuff is not for me. Then, I'll hear my son "recording" an episode for his anime channel on YouTube. Then, I'll see my daughter pretend she owns a restaurant and is creating invitations for a pretend dinner party she is planning in two weeks. She is selling tickets to attend. They see me building a different life for us. I pick myself back up.
What does a "typical" day look like for you (I know this doesn't exist but let's pretend).
- 5 am: Wake up, meditate and exercise
- 6:15 am Shower, coffee, Biz work
- 7:30 am: Breakfast with the youngest kid (everyone is still sleeping)
- 8 am-4 pm: Corporate (breaks and lunch with kiddos)
- 4 pm-7 pm: Hang with family, dinner, bathtime shenanigans
- 7-9 pm: Biz work (youngest kid in bed by 8 pm)
- Bedtime for me is by 10 pm
Do you ever feel mom guilt?
Oh yes, for sure. I set aside dedicated snippets of face-to-face time with them during the week. I dedicate one-on-one time on the weekends. The 17 yr old and I have our thing. The 7 yr old and I have a thing that only she and I do.
What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?
I'm setting an example for my kids to see there are so many options for creating a life for themselves. There is no one specific way. They can release their own creativity.
What's ONE piece of advice would you give to other moms in the entrepreneurial space?
Your WHY has to be strong enough for you to keep going no matter what. You are going to want to quit. You will make up ridiculous reasons to quit. But if your WHY should be strong enough to make you get back up again and PUSH THROUGH!
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