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Time management is key!

Meet Erin! When we say she is a busy mom, we mean it. (You will understand why after reading her story.) One thing is for sure, we left this interview feeling inspired by Erin’s amazing work ethic and advice. Read on to learn more about her! 

Can you give us a little of your personal background?

I’m the lucky momma of a busy, blended family. Between us, we have two boys (17 & 13) and two girls (8 & 7). I work 30 hours a week as a radiographer for an orthopedic surgeon group and put in 20 hours a week as a personal trainer; working for corporate health and managing my own client base. My partner, Eddie, and I also own a t-shirt printing company. 

After 17 years in healthcare, my goal is to replace that income by working with Moms Making Six Figures. I am ready to focus my attention on my family, current fitness clients and our t-shirt business.

How do you manage your time between working three jobs and running your Moms Making Six Figures business?

Time management is key! Working three jobs was manageable, as they are all things I enjoy. Working four? Without time management, it would be impossible. I bought myself a planner and I block out my time. Everything goes in my planner. I’ll give you a little glimpse of what that looks like…

Because my hours in corporate health and at the clinic are set, it goes in the book first. Next, any appointments or activities for the family. I schedule in my personal training clients and of course, I block off time for Moms Making Six Figures. Eddie and I work the t-shirt business around everything else. Basically, we live and die by the planner. It truly sets us up for success! 

What advice do you have for moms who are working multiple jobs alongside of their entrepreneurial dreams?

My top pieces of advice are:

  • Set aside blocks of time to devote to YOUR business. We go to work and put in 8-10-hour days for someone else’s dream, make your dream just as important.
  • Learn to multi-task. For example, when I’m driving, I’m listening to trainings or choreographing new routines.
  • Use the small windows of time! You can do big things in just five minutes. My first two months with Moms Making Six Figures were worked solely in 5-10-minute increments.
  • Use social media as a networking tool… no more wasted hours scrolling mindlessly.
  • Don’t be afraid to give up something now for the greater good of the future. If I really want to be successful, I may decide working on my business is more important than an hour of television. It’s not helping me grow or making me better in any way!
  • Finally, it’s okay to say no. It is so easy to feel “mom guilt” and overextend yourself. Save your sanity and set some boundaries.

What does “life on your own terms” mean to you?

Living life on my own terms means having freedom! First, the freedom from time constraints put in place by others. Being able to participate in field trips, sporting events, volunteering and travel without having to ask permission from a boss is living life on my own terms. Freedom from financial constraints, as well. Having the ability to gift our children experiences and education, being able to give back to our community in a big way, all without having to worry about it straining our personal finances… It all comes back to freedom. 

Children Family Time

Spring is almost here!

Spring break is around the corner! If you are staying in town and looking for some inexpensive ideas to keep the kiddos entertained, look no further! We’ve put together a list of great ideas that will keep the kids, and your bank account, smiling.

  1. Play Tourist in Your Own City. There are bound to be places you haven’t explored. Plan a day to visit new parks, local museums, aquariums, or any other fun attractions your city might have. Top the day off by trying a new restaurant for lunch or going out for ice cream!
  1. Plan a Stay-Cation. One night in a hotel usually runs anywhere from $100-150. While this might be one of the more expensive parts of your spring break, the kids will love being able to swim in a hotel pool and get out of the house for a night! 

*Money saving tip: ask a couple of parents to join in on the hotel cost in exchange for being the kid’s chaperone!

  1. Get Out in Nature. One of the best parts of spring is when the weather permits outside activities! If you luck out and have some good weather on your spring break, take the kids for a hike or bike ride. Spending some time in the fresh air and getting away from the city for a day is a great way to recharge with your kids. Pack a picnic lunch, snacks and extra water!
  1. Movie Night. Chances are, you won’t be the only family staying in town for spring break. Invite some other families over for a fun movie night! Complete the evening with popcorn, snacks, drinks and maybe even some candy! 😉 
  1. Just Play. Head over to the store and pick up some simple outdoor toys! Join the kids for friendly competitions of hop scotch, jump rope, kick ball and more! This is a fun way to get some exercise and enjoy a sunny day.
  1. Get Creative. Let the kids get a little messy and create some art! This is a great activity for a rainy or cold day. Cover your table up with a vinyl table cloth for easy clean up. (And for your own sanity!)
  1. At-Home Cooking Class. Teaching your kids how to make a delicious meal AND giving them skills that they will thank you for when they move out? Yes. Please. 

