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Mompreneurs Work to Balance Family and Careers


It's the universal question all mothers face -- corporate ladder or home with the kids? Is there a way to do both, to really have it all? As women, we take on so many different roles: wife, caregiver, sister, corporate executive, girlfriend ... Too often, we are so busy taking care of others, we forget to take care of ourselves. But more and more women are finding balance by becoming "work-at-home" moms. In fact, a new buzz term has been created for this group: "mompreneurs." As two successful "mompreneurs," we've learned it's easier than you think to put "having it all" at the top of your to-do list.


Follow Your Passions
We became "mompreneurs" by turning a passion for jewelry into a side business accessorizing our friends between field trips and homework. We were looking for an opportunity to earn extra spending money for our families while still spending time with our kids. That business has grown into more than we ever imagined and allowed tens of thousands of women around the country to also "have it all." What's your passion? What would you do with your time if you could choose? Make a list of five things that would make you feel like you "have it all," and assign one action step to each one. Use this list as a daily reminder you don't have to fit into either a traditional stay-at-home or corporate job mom role. Find something you love that lets you achieve "success"-- no matter how you define it -- and put it at the top of your to-do list!


Get Out of the House
One of the most rewarding journeys we found a woman can take is right through her front door! Yes, you have housework to finish, and maybe you could use a catnap, but it's important to share precious moments not only with your family, but also with women you can relate to. Schedule dinner or coffee with the girls. Squeeze in a book club meeting or shopping excursion. Or, simply make time to share a laugh between soccer games. Though it may feel like one more thing on your "to do" list, reconnecting with other women, and moms, is a way to pamper yourself. Never underestimate the power of time spent with girlfriends!


Look Good to Feel Good
There's no denying that when you look good, you feel good! It's that boost of confidence that puts the bounce in your step and the gleam in your eye. Whether you choose a well-deserved massage, a cute pair of shoes, or a sparkling new sterling silver necklace, be sure to "reward" yourself on the inside and out. You don't have to choose between looking good and being a good mom. Throw on something sparkly with your sweats to make the daily carpool run. You might find it changes your whole outlook and adds a little instant attitude. And who knows where that will lead you!


Do Something Just for You
As moms to three kids each, we know how easy it is to lose yourself between school commitments, sporting events, and family outings. But, finding something that's all yours is one of the most important things any woman can do to reclaim her sense of self. Taking pride in a personal accomplishment, separate from your achievements as a mother, is not only freeing but also a major confidence booster. Any financial benefit you can receive from it is an added bonus! Don't wait for others to reward you for all your hard work, take time for yourself as a thank you! You should always be at the top of your "to do" list.

Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh are the co-founders of Silpada Designs, the largest sterling silver direct sales company in the United States. They started their company 10 years ago as stay-at-home moms with an investment of $25 each from their grocery funds. Since then, they've empowered more than 18,000 women across the country to pursue the ultimate balance between career and "mommy" time. Read more about Bonnie, Teresa, and Silpada Designs at www.silpada.com, or call (888) SILPADA (745-7232).

Courtesy of ARAcontent



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