Welcome to the show notes for the first episode of Business and Motherhood Podcast! First of all, thank you SO much to all of you who are here from our launch group, it has been so fun to get to know all of you and just have your support as we’ve worked to launch this project, you guys are amazing!
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This episode is all about getting to know us and laying out our goals for this Podcast, and letting you guys know what you can expect from us – because we’ve got big plans and so much we want to share. We are both moms, we’re entrepreneurs, we have a lot of life and business experiences between us – and, like most entrepreneurs, neither of us have really had a linear journey – there have been a lot of twists and turns and unexpected detours. Neither of us are in places that we ever would have expected. Especially recording a Podcast sitting across the world from each other, with Aimee in England, and Anna in Georgia, USA.
Soooo…a fun fact about me…I always wanted to be a stay at home mom for at least some portion of my first years as a mom. Seriously since I was little I can remember picturing myself as a stay at home. So here I was, with my first child. My husband took a job that moved us away from family, but paid enough for me to be a stay at home mom. And I hated it. To be fair, our son has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). This made him fussier than your average kid and he struggled with sleep more than your average kid. I can remember trying to put him to bed one evening. Every evening was the same. We had to bounce him to sleep – get air blabla – and pat him on his bottom so hard. To get him to calm down. Then we’d try to put him down and he would startle awake, so often, we just rocked with him. I remember sitting in that rocking chair and feeling completely trapped and it hit me. I was withering away. I was so exhausted by this extreme situation that I felt like I was being sucked in by some black hole that was stealing my identity. But this is what I ‘wanted,’ so I shoved this thought deep into my heart and didn’t dare verbalize it to my husband. We just planned our whole lives around THIS. ME being a stay at home mom. How dare I change what I thought I wanted? How dare I dream for something different?
Fast forward a few months and Ryan had received Occupational Therapy for his SPD and doing SO MUCH better. I had finally admitted to my husband that I needed SOMETHING. I needed an outlet that gave me some space from motherhood. I had always enjoyed photography and already had a ‘nice’ camera, so I decided to just dip my toes in and see what happened. Somehow within just a few short months I went from testing the waters to have a full on successful photography business. It blew up in my face and I had a hard time keeping up with the success that fell into my lap. And then…SURPRISE…we got pregnant again. But I truly felt called to do this, so I pushed through and continued to learn and develop a photography business, that in the end would move with me to the UK and serve even more families in an international capacity.
Trying to learn the art of photography, how to serve my clients, run a business, keep up with accounting, and how to sell without feeling slimy was more than a full time gig. That doesn’t even include all the other hats of being a good mom, wife, friend, daughter, sister…but I loved what I did and somehow managed to juggle it all. Sound familiar to anyone?
Yeah, and I can also relate to all of that because I never in a million years imagined that I would be a business owner or entrepreneur. I didn’t know anyone who owned their own business growing up or anything – so I guess I just didn’t even realize the possibilities – I always just assumed that you grow up and get a job working for someone else.
So, I feel like I’ve lived a bunch of different lives at this point, looking back, I now realize that I was always kind of on a path or quest to get to the place I currently am. I grew up in Southern California, and after high school I went on to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point, where I got a fancy nuclear engineering degree, and then I spent 7 years in the Army as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, got a master’s degree along the way….and I loved flying, I got to fly all over the world and do some really cool stuff – but I met my husband, Rick, and when we decided we were ready to start a family we decided it was time to move on.
I was so excited to get out of the Army and start a real career in the civilian world, I was ready to go out and do big things! I even landed my dream corporate job right out of the gate. A 6 figure salary and bonuses on top of that. I was managing a large team and projects in our dream location – Seattle – I felt like I was living a dream.
But, ironically, my first day at my fancy corporate job, actually ended up being the first day that I realized I was destined for entrepreneurship…. I was so excited that day, ready to take on the world… But then I was introduced to the guy would would be training me, actually I was taking over his position, because he was retiring after working there for like 40 years. And within 5 minutes of being there and seeing how miserable he was, this feeling of dismay washed over me. I looked at this little windowless office. And I had this moment of internal panic – like, wait – is this really what I’ve worked for and gotten degrees for and dreamed of? To spend the rest of my life in this small windowless office with pictures of dairy cows on the wall, away from my husband and kids everyday, waiting for my 2 weeks of vacation each year to feel any kind of freedom?
I actually went to the bathroom and called Rick – and I just broke down – and I was like, I hate it, I can’t do this. And he was shocked, because I had been so excited about this job, but I couldn’t help how I felt. I just knew there was more to life than working in a windowless corporate office. I felt like the walls were closing in. And it wasn’t just a feeling about that specific place, it was like all encompassing, through my entire body, knowledge, that I was not going to be able to work in corporate and be happy and fulfilled. And so, this fire inside of me that started burning – a fire for growing my own business and building a life with more freedom. That night Rick and I decided to get serious about growing our own business – and the rest is history. And now we have 3 boys, ages 7, 4, and 3, and I’m so glad we veered away from the status quo as a family.
Business and Motherhood’s Journey
There’s definitely a unique struggle or learning curve there when you are juggling both building a business and building a family, and that’s what we initially bonded over. As we started talking and getting to know each other, we both realized that we weren’t alone in struggling to balance everything, and we jumped right into real conversations. We’ve both found support and understanding through growing our friendship and sharing our struggles and triumphs with each other both as moms and as business owners. It can be so difficult and even isolating to be a business owner and be building a family these days, because those two roles alone can take over your life.
Recently, what we’ve realized is that when we transitioned to network marketing business we’ve learned SO MUCH information we wish we had known as traditional business owners. Traditional business-wise, just in planning for this podcast we’ve realized that between the two of us we have built (from the ground up) a lot of different types of successful businesses. Like successful online businesses, a storefront, home based photography businesses, international businesses, and also now we’re in a network marketing business together and are both growing teams internationally together in that.
Going into an entire new industry has really opened our eyes to how important mindset and self development is, and We’ve learned so much about business and sales in general. And the flip of that is true…we know so much from owning our own businesses, that it has made our network marketing businesses that much more successful and easier to transition into. It’s been fun to kind of combine our experiences to create something that has become really effective. We’ve also started implementing online sales funnels and online automation into so much that we’re doing this year, so that’s going to be something else we get to share with our listeners!
We believe that network marketers can learn from traditional businesses and that traditional businesses can learn from network marketers! You will hear us discuss BOTH in this podcast! It’s something we’ve become passionate about. So – if you are in an MLM and you are here to learn how to TRULY market without being spammy – you are in the right place. AND if you are a traditional or online business owner of any kind looking for learning and support, you’re also in the right place – and you’re going to learn actionable tips and advice, and also a lot about how to shift your mindset for success.
Buckle up your seat belt and hang on for the ride, because the effort of growing a successful business that gives you balance and freedom is totally worth it and we’re all in this together! When you combine REAL marketing strategies, with business know-how, true work-life balance, and the right mindset….there is power and magic when you bring it all together.
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