So You Wanna Work From Home, Mama?
If you're anything like me, you're always looking for new ways to improve your lifestyle and seeking ease in whatever you do. Things are only as hard as we make them. Sure, we have off days. How we bounce back is what counts.
When I decided to stay-at-home with my babies, I knew I wanted something for myself too. To fill me up. Call it a side-hustle. Call it a business. A passion project. Whatever you want. For me, it’s the community I’m creating through my blog , my personal brand, and live events. It might look different for you, but here’s what you need to know: Changing the landscape of the way we’ve always done things is challenging. I had to look at every habit (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and define what was working and what I needed to kick to the curb.
When we learn to integrate our positive habits with our lifestyle, we allow flow. As a creative entrepreneur, flow happens when my intentions, habits, and projects align. I don’t care if you’re an entrepreneur or a stay-at-home mom (or both!), you must have some non-negotiable positive habits integrated to achieve success. Period.
I’m still learning a lot about my productivity and energy inputs and outputs, however there are a few things that I know I must integrate into my week to set myself up for success:
I have to wake up at 5 a.m. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a millionaire mogul tell me that a big element of their wild success is their (early) morning routine I’d be one of them. Almost every entrepreneur out there has a SOP for their morning. You don’t have to want to be a millionaire to adopt a morning routine (but hey, why not?). Most days, I just want to be happy, get a couple of priorities checked off my list and show up for my kids in a way that reflects presence and compassion. Guess what? When I get up early and take care of myself first, everything else falls into place with a little less resistance.
I have to schedule my days and weeks. This one might seem obvious but you’d be shocked at the amount of people (mamapreneurs included) who don’t create schedules for themselves (I used to be one of them). Personally, I’m a good ole fashioned paper planner girl now (this one is my fave, *swoon*) and I have a shared electronic calendar that my husband and I use to coordinate our family and business activities. If it’s not in our calendar, it’s not real. Literally. I’ve missed appointments, flaked on friends and gone full on rogue when I don’t keep my weekly planning sessions front-and-center. I’m a go-with-the-flow-kinda-girl so scheduling is something I resist if I don’t make it a non-negotiable habit for my weekly success.
Identifying what makes us feel good and doing it. I’m not talking about a nightly glass of wine or a Netflix binge. While I’m not against either and actually love both, this is about a daily self-care practice. If you’re thinking that TV is your self-care I’m going to come right out and tell you: that’s B.S. Because self-care can’t come from outside of you. Ever. The goal of self-care is to evoke positive emotion from within and to embody that emotion. What are you intrinsically motivated to do for pure enjoyment. Meditation? A walk in nature? Art? Music? What conjures up positivity from inside? That thing. Do that.
Integration is all about picking up the tiny things we learn about ourselves one-day-at-a-time and slowly putting them into practice. Like a new recipe or a toddler learning to eat with a spoon, yes, it’s messy at first. But when we start identifying our non-negotiable habits for success, things become easier and—dare I say—fun. Keep rockin’, mama! What are you seeking to integrate in your life or business this week? Tell me in the comments. 👇