I've convinced someone from attempting to go through a window. Intercepted a tiny ninja kick to an innocent bystander's knee. Removed hazardous material from a pool. Acted as an arbitration lawyer in an estate settlement. Became an elite mind reader.
Am I some type of genius or renaissance woman, you ask? Hell no. I'm a mom.
That window is on my second floor and my daughter loves throwing things from it. That ninja kick? Also her, as I fought her to get into her car seat while in the daycare parking lot. Hazaradous material, or also known as poop, was removed from the bath tub for the third time this week. My kids have a new bunk bed and constantly fight over who gets to sleep on the top. And any mom can tell you that our secret skill is reading our children's minds because you KNOW when they're about to do something they're not supposed to.
All of this done within one hour of being home from my full-time job. I type this right now hiding in my powder room with the lights off so that I can get some work done. #thestruggleisreal
Having a full-time job, a side hustle and being a mommy is tough. It's endless working days and sleepless nights. I cannot remember the last time I slept for more than five hours. I am a huge advocate for work-life balance so this post feels a bit hypocritical. But I also want to set the expectation of how much work goes into being successful as a parent, professional or within your passion. It's extremely difficult. The amount of drive needed on a daily basis alone is enough to eliminate the faint at heart in the first round.
But anything worth having is not meant to be easy.
I had a moment the other night where I truly cried all night. I just felt like I was failing before I even got started. I wanted to throw in the towel and see how to get out of my lease with Work Nest.
But I simply closed my eyes, silenced the world around me and asked God for focus.
The very next day, I kid you not, I received three calls from interested members (Hi Sol, Leslie and Lauren!) There's so much power to silencing your thoughts and aligning your mind and spirit. I've noticed that I've struggled the most when I cannot find 30 minutes to be alone. It's really difficult to listen when you're surrounded by the noise of responsibilites. You owe it to yourself to center yourself.
If you are out there grinding through all the necessary work needed to get to your greatness, just know that you are not alone. I'd love to share your journey here, too. I would love to hold a weekly series showcasing the mom side hustlers out there who are trying to get their projects off of the ground. Interested in being featured? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org