A bit over 7 years ago I entered the next stage of my life - parenthood. I was never one of those maternal clucky women, I just wanted to see what it was going to be like. Great reason to become a Mum lol... My first child Judd was a new challenge I had to learn how to manage. I didn't have a business when I had him so I actually got to experience a proper maternity leave for the first 10 months. OMG it was so boring! I very quickly realised my life was not going to be all about child rearing and needed adult stimulation, the ability to solve bigger problems and serve on a grander scale.
I returned to my day job after 10 months and loved it for a while. I once again had adult friends/colleagues and things to go to like social activities and people to assist through my management role within Specsavers. Our world was shook in March of 2010 when my husband pulled me out of my work to tell me he lost our Specsavers business overnight (one he was a franchise owner of, not the store i managed) due to a poor decision on his behalf. This was the biggest Blessing in disguise that could have happened to us now 6 years later looking in hindsight...
This rock bottom moment gave me the leverage to build a seven figure business from home within 4 years of starting it as a scrappy start up. The things I started doing as a result were:
Just to name a few...
This blog is really about unravelling what I have done, sacrificed and committed to as a mumpreneur...
Lets start with the Sacrifices for the first 2 years mostly:
My commitments to success as a mumpreneur were:
So what have I done as a result of being a mumpreneur:
I love the life we have now designed. It's not easy, its totally worth it. I now realise my business is my entertainment and when it feels like that you want to do it more and more. There is flow, systems, huge rewards, giving, sharing, serving and still moments when I feel I can't do this anymore, I am tired, I don't feel the passion. I have a good rest and wonder what drugs I was on when I have that little winge a couple of times a year.
My kids are beautiful, they make me richer (not poorer as people tend to say) they challenge me and show me so much love. They are not aware as yet what their mum is doing and how different it is from the norm. For them I am just their mama. We all get rewards for great results and their beliefs are so different to the beliefs I was raised with. I can't wait to see what they will be like as adults.
Mumpreneurship is a choice. Not everyone can do it or would want to. Would I have done it had I know what I had to go through now being where I am? Probably not, but it's better not to know and just to put one foot in front of the other. Your are doing the best you can with what you have available to you right now. Just aim to be better tomorrow and take Massive Action towards your goals. Your Kids are watching after all :)
Love Nat x
P.S. Come along and hang out with myself and my husband at our home in Diamond Creek at our next Ultimate 48 Hour Author Blueprint for Business Success events on May 3rd - there are 4 each spots left in the 9-1 and 5-9 sessions. There are intimate events of up to 10 participants. We share a meal together and you walk away with a ton of knowledge on how to write your book in Just 48 Hours!