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I saved the best for last!
If you’ve followed the series this far, thank you.
To conclude, I decided to bring you tips from real life moms rocking it at home and biz because 25 is better than 1!
These power moms are Consultants, Bloggers, Coaches, Authors, Artists, Woodworkers… and they all took some time off their busy schedules to answer the question “How do you you balance ambition and motherhood?”.
Read on for their insane tips.
This is a 5 Part Series which includes:
- Balancing Ambition And Motherhood: Important Things You Need To Know
- 5 Modern Myths Out To Crush Your Ambition and Steal Your Soul
- 3 Major Reasons Why Mothers Must Pursue Their Ambitions
- 5 Proven Steps To Help You Balance Ambition and Motherhood
- Ambition vs Motherhood: How These 27 Boss Moms Do Balance
1. Tiffanie Plummer (HR Consultant)
It takes support and help. I sit on a few boards, run my business, have a full time job and a 6mth old baby boy.
The transition in to motherhood was tough. I was forced to slow down and focus on just being a mom. Once I got the hang of it, it was time to immerse myself back in my former life.
Balancing all that I was doing and being a mom rocked my world for a month or so until I enlisted help.
I hired a mothers helper to come to my house and watch my son so I could work a few hours a day and be productive. That turned into 3 full days of care outside my home so I could meet with clients, go in to my office, and maybe have time to do a few things around the house. We have been going strong with this for 3 months and it works well.
Tiffanie Plummer is a Senior Human Resource Professional whose passion for helping people led to her thriving Consulting Firm Crown Consulting Service
2. Dominique Burleson (Brand Coach)
Early mornings. Late nights. Working with a sleeping babe in your lap. Saying no to mindless Netflix binge fests.
But it’s equally as important to have days of REAL rest. Time to recharge for the upcoming week.
I’m all for the sacrifice, but if you burnout what have you gained?
So just as important as the hustle, is the getting our cup refilled with real rest and for me that looks like church on Sundays (spiritual recharge), lounging/snuggling with my babies the rest of the day (mental recharge), and a good nap (physical recharge).
Dominique is a Digital Marketing Consultant/Brand Coach/Blogger whose focus is helping other mamas discover their brand & slay the social media beast, all without sacrificing what’s truly important you can find her at www.dominiqueburleson.com.
3. Adriana Locke (Best Selling Author)
Be present in every moment. If I’m working, I’m working. If I’m at a wrestling meet or baseball game watching one of my kids, I’m doing that. I’m not editing a book between innings or half-listening to them when I’m supposed to be writing. Wearing ONE hat in the moments that matter allow me to be more efficient, passionate, and helps me to enjoy MY LIFE.
Adriana is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance, you can find her work at www.adrianalocke.com.
4. Maureen Riley (Health & Wellness Coach)
By the grace of God! My 4 A.M. wakeup is non negotiable in order to delve into prayer and the Bible for wisdom about how to proceed in my business.
I pursue and maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating clean, taking supplements, getting regular chiropractic adjustments, minimizing environmental stress, exercising, and staying connected to God throughout the day. Without joy, it’s just work!
Maureen is a single work from home mom of a 6 and 8 year old just starting her new business, focused on helping others achieve health and wellness, whatever that looks like for them you can find her at www.maexclusives.com/joyproject
5. Nicole Santer (Empowerment Coach)
The two don’t have to be an either or – I think that’s the problem most people have. You can be ambitious and laser focused on reaching your goals AND be an incredible mom! I focus on being the role model I want for my kids and drop any guilt about not being there for them 100%. I have support because it really takes a village!
Nicole works full time in a demanding corporate job and is building a business as a women Empowerment Coach on the side. She has two kids (4 and 6), find her here www.nicole-santer.com
6. Jenn Oginsky (Woodworking Mogul Mom)
I work a few hours straight on weekends when the hubs is home. Most of my work I do during the day. When I’m sketching or painting, my kids paint too. When I’m outside woodburning, they play outside nearby in our yard.
I keep them around and do the stuff like staining and sealing for the weekends since that’s not safe for them to be around. And then at night I will sometimes work i.e ordering supplies, budgeting etc. stuff I can do while sitting next to the hubs. I like to keep my family around while working.
Jenn is owner of Ashen Oak Designs, a thriving woodworking business. Her etsy shop can be found here
7. Elizabeth Sarah Northrup (Artist)
I am an artist and my husband is a concert lighting designer on tour with Luke Combs, and we have a two year old daughter. One thing that really helps us is cooking and freezing meals ahead on the days when he’s home. That way, when I’m working and caring for our daughter by myself, I don’t have to worry about cooking healthy meals every single night. The other thing is, on the days when he’s home, we make sure to do something fun as a family. Otherwise all three of us end up totally burned out and miserable.
