“I don’t want to have kids.” That's what my daughter told me while I was on a year-long sabbatical. She dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur but didn't think it would be possible if she had children of her own.
I was shocked. Motherhood is one of the most rewarding parts of my life.
Since they were very young, I always loved being involved in my children’s lives. I volunteered at their schools, helped manage their sports, and took an interest in their hobbies. For a long time, I maintained a steady balance between being a full-time mother and a part-time entrepreneur.
I knew that, as a Mom, I needed to be around for them more than I needed to run my own business.
My Turning Point as a Mom & Entrepreneur
When my daughter told me she didn’t want to have any children of her own, I had put my business on pause and was reevaluating my priorities, wondering if I should leave my business behind and focus solely on my children.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because,” she said, “you have to give up on your dreams.”
“What makes you say that?” I didn’t understand. And then she said this...
“Isn’t that what you’re doing?”
Then, everything fell into perspective. I realized that I’d been holding onto a limiting belief and I was approaching my career with the mentality that I can’t be a good mom and a successful entrepreneur at the same time. It was one or the other.
But my daughter started adopting this limiting belief too.
My New Perspective
From that moment on, I knew I had to make a change. I had to start believing in myself. I had to start thinking, I CAN be a great mom and a successful entrepreneur.
Now, I don’t just run my business in addition to being a mother. I run my business because I am a mother.
My children are not my excuse to stop showing up. They are my reason to show up.
I want to show my children that you can be successful and have a family.
And that’s what drives me. I want to see my children let go of their limiting beliefs and become people who go for their dreams.
Running a business doesn’t take me away from my children anymore. Now, it brings me even closer to them.