Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would find the name Abby Larson in an actual book. Like the kind that sits on the best seller list and includes other names like ummm, Cynthia Rowley and Cortney Novogratz, all talking shop about what happens when Business collides oh-so-imperfectly with Motherhood. Well, needless to say, I am thrilled/humbled/giddy/excited/nervous/proud to be included in Cat Seto and Meg Ilasco’s brand new masterpiece, Mom Inc., an essential how-to guide for those looking to start a business from home.
Here is an excerpt from my chapter…
How do you balance the business with being a mom? If you have any mom guilt, how do you deal with it?
As a parent, you have to be flexible every day. Every day is not going to be the same, and although you have plans in place, you have to be willing to change them without getting flustered or upset. As for guilt, it’s a constant feeling. I want to stay at home and be with Audrey and William, but I also want to run my business. I need dedicated work time when I’m not taking care of the baby. If that means bringing someone in to help watch my children, I know I shouldn’t feel guilty about it. To maintain a balance, my goal is to be an active mom—to be available to pick Audrey up from school, to sit down to dinner with my family, and to have two or three hours a night when computers are closed and we’re just playing with the kids. As Style Me Pretty grows more, the balance becomes harder. But my children will never take a backseat to this job, ever.
I’ve actually known Cat for years and years as she’s been one of the few industry friends who cheered me on when I was hand applying glitter to hundreds of notecards in my living room. She’s an amazing person, an incredible mother and someone that I look to for advice, inspiration and general loveliness. So it’s no doubt that when she partnered with the genius of Meg Ilasco, it would be nothing short of magic. It’s Meg Ilasco’s third book in the Inc. series and dare I say…it’s her best? Okay, I know I’m biased. But I’m totally serious.
The book is filled with incredible insight and knowledge into just how the women making waves balance their work life with their growing families, the imperfect dance that it requires and the general framework for getting off your toosh and really doing it. It’s sincerely a beautiful read and one that anyone who is looking to move it and shake it up a bit will devour in a single night.
Thank you so very much to Cat and Meg for sharing this with the world! I heart you. Big time. And for all of you, make sure you run, don’t walk to snag your own copy!