Motherhood and Business

Rochelle Lowe

Rochelle Lowe

What happens when like-minded women get together to talk about their small business ventures and how it’s juggled with motherhood? You get a motivational article with some useful tips and empowering ideas to get you in the positive mindset!

Owner of Wink Marketing, Rochelle Lowe, chatted to the following women about how they manage motherhood and their businesses.

Have a read about their journey’s.

Jacque from Inspired Mummies

Q1: Tell us about yourself and your business. What do you do?

I love variety so I have created a few business ventures to fill my creative cup!

My vision is to empower and inspire 1000’s of women and mums to create more ease, choices, inspiration and flexibility in their lives. I started my business 4.5 years ago when my first baby was 15 months old.

1. I have an online dinner meal plan subscription; Inspired Dinners

2. A podcast to empower and inspire women to design and live their inspired life and;

3. I coach mums to create new income possibilities while giving them a space to grow and shine.

Q2: Did you have your business before you became a mum?

No, before I was a mum I was a school teacher, teaching grade 2 and 3. I loved teaching and saw a long career there. Becoming a mum changed my perspective.
When I reflect, I think I always knew I would have a business as I didn’t like working on someone else’s terms. When my first was 15 months old, our finances took a hit and I started to look at returning to teaching but my heart kept pulling me home. I wanted to be the one to get snuggles and be there for all my daughters’ first moments.

Q3: How do you balance motherhood and your work? Do you have a structure in place?

After my second baby arrived, 2 years into having a business, I learned that balance is a mythical thing. We go with strategic imbalance! There’s a need to have structure and order but we need to be flexible enough to let it go when business is busy.

On a daily basis, as I work from home, I treat it like I don’t. Before school run I have most of my mum/home jobs done. Then my youngest two who are still home with me get some quality mummy time until I work while they rest in the middle of the day.

We work on 30 minute blocks most days. Where I will be fully present for 30 minutes and then I will juggle and multi-task for 30 minutes while they do some independent play. Before school pick up and when my youngest wakes, it is full mum-mode and a big tidy before I go offline, until after bedtime.

Making sure we are present at the most hands of parenting time is essential for the children to know that they are still the most important part of our world.

Q4: What are some tips you can give to any mother that’s thinking of starting a business or going back to work?

Find something that delivers on all of your values, that gives you the space to be YOU outside of mum life. Be ok with asking for help.

Communication is the key to your success as a family and in your business and/or career.

Set family goals – get your children involved. And self-care must always come first. Make sure you are loving you each and every day.

Q5: What are some of the challenges with balancing motherhood and your business?

The mum guilt is probably right up there, knowing that it is ok to put yourself and your business first at times, when you are working to create more for your family.

Letting the housework wait… I personally thrive on order and organisation but at times having a tidy home has had to wait. It took a long while to be ok with that. Creating organisational habits has really helped… Like allowing things to get a little wild during the day as the kids make memories but making sure we reset the house before bed.

Q6: What are some of the things you do for ‘yourself’, to catch a break from the juggle?

My goal is to be up before my youngest, my older two have this sixth sense and are up the moment I move. They chill with cartoons while I complete my morning routines – a shower is a must for me before I can really be a good parent.

Working out is something I love to do daily but it is short and sweet. I aim to do this before the kids are up or while they have breakfast.

Listening to podcasts and audiobooks daily help fill my soul up. I will often work home from school drop off on my own, my hubby works from home too so he will drop us at school and then I walk home in peace. So blissful!

I also meditate each morning and night – this can seem like a huge thing but we can all find 5 minutes before we even get out of bed or listen to one as we fall asleep each night.

I have also started with weekly face masks. I believe self-care must be a daily thing, in fact, it must be more than once a day. It is from being more organised, nourishing our bodies from the inside out to feeding our spirits and minds.

Crystal from The Gentle Counsellor

Q1: Tell us about yourself and your business. What do you do?

My name is Crystal and I am a mum to a 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son. I work as a School Guidance Counsellor part time and I will be launching my online business soon!

The Gentle Counsellor supports the mental health and wellbeing of parents and children. Our resources will suit all parents and educators. We provide online & downloadable resources and will be offering monthly memberships. You can find me on social media @thegentlecounsellor or www.thegentlecounsellor.com

Q2a: Did you have your business before you became a mum?

I was working full time as a Primary Teacher before I became a mum. I don’t think I ever want to go back to full time work. I love the flexibility of getting the best of both worlds working part time and getting to stay at home too. The time off from work also pushed me to complete my Masters and become a Guidance Counsellor.

Q2b: What made you start your business/job?

I started The Gentle Counsellor because of my own personal experiences of struggling with my mental health, especially through motherhood. I wanted to provide a counselling resource and community that aligns with an attachment/gentle approach, which is what I base my parenting style from too.

Q3: How do you balance motherhood and your work?

My kids go to a family day care 1-2 days a week for my part time job. For my business, it is definitely all about time management and finding balance. I try not to work when the kids are awake and want my attention or to feed them constantly. Usually I do my work at night time when they are asleep. However, I am not blessed with unicorn babies so being interrupted is common. I find I work best with short achievable tasks that are working towards a big goal.

Q4: What are some tips you can give to any mother that’s thinking of starting a business or going back to work?

Find what feels right and what works for you and your family. If you have a lot of family to support you, great! Let them watch the kids. If you’re like me and don’t have that, then find a day care provider that suits your style. Remember that it is important to take care of ourselves and follow our passions. Just because we are mothers doesn’t mean our wants and needs should disappear.

Q5: What are some of the challenges with balancing motherhood and your work?

Time! And sleep deprivation.

Q6: What are some of the things you do for ‘yourself’, to catch a break from the juggle?

Something as small as a nice hot shower alone when hubby gets home from work to play with the kids. Sometimes I even take some chocolate in there. Try it.

When you’re starting a business, it can be quite overwhelming – but adding motherhood to the equation, can be even MORE daunting. It’s a balancing act and being able to speak to other women who too, are going through similar situations, is comforting.

For more information about Jacque or Crystal’s businesses, feel free to contact them directly through the links provided.

Phone: 1300 338 310   Regal Professional Centre, Level 1/118 Main St, Mittagong