Balance and business, I get it if you’re not sure if they can even co-exist. Add into that mix being a mom, wife, homemaker, chauffeur, author, speaker, friend… It can seem outright impossible! Today we’re talking about the delicate dance of managing a bustling business while being a hands-on mom. My guest today, Brooke Romney, is mom to four boys and also a rockstar writer and business owner, and our conversation today is all about how to do and enjoy it all! So pop in your AirPods, get outside for a good walk, and let’s dive into balancing business and family with joy…together.
This episode will help:
👉 Overwhelmed mom-preneurs with practical tips for juggling the roles of entrepreneur and mother.
👉 Mothers struggling with guilt and who feel torn between work and family commitments.
👉 Women in business seeking ways to connect and celebrate each other’s successes.
In this Interview: Meet Brooke Romney!
Brooke is a writer, speaker, and connector and is committed to sharing real life with a hopeful twist. She is the best-selling author of three books: 52 Modern Manners for Today’s Teens Volume 1 and 2 and I Like Me Anyway: Embracing Imperfection, Connection, and Christ.
Her fresh perspective and relatable style has engaged millions of readers in The Washington Post, Deseret News, Studio 5, Time Out for Women, and on her own blog and Instagram @brookeromneywrites where she has created a vibrant community of women who learn and lift.
When she is not writing or mothering, you can find her in a good book, speaking to groups, volunteering in the schools or on a walk with a friend. She has a weakness for gummy candy, sunshine, youth sports and family travel but also finds magic in the ordinary moments that have become rather sacred in our fast paced world.
Meaningful connection with family, friends, strangers, and God is where she finds purpose
Finding the Right Balance: A Mom’s Journey
For Brooke Romney, balancing the roles of a mom, author, speaker, and running a bustling social media account isn’t always a smooth ride. There have been times of intense focus on work, and other times when family needed undivided attention. It’s a journey of highs and lows, and Brooke has learned that being okay with the ebb and flow is essential.
In the early days, it was solace in stolen moments, working when the kids were asleep. As the internet opened up new possibilities for working from home, she dipped her toes into the waters of entrepreneurship. There were times when family took precedence, while career simmered on a slow burn. And you know what? That was perfectly okay.
Recognizing Priorities: A Wake-Up Call from Brooke’s Youngest
One of the most significant lessons came from Brooke’s youngest son when he asked, “Mom, do these people even know that you have a family?” That moment was a wake-up call. Brooke had to reevaluate how she was managing her time, setting boundaries, and ensuring that work didn’t overshadow the moments with family.
The Art of Saying “No” and Setting Boundaries
Setting boundaries became a crucial skill. When the demands of speaking engagements started taking a toll on family time, Brooke knew it was time to reassess. Saying “no” and setting limits on when and how often to engage in work-related commitments became essential. It wasn’t about abandoning her passion; it was about finding a balance that worked for everyone.
Family Involvement in the Business
Brooke discovered the power of involving family in business endeavors. From packing books to helping with book launches, it can be so helpful to make sure that kids understand the “why” behind the work. It wasn’t just about Mom being busy; it was about contributing to something meaningful and learning valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, sacrifice, and hard work.
Shifting Perspectives: From Guilt to Intentionality
As moms, we often grapple with guilt, feeling that we should be doing it all. Brooke says that shifting her perspective helped overcome this guilt. I love her practice of defining what being a “good mom” means. But making sure to define that to what it means personally. Intentionality became the guiding force, ensuring that even in the busiest times, she stayed connected with her kids.
Celebrating Wins: A Habit Worth Cultivating
Now, let’s talk about something most of us entrepreneurs struggle with – celebrating wins. It’s easy to achieve a goal and swiftly move on to the next one without pausing to revel in the success. I’ve learned the importance of small celebrations, whether it’s treating myself to something special or sharing the excitement with those who genuinely cheer for my victories.
Cultivating Joy in the Present Moment
Finally, enjoying the current reality is an art we all need to master. As dreamers and visionaries, we’re often fixated on the next big thing. However, finding joy in the present, acknowledging our accomplishments, and creating rituals to celebrate wins are vital for sustained happiness and fulfillment.
So, here’s to the mompreneurs, the dreamers, and the jugglers of family and business. Embrace the journey, learn from the challenges, and celebrate each victory, big or small. Because in the end, it’s not just about achieving the goals; it’s about savoring the joy and growth that come with every twist and turn on this rollercoaster ride.
Until next time, this is Leah Remillet signing off with gratitude for your support and a reminder to celebrate your wins, mama!
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