Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
This can be tricky, and not least because my primary inspiration for my work is my family, especially that of being a mother, and there is often a crossover between my role as mother and my role as a mother who works to support other mothers. So, I try not to fight the pull and the push.
I love my work, and I am very blessed that I find many aspects of research, experiences, and knowledge in this area of motherhood, to enhance my own personal experiences of mothering.
Rest and family time is important to me, and so it is something that I factor into my calendar each week.
This balance can only be achieved with the right collaboration, organisation, outsourcing, paid partnership and moral support, all the things that are critical to the functioning of my business.
The Drive: What challenges have you overcome?
I have had to overcome a lot of fears to keep progressing in my work:
Fear of allowing myself to be more visible.
Fear from feeling like I’m out of my depth and may fail, and
Fear of letting things go that don’t serve me well, whilst embracing other things that are perhaps out of my comfort zone.
I have become very aware of the stories I tell myself, the ones that aren’t true and the ones I need to let go of.
For better or worse: What are the pros and cons of running your own business?
Being the driver of the way you set up and practise is a definite positive of running one’s own business. You own your schedule, you decide your hours, and you make the final call. You also get to choose who you would like to spend your working days with.
Sometimes though, what I have mentioned above as a pro can also become a con. There is always something that needs to be done, unfinished projects and because it is your business, at the end of the day, the responsibility stops at you. This can be stressful and can lead to over-work and overwhelm.
I have found that being clear on my vision statement, and physically reading that out loud, is helpful in bringing me back into balance. Having non-negotiable boundaries is also important.