Today’s article topic is a million dollar question: how to manage motherhood and your business at the same time. If you are someone who can relate to this, you will be happy to know I have interviewed an expert- Catherine DeFrancesco, Founder of SOL Yoga- in this topic recently. She was kind enough to share her story and gave
Share a bit about your daily life.
I’m a mother, a business owner, and an innovator (I like to think!), who are elevating the health, fitness, yoga,
Along with SOL Yoga, I’m also the CEO of an investment company, SOL Global Wellness, overseeing the development of private label health, beauty and wellness products that will be sold in SOL Yoga locations and stand-alone retail stores throughout Florida and beyond.
A mother of four, I have two sons based in Europe with my two daughters in Miami, Florida – though soon off to boarding school in Switzerland. I have my hands full, but I juggle the best I can, often on a plane visiting my sons, including my eldest who is a professional race care driver en-route to Formula 1 circuit next (!) and lives in Italy currently. Thankfully, I’ve really honed in on how not to stress, but rather surrender to the process, knowing I can’t control everything! Yoga has that effect and why I’m so passionately growing SOL Yoga! Get on the mat and change your life for the better is what I say and know first-hand!
How do you propose to manage the hectic life of managing a business and motherhood at the same time?
Ultimately, staying in the present moment is what has worked for me, and surrounding myself with a supportive team. I feel so fortunate my team is a positive thriving, empowering group of women who genuinely can finish my thoughts and sentences. The support we have for each other, and the dedication we share in the business, is one powerful sisterhood let me tell you!
My advice for others is simple: Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’. Don’t be afraid of what others may think either. Go with your gut, be patient, be kind and follow your heart’s calling…it’s the best, most accurate compass we have.
As a mother and an entrepreneur, I know many of us struggle with time-management. What is your advice on that?
Routine, routine, routine! I go to bed before 10/10:30 pm most nights and get up at 5:30 am. I turn my phone off and call it! During the daylight hours, I’ve learned to ask myself during work or while text messaging, ‘is this a good use of my time right now?’ Rather than get on social and look at Instagram for example, I’ve learned I’m less hurried when I save that for later so that I can focus on X, Y or Z instead. It takes practice, but soon, your priorities become much clearer. I also carry a huge desk calendar (the big one!) in my bag at all times! I can write all my appointments, meetings, carpooling, etc right on it, and see what’s coming up at a glance! It’s my fool-proof way to keep track of my time, and I highly recommend!
How do you manage the stress and fatigue of being an entrepreneur and a mother?
Going to bed at a regular hour, taking a bath, drinking a warm cup of tea – all help me relax and get a good night’s sleep. If I don’t get 6-7 hours for whatever reason, I don’t stress over it. I find the less you focus on lack of sleep, the less stress you will feel. Choose to see the positive – hey, at least I got something, have a cup of coffee, some warm tea, and get on with your day!
Along with regular bedtime, I get up relatively early before my kids to enjoy quiet time, just for me, my dogs and starting my day off feeling a sense of gratitude. Even just a few minutes of silence, watching the sunset really helps. That, along with a daily sweat – whether a yoga class or going for a run outside, I need to move, and love it.
Where my kids are concerned, I am there for them any chance I can be! For example, I have no issues leaving work early to go watch my daughter’s track and field meet -and do so without guilt. Bottom line, my kids are still growing, they are amazing in so many ways – and I cherish our time together. Work can – and WILL wait if you let it. I believe my kids get the best version of me too. I’m showing them an example of work and life and giving my best. Not aiming for perfection, but certainly giving my best! Something I know they appreciate and do so in their own lives, which is a win-win.
If you can give advice to someone who has to manage the business and motherhood all by herself, what would that be?
Ask for help! We are better when we support one another. When we share our learnings. “Confident women share” is my saying and I practice it whole-
About Catherine DeFrancesco:
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