Many had quit high-profile jobs to start home-based businesses so they could spend more time with their kids. Some have those kids in care so they can work in their home-based business.
I learned a lot at the Melbourne AusMumpreneur Conference this week.
And I thought a lot during the three-hour drive home when it finished.
I registered to hear the speakers and their topics, the event was close by and Anthony was available to have the girls. But I won’t lie; the following equation crossed my mind:
3 hours there
+ 9 hours at the conference
3 hours home
= 15 hours to myself
On the way home I turned the radio off and thought about all the mothers I met; our different ideas of success and happiness; our different personalities, motivations and needs.
And then I had a revelation.
It was a little bit of you don’t know what you don’t know (like when you announce you’ve broken up with your boyfriend because he’s a loser and everyone says, ‘We told you so.’ They knew, but you had to realise it yourself).
But more than that it was a (gentle) slap in the face. By my values.
That morning I’d left our family and looked forward to hearing about how to boost sales and get my business front and centre.
Driving home I realised the only thing I want front and centre is our kids and the only thing I want to boost is how much time I give them.
Everything will stay exactly as it is and has been.
The Bear & The Whale will continue to offer high quality, different, wearable kids’ clothing and unique gifts for babies. That’s your end.
For me, it will continue to be a creative outlet for research, design, sewing, photography and writing. What more could I want from it right now and why would I want to outsource any of those?
What’s your outlet?