These days, with working from home being easier than ever, more and more moms are becoming "mompreneurs."
Today's interviewee is Shea Hulse, a Paranormal Romance Author and Mom of two. I met She in a blogging group on Facebook about a year ago, and we have since become friends who support each other's writing.
When I wrote my first book, she helped me with a ton of advice about self-publishing. She has also reviewed both of my books, and introduced me to Medium, another blogging platform.
Shea is a great friend, and an inspiring woman, so I am happy to have her as the first in this interview series.
Here is what Shea has to say about her mompreneur journey, in her own words.
My name is Shea and I am a wife and mom of two. My writing consists of steamy paranormal romances full of magic, mystery, and sarcasm. When I am not working I enjoy traveling with my family.
I ended up in my business for a few reasons. I was going to school to be a teacher when I realized it wasn't my passion, switching to psychology to be a therapist. While I was in school I was a waitress but I was applying to jobs outside of the industry to no avail.
So I moved up in the industry, taking a managerial position at a hotel and putting school on the backburner. That's when I had my son, got married, and it was when I was pregnant with my second that I was laid off.
At that point, I was fed up with the glass ceiling. I was between a rock and a hard place. I couldn't get a higher position at work to make more money to finish school, and I couldn't get a job out of the industry without a degree.
So when I was introduced to direct sales, I went for it. I made some money but quickly learned about making a personal brand. That's when I shifted my focus to writing and creating an online presence for myself. I always had a passion for books, so writing my own was a dream come true.
I learn what I can by listening to things while I do the dishes, fold laundry, and play with my kids. And I write with them sitting next to me when they're relaxing.
My kids are Hunter, age three, and Ivy, age two and I've been home with them minus the two months I worked before I was laid off. I wake up before them to get work done and segment my day, so I can balance both.
My advice is to do what you can while you can. Be just as obsessed about spending quality time with your kids and family as you are about building a business. Just don't burn yourself out; create a mindfulness routine in your day too.
Have a clear vision of what your dream life looks like and model it. For me it's mindfulness in the morning, working while my kids are just waking up, working out, playing with my kids, working some more when we get home from activities, dinner and television, and work some more when they fall asleep.
Life is short, and it's the only one you've got. So do what you can while you can and plan for the future you want. You don't get a do over, so go for those dreams; no one can do what you can do but you. And only you can hold yourself back too.
As you can see, Shea's entrepreneurial journey had a lot of twists and turns before she finally found where she belongs - as an author!
So remember, if you don't succeed with the first thing you try, that is perfectly normal. You may have to keep trying new things until you find what works best for you.
You can find Shea online too!
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions for Shea, I am sure she would be happy to answer.
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