I've had a lot of comments asking me how I'm keeping up the demands of my family (Emily is 4.5yo and Claire is 1 month old today!) and nutpods. The following are truths:
1. I love and believe in what we are doing at nutpods. Comments, emails and calls from people and businesses that are ready to buy our products inspire and energize me to bring nutpods to commercial life as soon as possible. I am working hard to bring a wholesome option that is much needed in the non-dairy creamer market. We want to support the dairy-free lifestyle. I'm highly motivated and committed to this endeavor.
2. I have a tight network that is supportive of me as BOTH a business owner and a mother, which includes my wonderful husband at the very top of the list. He drops off Emily at school when I have a work call or meeting. He picks up dinner when I don't get a chance to stick to my dinner plan. He takes diapering and re-swaddling duties for Claire in the middle of the night after the Milk Truck (me!) comes. He's also pretty amazing with Cash Flow Analysis and Financial Projections!
3. I am just like every working mother I know. I worry if I'm spending enough quality time with my kids. The house never stays picked up for long. I wish I got more sleep every night. My phone conversations with friends and family are shorter than I'd like them to be. But sometimes, you take what you get and you make the most out of it. Whenever it rains, it makes me think of home (Seattle) so Emily and I always take a walk in the rain!
I wanted to share some things that have worked well for me and I hope they can be helpful to others even if it's just a reminder of what we already know:
A. Start with a supportive network that encourages you in both areas of your life. You need these people that will remind you you have your doubts. These are the people I talk to when I run into obstacles (why is a recyclable pod so hard to find?!) or have my moments of doubts (is $30K too high to ask for Kickstarter?). I found my amazing graphic designer through a friend of mine. Another friend of mine recommended a colleague for a social media strategist.
B. Prioritize your time. Decide what areas you will compromise on and what you want to uphold. For me, I'd rather prioritize my time to cook the meals for my family. This means that the laundry sometimes sits an extra day. The vacuuming stretches out a bit longer in between that I'd like. It might take me a day to return a call from a friend. I work as productively as I can while Emily is in preschool and then after I pick her up, I try not to work until after she's in bed at 8pm. I usually fall asleep and then wake up for my "midnight shift" which is both nutpods and nursing Claire. :)
C. Plan and Prep Meals on the weekends. I plan out the meals on the weekends, shop and make extra meals so I can just reheat during the week for lunches or when dinner plans go awry. I also have some frozen items in the freezer that are my go-to when I need them in a pinch. I also will trade with another mom friend. So when I'm making something, I'll make a double recipe and then give her family the extra food and she'll do the same for me another night. We both get a night off and a chance to try someone else's cooking!
D. Lastly, be kind to yourself. I remind myself I'm still a good mom even if I occasionally have to buy an extra 30 minutes for work with TV time. We normally have a 1hour limit TV time for Emily, but to be honest, Caillou and Leapfrog has been very useful in my moments of need. And I tell myself, it's better than Sponge Bob. And when friends offer to take Emily for a playdate, I take them up on it. It's fun for Emily and allows me to sneak in extra time for me.
I'm definitely not supermom. I hope this helps remind other moms know that they can pursue their goals and dreams too!
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