‘So … the secret is that there is no secret,’ Dave summarised for me when I finally paused for air.
I had just arrived home from my first ever blogging event and to say I was on a high was an understatement. I think I chewed Dave’s ear off for 20 minutes, while being accosted by two little cuties who missed their Mummy, before I took a break.
The event, the Creative Business Women’s High Tea, organised by blogger and children’s book author Zanni Louise and cake designer Janine Emerson from Love in a cake, promised to provide insight into a number of areas I was interested in, particularly finding the balance between running a business and family life.
Finding the right balance between work, family life and my passion, has often been a mystery to me.
As soon as I feel like I’ve found the right balance, my life goes up a notch of crazy and I watch with despair as the balance I once had slips through my fingers.
I was curious to hear how three successful businesswomen and mothers make it work.
As I sipped tea and gorged myself on the most delicious and beautifully presented sweet treats, I listened to Christie of Fig & Cherry, Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim and Sarah from Castle Design and Rafiki Mwema as they opened their hearts and minds to share how they built their successful businesses from scratch while raising a family.
When asked how they do it all, the response was unanimous.
They work hard, they don’t sleep, and they have supportive husbands.
After some initial laughter, Zanni probed the ladies about self-care.
Christie divulged that she meditates daily finding the shower her favourite place to switch off. She also goes out to dinner regularly with her girlfriends.
Chantelle has just recently learned to let go of the reins a little and ask for help. She is in the process of hiring an intern to ease her workload.
Sarah has also learned to ask for help. She started her business from home to spend time with her family, so she ensures she does just that and switches her computer off when her daughter is around.
On the drive home from the event, I pondered over how these women are really no different to me. They are mums just like you and me, who had a dream and chased it.
There is no denying that we all work hard, we all want to achieve our own definition of success, and our families mean the world to us.
There is no secret formula that these women have that I’m not applying. It’s what I’ve known all along.
Chase your dreams, work hard for what you want, be present with your family, and don’t ever forget to take care of you!
This is just a snippet of the learnings I walked away with from the event. Stay tuned for insight into how Fat Mum Slim’s advice on being your authentic self and Ellie Beck’s moving presentation on heart affected me.
Plus, it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t tell you more about Sarah from Rafiki Mwema, for hers is the story I have not stopped thinking about since Sunday.
Thanks again for a lovely day Zanni and Janine.
What are your thoughts on balancing a business, hobbies and family life? How do you practice self-care?
Linking up today with the gorgeous Jess from EssentiallyJess.