Podcast S3. Ep. 7: This Sh*t Ain’t Easy: The Sacrifices We Make to Run Businesses While Navigating Motherhood

Your kids will be fine. Your business will grow. Will it grow at the same speed as somebody who doesn’t have somebody who doesn’t have kids? Maybe, because guess what? The one thing that motherhood does bring you is an efficiency that is unmatched. There is not a person more efficient in the world than a mother who’s got shit to get done.” – Kirsten [00:27:05] 

This is not an episode about having it all when it comes to running a business while being a mom. I’m not going to give you platitudes or tell you I have all the hacks to make things easy and smooth, because here is the cold, hard truth: Being an entrepreneur and a mom at the same time is really, really hard. But it’s still one of the best things I’ve ever done.

In today’s episode, I’m breaking down what it looks like to be a mom of three teenagers while also running a seven-figure business, and why this age isn’t any easier than having littles. I’m  also reflecting on the generational impact of my mother and grandmother and the impact I’m having on my own children, especially in light of being a business owner. I’m not sugar-coating the hard stuff, but I am sharing why doing both of these things, motherhood and business together, is ultimately so fulfilling. 

Plus, I’m leaving you with a different question at the end of every episode this season! This episode, consider: What has helped you balance parenthood and motherhood? How do you navigate this tough terrain? Send me a DM on Instagram and let me know!

This conversation is dropping truth bombs and some profound encouragement. Let’s dive in!

What’s in this episode:

  • [01:13] How Kirsten’s parenting responsibilities intersect with her business and why it’s still not easy to manage after all of these years
  • [06:33] Why it’s different (and harder) for mothers to run a business than it is for someone without children
  • [11:33] How we as women are building more opportunities for our daughters every generation
  • [19:53] The duality of emotion that comes with motherhood and running a business at the same time
  • [25:44] Why mothers have a different challenge from fathers when it comes to balancing their work and their life with their kids
  • [29:50] The gift we give to our kids when they see us running our businesses while building up the next generation
  • [34:07] A parting quote for you to consider

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