When he’s not home, I just try to keep our schedule consistent. We have meals together and in between, she’s playing and I’m working. I work from home so I take care of her, but she has had to get used to the fact that Mommy is working from after breakfast until dinner time, and I have to focus and work around constant kid noise. It’s tough, but that’s life, and she is a happy, healthy, smart little girl. It’s totally doable!
You can find Elizabeth’s work here.
8. Waynna Nichols LeBrija (Blogger)
I wake up early, exercise & eat right .. it’s not bullet proof, but it sure does help!Simple as that Waynna has mastered her busy mom schedule and talks about busy mom essentials in this post.
9. Danielle Pientka (Blogger)
I have baby proofing setup in the areas I work. This allows the baby to play independently while I work. I don’t always get a lot of time in, but I can work in short spurts if I need to.
Danielle blogs over at Diydanielle.com
10. Mary Ware
I try to set a Top 3 list of what blogging tasks I need or want to accomplish that day, recognizing that some days they just may not all be accomplished- and on those days I give myself some grace!
Mary’s blog Themomfriend.com is a lifestyle blog giving guidance to new moms.
11. Lauren Tingley
To create balance I focus on minimalism so that I am not spending a lot of my time cleaning and organizing my home. Instead I use that time to work on my blog or relax with my family.
Lauren blogs about simplifying motherhood and homemaking at Simply-well-balanced.com
12. Holly Witmer
Decide each day on one task that you want to complete to work toward your ambition. Then work toward that task in any small intervals that you get throughout the day while kids are napping, away, or after they are in bed.
This is sort of how I mentally approach my blog each day. Some days I don’t get to the task at all so then I push it to the next day to try again.
Holly blogs about pregnancy, babies (schedules, organization, common issues), toddlers, and all things for mom and home at Www.learningmomma.com
13. Keyona Grant
I actually struggled with this in the beginning. Now I make every minute count.
I make to do lists and set daily, weekly, and monthly goals. I further break those goals down into steps.
Once I pick my daughter up from daycare, I focus on her and her needs until bedtime. We play, eat, bathe, and snuggle.Once she’s asleep I focus on me and my goals. I use the weekend to prep for the week so I have more time for me. I’ve seen great results!
Keyona is the mama behind www.professionalmomma.com
14. Autumn Colon
Motherhood NEVER stopped my ambition. If anything it’s one of the driving forces that keep me going and doing what I do. Preach mama!
I know that in order to be where I want in my career, have the home of my dreams and provide the kind of life for my children I want I must keep on keeping on.
My children’s well begin motivates me and that’s the back bone to my motivation and ambition. I’m a full time blogger but for the last 7 years as a mom I worked outside the home only to find that I was not giving my family or myself the kind of attention that was needed for my own mental and professional well being.
Choosing ME, choosing this path has been the greatest decision I’ve made for not only me but my family as well.
Autumn is a motherhood and lifestyle blogger at shesawreck.com with a focus on practical parenting and mental health and launching in September a consultation biz for new bloggers and business owners.
15. Mychelle Fernandez
To balance ambition and motherhood, I started a morning routine to align my energy and give me clarity. When I forget to do it, chaos takes over and little gets done!
I wake up earlier than the kids, pray and meditate for about 15 minutes then “write my reality” which consists of listing out what my life would look and feel like when all my goals are reached. For example, “I am wealthy, I am productive, I am unstoppable, I am fit, I am happy, I am rich, I grateful, etc.” Usually when I’m done, it becomes clear exactly what I should work on and spend my energy on that morning/day.
Mychelle blogs about family life, mindset, and empowering women, particularly mothers. On her blog, Let Love Shine , she also focuses on encouraging people to just be kind and positive in general.
16. Megan Brown Fioto
I like to use my lunch hour (while baby is with the sitter) to check stuff off my to do list. I always have a to do list and prioritize everything that needs to get done with the important items at the top.
Megan blogs about being a full time working mama and balancing home/work life. She’s got a good guide for new moms looking to be more efficient here.
17. Melissa Johnson
As a mom of 3 littles (soon to be 4), waking up before my kids do is the best advice I have for living an intentional life. That means having a bed time routine for them AND me! And it means having intentional time blocked out so that I am motivated to stay on track.
Melissa talks more about having a daily routine in her post.
18. Jen Kohorst
I think balance is sooo important! While I strive to always be better for of my family (ambition), I know how important it is to be really present in the moment with them. I only work on my blog when my little one is napping or in bed. One of my favorite daily tricks I’ve learned is to take the one task that seems the biggest/the highest priority and get that done first. Even if it means breaking it up into small parts! This way I’ll always get the most reward and productivity from my working time!
