Being an entrepreneur, and being a mother don’t usually go together in the same sentence. For me, both have made me a better person, and I know that all my hopes and dreams are achievable, simply because they’re in my power to make them real.
My life: from full to overflowing
Being an entrepreneur for over 11 years now has always made me feel like my life is full: full of love, full of ambition, full of wonder, full of drive, and always imbued with the adventure and excitement of the unknown. After becoming a mother less than a year ago, my life has become far more hectic than I thought was even possible, but it’s interesting how being a busy, successful entrepreneur has made motherhood and my work/life balance so much more achievable. I guess I work well under pressure.
Of course, there are times when I feel like certain parts of my life are being neglected, but when that happens, I make an extra effort to better manage my time so that I can make everything work.
Motherhood is so fulfilling, words can hardly express. Running a successful matchmaking company and being involved with our winery fills my plate on any given day, but I can handle it, and I feel like I’m doing a better job now – with everything – than I ever have before. In fact, I think that being a mother makes me even better qualified to run a business. For instance, I’ve quickly cultivated the ability to change my plans on a dime, and adapt to shifting situations as if they were effortless. If that sounds like chaos, it’s not; not at all. It’s actually the most natural thing in the world. In fact, the things that might have stressed me out in my pre-motherhood life don’t even make much of a ripple now. It’s really quite amazing.
I think the biggest difference in me before and after my daughter was that I was used to putting my business first. That all changes when you have a little one. You have to re-prioritize everything and learn new ways to manage, multitask, and delegate. It takes a little patience and a lot of Zen, but the skill translates well to just about everything else in life.
And on the topic of delegation – I’ve found it so important to have extra support while going through these big life changes. I’m grateful every day for my husband, my family, and my husband’s family, and also for my team of matchmakers at Match Me Canada. As much as some days I would like to think I can do it all myself, it’s just not possible to go it alone – nor would I want to! Having a sense of family and community goes a long way to making things more manageable. My advice to other mompreneurs out there – take the help if it’s offered! Don’t be a hero (you already are, by the way, no need to overstate the obvious!) and remember, some things you just can’t do with a baby in tow. Sad but true.
Being the ultimate role model for my little girl
In the end, the thing that I think is most valuable about being a mompreneur, aside from the fact that I’m still following my dreams and making them happen, is that I am showing my little girl that it is possible for women to accomplish big things. Being a role model on that level is really exciting. I know what a powerful impression the strong women in my life made on me, and having the chance to be that for my own daughter is beyond words.