It's been one year since I became a mom and it's been one fun, overwhelming and gratifying experience. I've also somehow managed to keep my business going while caring for our baby everyday. Even though one year is very little time, I thought I'd share with you what I've learned and how I continue to juggle two of my biggest roles.
First off, it wasn't as scary or impossible as I thought it'd be. And somehow my flow of work continued only with minor adjustments. Nap time is KING! That is when I run around the house and my studio. Whether it be working on jewelry at the bench, preparing and shipping out orders or handling administrative tasks. Tuesdays are my full on work days, as my generous inlaws watch Tallulah all day. My husband also watches her in the early evening and one day on the weekend so I can get more intense pieces finished. It truly does take a tiny village to raise a tiny human!
My husband and I can't afford childcare and honestly, I feel so grateful that I can stay home and raise my daughter. Most days it can get quite boring watching Sesame Street on repeat BUT I get to feed her the food that is good for her, take her for walks and generally enjoy raising her.
I think the hardest part of working from home AND watching Tallulah is deciphering what to address as the most important and pressing need of that day as well as planning for the future. I'm just now hitting my groove where I can finish work in my studio but also sit down and plan for the following weeks and months ahead.
Now if you have any friends or family that are business owners themselves, you know that there are SO many facets to running a small business. What has really helped me to not feel so overwhelmed is to compartmentalize each task. For example, scheduling specific days for certain tasks. Mondays I plan out the week and handle administrative work, Tuesdays are primarily studio days (finishing jewelry or wax work), Wednesdays I may follow up with clients, reach out to boutiques and press, Thursdays are for sketching, planning and working on new or current designs and Fridays are for doing any of the other tasks I didn't do earlier in the week. Then on a Saturday or Sunday I'll working half or full days in the studio depending on the time of year, holidays are crazy busy so I definitely work on the weekends.
I will admit though that lately I've come to a place where I'm viewing my business and goals from a new perspective and I'm thinking of changing the overall model of what I produce. I absolutely love making one of a kind, highly personal pieces versus more production jewelry. I think this is due to the fact that I can't churn out a ton of work because I also care for our child, which demands the most amount of time.
I also acknowledge that over the years, my demands as a mother will change and so will my business, so I'm trying to be 'loose' with my schedule and go with the flow. Which can be SO incredibly hard because at the same time, if I don't stay on my toes and maintain a consistent level of communication and new jewelry for my clients and customers then I won't keep that flow of sales which are essential to our household income.
The pressures are there, but when I reflect on our life before Tallulah, it seems less bright and I wouldn't change that for the world. Tallulah has given me a new meaning to life and I'm so grateful for that.
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