I was inspired to share this blog post following a few hardships this week as a mama! I quickly recognized the blessing and the beauty in the freedom I have on so many levels as a mother in business. Yes, it is true you can experience joy in hardship, if you choose to see it the blessing in it.
Late July I went to my National Convention with my company, New Avon LLC. It was a whirlwind of amazing experiences, and unforgettable memories. One moment I was on stage (the biggest stage I’d ever been on, even as a competitive dancer who spent many years on stage) with some major industry experts. What a huge honor.
The next minute I was in a huge audience graced with thousands of brilliant business owners.
Then shaking hands and speaking with Barbara Corcoran, or taking selfies and chatting backstage with Rascall Flatts!
Then backstage with the fashion models before we took the stage, modeling the new Holiday line up!
Honestly, there were so many incredible experiences I could never share them all.
My point in sharing this with you is to illustrate the true life of a mother as an entrepreneur in the Beauty Industry!
After so much inspiration and excitement, I drove 9 hours home.
When I arrived home everyone was waiting for me, at yes midnight. Gabriel, my 6 year old, Elijah, my 2 year old, and my husband, Justin. We exchanged many hugs and kisses, and all went to bed. The next morning we were at the doctor with Elijah, who had turned very ill.
Long story short…. I was bandaging and re bandaging day in and day out with a 2 year old. I accentuate 2 year old here because if you’ve ever dealt with bandaging or bathing a two year old…. it is quite eventful, similar to wrestling a head strong goat. LOL Trying to keep him from reopening the bandage and making the situation worse…. good luck reasoning with a 2 year old who doesn’t understand, its best to let it be…..
This went on for about two weeks, administering medicine religiously throughout the day!
Meanwhile, my 6 year old had to stay overnight in the children’s hospital for further testing, with my husband. So of course we are running around at the wee hours of the day and night.
Among all this….. still doing 1:! with my team, group meetings, sales events, customer outreach, and deliveries, management of all social media platforms, marketing, and advertising, etc..
Let’s not even discuss, the laundry, grocery situation, meals, extra curricular activities, my husbands schedule, the two dogs (1 being a puppy still training), and definitely let’s not talk about the overall state of the house! Wait did I even mention self care? Did I even shower those two weeks? Hmmm it’s a blur!
With so much turmoil going on around me I remember sitting on my front porch late one night with a glass of white wine just trying to breath. That is when I realized how blessed I truly was.
I reflected on a time when I was driving 6 hours to, and 6 hours from every week into Manhattan for a career I loved so much, it was a dream of mine, but sobbing as I drove away every Sunday night. I thought, what if I was still in that role, who would have nursed Elijah back to health and ran Gabriel back and forth to all his highly important appointments? What would I have done? Would my boss allow me the time? Could I have juggled this with work? Would I have been fired? Will this effect my performance bonus? Which in turn would have effected my family? How would I have gotten through this had I not had my own home based business?
I am so blessed to have the freedom in my business and personal life to manage my own business around what matters most to me, my family. I can have setbacks in business, but certainly that is easier to swallow than hardships in my family that I would have been unable to tend to working for someone else.
I remember making one of the hardest decisions of my life, walking away from my so loved career, to take a leap of faith and build my own empire. Although I was scared, although I was nervous, I truly never had doubt.
I chose my faith over my fear, and remembered the strongest girl I know, me. I remembered what I was capable of, and I WENT FOR IT.
So the images below illustrate the rue mama working her business from home, that same dolled up model you saw grace the stage…. LOL #hotmess