I can’t begin to tell you how blessed I feel to be a Mompreneur. On a daily basis I wake up energized, inspired and happy with my life. Why? Well, that’s an interesting thing to contemplate.
I’ve had many different careers and have been very lucky that for the most part I’ve enjoyed all of them. I studied law, went into health service management for several years, moved (literally, to follow my husband) into offshore finance, crossed over to operational management with British Airways and then had the opportunity to work towards a world free of cancer at The Terry Fox Foundation when we arrived in Canada. All challenging, interesting and rewarding in their own right.
So what’s so great about being a Mompreneur?
Firstly, I don’t think I’ve ever been amongst so many like-minded, supportive, inspirational, motivating and intelligent women in any of my previous careers. I am constantly impressed by the quality and number of Mompreneurs around the Vancouver area and being surrounded by such a fantastic pool of ‘colleagues” can only be good for me and my business.
Despite working from home and spending a great deal of my working hours alone, I feel connected. I have resources on-tap to call upon, sounding-boards that help me to stay on track and connections that can link me to all manner of experts. I know I’ve worked in some pretty cool teams in a workplace, but few have offered the feeling of belonging that I now feel working on my own – bizarre!
The Mom Part
Without a doubt, I’m a Mompreneur, not just an entrepreneur or a woman entrepreneur. Mom is the first part of that coined phrase for good reason: I am Mom first. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want kids (anyone who saw my daughter playing with the babes at Kindercafe today would see the same in her and hear her counting down the years until she can babysit). Being a Mom is core to what I want to get out of life and, given a choice, I don’t want to spend that precious time, when my kids are young and at home, feeling utterly beholden to a corporation that may not share my family-friendly working ideals. I get to read with my kids at school, chat with their teachers, advocate for them when required, get to know their friends and have play dates, take them for a treat on a summers afternoon or cancel work for the day and just hang out in the pool.
The Entrepreneur Part
The Mom part sounds so romantic doesn’t it? Very Mary Poppins! Except that as any Mom knows, being a Mom is also messy, very messy, and anything within a 10 yard radius of young kids is generally going have that mess raining down on it. That includes the entrepreneur part of my life. I might not have shown up at a business meeting literally covered in mushed banana (or if I did, someone was too polite to let me know), but there have been plenty of times when my work life has had to deal with all manner of fall-out from being a Mom. Sick kids, running late after a clingy school drop-off, kids with me for Skype calls, business calls answered by my kids … you name it, it’s probably happened. Even if you can’t put a name to it, it’s probably happened at this house!
And that is the joy of being a Mompreneur because those moments don’t have to define me. Mompreneurs understand this is just the context that we work within and that putting our family first doesn’t mean we don’t care about our businesses, it just means that we chose to work differently. It’s not always pretty or composed, but it is ernest, built on passion and requires more tenacity to manage than many full-time jobs. I’m not at my desk 9am on any morning, ever, but I can be found at it, not infrequently, around 1 or 2am. Actually, that’s not entirely true because at that time it’s usually on the couch with my laptop rather than strictly at my desk, but you catch my drift! And I’m not alone. If I’m sending emails or on social media at that time, it’s not unusual to get an immediate response from another Mompreneur working late.
I know I’m blessed to be a Mompreneur, but I know I’m particularly blessed because so many other entrepreneurial Moms choose a similar path too. Thanks to each of you.