Who needs to day drink when May arrives and you are trying to set up camp schedules, childcare, play dates, vacation, travel, oh yeah…and keep your business running?!?!?
Yeah moms, we see you out there on the struggle bus. We’ve been on it too…we’ve taken it uptown, downtown, out into the country, and back again…..
The summer struggle is real!
My mom was a working mom back in 70’s and 80’s…and she always said she’d get a knot in her stomach around April/May because she knew that school was about to be out and it was time for camp sign ups, coordinating with my grandparents and neighbors and friends as to which week they could help with. Juggling the summer schedule and work was something she always stressed over.
As a small business owner, the beauty of what we do is that we have more freedom and flexibility in how and when we work sometimes…but that doesn’t mean that we can simply shut it down until school starts back. Here’s the thing, in business, we reap what we sowed 90 days ago…so what we do in June comes to harvest in August/Sept. If you turn off your business for the summer…what is your fall going to look like?
As a mom we juggle all the things…in family, life, and business. I’ll never forget when I was just 18 months into entrepreneurship, I got the dreaded Marine Corps wife phone call…”He love, I have a deployment date…”. Ugh! Kevin was sent to Afghanistan for 7 months while we were stationed in Hawaii and I was knee deep in my photography business. We looked at how I was going to manage it all from an island in the middle of the Pacific while he was heading off to war. I could have simply closed up shop…but I had just gotten the ball rolling and dang it…I had worked really hard to establish myself and I had clients booked all summer long. Not to mention the fact that I cope with stress best through staying busy and work was going to be a welcomed distraction from the reality of war.
Practically speaking, I had to think out of the box for how to be a single parent for 7 months with no family there to help. The girls were too young to be home alone, so I hired a friend’s niece who would come over on Friday nights and do dinner and a movie with us, spend the night so that she was there to help get the girls up and dressed for cheer and volleyball activities and do breakfast while I headed out for an early morning photo shoot. By the time I was coming back off the beach, they were ready for our Saturday activities. I’d come home and we’d take Kiana home on the way out to our games for the day. It was the only way I survived that summer that Kevin was gone…my business was exploding and I would have hated to close it all down when it had so much potential. You too can figure it all out with a little creativity and determination.
We hear from moms all the time that motherhood and business are a real struggle…so Melissa and I have created a FREE Masterclass next week on May 9th at noon called “Work Like a Mother” where we will be sharing 10 ways to prepare for summer and work schedules! You’re gonna want to tune in for our tried and true tips..it’ll save your sanity and keep you from day drinking!! We’ll be diving deep into time/scheduling, mom guilt, perfectionism, motivation, childcare, spousal support, defining boundaries, and more!!!
Here’s the link to sign up and even if you can’t be there live…we’ll send the replay for you to watch when you can. We can’t wait to see you there!