Mom. Entrepreneur. Wife. Woman.
First, I have to say that I hate the term “part-time”. I suppose I’d be classified as a part-time worker and a part-time mom. Although I do not get paid to work 40 or more hours per week and I am not home full-time with my kids (they’re school age now), I balk at the “part-time” label. The total hours that I work (billable time, non-billable but necessary work as a business owner, and volunteer work) certainly adds up, especially since I don’t stop at 5 o’clock. Thanks to my smart phone, I can be “on call” via phone or email basically all the time. And this doesn’t even include the hours taking care of the kids, which as other parents know, is definitely WORK. I am not complaining, just making a point.
If you’re a parent, business owner, have a significant other, and are a woman, I imagine you can relate to my life. I especially hope to reach other “part-time” working moms that often feel caught in the middle. Am I wearing my mom hat, work hat, volunteer hat, wife hat, or trying to balance more than one hat on my head at the same time? (Isn’t that always the way?!)
As a glass-is-half-full type of person, I try to focus on the bright side. Thus, I am sharing some of my “crises” as a means of looking at how crazy a mom’s life can be. I’m sure to talk about my husband and my kids quite a bit, so I’ll apologize to them now.
- Mom of 2 kiddos: a 9-year-old boy who loves sports (karate, running, soccer) and reading & a 7-year-old girly girl who loves all things Princess and purple (and pink too).
- Wife. Married for 12 years and counting. All years of “sheer bliss”, to quote my mother-in-law.
- Small business owner. I’m one of those crazy numbers people that loves spreadsheets and the like. So I put that to good use by handling the books for local, small businesses. I’m also a review bookkeeper for another company in my “spare time”.
- Woman. I try to have a life, to do things I enjoy. I mostly focus on keeping the household going, so sometimes I forget to prioritize myself and thus can get overwhelmed. Sound familiar? I am learning that putting me first, on occasion, is important.
- Things I like: reading (great way to escape), running (so good to challenge the body and let the mind unwind simultaneously), karate (good challenge with built-in goals), date nites (nothing like a relaxing dinner out with my husband and perhaps a glass of wine), classical music (I have played most of the woodwind instruments plus piano and I enjoy seeing the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra).
- I was inspired to start my own blog, in part, by the Manic Mommies (my favorite podcast) and by Bookworm with a View (online book club and blog).
I hope you enjoy my stories about a part-time working mom struggling to find balance.