I have always been an entrepreneur.
From babysitting, to teaching dance and swim lessons, being a national fitness presenter, to my own personal training business…I’ve never really had a “9-5” job.
But it wasn’t until fully returning to and embracing my MOMpreneur role that I realized I had also found my Mama Groove.
After my son was born, I wanted to stay closer to home and make my work life “easier” so I could spend more time with him. I scaled back my entrepreneurial efforts in exchange for being an employee, because I thought it would be easier with a baby. And it was. I went to staff meetings, I followed protocol and I was unhappy.
I knew I was unhappy, but I hadn’t realized why. Most of my life, I thought I had wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. So, when our finances dictated that I go back to work after my son was born, I was resentful. I was frustrated and I was confused and it took me a LONG time to figure out why. In fact, it wasn’t until my second child was 4 months old, I realized (with the help of an amazing life coach) that I didn’t resent working, but I resented not working for myself. I missed calling my own shots. I missed being responsible for my own success.
And it wasn’t until many more months later that I realized that I not only missed calling my own shots, but I was missing my “thing”, my passion.
Part of my pre-baby career involved a lot of travel and public speaking, two things I really enjoyed. I also had been an avid endurance cyclist, and loved long yoga classes. But after kids, I cut out travel to be home with my family on the weekend and long bike rides had been replaced by quick workouts and trips to the playground. Even simple enjoyments like writing, reading, crafting and showering on a daily basis had all fallen a little lower on my priority list.
I LOVED being a mom, but I needed more than that definition. I needed to define myself beyond “mom.” I needed to renew myself. I needed a revival.
So, one day, a year and a half ago, at starbucks, with a sleeping infant in her stroller parked next to me- I wrote my first blog post. And I felt alive.
Then I wrote 182 more (and counting).
And somewhere between post 1 and post 183…I claimed my mompreneur title, I found my groove and I embraced my own Mama Revival.
Are you ready to embrace yours? Stay tuned…..