It’s my 5 year anniversary of sharing the Local Mom Scoop. What a journey it has been!
After having my second child, I decided to create a website for moms to find local events to take their babies to and be back home for naptime.
Little did I know that it would become one of the most popular South Florida resources for moms. My followers started in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, but now I’m reaching moms from West Palm Beach to Miami. Even Orlando followers are checking out the scoop.
Juggling a family and your own company is rewarding and can sometimes be stressful. I’m one to not ask for help. I used to think I could do it all on my own, but I’ve realized after 5 years that I need help.
I’m sharing 10 Things That Have Helped Me Juggle Motherhood and Local Mom Scoop.
1. Write It On A Calendar
I could not live without my calendar. I have a Google calendar for On the Go and my paper calendar on my desk. When I write it down, I can totally remember it. I also put it right away so I can let it go and focus on the task at hand.
Family meetings are scheduled every Sunday. This happens so we all know each others schedule.
I’m obsessed with The Happy Planner. I started with the school year and end with the summer. Everything can be taken out and moved around.
2. Dry Erase Boards Are My Life
I have 3 dry erase boards on the fridge and when I walk by I’m constantly jotting down random thoughts. Sometimes I write down 3 things I need to get done that day so I stay focused. Other times, I make my kids use them when they have a thought and I’m on the phone.
3. Hire Someone To Clean
Someone cleans my house every week. I work a little harder to pay for it. But when the stacks of papers and laundry pile up, having someone come each week makes the entire family stop and get organized. Then I have a little control when I can’t control anything else.
4. My Husband Gets It
Guess who is not on social media at all? That’s right! My husband!
Can you imagine?
When I started Local Mom Scoop, it was hard to get him to understand why I’m on my phone all the time. Now he knows when the plate is served, he’s not allowed to touch it until we take an Instagram photo. Being married to me is not easy, I’m always planning, creating and shaking things up, but after 20 years of marriage he is used to it.
5. Having My Kids Be A Part Of My Blog
My kids have seen what it’s like to run a business. They were not happy at first. They felt abandoned, but they didn’t feel so bad when they got invited on a Disney Cruise or to attend the Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND.
They are my inspiration for what I share about motherhood and write about. Without
6. My Parents
What would we do without grandparents? I’m lucky that my parents live near me. They have been super helpful in juggling kids and my business.
7. Being Realistic
I thought I could do my business after picking kids up from school, but that turned into resentment and yelling quickly. I had to get real with myself knowing that work might not be accomplished between 2 pm and 7 pm. Writing during a Netflix binge with my husband or posting in during Carline Conversations has become the norm.
8. Asking The Why
I’ve talked about this in one of my New Year’s Resolutions posts. Why am I saying “Yes” to this? Will this take me away from my family? Will my family benefit if I do this? Will my local moms benefit from this information? Asking the why has changed a lot for me and my family.
9. Surrounding Yourself With Supportive People
Since starting Local Mom Scoop, I’ve lost a few friends. People who I thought would support me and my business didn’t and then amazing people appeared and lifted me up when I didn’t know if I could do it.
This could be a blog post about moms supporting moms, but I’m not going to focus on that just yet. All I know is you must create a Mom Tribe that will love and support you. My followers have as well and that’s what keeps me going.
10. Having Your Own Business Creates Flexibility
Having your own business gives you the flexibility, but the lesson is you must have discipline. I love that I’m my own boss, but I still have contracts and promises I’ve made to businesses to share their scoop. So I work in the car or while I’m cooking dinner. I can have lunch dates and pick up my kids from school. It’s truly a blessing to do what I do.
WATCH OR LISTEN TO LIVE FROM THE PLAYROOM – JUGGLING MOTHERHOOD AND MY CAREER (Local Mom Scoop)
Somethings You May Not Know About Me
- Dinner is prepared by “mwah” almost every night.
- I had cancer.
- Laundry is a nightmare and I do a poor job. Sorry, mom!
- My pre-mommy life I was a personal shopper.
- Drinking Bloody Mary’s on Sunday mornings is a must after my Key West trip.
- Monday mornings I walk to the beach listening to Marie Forleo.
- I’m learning to play the drums.
- Exercising is the baine of my existence but a must for 2020.
- Mom guilt still runs
rappentthrough my mind. Not sure that will ever go away. (I’m working on that.)
- I get bored easily hence the creation of Carline Conversations, The Local Mom Scoop Show and Local Kid Scoop.
- If you met me after kids, this is who I was before. A worker. A go-getter. I make it happen.
- I needed to have something of my own when I started my journey of motherhood and Local Mom Scoop was born.