The Reality of Growing a Business While Raising Littles: A True Inside Look at Motherhood & Entrepreneurship

The Reality of Growing a Business While Raising Littles: A True Inside Look at Motherhood & Entrepreneurship

The Reality of Growing a Business While Raising Littles: A True Inside Look at Motherhood & Entrepreneurship | BlissandFaith.com

For me, content creation is the bee’s knees…like for real. Unfortunately, I have way more ideas than time to execute them. This also plays into my creating products (or lack there-of) that I have no doubt will valuably serve my community, and coming up with services to offer based off my experience in content creation and business strategy. I’ll be honest, it sucks, but I know at the end of the day the season I’m in won’t last forever.

This season, if you will, the one where I’m a mom to two very young littles, that require my attention and vigilance from pretty much sun up to sun down. When I transitioned from a mom of one to one of two, this hit me like a mack truck. It wasn’t just the fact that I now had my time split between two children, but two children with very different personalities and needs.

A Tale of Two Realities

See the thing is when my son was born it was him and I all day, every day while my husband went to work and at the time had a traditional 9-5 schedule. It was gravy, but I didn’t know it or appreciate it, to be honest, at the time. It was a simpler time, an easier time, a happier…but also hard time, too. It was hard because I was learning how to be a mom, a stay-at-home mom at that who had just left the military, so yeah, needless to say, my life was a complete 180 from the moment my son pretty much came out of the womb.

Looking back, it was a lot to go through, but nothing compared to today. My husband’s schedule is demanding, on him, me, and our family in general. We’ve another little to the family, which has been a wonderful addition and the hugest blessing, but she (my daughter) is a force to be reckoned with. When she entered our family, she changed the entire dynamic of it for the best, but she personally changed my dynamic as a woman who aspires to own her own business and work and live in a life that she truly loves and is fulfilled in addition to being a wife and mom.

Challenges are inevitable

My daughter’s arrival brought a whole new set of challenges to me getting my business to a place in which I could supplement my family’s income, and still work inside the home and be available to care for my children full-time. This is crucial for me, because my husband works outside the home in a high-risk job, with long hours. It’s beyond important for me (and him) to have a stable and fully available parent in the home to care for our children.

When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, my son was just a few months over a year, and he was the most chill kid ever. I could hang out with him, do all my mom duties, put him down for nap, work and go back to mom duties when he woke up. At bedtime, he was always down a good hour or so before my daughter goes down these days, so I could go back to working.

Back then, I was blogging, running an Etsy shop, and freelancing. I was also active on social media and took advantage of in-person networking opportunities like events and conferences — allowing me to connect with other creatives both local and afar.

It’s so funny because I thought with one baby that I had sooo much to juggle. Insert laughing emoji here. I’ll tell you, juggling two, and many times by myself is no comparison to handling the one. The funny thing is that I never thought about this when I was pregnant with my daughter because I guess I thought I’d be able to go about growing my business and community the same way, with the same momentum that I’d been doing all along. What a shocker it was when I had her and my motivation to do anything blog or business related dropped off the map — and for like close to a year, people.

Checked-Out & Too Much of A Good Thing is Bad

As bad I wanted to be tuned into all things online, I was completely checked out. Like I could have cared less about blogging, and even more so about social media. I was like Twitter who? Instagram what? and, Facebook, huh? 

During this time, the one thing I did was consume a large amount of content and that wasn’t necessarily a good thing. You can read all about that in this post or listen to this podcast episode. Basically, while it’s important to consume content; take courses, attend trainings, etc., it’s also important to have a balance in doing so. You need to actually implement the training that your intaking, and for a myriad of reasons.

The main reason being that you need to actually see if it works for you and your business, or whatever your endeavors are in consuming the content in the first place.

I take it that you, like me, consume this type of educational/informative content for the sake of learning and applying it to your business in order to grow it; all while building authority and being profitable.

Helping, Serving, & Compensation

Let’s face it, as much as we all want to help and serve others, those of us who choose to do it in the form of running a business need to generate an income and profit in doing so because otherwise, you just have a hobby. I’m a strong believer that there is nothing with being paid to share your knowledge and expertise because isn’t that what we do in a “traditional” job — and no one gets self-righteous about that when there’s a corporation backing that paychecks, benefits and all.

As I digress, in being business owners we have to ensure that we’re applying what we learn when we consume information.

Otherwise, overwhelm and confusion will soon ensue and it becomes more and more difficult to implement and test new concepts and theories. This is what happened to me. By the time I got my mojo in my business, I had a thousand ideas running through my head and no direction on how and which one’s to implement. Yet another set back in my business growth because again I was stagnated by not only internal factors but outside ones as well.

