I launched OLILIBABY in February 2017 as a normal mom of 2 trying to juggle starting a business with raising 2 young kids. I am far from having my sh*t together but I’ve come along way from when I first started in terms of managing entrepreneurship and being a mother. No one really knows another’s “behind the scenes” life but I wanted to share mine in all its glory. It’s far from perfect - I could be working longer hours or be more efficient with my time, but this is my mamapreneurship (being a mama and an entrepreneur) journey and I’m learning that it’s going to be filled with mistakes, discovery, and multiple transitions.
When I feel life is stressful or overwhelming, mornings are tough. I feel like I have so much to do but unsure of where to begin. But I’m reminded that I’m in a fortunate place where I do what I love. I’m not doing the typical 9-5 and I have the time flexibility to be with my kids. I’m taking advantage of this for all the mamas who want to be in this position. So I need to ditch that feeling of being ‘overwhelmed’.
But to help conquer my ‘to-do’ list, I take a few minutes after I wake up to just think of a word that will set my intention for that day. For example, when I feel like I have a long list of things to get done I’ll use the word ‘Focus’. I also love getting a workout in before my kids wake up, if I can. I feel so energized after and it also helps me focus on my tasks for the rest of the day.
I’m also coming to a place of personal acceptance - accepting myself for where I’m at now and not stressing over where I should be or comparing myself to other mamapreneurs (oh that love-hate relationship with social media).
I wake Olivia and Liam up at 7:45 on school days. I’m lucky that my kids “sleep in” but regardless, mornings always feel like a mad dash. My husband travels a lot so most mornings I’m solo parenting. I get the kids ready for the day and we leave for day care and school (which starts at 9am).
I’m currently running 2 businesses and a household. Before I start working for the day, I’ll write down the ‘tasks’ I want to accomplish that day. I attempt to make them attainable because realistically I don’t have as much time as I think.
To help me focus, I set a timer for 45 minutes and work on a specific task. If the timer runs out and I’m in a groove, I’ll extend it. Another way I keep myself on track is by doing weekly goal setting on Sundays nights - I write down my ‘goals’ for the week, fitness and business. I also include tasks that I want and need to accomplish personally and professionally.
I usually start making dinner around 2/2:30 before picking up Olivia from school. This is also my lunchtime. I actually really like to cook so I do find this time enjoyable.
Olivia usually has some sort of afterschool activity so preparing dinner after school is almost impossible. If both my kids don’t eat properly when they get home, they snack on junk and won’t eat dinner.
Both kids are home by 5:30pm and it’s time for dinner, clean up, bathtime and bed.
8-8:30pm is bedtime for the kids. Liam still needs me to lie down with him so he can fall asleep. This is usually the time when I’m on socials trying to engage. Two birds as they say.
Once the kids are asleep, I try to sneak in a bit of work before I shut it down for the night.
Before I go to sleep, I try to read a book but ultimately it is really just about winding down before bed. I really try for 8 hours of sleep. But it’s ok to get caught up browsing recipes on Pinterest once and awhile, right?
Check out my blog for my favorite quick and delicious dinner recipes.