When it comes to domestic chores, we’ve always divvied up the work rather evenly based on what we each prefer to do. Granted, most of his chores involve yard work and most of mine are done inside the home, but he dusts because I have terrible allergies and I have neighbors who can attest to the fact that I’ve shoveled snow and raked leaves when my husband had to work a weekend. Above all, we remain consistent with the kids’ schedule. No matter who is “on duty,” our kids feel secure because their routine is reliable. This also works to our benefit as parents because if I have to leave for a workshop presentation the minute my husband comes home from work, we can “pass the parenting baton” with ease.
What is, for you, the most challenging aspect of being an entrepreneur and a mom? What is your favorite part about it?
The most challenging part for me as an entrepreneur in such a creative field is that I sometimes find myself not 100% “there.” Sometimes while playing games with my kids, I’m on autopilot because my mind is focused on how to explain something in a student’s critique later. At the same time, I’ve been distracted by hearing the fun that my husband and boys are having upstairs while I’m downstairs working. It’s easier when work sneaks into “playtime” because I can jot myself a note and immediately get back to being present with the kids. When playtime sneaks into work, it takes a stronger backbone to staying present for my student.
My favorite part, however, is when my two worlds become one. Recently, I’ve had two personal essays published that I never would have written if I hadn’t been a mother (as they both deal with parenthood). In turn, the book signings I’ve done to market those books have led me to meet some wonderful new clients.
Who has been most helpful to you as you’ve been running your own business? Where do you go for advice and support?
My husband is number one. Without him earning a steady paycheck, I couldn’t build my business in the slow and steady manner that allows me to balance work and family so comfortably.