Here at Supper Meals, we can't help but smile when a mom tells us that one of our meals brought her family together and made her week a little easier. We're so honored to be serving the women who make it happen.
This week, we chatted with a few of our Mom Boss customers. These women run great local businesses and shared a few tips on work-life balance and surviving those busy weeks!
Alex J: MADabolic Raleigh Owner & Kettlebell Champ
Tip #1: Schedule out your work time and play time
As a business owner, it's so easy to get lost in emails, calls and to-do lists. Technology allows us to be on call and I've had to make a conscious effort to create designated "Mom's work time" when I'm at home with the boys. Otherwise, I find myself responding instantly to emails and not being fully present with my kids. I want to make sure they have phone-free memories of us as a family!
Tip #2: Accept the help!
This can come from your Mom, your friends, your in-laws, and your neighbors: anyone who says, "let me know what I can do!" Don't be too proud! The help also comes from services like Supper Meals that literally drop off healthy, fresh, fully prepared meals to your doorstep. You cannot do it all - at least not while staying sane - so use these services when you can. I love that I can pick and choose Paleo diet or vegetarian options online and plan for the week ahead. It’s an added bonus that it is a local company run by an amazing woman so for me, it’s a no brainer!
Missy Currin: Fit4Mom Raleigh & Burpee Master
Tip #1: “Put on your own oxygen mask first.”
It may be one of the more difficult tasks as a Mom to put your own wellness before that of your children’s, but if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you aren’t going to be helpful to others. I think that in today’s society, it is particularly difficult for women to do this, as it is so intrinsically against what our instincts tell us to do. But I am a better person, Mom, friend, and business owner when I carve out some “me time.” And for those times when I am absolutely not able to just “do me,” I have Fit4Moms, where I can exercise with my children!
Tip #2: Do the best you can TODAY.
A friend whom I refer to as my “Mom Role Model” told me to qualify everything I can with the word, “today.” This allows you the flexibility to go with the flow, and to be proud of what is happening in the moment. It has helped me to not take myself, or life, too seriously, and to celebrate my accomplishments, and those of my family and friends, in a much more present timeline.
- “I ate healthy and exercised TODAY.”
- “My baby slept through the night TODAY.”
- “My family ate breakfast and dinner together TODAY.”
Nicki and Jaime: SnickerDoodles Owners & Baking Wizards
Tip #1: Own the “Mom Boss” Title
Because our business is as much about the adult as it is about the child, we work to mimic that balance in our personal lives. While our children are our number one focus, as moms and business owners, we know we have professional and personal needs that we need to take care of too. We are trying to teach our kids that while they are a priority, they aren’t the only priority. But this balance can certainly be tricky, especially with the younger ones!
Tip #2: Planning is the name of the game!
Planning and communication are key to our business partnership and our personal lives. Our calendar is crucial for making sure we are using our time wisely and meeting deadlines both at work and at home. Meal planning is a VERY important part of our weekly planning, which is why Supper Meals is so unbelievably helpful! But of course, the calendar is only helpful to a point, because plans always change!