Following My Dreams With a Toddler
I’ve been on an entrepreneurial journey for a while now. I’ve always wanted to be a stay at home mom. Now that I have a toddler again, I am trying to make this work.
This is a challenge!
When he was younger I struggled to find the time because he always wanted my attention. He is breastfed so this was a challenge. He would pitch a fit anytime he got sleepy and want to nurse. I just never made my career a priority.
Now he wants my attention even more. I thought it would be easier when he hit this stage. I was wrong!
He doesn’t take consistent naps. He normally only naps once a day. He wants me close when he sleeps or he won’t sleep. This means sitting on the bed while he sleeps with my laptop trying to work.
What I do to get things done
I try to wake up before he does in the morning so I can journal, research or write. If a post is ready I will polish it and post it.
If it is not ready, I try to finish it while he is napping in the afternoon. If it is not ready by the time he wakes up I normally wait until the next day.
I wait until the next day because when I post later, I don’t get the engagement I normally do.
At night after he goes to sleep I type up stories on my phone or I read.
This is what I do for writing and content.
The most important things to remember
1. Have a plan
They say if it’s not scheduled it doesn’t happen.
When I set a goal I try to think about a start date and an end date. I put it on my calendar.
I have a physical calendar. I am the type of person that needs to write things down. It makes things real for me if I write them down. I have to be able to physically see them and touch them.
My plan for October is to grow my tribe in my Facebook group and write at least five posts a week. I will accomplish this by setting intentions, revisiting my goals weekly, and by staying consistent.
2. Have goals
I revisit my goals weekly. On Sunday, I have time set aside to think about the week ahead. I set my intentions and goals for the week.
I reflect on the past week. I think about what I need to let go of, and what I need to work on.
I also have monthly goals.
I work on these three days before the month starts. I think about how much income I want to make and have ideas about how I’m going to get there.
I split these ideas up into the weeks ahead.
I start and end every day with intention and gratitude.
This is important for me.
I like to know what I am doing today. I like to show gratitude before my feet hit the floor. It gives me perspective and puts me in a good headspace for my day.
3. Stay consistent
People might be relying on you.
I am trying to build my tribe. I want to be someone my tribe can trust. I want to give value with my words. I want to help people through hard times.
I want people to know what to expect from me. I want to deliver.
The most important thing
Take care of yourself first!
I have a mindset practice in the morning. I journal on my goals and intentions. I practice gratitude and sometimes I meditate. I write.
During the day I avoid eating horrible food, and practice portion control.
I try to walk at least thirty minutes everyday.
At night, I set intentions for the next day and practice gratitude.
This is how I check in with myself and keep from burning out.
Trying to blend life and your career with a toddler can be difficult.
It all starts with a plan. I am able to get things done on most days. When I don’t I show myself compassion. I am over here trying to raise kind humans, keep my sanity, and get a career off the ground.
This is not easy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.