It all began when I was working overtime and climbing the corporate ladder. I was a workaholic and go-getter. I was on my way to upper management. It all changed when I got pregnant. After having my daughter, I was beginning to work crazy hours again, with little reward and acknowledgment. Instead, I found myself sacrificing and missing out on my daughter’s growth, and overflowing duties of taking care of the household.
So I began a 2 year transition plan to shift to doing work that I would value, find purpose and joy in – and that was to start my own business. Working as a business coachsultant for the last 2 years has not only been fulfilling and rewarding, but has allowed me to have a freedom and a flexible lifestyle where I can prioritize the most important aspect in my life: my family.
I’ve been married to my awesome hubby for over 4 years now, with our soon-to-be 4 year old daughter and baby B on the way, due on December 21st!
My hubby and I are both workaholics, so having me focus on my business from home works for us as he works out of town a lot, and I can still sustain and support my family in this dynamic with guilt-free boundaries.
1) Be conscious and cautious of the burnout cycle – it’s invisible and you can fall into it easily without noticing.
2) The biggest thing is to ensure you have strong boundaries around work-life balance.
My business is influenced around the needs of motherhood, and the growth of my family. If anything, it contributes to my creativity because it inspires me to be more efficient, productive and conscious of what I’m trading my time for.
Done is better than perfect, and don’t be afraid to seek support at the beginning. A helping hand (either a mentor, or a coach) can really prepare you and support you through your journey when at the beginning, it’s the most scary period. Be conscious of where your time is being spent and have a BUSINESS PLAN in place!
Even if you’re not a brand-new mom, and a mommy-again, here’s the advice I would give: GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. Grace Not Perfection.
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Theresa Baretta is a Business Systems and Workflow Coachsultant for Small Business Entrepreneurs. She helps small business owners and entrepreneurs create systems and workflow for foundational growth, get intentionally strategic and lead with boundaries that align with the life and success they want. Follow her on Instagram at looplinc, on Facebook at Loop Link Coachsulting with Theresa Baretta and on Twitter at looplinc.
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