Last week I introduced the WAHpreneur series I’m hosting with my friend Katie Heddleston, and today marks the official kick off! We wanted to dive in this month with sharing our why behind why we chose a work at home mom life. Why be an entrepreneur? Why balance (er, juggle…) being a mom at home all day with no help from nannies or daycare with being a business owner? Why do we wake up early, work late, and try to do it all? Why?
The answer is going to be different for every work at home parent you talk to, but for me, it’s because of her. My daughter. When I was pregnant, I knew there was nothing more I wanted than to stay home with her and be her primary caregiver. My heart would break when I thought of missing moments big and small, especially in her first year. I worked a full time schedule of four longer days, and when you added in mandatory lunch breaks and drive time, I was devastated to realize that at best I’d have an hour of time with my daughter when she was awake.
This deep-rooted desire to be my daughter’s primary caregiver is what fueled my motivation to finally create my business and become a work at home mom.
See, I have always wanted my own nutrition-based work at home business. When I started pursuing the (years-long) path to become a registered dietitian, I didn’t do it to work in a hospital the rest of my life. Sure, I started my career as a registered dietitian gaining tremendous experience working in clinical and then public health settings, but I never intended to make those paths my life’s work.
I was always drawn to the side of dietetics that combines creativity with science. My first college degree was a Bachelor of the Arts in music, and I have always been pretty equally both right- and left-brained. I’ve always been very ambitious, too, and working in more “traditional” dietetics roles with little room for growth or advancement just wasn’t as fulfilling.
I felt like I needed to have my own business. One where I can coach clients to be more confident in their bodies and have fun living a life of mindful wellness! One where I can stay on top of advancing science and research. One where I can entertain the creative side of my brain with writing, recipe development, photography, website design, and more, too. And not to mention, the growth. Being an entrepreneur of a business, party of one, is challenging, but I love the constant growth and daily challenge to rise up and conquer any obstacles I find.
This is my why. I have to be a WAHpreneur (work at home mom entrepreneur), because it’s how I’m able to live life most authentic to me. I’ve never wanted anything more than to be a mom, and for me, that includes being the primary caregiver for my daughter. Yet I also want to have a professional outlet and create a lasting career for myself. My daughter was the motivator for me to go all in and make the life I want, personally and professionally, happen.
Is it hard? Of course! But seriously, it’s hard no matter what you choose. It’s hard to be a stay-at-home mom. It’s hard to be a mom working full time outside of the home. It’s hard to be a work-at-home mom, whether or not you have childcare assistance. It’s always hard. No matter what you choose, there will always be moments you feel like you’re juggling. And that’s okay. There is no one right or wrong answer, you have to figure out how to live authentically for you.
I’ve found my why – what’s yours? I would LOVE to hear! Please share in the comments below, or even feel free to send me an email via the contact page!