When I graduated college, I was hired to work as an executive for a retail company. At the time it sounded like a great opportunity and it was more money than I expected to make coming right out of school so I jumped on it.
Less than a year later I was feeling mentally and physically burned out, so I decided I needed to do something else. I quit that job and took a childcare job while I figured out my next step. A year later that job ended and, at the same time, my twin sister was an Army wife trying to figure out how she could contribute to her family without a 9 to 5. We decided to create our own opportunities and start a business together.
I’ve known my husband since I was 10 years old. We’ve been dating since I was 17 and got married when I was 21. We have one daughter, Isabelle, who turned 5 in December.
The biggest challenge for me has probably been trying to balance it all. I’m very goal-oriented and, while that’s a good thing in most cases, it can be problematic when you’re trying to juggle the roles of being a mom, spouse and business owner.
I’m very lucky that I have a husband that is supportive of my business and he doesn’t mind when I disappear for a couple days to work on my next big idea. But I still have to remind myself that time goes on and if I don’t nurture my relationships (with him and with my daughter) at some point it will be too late.
I chose to start my business because I wanted to be able to do work I love while putting my family first. I’ve spent the last 5 years trying to build my business around my daughter because she’s the reason I do what I do. I feel blessed that I can make decisions for my business based on what’s best for my family and not the other way around.
Know your why. Being an entrepreneur is full of ups and downs. Knowing your big why helps you keep going when it seems like you aren’t making any progress.
Make self-care non-negotiable. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive or super complicated, but it’s important to take time for yourself on a regular basis. You can’t take care of anyone else if you’re too burned out to function.
Patricia Talavera is the co-owner of SYT Biz, a website design firm who specializes in working with mompreneurs.Though she has worked in the corporate world in a variety of roles, Patricia’s love for family, flexibility, and computers brought her home to start SYT Biz with her sister. She loves helping clients take their businesses to the next level with professional, beautiful websites. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys lots of coffee, shopping for office supplies, and occasionally binge-watching Netflix. Find her on Facebook and Pinterest, and learn more about her mini-package.
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