Finding Meaning as a Working Mom and Entrepreneur

Finding Meaning as a Working Mom and EntrepreneurBy  Milissa Harding

Before I became a mom, I worked full-time outside of the home. My schedule was fairly predictable, each day I’d eat breakfast, head out to work, make dinner, do some work from home and exercise. Although I experienced overwhelm and tiredness (like many people who commute to work each day), there was a rhythm to each day, and I could always count on getting things done by the end of the week.

Once I had my daughter, things changed. If you’re a mom, you probably know what I’m about to say next. Predictability, structure and a sense of routine quickly flew out the window. Cooking, laundry and other errands took place, any day at any time, and I was simply exhausted at the end of each work day.

Shortly after returning to work from maternity leave, I was bitten by the “entrepreneurial bug”, and the nagging feeling that I needed to explore something new just wouldn’t leave me. The thought of working from home, setting my own schedule and experiencing more family time really excited me. Although I wasn’t in a position to make a complete leap from working outside of the home to working from home, I was strongly determined to take baby steps each day to make it a reality.

Building my business has (and continues to be) a labor of love. There are many challenges to building a business, but there is also the gratification and excitement of learning something new. One of the biggest challenges I experienced in this journey, was finding ways to ensure that my health and well-being continued to be a priority in my life, no matter what.

Self Care:

I have learned how vital it is to treat my self-care as the single most important building block of my growing business. Without feeling nourished from the inside out (through eating well, exercising, time to myself and connecting with others), I simply cannot bring my best self to the work that I do. Without water, sunshine and air, a flower cannot grow. Without a self-care routine, I cannot grow into the type of wife, mother and entrepreneur that I want to be.

Positive Thinking:

One of the ways in which I prioritize my health and well-being is with a focus on positive thinking. This means I saturate my mind with positive, abundant, hope-filled thoughts, which eventually help to drown out any negative, heavy thoughts that come my way. Beginning each morning with prayer and inspirational reading is a key part of my day, because it sets the tone to how I manage my thoughts, interactions and intentions as the day unfolds. Another important aspect of my day is to allow the voice of God (Universe, Spirit, Inner Self) to speak to me throughout the day. Knowing that I’m not alone provides a tremendous sense of comfort and peace during my busy (and sometimes frazzled) days.

Finding Meaning:

As a working mom and business owner, it can be a challenge sometimes to remember that I am not what I do. Yes, I have many hats to wear each day (and I absolutely love all of my hats), but there is an inner person who longs to be expressed and listened to, as well. Finding some quiet time to myself each day (even for a few minutes) is so important. In addition to having a few moments of quiet each morning to pray and read, I anxiously look forward to those hidden opportunities (taking a shower, going for a walk, evenings after my daughter falls asleep) where I can really force myself to tune in and connect with that inner person. Other ways of doing this can include: deep breathing, meditation or journaling.

These moments of stillness and quiet definitely count as food for the soul, and although busy moms like ourselves may not have as many of these moments as we’d like in our day, it’s imperative that we take advantage of them when they do come around. Even better, planning when we’ll take time for ourselves each day ensures that we’re putting ourselves on our daily schedules.

Whether you work outside of the home or run a home-based business, remember that having a strong and healthy foundation is key for being a success at what you do. I would even suggest that your overall level of satisfaction as a working mom/entrepreneur will greatly depend on how nourished you are in body, mind and spirit. Treat your health and well-being as a tender seed that needs care, attention and love, and you will be amazed at the beautiful flower that will emerge. Making sure that you are well taken care of will allow you to give more and be more to the people and things that you love most in your life.

Milissa Harding is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who teaches women entrepreneurs how to maintain the healthy energy levels they need to grow their business and create the lives they truly desire from the inside out. Visit to receive your free copy of “6 Steps to Become a Healthy and Energized Entrepreneur”.

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