In honor of celebrating all of the hardworking mothers out there, I’m writing this sincere blog post on my maternal experiences. Being a mother has helped me to be more successful in my career. I come last on my list of priorities, my family is my world. My kids are always first, even ahead of my company.
Being a self-funded start up and trying to compete with these huge companies can be really tough, but I know that being a CEO comes with unique struggles so I try to take everything on with a positive attitude. I’ve grown my business much slower since I’ve had a big family to raise. I have had to work 7 days a week, late at night when they are asleep and before they wake up.
I was never sure what I was going to do when I studied art history in college, but I did know that I was never going to be working for a big company 9-5. I love working for myself! Transforming people and seeing their face when they look like the best version of themselves is the best. I also get the opportunity to meet the most extraordinary people daily that inspire me.
While my kids were little I was a full-time Makeup Artist and in the midst of creating my cosmetic line. My office was in my home so I was very fortunate to be able to do both kids and career. For a brief time, I did put my business on halt when I lost my son Beau, but eventually I was able to get my business back on track.
Being a mother has taught me patience and how to handle stressful situations because I deal with multiple kids crying, arguing, and needing a million things at once. Going to work and dealing with difficult clients is a breeze compared to 5 kids under 13, 4 goats, 1 horse, 3 dogs, 1 cat, and a big house to take care of.
My advice to all new moms out there who want to achieve career and family success is, your children are going to grow up so quickly and you don’t want to regret missing out on the little things because of work. My daughters are in college and I swear it was two seconds ago they were 4 and 6. Enjoy their childhoods because you can’t get them back.
If you are going to have kids and have a nanny raise them, don’t have kids. They need their mom and it’s incredibly selfish to think otherwise. It’s clear as day what mom works a million hours and what mom is taking the time to parent. Being a good parent is hard work, but it’s so worth it.