My MotherHustle Story- Jackie Murawski
“Life never gives you a break to just breathe and get your shit together. No matter how much you try to plan, stuff always comes up.” Here’s Jackie Murawski’s #MyMotherHustle Story.

When and how did you begin your business? Give us the backstory!

We (my sister and I) began our business last year when my brother-in-law was going overseas for the Air Force. We are both stay-at-home moms with boys. She is currently pregnant right now! SUPER YAY.

This was something I always wanted to do, and she was always supportive of me doing it. I was laid off a few month after I had my first son. I was able to keep one of my contacts, and she helped keep our family afloat. After having my second miscarriage (ladies out there, you are not alone), I finally had another son, but I knew that the cost for daycare outweighed the possibility of even looking for a job.

I kept freelancing, and people started inquiring more and more about having me design their wedding invitations. When the time came for my sister to say goodbye to her husband, we knew this was the time to launch the business. It was a way to keep her mind off the “what ifs” during the day and a way to flex my creativity and bring money into OUR families … hopefully. 🙂

Tell us a little about your family.

 My oldest is going on 5 in October and my youngest is going on 3 in September. I have had 2 miscarriages, and even though they were so early in the pregnancy my heart will always feel for them and the possibility.

My oldest had a small speech delay, and my youngest was allergic to everything! It’s been a battle and interesting first few years for the both of them. I am also a brain tumor survivor. I have had occasional seizures since my freshman year in college and will be taking medication for the rest of my life to help control them. My husband has been such a great support system for me and the business. When my sister and I decided to do this, it was with his support and money that we were able to dive in. I love him so much for helping through all my life struggles. Whether it’s work related, mommy related, life-related or even wife-related (oh yes, we have those) he sits, listens, and is there to help pick up all my broken pieces.

What were the biggest challenges you’ve faced or lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?

ORGANIZATION. I’m still dealing with this. It’s so hard to keep organized and wear all these hats. Life never gives you a break to just breathe and get your shit together. No matter how much you try to plan, stuff always comes up. The second is business. I’m not a business major. I majored in Visual Communication. The ropes of being a business owner differs so much from being a Creative Director or even an artist.

How does motherhood affect or influence your business? Your creativity?

Motherhood is a beast when it comes to business. My little ones are in my “office” bedroom with me when I’m rushing to do quick tweaks. I’m feeding them breakfast/lunch when answering emails. When I’m on the phone with my clients, that is usually what I call “Take 10” time. I’ll give them their Kindles (yes, I allow my children to play with technology), I’ll put on the TV, take out their books and tell them quiet time has started. This gives me a half hour if I’m lucky before they start fighting. If I’m really lucky, the little one would have knocked out while watching TV. Most of my work doesn’t get done until after dinner (dinner is family time) or when the boys are asleep.

(Oh, and Crayola window markers are the best! This occupies them too for a half hour or more, and they come off with water. It’s a godsend even for us grown ups who like to be creative and quickly erase 🙂 )

What advice would you give to a brand-new creative entrepreneur?

Find multiple ways to use your creative mind. If you stick to just one, you’ll burn yourself out and begin hating what you do. It’s ok to try other mediums and other talents at your own pace. And also, GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF.

What advice would you give to a brand-new mom?

BREATHE. Everything that is happening with your children rolls like seasons. You might be having the worst time right now, but just like the seasons, it will pass. Nothing is forever. I’m from Chicago. Our winter season always feels like forever. But just like your baby’s teething, bear down (Chicago Bears…sorry, I just had too), breathe, go pour yourself a glass of whatever you like, and say “this too shall pass.” God only gives you what he knows you can handle. You are stronger then you know. You got this!

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Jackie Murawski owns XOXO Invites with her sister. She’s been a graphic designer since 2009 and has two boys (three if you count her husband). She’s also a brain tumor survivor, and a stay-at-home mom that freelances and owns a business on the side. Coffee and wine have become her best friends. Find her on Instagram. 

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  • Joi Culver

    Hey Jacks,
    It’s your high school buddy Joi! I love your article and thank you for the encouraging words. I pray that you continue to prosper in your business ventures. Know that I love you and I am proud of you. God bless you and your family.

    August 16, 2017 at 1:02 pm

  • Remesis garcia

    Love the story. You are one of the strongest and kindest people i know. The honesty and truth you shared in this article has not only pulled on my heart strings but its so inspiring for every woman, whether they’re a new mom or working woman. Just keep swimming……

    August 17, 2017 at 1:23 am

  • Lizzy Walsh

    Great article Jackie!!! Way to go!! Thanks for inspiring us women to live our dreams!! My Mom had a seizure so I know how hard that is. I work with your Mom and she inspires me too she is a great Mom and GrandMother I really admire her so much!! I see a lot of you in her…

    August 19, 2017 at 3:31 am

  • Jackie Murawski

    Thank you so much for all the love!!! Just keep swimming!

    October 3, 2017 at 12:25 am

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