Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
Balancing work and family has been tricky. So far Nanna daycare, school, and kids’ bedtimes are what have allowed us to get through our main workload. Between us we have five children and we both have FIFO husbands, so getting through all the work we set ourselves for Blooming Mandala can be challenging, but we always manage to get what needs doing done… eventually. Even if it means “Mt Fold-a-more” has grown on the dining table while we haven’t been looking.
We do rely on each other a lot for inspiration and motivation and help push each other on those more difficult days. We are really lucky to have each other to lean on. And even luckier, Nanna is happy to take all the kids so we can get stuff done!
The Drive: What challenges have you overcome?
As any mother would know, there are many challenges in just raising kids; adding a business adds a whole new dimension of fun. There are so many challenges, ranging from time management, raising capital, learning new skills and overcoming self doubt is just the tip of the iceberg. But we are determined that nothing will stop us from creating a business we love and are proud of.
We had spent so much time searching for information and piecing together research, we wanted to share what we have learned. We also realized a holistic approach is best and rather than just being all about toxins, it’s a way of living.
For better or worse: What are the pros and cons of running your own business?
Setting up and running your own small business well is very hard. But a major advantage of running your own business is having the opportunity to work with something you are passionate about and the freedom to build it around the needs of your family. As with any job there are numerous cons, but being the business owner allows you to overcome them your way, not how someone else tells you to. It’s the overcoming of the negative aspects that gives you a sense of achievement and fulfillment, particularly if it’s allowing you to do something you are passionate about.
Hopes and dreams: What next?
There are so many wonderful opportunities for Blooming Mandala in the future, but right now our main focus is the sharing of information and supporting others who want to live healthier. We are excited to see the direction Blooming Mandala takes moving forward and to see how the clean living made simple movement grows.