Honesty & Loss of Passion

I will be honest and say that a lot of my consuming so much content was that I was thirsty, I couldn’t get enough of it, but the other side of that truth is that it was easier to consume than to create it. The last thing a sleep deprived, tired mama wants to do when she finally gets her kids down for a nap (and unicorn moment: at the same time) or off to bed at night is sit up for another 2 or 3 hours and work on content.

Between dishes, laundry, and actually needing some time to decompress, content creation was the last thing on my mind. I even found myself agitated by random Etsy order that came in from my shop, because I had zero passion to fill them. Don’t even get me started with any customer services issues that may have arised. I just didn’t have it in me, I was out of steam, passion, and time, too.

Balance Is a Unicorn…I’m Convinced

As a mama trying to balance it all and keep the passion alive for growing a business, it’s been very hard over the past year. I get a little more focused every day, but I’m definitely still in the thick of things and figuring out how to navigate motherhood and growing a business.

My wife and mom duties always come first, but how will I grow my business to a place where it can support my family if I can’t prioritize it high enough to really start making things happen. This is the real question of the day, and one I don’t have the answer to. I don’t have it all together and I’m not sure I ever will. Some days I get a huge burst of clarity and motivation in regards to growing and running a business, and other days I find myself completely removed from the whole process.

I know there’s a way because I see other women doing it, but I don’t know how. Everyone has different circumstances; some have more help from their spouses, support from family and friends, or teams that they can delegate to. No two business owners lives or operations look identical, which is why I know the only way I can find my way is to go through it and grow through it.

There is no magical pill or formula to take or implement — it’s simply life and no one can live it for us.

I know that one day, I’ll look back and it’ll all make sense; the mess, the confusion, the hard moments will all result in something beautiful that will make the moment I strive to get to as a business owner that much sweeter. I believe that with every bone in my body because I’ve experienced this exact emotion in giving birth. The pregnancy, all of the aches, pains, and discomfort make that moment of laying your eyes on your new, precious baby for the first time so sweet, like to your core.

My business in many ways in like another child, just not a physical one that I have to chase around, but it is one that I have to feed, i.e. time and money. That sweetness that I can nearly taste is one of the many reasons that keeps me going. It’s that and really wanting to create a life that I truly love in being my own boss, and running a business that will serve others valuably and sincerely.

So if anything, that’s my answer, at least the only one I have right now to navigating this thing called motherhood, and this thing called entrepreneurship.

How Pregnancy Has Affected My Entrepreneurial Journey

How Pregnancy Has Affected My Entrepreneurial Journey

I received the Premama Powdered Prenatal Vitamin Drink Mix for review purposes from MomSelect.com. This post also contains affiliate links, so if you make a purchase using one of the links I will receive compensation for you doing so. As always, I only recommend products that I actually use and highly recommend. All opinions are true and my own.

My entrepreneurial journey has been quite an interesting one, as I’m sure most entrepreneur’s journey are. Its a hard industry to be in, and it can be even more challenging depending on your niche and the products and services you offer. When you add life to the mix, especially something like pregnancy, a whole other level of challenge enters the playing field. There are so many things that change, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally when you go through a pregnancy, and things change not just for the 9 (or 10 ?) months that a woman is pregnant, they change forever.

I’m sharing today, exactly how my current pregnancy has affected my entrepreneurial journey. I’ll be discussing the ups and downs, trials and tribulations, and my overall experience with pregnancy and entrepreneurship in the most transparent way that I can. I  hope that if you’re in a similar situation, you take away the fact that you’re not alone and that there is someone out there that you can relate to. If you’re thinking about starting a family now or in the near future, I hope this post gives you some insight into what you may face when you take on that endeavor and that it gives you some ways to be more prepared and set your business up to handle such a big transition.

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One of the main things about pregnancy that has affected my entrepreneurial journey has been the fact that it’s limited the amount of time I have to work in my business. My time was already limited with being a mother to a busy toddler, but when I became pregnant I quickly realized that my time was more limited than ever. I could no longer stay up to the wee hours of the morning or skip breakfast or lunch to work.

In being pregnant, I have to take care of myself which means getting proper sleep, rest, and eating well. Given that I’m already taxed on a daily basis with my mom duties to one, being pregnant exacerbated things, because well, my body is working hard to grow another human being. This means that all of the things that I can normally do in 5 minutes, now take me 15 or 20. When you add in the nausea and constantly feeling tired, it makes focusing that much harder.

My Pregnancy Health Regimen

How Pregnancy Has Affected My Entrepreneurial Journey | BlissandFaith.comFortunately, as I did with my first pregnancy, I implemented a regimen early on to help with cope with these stressors and stay healthy. No, they don’t completely eradicate the stressors, but they do give my body what it needs to support a healthy pregnancy and grow a healthy baby. In addition, my pregnancy heath regimen helps to give me the energy I need to still run my business. It includes Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal, 180 Capsules, Carlson Super Omega-3, 100 + 30 Softgels, and Nature’s Way Red Raspberry Leaves , 450 mg, 100 Capsules. Each one serves a different purpose, but all work together to keep my mind and body on track.

