I have a half-open laptop on the right side of my table, a baby in my lap, a notepad, and sticky notes mingled with teething toys. Work calls on Google Meet while attending to the calls of my little daughter. Breaks between work converted to feeding sessions as I shifted from a sincere meeting expression to an animated one to appease her. That’s been me for the past ten months. I know I would cherish these months as the most precious chapter in my life’s book, irreplaceable. No matter how sleep deprived my eyes are, I know they have never shone brighter. It has been the most exhausting yet exciting and emotional expedition.
When I began the journey of motherhood, I never had doubts about the future of my career. I was convinced that I would have double the strength, energy, and motivation to do what I wanted to do as a mother.
Typically, in the present scenario or the current jargon, I would be a “mompreneur”. The idea of mompreneurs, though, is not new. Instead, it is as old as the days we have had mothers in society.
What is Mompreneurship?
Every mom is indeed an entrepreneur in the life of their kid. She nurtures them, raises them with the correct values, and ensures that they reach their highest potential. Mompreneurs of present era have similar abilities as that of our moms – juggling with multiple things, regulating the different tasks, catering to every family member’s requirement while maintaining a social life, managing kids and ensuring everyone’s happiness.
Finding Meaning in Work
It is often stated that women’s happiness gets sidelined amidst all this. In many instances, we reach a place where we see a situation as the reason for lost opportunities. While that is not an entirely incorrect statement and might lead to escapism. Since one might just blame the circumstances for their incomplete aspirations. Such feelings are natural but we need to set our targets right and fulfil our desired priorities.
Entering into motherhood or career due to social pressures leads to inner conflicts, unhappiness and dissatisfaction. We should rather focus on factors like why this career journey or journey of motherhood started. Fix your goals, serve your purpose not for others but for your own contentment.
I have attached my work to an anchor. It is an anchor to see every kid lead a Dharmic life and ensure that the upcoming generation is rooted in our culture, proud of its identity and belongingness.
Quick Lessons for Mompreneurs
- Time Management is the key if you know what to do with it and when.
- Patience is an asset; never lose it. Be patient with your baby when the work is demanding. But more importantly, be equally patient with your work when the baby is in command.
- It is okay not to be perfect. While you attempt to live a holistic life & provide for everyone, you might miss something or the other. Embrace it and be proud of your journey.
So, if you are a mom reading this, pat yourself on the back. And if you are a kid, go and give your moms a tight warm hug. Even the tree that provides the shade requires watering.