Today I have a pro blogger as my guest! I'm supper excited she was able to contribute today! Quiana has been a huge influence in my blogging 'career'. She is my source for ideas and receiver of my questions on making this little creative outlet of mine better. Today she will be sharing with us how she balances mommyhood and growing her own business. You can read more at her blog here, and don't forget to follow along!
Where I’m Supposed to Be: Understanding Sequencing
What I do know is that I love being a mom to my daughter Virginia (Nia, for short); she makes me laugh every day and seems to know when I’m having a particularly tough day and showers me with kisses and squeezes my face with her pudgy hands. That makes me smile. I feel like where I am right now is where I’m supposed to be, but I do have aspirations for growing other parts of myself, especially as a business woman. When I was a child I loved both my baby dolls and my plastic cash register. I think this notion has carried into adulthood: I consider myself a budding entrepreneur in addition to being a mother. Although I can’t fully focus the time I’d like on my business, I do know that I can take small steps towards growing it.
The Japanese use the word “kaizen” to describe this approach and this is what has helped guide me through motherhood and remembering those aspirations. I take pride in little victories in both raising my daughter, being a wife and an entrepreneur. I was recently able to participate in a 7-week leadership development group that helped spur me to make some progress in my business. Yes, it was a challenge to be able to make it to those sessions and arrange childcare (I did have to miss a session), but in the end it was worth it, and I believe it helped make me a better mom too.
For now I will accept that sequencing is a phase I’m going through and that the daily challenges I face with my toddler are helping me grow as well. Additionally, instead of getting frustrated when business goals are placed on the back-burner I will remind myself that it will pass, priorities will change and for now, where I am is indeed where I’m supposed to be.