As I write this, it’s early in the morning — my favorite time of day when the dawn is just breaking, the birds are chirping, and the air holds a quiet sense of anticipation. I get up at this time every morning to work and drink my coffee in peace, the only real uninterrupted office hours I have as a mom who runs her own business from home.
I’ve been working at home in some capacity for the entire decade I’ve been a parent. And after 10 years of putting my head down and powering through the chaos (around both my freelance writing business and my growing family), this year I decided enough was enough.
After all, for those who choose to become moms, they say it’s one of the most important jobs you’ll ever have, right? And what do the most important people in the most important jobs in the world do? They invest in themselves and in their business. Is motherhood any different?
Mothers, probably more than any top-level CEO, need to invest in themselves. So I figured out how to empower myself as a mother and as a business owner.
First up? A trip with some of my fellow freelancers.
THE MOM RETREAT TAKES SHAPE
In January, I flew from Michigan to sunny Manhattan Beach, California, to meet some of my closest friends. While we’d gotten to know each other in an online group, we were meeting in-person for the first time. I also really needed the support — I had just suffered my second miscarriage in two years, and I was at a truly low point.
Read how it went at Northwestern Mutual