Good afternoon! Sorry for the late start today, but I had my new mom’s group meeting this morning and after that was time for errands and the morning just whizzed by! My mom’s group always refreshes and energizes me, I love attending each week to compare notes with other new moms and offer and receive encouragement and support on all sorts of issues. This week’s topic ties in nicely with my book review today, which is why I am mentioning it: we were discussing the work/life balance – a big issue, no? Even for those of you reading who do not have children this could pertain to you, because all of us have to strike that balance between the 9-5, family, friends, and our own personal passions.
Are any of you out there hoping to one day strike out on your own, leaving the daily grind to work for yourself? I know I have dreamed of this for a very long time and I would love to start my own business within the next several years, but it can be difficult to imagine how this would work with so much of my energy poured into caring for Bixby. So I was delighted to receive a fresh copy of The Mom’s Guide to Running a Business in the mail from Country Living books for review: author Michelle Lee Ribeiro profiled 28 successful mama entrepreneurs, all inspiring ladies who run the gamut from antiques show organizers to designers and artists, and invited them to share their stories and tips on making it work when you are a mom and an entrepreneur.
Just FYI, this is not a how-to book (although there is a short “workshop” section at the back), it is meant more to inspire and motivate. The book is beautiful, with lots of yummy glossy photos and inspiring firsthand stories about how these women got started. One theme I found running through many of the stories was that there is never a “perfect” balance between work and mothering. It sounds like it is perfectly normal to feel you are neglecting your work while playing with your children, and feel you’re missing out on being a part of your children’s lives while you are working! However, what all of the women interviewed for the book also expressed is that there is a tremendous satisfaction that comes from working for yourself, doing something you are passionate about. No one is perfect, but we can have rich, satisfying lives that manage to encompass our passions and families.
Of course I would expect something inspiring to come from Country Living, one of my favorite magazines! They have really kept the magazine current and relevant by updating it over the past several years, adding more easy d.i.y. projects and yes, stories of women starting businesses and making it, their way. I couldn’t help but snap a few shots of the current issue while I had my camera out ;)
So…what are your thoughts on this topic? If you are a mama, do you think it is even possible to have “balance” between work and family or is that just a pipe dream? And for those of you who do not have children, how are you able to balance the needs of your career with your other passions? Do you do what you love during the day or do you think of work as just your “day job” while making time for creativity on your own time?
I would love to hear from you!
p.s.: I receive many offers to try out products and review books each month – but for the most part I turn these offers down because I do not want to feel like others are influencing my content or as if I am taking advantage in any way. I only accept when I feel you, my readers, would benefit from my review, and this was one of those times. Full disclosure!
(images: Laura Gaskill)