Mothers make incredible entrepreneurs. Often, we may not see our worth from a bird’s eye view since we are caught up in the logistics of running our home and managing the day-to-day plans for our family while being an important part of our community and chosen villages.
The years spent at home with my children, now aged six and four, were intentional. I wanted to stay home. I wanted to teach and comfort them when those myriads of learning opportunities and character-forming moments happened. I wasn’t able to do it all. I could not raise two children and hold down a full-time job (outside of my home). It was not possible, in my opinion, for me anyway.
All our experiences growing up (whether we think about it outright or subconsciously) inform our decisions on how we parent and create our villages. The commitment to show up is hard, and it can feel lonely. However, now that my children are both in school, I have a little more time and ease from motherhood’s physical and emotional demands.
Looking up and from a bird’s eye view, I did not realize that throughout incredible growth for my children, I was growing too. Sure, we are all stretched to our maximum when parenting. But I’m talking about something else here.
I was learning specific skills that would prepare me for a new career and bring satisfaction, creativity, and independence into my life. Motherhood was preparing me.
During this intense period of infant and early childhood years, I wish someone had leaned in to tell me that all this possibility was being formed below the surface of life. Would I have believed them? Timing is everything, so maybe it took these five-plus years to have this deep understanding of the self-worth that I was cultivating for my family and on a deeply personal level.
What was happening? I was becoming an entrepreneur. I was going from a seed idea to a business plan without a plan. I was weighing risk and reward, valuing my time in a new way, and creating a flexible way to go from zero to something to new pride and value in my work as a floral designer.
Mothers are intuitive. We constantly read our audience, adjust, look for the best, and make a fluid plan. We are creative and hard-working, and each of us has gifts and talents that we can share and develop.
From our immediate family to our community, we are change-makers. It should not take or require us to fall before we get this confirmation before we recognize all the awesome and awe-inspiring ways motherhood is teaching us. In my case, I literally fell before I realized my potential. At a certain point, I fundamentally understood that I was the driver behind my business and in charge of where I wanted it to go and grow.
Hard work gets things done. Where did I learn this? Raising my children, I have never had a more challenging job, and it continues. Still, I am deep enough into the journey to see where it has changed me and built up my confidence where I lacked it. Nothing will make you look harder at your dreams than the people you call family. They are our constant teachers.