Being a working mom comes with a ton of challenges, that is no secret. Prioritizing who and what comes first in life is one of the toughest challenges of them all. This week, we are catching up with Michele as she answers some of the tough questions that many working moms face while she also offers some fantastic advice about putting family first.
Did you ever have any doubts about making a career change and partnering with MMSF?
I never had any doubts about my decision to leave my corporate career and partner with MMSF. While I enjoyed my successful, corporate job, I needed a way to put first things first. As my life evolved and my family grew my corporate job was squeezing out the truly important things in my life. Since joining the team at MMSF I’ve been able to put my family first, find professional and intellectual satisfaction for myself, and match my income from corporate America. I am reminded of the parable of filling our jars with rocks first (family and friends), then gravel (professional goals and achievements), and then pouring in sand (the small stuff). I used to fill my jar with gravel, day in and day out and there was no room for the rocks, the truly important people, in my life. MMSF gave me the power to control how I fill my days so I start with the rocks in my life and then everything else. It’s amazing how much better life is when you follow that order!
As an entrepreneur and a mom, have there been any significant barriers you’ve had to overcome?
We all have a sad story we can tell, and I have mine. But life doesn’t wait around for us to get over our hurts. What I love about MMSF is that we are real people with real lives, who would rather move forward than stay stagnant. While what we do is simple, it isn’t easy. Yes, I have to schedule creatively, my husband and I have to juggle family duties, and there are never enough hours in the day. But before bed when I reflect on my day, I am glad that what I’ve done is meaningful and that I’m helping real people move forward in their lives.
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by the woman I want to become. This woman is brave, loves fiercely, and shows up when others need her. She laughs deeply, believes the impossible is possible and rises through her fears to accomplish great things. In this vision lives memories of my beautiful mother, other strong women and professional mentors, all of whom drive me to be a better me tomorrow than I am today.
This statement resonated with us for many reasons. Being inspired by who you know you can become is such a powerful feeling. Embracing who you are and not fearing change is what we are all about at Moms Making Six Figures. We are so grateful to Michele for her thoughtful answers to the questions we had for her. She truly inspires us with her strong and beautiful approach to life.