No matter what you decide to do this spring break, remember there are ways to have fun right in your own backyard. If all else fails, ask your kids what they have in mind and be open to a little spontaneity!  

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Is Time Your Friend? How to Move Towards the Life You Want!

Do you ever think to yourself, “Is this it?”

Wake up. Go to work. Come home. Play with the kids. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. Does this sound like your life?

On the one hand, routine is somewhat of a necessity in the life of a corporate mom – it helps keep the ship moving. On the other hand, there is the danger of never getting the chance to reach our full personal potential, and that routine becomes a rut.

As mothers, we are ready to do anything for our family, even if it means staying in a job we hate or find unfulfilling just so that we can pay the bills. Your intentions may be honorable, but eventually you will find yourself stuck in a seemingly endless cycle that leaves you feeling as though you’re not in the driver’s seat of your life. Instead, you are running endlessly on a hamster wheel. Days go by and blur together. Before you know it, a year has passed and nothing has changed. The goals you once had now seem impossible to reach.

Life can throw some unavoidable curveballs at you, and it may seem like you have no control over it – but most of the time, you do! Here’s how you can break that cycle:

Change Your Thought Process

This is YOUR life. Instead of wallowing in negative thoughts, take the time to acknowledge that yes, you may not have achieved your original career aspirations, but you can still do something about it. Sometimes things happen and it’s not always your fault, but it’s never too late to change your situation.

Psychologists suggest counterfactual thinking. This goes a step further than positive thoughts. For example, let’s say you’re not progressing because the job you have doesn’t pay enough and you are always behind on your bills. One way to look at it would be, “At least I have a job.” However, this will not prompt progress. Instead, shift your thought process to, “What can I do better?” or, “What solutions are available to me?” This type of thinking is known as solution-based thinking, which prompts action and progress.

Identify the Difference Between a Rut and a Routine

Do you remember what happened yesterday? Can you recall your feelings or what exactly was going on around you as you went through your day? If not, chances are you’re in a rut. Ruts tend to put us in “zombie mode” – simply going about our day zoned out and out of tune with ourselves and the world around us.

Snap out of it! Change your routine for a week and see what that does for you. This might look like taking a morning walk before you leave for work, getting up 15 minutes early to write in your journal, or ordering takeout one night and devoting the time usually spent cooking to a fun family game night. Slight alterations in your daily schedule will help you become more aware of yourself and your surroundings.

Leave Your Comfort Zone

“A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

You may not feel fulfilled in your current job, but it feels safe – in a way. It pays the bills and offers some sort of stability for your family. Understandable, but what is it costing you?

Leaving your corporate job may feel scary. If you’re not ready to take the leap, start small.

Conquer Your Fears. New professional opportunities often loom so big they’re completely overwhelming, causing us to freeze up instead of taking action. Exploring your options doesn’t have to be a big deal. Have you always loved playing with images and graphics? Enroll in a graphic design class at your local community college. Have you always had a knack for sales and marketing and think you might want to go solo? Get your feet wet by joining a local professional association or meetup that’s focused on marketing. Want to spend more time at home with the kids? Take a week off work (use some of those sick/vacation days for once!) and give staying at home a try – it’s the perfect way to find out if you love it or hate it! It might be freeing, or it might be tedious – but at least you’ll know.
Stop Talking and DO it. Write that book. Go on that vacation. Take that dance class. Say YES to other interests in your life beyond work.

Work Smarter, Not Harder – Become a Work-at-Home Mom

The daily rat race may leave you feeling as if there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get your work done and make time for the family, or even yourself. The truth is, time is limited. We all only get 24 hours in a day. Rather than regarding time as your enemy, turn it around and make time your friend. When you live a fulfilling life, everything else falls into place.

If your current job doesn’t fit your ideal rhythm, it might be time to explore other career options. Forget the excuses: working from home may be the solution you’ve been looking for. We at Moms Making Six Figures can help you make time your friend by moving towards the life you want. For more information about getting started on the path to your best life, call us at (858) 837-1505, or visit our website at momsmakingsixfigures.com.