There is no way I would have to been to get along with things as normally as possible without giving my body these extra nutrients. Something new I implemented this pregnancy that I didn’t do with my first, was to take the Premama Powdered Prenatal Vitamin Drink Mix. Prior to this pregnancy, I’d only vaguely heard of Premama Essentials and wasn’t sure that it was something I really needed in my regimen. Thankfully, I was given the opportunity try them out risk free and I’m glad I did.

How Pregnancy Has Affected My Entrepreneurial Journey | BlissandFaith.comI’ve very selective of what I take and do while pregnant, and I definitely didn’t want anything to effect my ability to get work done. The Premama Essentials was easy to seamlessly implement into my regimen and I didn’t have any adverse effects. I was sent the flavorless version of the product, which was great, because when I added it to my favorite juice (an easy stir) I didn’t haven’t have to worry about tasting some awkward flavor. This was crucial, because during pregnancy my taste buds change dramatically and my poor palette just can handle too rich of or strong flavors.

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The Business Side of Things

As much as pregnancy requires a regimen, so does business in order to remain consistent.

Consistency is such a huge part of running a successful business, that when it doesn’t exist in it, sets it up for failure.

I didn’t want my business to fall by the wayside while pregnant, because its my dream and something that outside of being a wife and mom, I’m so passionate about. It was important to me when I found out I was pregnant to still grow my business, even if it was at a slow rate.

I knew from the jump that my momentum would slow down, and as late pregnancy has approached, it had nearly come to a halt. At the time of this post, I am 38w2d…which means I can have this little guy or girl any day now. This also means that my ability to work and do at the same pace has changed significantly. Even though I know these things, it still been a hard reality to accept. I’m such a go, go, go person that having something stop me almost completely in my tracks in extremely uncomfortable, and I’ve struggled to accept it.

Working Through Challenge & Discomfort

The funny thing about pregnancy is that it doesn’t care if you are uncomfortable…and neither does entrepreneurship.

Its probably the one thing they both have in common that we as people have little control over. In business we will always encounter situations that take us out of our comfort zone, stop us in our tracks, or just plain out flip our lives upside down. Pregnancy is much of the same way!

Early in pregnancy I took advantage of not feeling overly horrible, but once I got closer to the second trimester things got real. As I dealt with appetite issues, being sleepy all the time, and a slew of other issues, I channel much of my energy in my business. I spent the bulk of my time on education and content creation, although I do wish I would have spent more of it on product creation and brand strategy for my business. At the end of the day, I know I have to give myself some grace and that I at least did some work and accomplished some of my goals during such a challenging time. Its about pressing forward and fighting through, and that’s exactly what I’ve had to do.

The Journey is Real

My entrepreneurial journey hasn’t been ideal, and honestly I don’t think that anyone’s is. Pregnancy and being a mom in general has made it all the more challenging, but its been all worth it. My family will always come first, but my business will play a huge role in what I’m able to provide for them. Pregnancy has put so many things in perspective for me relatively quickly as a business owner, however I think that it makes me a better business-owner. The discipline and diligence that I’ve had to exercise in pregnancy will most definitely benefit me in running a business.

If you’re in a similar place in your life as I am, you understand! If you’re not, I sincerely hope this post has given you at the very least a glimpse into what life is like while being pregnant and being an entrepreneur. I’ve had to make it a point to not let one hold the other back, and to use the energy from both in a way that benefits me as a whole. Its hard, very hard, but again its worth it!



Have you ever had to balance two huge things in your life simultaneously? – How did you work through it and foster consistency and success?

How I Balance Motherhood & Running a Business (and Blogging) Full-Time

How I Balance Motherhood & Running a Business (and Blogging) Full-Time

I would have never guessed back when I worked full-time outside of the home, running a business (and blogging) while being a stay-at-home-mom would even be a goal of mines.  Growing up I always had entrepreneurial dreams but figured owning a business would be something I’d do when the kids got older and moved out when my husband and I would be empty-nesters.

I simply never saw being in the midst of raising kids and owning a business something that I would do. One reason is that I’d always wanted to dedicate my full time and attention to my kids once I had them.  I didn’t marry particularly young (mid-twenties) and I had my son a few years later, so I had plenty of time to have a vast career before I settled down…and I did!

Nonetheless, I realized that after having my son and my entire lifestyle changing, that I would not only need to do something to continue to contribute to my family financially but to also indulge my creative side.  It was the one thing I could never get in any of my other jobs, and I was always seeking it.