Jen blogs about pregnancy, parenting, and lifestyle at www.mnmomma.com
19. Frances Farac Vidakovic
I believe it’s important to chase your dreams and set a good example for your kids that if you want something bad enough you need to be willing to work for it. That being said I think that at some point you need to put work aside for a bit and make a conscious effort to spend some quality one on one time with your kids and family.
Switch off your laptop, put away your phone, engage with your family and HAVE FUN! Kids grow up way too quickly and you don’t want to find that you succeeded career wise but that your family suffered as a consequence.
Frances is a parenting blogger who inspires both moms and kids to dream big and live more passionate, purposeful lives. In a post, she shares the 10 things to do in the morning.
20. Tammy Bowen Buchnoff
Well, my babies are all old (my youngest is 20). 2 of my kids still live at home, 2 moved out. I don’t feel I have to balance motherhood and much.
Still, we do have family dinner every Monday night to keep things balanced.
Tammy writes to encourage women in any life stage, parenting (especially teens and young adult children), marriage, Jesus, books, love & kindness, relationships, and laughter! She’s at Coffeemugsandbighugs.com
21. Dana Thompson
Finding a balance is hard. Somedays I feel like I fail terribly at it.
We homeschool/unschool, so the kids do a lot of their own thing. But I try and keep Mondays, Fridays and most evenings for blogging. This leaves Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to head to town and socialize with the kids friends, and weekends to have family time.
I think scheduling time to do certain things, and not feeling guilty about missing out on all the things that aren’t scheduled for then is key. So during scheduled blogging time, I try not to feel guilty about not doing family time and visa versa.
Dana runs the parenting website Naturalearthymama.com
22. Jen Ropson
I would say my best tip (i work full time and I’m a single Mom) is to involve your kids on your blog. I don’t mean blog about them but show them what you are doing, have them help take photos or research topics for you.
My 9 year old has learned to love my blog and work with me on it…. so when I spend time blogging at night, I’m not ignoring her, we are doing it together.
Jen is a parenting lifestyle blogger behind See Jenny Go where she focuses on bringing fun back into moms lives.
23. Sharon McCaskill
I balance ambition and motherhood in 2 main ways.
1. I set aside specific time for my blog AND specific time for my kids. This way I can pay attention whole heartedly to one or the other, so if a kid wants me to see something or play, they KNOW that when I say “mommy’s working till 3” that at 3 my attention is 100% theirs!
2. I try to include them in the blogging process when I can: I review lots of gluten-free foods and restaurants. They get to bake the food with me, taste test, and go to restaurants with me and give me their opinion. They also get to ‘help’ pick out the final pictures and stuff. They like that, PLUS they get to understand what mommy is doing when I’m working.
Sharon is the founder of thehelpfulgf.com,a blog on gluten-free living. In addition to working on her blog, she also works a full-time job and is the mother of 2 toddlers (3&4).
24. Stormy Stevenson
It’s so hard to blog full time and be a stay at home mom to little ones. The most important thing is finding designated times for blogging, mommying, and the rest of it.
For example, I make breakfast for my kids and then they have free play time. This gives me a good uninterrupted hour, so I use this time for the most crucial stuff. Then I spend an hour focusing only on them.
They know I have work time, and time for them specifically. I also use housework as a way to spend time with them by having them help. We talk and play games while doing it so it seems more fun. This allows me to feel less guilty about working.
Stormy blogs about parenting, making money at home and some miscellaneous stuff at funthriftymom.com
25. Audrey Marshall
My best tip is to leave the house to work when you can. My partner is extremely supportive of my ambitions and so when he gets home from work, I leave the house to go get my work done. I have 2 girls under 3, and so I am not very productive when I try to do work at home.
You need some distraction-free time on a weekly basis so you can hash out the work you need doing. You need to look at your ambition as a real job, and people can’t perform their best work when they are chasing around toddlers. If you don’t have a partner, try and get family or friends to help you out once a week.
Also, setting a schedule of what you need done and try to keep a week ahead of what actually needs doing. Sometimes life happens and you want to be sure you are prepared if there’s a family emergency or just want to take some time off.
Audrey is a parenting blogger who focuses on helping women be their best selves in pregnancy and parenting babies and toddlers. She can be found at Mommyenlightened.com
Phew! There you have it. Which tip did you like best? Which will you be implementing? Let us know or share your own tip in the comments.
Thanks for sticking through till the end, and for sharing this post!
Freelance writer, graphic designer and mother. Lily helps young moms who are eager to break into the online business world quickly build online empires of their own through blogging smartly. Her motto, “Do smarter, have all”. Find her sharing smart blogging tips on her blog or interacting with smart blogging moms in her facebook group for Mompreneurs.