Thank you for allowing me to interview you, tell us a little bit about yourself:
You’re most welcome! I am a mom of an amazing 15 month son and married to my sweet husband of 11 years. We live in Southern California. I am currently 16 weeks pregnant and find out gender at the end of the month. We are excited! I love my family dearly and love motherhood. I have grown so much by being a mom! We have two small doggies that I adore. I am a daughter, a sister and an auntie. Love, love, love my family!
What interested you in Entrepreneurship? What do you do?
I was attracted to the idea of creating something that would belong to me and that for the most part, I’d have control over/of. The flexibility of time was also something that is/was attractive- although I am noticing that initially there isn’t a lot of flexibility because I’ve put so much time and energy into building my business. I am a licensed psychologist and maintained a small private practice for about 7 years until recently I expanded into a group practice with offices in Southern California. I have one office in Orange County that is doing very well and has two psychologists working. I am recruiting for additional clinicians to work out of my other two offices. I have two that I’m interviewing soon and hopefully will be joining those offices. While this practice is my “side hustle” I also work full time at a University Counseling Center as the interim-director. I manage the daily operations of the center, see clients, participate on committees, make changes to policies and supervise the clinicians on staff. My goal is to transition out of working at the University and focus more on managing the practice I’ve built and will continue to grow.
How do you balance motherhood, your entrepreneurial endeavors and working?
This is hard. I don’t know that I ever really achieve balance. I wish I could be a SAHM and manage my practice from home now with an option of seeing clients, but that isn’t my reality. So, for now, I make sure that I manage time effectively. When I’m at work, I hustle and do my best to manage both jobs. When I’m at home, I spend my time with my son and husband. I take lead with my son’s night routine. We play, swim, have story time, dinner, bath and bedtime. I honor our time and cherish each second I get with my son because I am gone for so much time during the day. My husband has flexibility to work from home and takes care of our son while I’m working during the day and on weekends. He supports what I am doing and takes such great care of our home and son, I couldn’t be any more blessed.
What do you feel is the hardest part of juggling these very important parts of your life?
The hardest part for me is the sacrifice I make daily by giving up time with my son/family. I often cry to work, cry at work, and find myself thinking about all that I am missing. Then, after I allow myself my time to emote, I remind myself of the reason I am working hard, that I’m doing the best I can at this time in my life, and remind myself that I will spend time with my son soon.
What advice would you give other moms who are thinking of pursuing a busy lifestyle like your own or already are doing similar things in life but feel like they’re struggling?
Please take care of yourself and recognize that it is possible to “do it all.” Moms are already doing enough caring for a family. Connect with other like-minded mothers. I hope to meet some at some point- I often feel shamed by SAHMs because of my drive, ambitions, and career. Develop a support system whether it is your spouse, partner, friend, parent, etc., to help you along the way. Also be sure that whoever you choose is actually supportive of what you want to accomplish. Be kind and gentle with yourself as you move through the emotions, challenges, successes and setbacks. You’re sure to experience all of those along the journey. I can imagine that we all have our reason why we’re making the sacrifices we are, keep that reason close to you and use it to fuel your drive, especially when you feel you may have run out of steam.