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In a perfect world, I would have been able to express my creative side in my previous jobs, but the opportunities just weren’t there.  In all of my previous jobs, there was little (and when I say little, I mean little) room for creativity. Things had to be done very “by the book”, with them being checked over with a fine tooth comb.

This was great for my attention to detail, but not so much for my creativity.  I enjoyed all of my previous jobs and they experience they offered me, and the knowledge I obtained.  However, I enjoyed nothing more than now, finally being able to combine all of my knowledge, skills, and creativity into a job that it fulfilling and allows me to be at home with my kids.  That doesn’t go without being said that it takes a lot of balance, patience, and coordination in managing motherhood and running a business (and blogging) full-time.

However, I enjoyed nothing more than now, finally being able to combine all of my knowledge, skills, and creativity into a job that it fulfilling and allows me to be at home with my kids.  That doesn’t go without being said that it takes a lot of balance, patience, and coordination in managing motherhood and running a business (and blogging) full-time.

I’ve always been a busy body, so wearing lots of hats and juggling many tasks at the same time is something I’ve never really struggled with.  That was, however, prior to becoming a mom.  You want to be as available as possible to do and be everything for your kids, but there’s also a point where you have to do something for yourself. You especially have to do it when the

You especially have to do it when the family’s financial state is contingent upon it.  By working (in some capacity), I helping to provide a better life for my kids than I feel I would by not working at all.  Even if I only make $50 or $100 a month selling graphics, that’s still contributing in a positive way to my children’s life.  It’s fifty or a hundred more dollars I can buy diapers with, a book or toy for them, or even get them a treat.  The pennies add up and at the end of the day, I know I’m doing something great for my family.

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When it comes to balancing it all, I really have to work around my child’s schedule, because he comes first. Even if I didn’t see things this way, he would make me, because kids are unapologetically selfish.  This is especially true for little ones like my son because they don’t know any better and they really shouldn’t know any better.

My son’s main job in life right now, in all of his 18 months, is to be loved, cherished, learn, grow, and develop.  There’s not much else I expect out of him than that, and it perfectly fine with me.  I knew when I had a child that it would be like that, however, I’m not discounting the days when I just want to focus on myself and business.

It’s simply that as a mom and wife you have to prioritize your family first at all times, and I try my best to do that.  I’m not perfect at it, but the more effort I make at it makes me a better wife, mom, and businesswoman overall.

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Every day, being a mom is a new journey, no one day is like the other.  Kids never cease to amaze you in the things they do, as well as their wants and needs.  As my son grows, I’ve found that his wants and needs change quite often. Sometimes he wants lots of attentions, other days he doesn’t.  It’s the days when he’s demanding lots of attention, that I know that work will have to be placed on the back burner. It becomes too much to try to handle a toddler who is getting jealous because he sees you on your computer and is constantly interrupting you, whining, or plain out throwing a tantrum.

On those days, I wait until nap time or until I have some help from my mom.  The hours that my husband works aren’t traditional, and he doesn’t get home until late at night, so I reserve that time for just he and I.  Occasionally I burn the midnight oil, but I try to keep it to a minimum…again, because priorities are key!

So basically, I work when I can and communicate to my husband and rest of my family when I need help. On a weekly basis, I take between one and two days and work on blog posts.  These days are usually one of my husband’s two off days.  It works out because he gets to spend uninterrupted time with our son, and I get to work.

I do my best to limit my these days to just one of the two days he’s off because I want for us to spend time together as a family.  The last thing I want to do is be attached to my computer the entire time he’s off and not get a chance to do anything fun, or simply things that foster our relationship.

Thankfully, Hubs is super supportive and keeps me on track with working and not feeling guilty about it.  I think a lot of his mindset is ‘work hard now, so we can play harder later’.  If it wasn’t for him, I’d put a lot more things off, because of mom-guilt or wife-guilt.  Thank goodness for different perspectives, because I wouldn’t be where I’m at without his.

I strongly believe that a supportive partner is the key to success.  I’ve heard many successful entrepreneurs say the exact same thing.  I’ve heard them give all credit to their spouses, because of them being so supportive. Even if you’re single, having supportive family members and friends around will help you be successful.  You can’t do it all by yourself and that’s so important to keep in mind.  I’m the first person to think that I can do everything by myself, and I’ve learned very quickly that it’s completely unrealistic to have that mindset.

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Balance requires the help of everyone in your circle because they either add to or take away from it.  If I have one piece of advice to give to fellow WAHM, solopreneurs, and entrepreneurs it’s to seek out support, communicate, and keep your priorities in order.  It won’t look perfect, and you won’t be great at doing these things every day, but the more you do them, the better you will get.  This isn’t a magic formula for success but did definitely adds to it.


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How do you balance life and priorities with work? – Is fostering support from others something you’ve made a priority?

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