I get a lot of questions from fellow moms and non-moms about 'How do you juggle it all?' I guess I don't see it as juggling, it just IS. Life as a parent is hard. Life as a working parent is equally hard. The reality is I really love what I do. Not as much as I love my kids, but I do. Doing Interior Design is the only profession I ever imagined doing.
So parenthood goes hand in hand with owning a business. I love my 'job' so much that it's not really work. There are days that are incredibly gratifying and days when I think, 'how am I ever going to get through this'. I think every parent feels like with their kids as well.
This is all I know so I just keep adjusting my methods in order to create a healthy & happy life for myself and my family.
I think I'm on a feminist kick right now, maybe all my long commute hours listening to books on tape, I'm feeling empowered. Thank you to Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In and a good laugh in Tina Fey's book Bossy Pants, she helped me find humor in what I'm going through.
I try not to feel guilty for loving my job and wanting to pursue that while still being a MOM. We can have it all, I do have it all!
So with that rant, it's fitting that I wear the Evolve Manifesto T for my Wednesday Wears this week- with my son. Off to work, mixing business and casual, mixing reality of me being a working mom.
I am thankful everyday that I own my own business so if I have an urge to play hooky one day and enjoy a day with my kids- I can. That freedom grants me so much joy. What can I say, women have evolved, we are evolving and I'm so proud of my other fellow women business owners.
Isn't it grand?!
An expert from Bossy Pants:
“It isn’t easy having a working mom. Especially when she enjoys her work.” Yes, kids, it’s true: The only thing harder than a mom who has to work is one who actually likes to work. A few years ago, when I wrote what would be the last story I’d write for a parenting magazine, an editor changed a source’s quote from “I love my job and I love my kids” to “I like my job, but I love my kids.” God forbid you have more than one passion in life."
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photo credit: Portraits to the People
Aden, my cutie son: 4 yrs old