Oh gosh, it has been nearly 7 months since I've last updated this blog.. Hahaha. Anyways, life has been pretty hectic and chaotic at times (well actually most of the time!!) but as weird as it sounds, I'm loving every minute of it! :) I'm just so thankful to be a Mummy of 3 healthy kids and wouldn't trade them for anything else in the world. I spend my days juggling between my work and kids, and truthfully, I'm glad that I'm able to run my business and take care of my little ones at the same time. It's an opportunity in life which I'm truly grateful for. :)
Being a Mompreneur certainly has its ups and downs. ("Mompreneur" is actually a term given to female entrepreneurs who build a business alongside raising a family.) Starting a business AND a family are two of the most challenging, but rewarding, endeavours one can have. Both are full-time commitments that demand lots of patience, perseverance, and love. Juggling a business and parental responsibilities is no easy task, but I'm trying my best and just like everything else, there are good days and there are bad days.
So here are my top 3 reasons why I Love Being a Mompreneur:
1) My kids can learn valuable, hands-on business lessons and work ethics.
The best thing about being a mompreneur is the message I'm sending to my children - that being an entrepreneur means hard work and lots of it. My eldest son has seen how hard we have worked to make our centres successful and I want my children to understand that building a business is a slow process that takes time and energy. There are no shortcuts in life; you need to work hard. By running a business, I want my kids to learn that failure is only failure if you quit. Failure can be the best thing that happens to you if you pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes and persevere on.
Sometimes, I discuss business, trends and the logistics of running a business with my eldest child and although he’s only 8 years old, he will still voice out his ideas or opinions that he thinks may help in our business. Hence, he’s constantly learning valuable business lessons from us and at the same time, he’s gearing himself up for the real world outside school.
2) My children are my business inspiration.
To be honest, BrightMinds Education would never have started without our kids, or more specifically, without our eldest child. My husband and I started our learning centre as we wanted to start a business which would ultimately benefit our children. Hence, our children are our business inspiration. Our eldest child is currently enrolled in one of our centres and so far, he’s enjoying all the lessons!
After 8 years of running the business, we were recently awarded as one of the Best Learning and Enrichment Schools of 2015/16. This definitely wouldn’t happen if I didn’t have my kids; they’re the driving force behind our success. (On a side note, I can’t wait for Shayne to attend our award-winning PSLE Revision Course once he’s a little older! I know he’ll benefit so much from it.)
Furthermore, when we make a business decision, especially if it’s a tough one, our kids are always at the back of our minds. If it ultimately benefits them, we will go ahead with it. If it doesn’t, we will not go ahead or continue with it.
3) I become a better person.
I have learned so many things in regards to communication, business, leadership and going for the gusto to pursue something I believe in. However, my children’s health and happiness are by far more important than any business decision I will ever make. Their well-being puts all of the stressful business moments into perspective, which is invaluable. My children are and always will be my number one. The joys, the difficult moments and the challenges of full-time parenting prepared me for perseverance in my business. Parenting has definitely taught me the grace of patience, and the strength to deal with all of the ups and downs of running a business.
In a nutshell, the flexibility of being a mompreneur has helped me to a better professional and a better mom. By being an mompreneur, I hope my kids learn that with hard work, passion and tenacity, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Most importantly, I want them to know that it's useless to dream about success. You have to work hard towards it.