How to Balance Your Life as a Mom and Entrepreneur
Have you ever thought if it was always going to be this hard to own a business and be a mom? Only every day, right? Balancing your life as a biz mama can be pretty tricky to say the least. Lucky for you (and me) I sat down with Christy Wright, best selling author of Take Back Your Time and mother of three, who gave us some great insight on how to balance your life as a mom and entrepreneur.
Beyond Christy’s amazing new book, Take Back Your Time, she is a personal growth expert, host of The Christy Wright Show, and founder of Business Boutique. She has worked with women in business for over a decade and has some incredible experiences she shared in her book.
I’m always rooting for the biz mamas out there who want to turn their side hustle into a built to last business. I’m so excited that I got the chance to sit down with Christy Wright and talk about how to navigate this scary and gratifying journey of being a mom (or woman) and entrepreneur.
Christy not only shares practical ways we can balance it all, but she also helps women redefine life balance in a way that sets them free from the guilt, pressure, and expectations, which ultimately leads to enjoying their life more.
Can you imagine shaking the guilt and being proud of how you spend your time? That is definitely one of the best feelings. But how do you balance your life as a business owner? Christy’s secret is that you must know what the right things are and the right time to do them.
What is Right Right Now?
This is a key question we must ask ourselves often. There are seasons that we move in and out of, and when the seasons change, so do our “right things.” For example, Christy’s best friends took a girls trip that she was invited to, but it was right in the middle of her book launch and sending her kids back to school. While this girls trip was a good thing, it was the wrong time. So Christy said no to it.
She still experienced a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out), but she refocused on what she was saying YES to rather than on what she said no to. Her yeses caused her to have the most successful book launch and be there for her kids which is always a good thing.
So, find out what season you’re in and then you’ll know what is right for you right now. Are you a young mom with kids at home, just starting out at your business? Are all of your kids in school and you have time to yourself during the day? Have you been running a business for a while now and wanting to take big strides to help grow your brand? Whatever season you’re in, take it slow and decide what your priorities are. Knowing your priorities will help you choose the right things to act on and then you’ll know that it’s right based on how you feel when doing it.
If Christy would’ve gone on that girls trip, she would’ve probably felt stressed out while she was there. When it normally would be a fun and relaxing trip, the timing of it would’ve made it otherwise. Timing plays a huge role in knowing what is right right now.
How Do We Let Go of the “Wrong” Things and Be OK With it?
There are two steps that Christy gives us to help us remember how to let go of the wrong things. And remember, wrong things can still be good, they just might be at the wrong time.
- Step 1: Do the right thing.
- Step 2: Acknowledge that it’s right.
As women, we tend to overanalyze our decisions and wonder if we made the right choice. Instead of worrying about what could’ve happened, instead focus on the good that happened and how you really made the right choice. Acknowledge your choices and remind yourself you did the right thing. It really comes down to what you focus on.
It also helps to involve God in your thoughts and plans. Christy and I both include God in our business plans and we’ve seen amazing things happen from it! (You can learn more about how to make God your business partner here.)
Christy gives a tip that if you ask God what’s most important right now (along with asking yourself) you will receive a clearer vision than you could ever think up on your own. Seeking God and praying to Him is a huge part of figuring out what is right right now. You will receive your answers through the power of the Holy Spirit.
God cares about your business. He wants you to do good and bless other people, and your business does that. So, of course, He will help you in your business that brings about good to the world!
How Can We Apply Practically This Mindset?
We can talk about doing the right thing at the right time all day long, but it doesn’t do any good if we don’t know how to practically apply it in our daily lives. Christy gives us five solid steps to help us apply the “what is right right now” mindset and hold ourselves accountable to it.
- Step 1: Decide what matters most to you in your current season.
- Step 2: Stop doing what doesn’t matter.
- Step 3: Create a calendar that reflects what matters.
- Step 4: Protect what matters.
- Step 5: Be present for what matters.
Once you stop doing what doesn’t matter, you’ll have so much more time to do what matters most to you! Don’t be afraid to set boundaries and say no to things. Saying no will be what protects what matters to you and helps you be present for it.
Be sure to update these five steps any time you enter a new season of your life. Organizing our priorities will give us peace, confidence, shake the guilt, and best of all, will help us enjoy our lives. That’s truly what we’re all after anyway, right?
If this special advice from Christy Wright on how to balance your life as a mom and entrepreneur doesn’t make you order her book immediately, I don’t know what will! I’ve loved every page so far and I know you will too. You’ve got this biz mama, and the best part is that you’re not alone!!
Follow me on Instagram @iammichellegifford for more tips and encouragement on how to balance your life as a mom and entrepreneur. (Or even just owning a biz!) I’d love for you to be a part of my community there. Also, if you’re interested in more practical ways to do this whole business and mom balance thing, check out these tips on switching from mom hat to boss hat with ease.