How to Build a Business while Raising a Family

Right now, as you read this, I’m smack dab in the middle of building a business. It’s a surreal and exhilarating feeling, to put so much hard work into creating something from vision to reality. I’ve dedicated so much of my focus to this undertaking and it feels so good to be doing this, for myself and for my family.

There’s a constant outpouring of ideas coming out of my mind. I’m constantly thinking up new marketing programs and promotional ideas, dreaming up launch parties, discussing employee conduct and branding ideas – there’s so much to do! It can get exhausting sometimes, and there were some days that I felt a bit burnt out, but most nights I either lay awake with anticipation or dream about my ideal shop!

As you can imagine, this venture has taken up quite a bit of my time. And I thought I already had my hands full with work, blogging, husband, kids, and a house to manage! It’s been a bit of a juggling act, with some days being more successful than others, but we’ve developed a flow in our household that’s working for us, and I wanted to share some tips on how to create a business while raising a family.

How to Raise a Family & Build a Business

Be Tenacious

This is the time in  your life to be more determined than you’ve ever been before, and to work as hard as you possible can – at everything! You are going to have to work your butt off to get your business running, you’re going to have to work harder at family, at home, at health, at relationships – things will become more challenging. But curb the complaints – remember, YOU wanted this! Anytime you’re feeling overwhelmed and down a bit, remember why you wanted to do this in the first place.

Always put your best face forward. Don’t only slap a smile on for a client, be your cheerful, happy self to your children, your family members, and your friends. Be an inspiring individual, remind yourself that you’re working towards a goal. Yes, it’s hard. But you’ve got this.

Be Efficient

Time is of the essence, especially in a full household. Depending on your daily schedules and routines, you will need to carve out essential and focused time for your business, without impeding on your family time, your home life, and your own personal time. This means focusing on tasks at hand, ignoring the call of social media and unnecessary Facebook updates, and using time management techniques or creative multi-tasking.

On a typical day I wake up just before 6 am and get my “necessary” tasks out of the way; think emails, to-do lists, organizing, and planning my day, week, and month. By 7 am the kids are up, and it’s morning routine time, then out the door by 8 am. I’m usually back home before 9 am, and my “work hours” are from 9 am to 4 pm. However!!! Some days are taken up by client meetings or doing business errands, or even personal appointments. I have to plan my time properly, and use the time I have efficiently to really get shit done. View Post

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I don’t care if you’re a big fan of Valentine’s Day or not – my cynical side mocks the “gift card” holiday, while my girly side makes heart-shaped toast and eggs for breakfast. Either way, Valentine’s Day is a good reminder to show your loved one some extra care and pampering. Making time for your partner (and ultimately, yourself!) can become tricky when it’s all about work, gym, kids, groceries, bills, laundry, and cleaning toilets. (Ew.)

But making time for your relationship is so important! My man and I have been together for almost 12 years (I can’t even believe it.) and it can sometimes take a bit of work to regain that spark and be really, truly infatuated with your partner. This Valentine’s Day, let’s make it our mission to #forgetchocolate and really show your sweetheart just how smitten you are! View Post

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This weekend we hosted my daughter’s first sleepover ever! She was super stoked and the girls had a great time, even with a little toddler bugging them occasionally! We went out to Bounce in Whistler (ps. 9 other awesome things to do in Whistler) and I took a bunch of photos with my new camera. Here’s a few that didn’t come out super blurry or silly looking!

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Last week I got a pretty sweet little camera, an Olympus OM-D E-M10, a mirror-less camera that’s smaller than a DSLR but still allows you to change the lenses. It’s perfect for a beginner like me who gets very overwhelmed with all the knowledge that a DSLR entails – especially since I don’t really have the time to learn!

This past weekend I finally got a chance to play with it a little bit. Sunday morning we marvelled at the fog that shrouded the ocean and our little town. I dropped my big girl off at ski club, then hit up a kid’s birthday party with my little guy, who had a great time. I stopped to take a picture of a small waterfall in town, and the sunset, although overcast, begged to be photographed.

The weekend flew by in a flurry of activity. It seems that as time goes on this year, we are getting busier and busier – with work and activities for the kids, life is non-stop! And I kind of like it that way! How was your weekend?

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I haven’t taken care of myself in a long, long time. That’s not to say that I don’t allow myself to indulge in a fancy macaron or that I don’t do my hair or my nails – no, it’s that I haven’t truly cared for my health and, in turn, my self. I’ve learnt the hard way the term “self-love” is not the same as “self-care”, and telling yourself that you’re beautiful the way you are doesn’t necessarily help when the way you are is overweight and unhealthy.

