What exactly is a mompreneur? At first glance, she’s a mother who also happens to be an entrepreneur. She runs a family and she runs a business.
She raises a family and runs a business.
She at times runs a business and raises her family, and other times feels like she’s running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.
Ah, that’s more like it.
So how is a mompreneur different from a regular entrepreneur?
I mean, she still goes through the ups and downs of creating and running a business she is passionate about. She still has to deal with deadlines and mundane tasks. She has to balance taking care of herself and taking care of business like any other entrepreneur.
On the outside she may seem put together, smart and competent at her craft. She’s probably doing things that make other people wonder if she secretly has an IV full of coffee at her bedside.
She can juggle many different projects in one hand while doing bakers day in the other hand while simultaneously surfing Pinterest for healthy recipes with her big toe.
WARNING: This level of awesomeness might cause people to take a second glance and wonder how she does it all.
People have indeed asked me that very question many MANY times. “Trace, how in the world do you surf Pinterest with your big toe?” And my answer is always very simple: “Not after I take my melatonin for the night.”
My darkest confessions >> Mompreneuring is intense, but so worth it!
I can’t remember the last time I plucked my eyebrows, I admittedly at times, resort to the sniff test and if it passes I wear it. Short and neat nails are the only practical solution to “manicuring” and my phone acts as my second brain. There are times where I have also relied on my one and only baby sitter, TV… Okay, and some educational toys but seriously, the odd movie helps when I need to complete a strategy in record time for a client and a toddler is hanging on my legs… underneath all of this awesomeness lies a real woman who has insecurities, days of comparison, and longs for days when her stomach doesn’t remind her of a deflated soufflé (Yes! I just said that!).
Im a creative strategist, business manager and visioneer. I work every day to share a message of inspiration to those who need encouragement to follow their dreams.
But I struggle as well, just like you.
Truth be told, I struggle with more than what you would see on the outside. There’s a struggle of knowing if I’m making the right choices in my business or if I really have what it takes to be successful. The struggle of not making the best dinners, a messy house, and at the most times not fitting in. What I dream of doing with my life and my business seems so much bigger than me at times.
And then when I can’t take anymore of feeling inadequate I find myself at the end of myself. Sleep deprived, no more ideas, no more plans, no more creative juice. That’s often when He is there – God –
When I’m done trying to write my own story and forge my own path He gently guides me into quiet restoration by His waters. There I can be filled back up so I can love my family better than before, be passionate in creativity than before and hold the light and perseverance to rise to new heights.
So yes, mompreneuring is intense, it demands more of me each day, but it also allows me the freedom to participate in my child’s golden years that enable memory’s, something that holds no monetary value, something bigger than me!