Motherhood means juggling a lot of balls and it certainly is challenging when you run your business/work/passion with it. One of the things that always amazed me when I meet a woman who is a mother and also working or running a business is understanding how she does it all. so this series is for women to get inspired and to share any tips or strategies that can help each other
So today we are featuring Teenu of lets stalk food ,Hall of frame and My bathroom mirror who is a working mother and also have 3 different blogs.Let’s see how she juggles her life.
WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL DAY LIKE. FROM START TO FINISH/DESCRIBE YOUR WORK SCHEDULE
My day starts at 6:30 am. My son Aarav and I wake together and spend some mother-son time together. I feel that despite being a working mom and following a number of hobbies, an intimate connection with my son should never be compromised. I work at The Choice Group and have to battle almost an hour of traffic to reach office at 9am. During lunch time and short breaks I have lunch with my colleagues and call up friends so as to maintain a good rapport with everyone. Work winds up at 5pm and then it’s a solid gym session post which another hour of driving awaits. Dinner is always with my family and I make sure I read to my son every night before putting him to bed.I then work on my food blog and craft hobby till around 12am. I also squeeze in a bit of reading as that relaxes me.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE HOUSEHOLD CHORES/COOKING/CLEANING
I have my mother to thank for providing such an excellent support system. This system is crucial especially when you are a single working mother. I am so glad i have someone I trust with my life taking care of my child. My mother makes sure I get enough time for everything. When I get back from work, I take over and she gets a rest.
HOW MUCH TIME PER WEEK DO YOU DEDICATE TO YOUR BLOG AND OTHER WORKS RELATED
A few hours, says 2 every day.The key is to do things you enjoy. When you start juggling career and passion together, you must be sure that it will not end up becoming a testing task. If that happens, you need to stop and take a break, else you will work hate into the equation and that hate will end up percolating into everything you do. Nothing turns out well, end of story.
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU WERE DOING MORE OF?
Perhaps traveling. I do love visiting different countries. It is a huge dream of mine to travel around the world blogging about different cuisines! But yes, especially when there is a lot on your plate, priorities must be set and under current circumstances, my travel plans have taken a back seat.
WHAT tricks/tips/apps DO YOU USE TO BETTER MANAGE YOUR TIME?
Multi-tasking is key! I also try to finish all my chores right in the beginning and finish that off and I end up looking forward to doing things I like to say writing or reading or my work which centers around performing art.
HOW DO USE YOUR NIGHT TIME AFTER YOUR SON GOES TO SLEEP?
Night time is when my creative juices start working over time! I read, write and finish my craft work. Of course on some days I am so doggone tired, I just conk off and I don’t regret it! When your body screams for rest, you need to give it the rest it deserves, else you’re going to end up losing your health. I keep a time limit for my work at night. 1 am is the maximum I go to. If a book is riveting, I might extend to 2 am but that’s about it.
HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF? HOW DO YOU FIND YOU’RE ‘ME TIME’
My gym time is the best ME time I have allotted myself. One hour of working out tensions and stress and i emerge a tired, yet happy person. I had turned to a rather inactive lifestyle with a lot of binge eating and it did me no good. Good sense finally kicked in and i have turned to healthy eating and working off at the gym with a mercilessly amazing trainer!
DO YOU THINK WOMEN CAN HAVE IT ALL? WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER WOMEN TRYING TO JUGGLE IT ALL?
I am going to be extremely honest and say you can; if you have a good support system around you. I might not have been able to work to my full capacity if not for my family, especially my mom. It takes a little effort. I am but a tiny flounder in an ocean full of whales when it comes to juggling time and making work and family happen but every day, i learn something new and the feeling is amazing.