Hey, Mama! I'm so glad you're here. I want to tell you a little bit about myself so you can get to know me- and I'd love it if you sent me an email or joined our community so I can get to know you!
So, first things first.
For as long as I can remember, I've had entrepreneurial squirrel-brain. When I was 10 years old I made homemade locker magnets and sold them to my classmates. They were terrible. I thought I was a genius. For the next 15 years, I went through the motions of school, graduation, more school., another graduation, and a deeply unfulfilling junior career. I kept myself sane with various side hustles... none of which I could ever give my full attention. I was too busy surviving by doing work I didn't love.
I was excited, terrified, overwhelmed, and really, really, REALLY nauseous. Like, pull over on the side of the highway during my morning commute to spew, nauseous. I had to tell my employer I was knocked up before I even told my family, because I was just so sick. I had been running myself ragged for this company for months; 12+ hour days, no breaks, working weekends. I thought that would earn me a little bit of leeway when I became so incapacitated by my pregnancy- instead, I was offered a demotion "on account of the sickness and hormones." Yes, I'm serious.
If you ask my husband to describe me, he will immediately and without hesitation say, "Difficult." I should probably find this offensive, but to be perfectly honest, it's true. If you want something done, just tell me I can't do it! I am a professional pain in the ass, and I believe that where there's a strong will, there is always always a way. I resolved to find a way to stop working for other people and design my own career, so I could be the professional and the mother I really wanted to be.
Here's the part where most people these days will tell you they "manifested success" for themselves, or "awakened their calling," or something like that. Well, I didn't do any of that. I set a concrete, achievable, and realistic goal: Make 75% of my current income through self employment. I developed a strategic plan to hit that goal, and then I worked my ass off to make it happen.
And you know what? It did, and then some.
I'm not sitting here in a luxury mansion rolling in money, telling you how you can have this too. I'm sitting here in a place of boring old financial stability, able to raise my baby and my business from home, on my terms. I work really, really hard. I make sacrifices, and I have good days and bad days. I cry often and suspect my blood stream is about 60% caffeine at this stage. But I'm making shit happen, without a magic wand, and I want you to know that you can too.