I’ve been living in denial, to put it bluntly. My house of cards has just blown over and I’m left with the ruins of my health. I didn’t need to hear that I was beautiful the way I was, I didn’t need to hear that my self-worth isn’t dictated by a number on a scale – I know all of this. It’s just hard to accept the truth about my weight when the lies were exactly what I wanted to hear.

I wanted to think I was healthy by adding an avocado to a taco, which was accompanied by beer and chips. I wanted to think I was being sassy by getting rid of my scale and not living life according to how much I weigh. I was kidding myself. I was lying to myself. Self-love and acceptance wasn’t helping me lose weight or get healthy.

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I needed perspective. I needed to confront the reality of my bulging situation – clothes that haven’t fit in a long, long time, a body that feels more mushy than muscle, a tired, stressed out mind of a women, who would rather trick herself with indulgences like dinners out and craft beer tastings than exercise and food diaries.

A large part of this, I see now, is that I still have such a hard time with really putting myself first and taking care of myself and my health. I sometimes feel like I’m pushing my family aside if I focus on myself. That they will somehow be wronged and feel upset because I’m taking care of myself first. Even writing this, I’m not fully convinced that putting myself first is the right thing to do. But I know that it’s something I have to, for my health and for my happiness. View Post

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One of my resolutions for this year is to get organized, and for me that means planning out, scheduling, and balancing my work and household life. I’m self-employed and I work from home for three days a week. But I often find my home chores blending into my work days, and my work life falling into my family life – and it becomes a confusing, busy mess.

When my life becomes hectic, and work blends with blogging and with my home life, my anxiety starts creeping in and I become someone that I don’t want to be. I get short with my kids and my husband, my house isn’t the place where I want to relax and cook for my family, and I become unhappy. everyone

Knowing this, I knew I  needed to make a change this year. Getting organized is HUGE for me, because I’m quite a Type-A personality, when things don’t go according to plan, I also get pissed off at the world around me. This year, scheduling and planning, along with the knowledge that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and things don’t always go according to plan, but can be adjusted to work just the same – this will all help me get organized and get a better handle on my work/life/family balance.

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To create your own personalized life management binder, first you have to take a look at where you need the most help, or what stresses you out most in your life. For me, it was easy to pinpoint exactly what bothered me. If I didn’t have dinner planned out, it would be a constant nagging in the back of my mind to figure out what to make. If my house was a mess, I had difficulty focusing on working or blogging. My blogging schedule often became hectic based on what was going on in my life as well. And working at home is supposed to be the priority, always, however when my house was a mess and blogging became busy, it was difficult to focus on working.

See the crazy unbalanced cycle I was living in? I had to change something, or I would lose my sanity. After I pinpointed out the problems, I started searching for Household Management Binders and how to schedule blog posts – Pinterest has a large variety of results for both of these. I finally figured out that I just need an “all-in-one” solution.

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I discovered Eliza Ellis’ Home Organizers, which she aptly titled “It’s a Beautiful Life”. These beautiful and free printable come in four different colours, and there are tons and tons of printable to choose from. She has created daily, weekly, and monthly planners, as well as a variety of lists, back to school planners, crafting planners, recipe and food lists, home lists and finance budgets.  View Post

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Hey everybody! I hope you’ve had a great 2014! My year was full of ups and downs, but one of the most amazing things that happened was finishing our house build and moving in!

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// Building Our Dream Home, Pt. 1 // explains all the history behind purchasing our building lot, how we got to the west coast, and how we first started figuring out how to build a house.
// Building Our Dream Home, Pt. 2 // the second stage of our house build – metal beams are in and the ceiling going up – it was an exciting time!

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// Building Our Dream Home, Pt. 3 // the stairs were finally put in – a major accomplishment to be able to go upstairs from the inside of the house!
// Building Our Dream Home, Pt. 4 // much of the exterior was finished at this point – metal cladding, brick, and windows made it feel like a real house!

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// Living in Our Dream Home // I took a few pictures of the kitchen and living area upstairs – we had fully moved in but still had to deal with moving boxes, and living in an unfinished space.

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// The Master Bedroom // showing off our bed and the simplicity of our bedroom. We’ve since added a few things, but I still need to add some furniture and art!
// The Home Office // I was so excited to finally have my own space to work, write, and be creative in!

More Favourites From 2014

+ Is Naptime Officially Over?
+ When You Struggle with Positivity
+ I Have Mommy Guilt because I Stopped Breastfeeding
+ My Yoga Experience at Wanderlust
+ How I Handled My Toddler’s First Broken Bone
+ Our Wedding Anniversary
+ My Toddler Isn’t Talking  Yet – Should I Be Worried?
+ DIY Felt Ball Wreath
+ Things to Look Forward To

I hope you have a wonderful time ringing in the New Year tonight! Here’s to an awesome 2015!

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