Showing posts with label working mom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label working mom. Show all posts

time is not always on my side....

Sometimes people look at me bewildered, wondering how on earth "i do what i do". I don't think I'm super woman by any means....but thought I'd share what my normal day looks like when I work from home with BittyBeau.

6:45am I roll out of bed in time to see MattyB off to work. No hashbrowns, eggs, & biscuits, but he does get a kiss from someone with some gnarly morning breath!

7am I have my OJ and vitamins that MattyB leaves out for me :) I forget to take pills. (Hi, I have a baby!); and then I settle in at my desk to get some work done before the mini human wakes up.

7:30am This may be pushed to another time of the day - but normally if BittyBeau is following his normal routine, he's not awake yet. So I get in a 10 minute workout - normally just a fast paced circuit centered around upper body or lower body. Then I have a little breakfast.

From 7:45am to 8:45am I normally get in work for both my FT job & my fashion business.

The mini human wakes up anywhere from 8:45am to 9:30am - and then we start "our routine". He normally has all my attention until about 11am. I will take a phone call during that time, but I'm not doing any "focused work".

Normally around 11am to 11:30am he starts getting super fussy, which is the cue for his morning nap. Kiddo loves to sleep!

When he goes down for his morning nap, depending on my workload, I will do a 30 minute workout and then work. If work is crazy, I will just work until he wakes up.

He normally is up by 12:30pm to eat lunch & play. This is where everything is just tossed in the air & depends on his mood. We do lunch and play....and then normally I settle him into his UFC fighting ring while I try to clean the house & do some chores. Ya know, the whole Betty Homemaker thing.

If this is a normal day, he will go down for a nap around 3pm or 3:30pm. During that nap I'll either catch up on a missed workout, work, or clean some more. I may eat lunch if I haven't already eaten. Or if I have a trunk show that night, I'll pack up my supplies, maybe SHOWER, or whatever else I need to get done for that day!

I have found that I'm less stressed out the more that I keep a schedule. Beau seems to be more cooperative as well :) He does have his days where he wakes up at 6am, or doesn't want to nap. Those days are more difficult to get anything accomplished, obviously. But more or less, making sure that my attitude is in check is really the key. When things don't go as I planned, I try to just go with the flow....but it's definitely a hard lesson to learn!

I have noticed though that when I have a solid hour, hour & a half, to do things before he gets up, it really helps my day! Especially when I am able to use that time for a workout, doing my Bible study, etc. Work really doesn't get crazy until around I am lucky in that respect :)

I think I'll do more of these style posts - because time management is a constant battle for me, and I'm sure for a ton of you! Saying "I don't have time" for something, is normally just an excuse. Time is relative to what you want to invest in - if you want to be healthier, than saying you don't have time for working out, really isn't an option. You have to schedule it & make an appointment with yourself. Once things turn into priorities, & time is set aside each day / week, then they become habits. Habits (good habits) are what lead to success.

ELLE mag, y'all!

That's the Soiree Ring in the latest issue of ELLE magazine :)

I LOVE when Stella & Dot gets featured!

Seeing the brand regularly featured in fashion magazines is what intrigued me & ultimately got me to join. We obviously have a fabulous PR team that sends out samples of our line to editors & celebrities....but it's up to them to feature us and wear us. (We do not pay.)

If you're looking to start up a fun career - with the flexibility we all want & need - I'd love to hear from you. I am looking to join forces with fashion forward women, and maybe you would be a great fit.

Shoot me an email & I'll be in touch.

being an entrepreneur....or something like that

I hit my first "Stellaversary"! I have been with Stella & Dot for one year now, and I love it!!!

This company is seriously a dream for me. I have been able to take my longest desire of owning my own boutique and meld it with my life. I think that some skeptics thought I may give up, but I like to think I blew their expectations (or lack thereof), out of the water.

Here's the deal - MattyB & BittyBeau have always been my first priority. Pretty much I put my needs on the backburner as many moms do! (Why do we do this? We all know it's not healthy). Regardless, my life as a stylist is something separate from my men that I love so much. This is a time for me, with no mommy guilt.

I battled with having "girl's night" because of the mommy guilt. The guilt of leaving the baby while I'm off having a good time. I kind of re-programmed my mind with Stella & Dot. This is a way for me to financially contribute to our household!

Enough about all that though....

What other company do you know of that:
1. allows you to give yourself a raise each month
2. sets up totally obtainable incentive programs (free trip to the BAHAMAS for you & a guest!)
3. equips you with the free training to grow your business
4. lets you set your workhours

I still work full time. I haven't "quit my day job". It's nice to know though, that I have the potential of doing my Stella & Dot job as my "day job".

So here's my question: what could you or would you do with extra income?

Here's a little video of some fellow stylists & what their "blue card" has paid for: