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5:15 AM: The familiar sound of a popular pop music filled the air. When the rest of the world was still sleeping, she forced herself to reach out to her cell phone and stopped the alarm before it starts screaming again, afraid to wake up the rest of the family members. She tip toed her way out from the bedroom, and started preparing for breakfast, without even taking a glance of herself in the mirror. She made sure that the coffee was hot, pancakes were delectable and fruits freshly squeezed for a refreshing juice.
6:15 AM: She went up again to wake her kids up, Danny, 16 and Jena, 13. “It’s time for school, don’t be late,” she said for the nth time. She walked back into her bedroom, found her husband already in the shower. She picked up his favorite business suit from the closet and laid them gently on the bed.
6:30 AM: The whole family enjoyed their hearty breakfast. This family bonding was what she had ever looked forward to everyday. It was the perfect place and time for her to spend quality time with the people that matter most in her life. As usual, Jena was teasing Danny about his classmate, the newly-transferred be-dimpled girl who sits next to him. Danny gave his little sister a scornful look as he sheepishly looked past his mom. She, on the other hand, hid her smile, thinking that her son had grown up so fast! Jena, on the other hand, was struggling with her Math homework. The morning became “Mom to the rescue” for the youngest member of the family. She patiently taught her daughter how to remember the math formula to solve the problem.
7:00 AM: Hubby and the kids kissed her goodbye. She could have been in a pensive mood today, but no! On the contrary, there was an undercurrent of happiness filling up her day since she opened her eyes. After all, she’s a busy mompreneur and aside from looking over at her family’s needs and best interests, she also finds time to be a successful entrepreneur. So right after washing the dishes, she cleaned up their 2-story house.
8:00 AM: She took off her hat as a domestic goddess and quickly spent the next 30 minutes in the shower, soaking her body in a warm, relaxing bath. She felt the need of some “me, myself & I” time and she embraced every bit of it!
9:00 AM: She was ready to work. Her hair still wet, she turned on her laptop and started reading her emails. Coffee (again) as her trustworthy companion, as she patiently replied to all urgent emails. She called up staff members, suppliers, and distribution centers to make sure that all the goods are delivered accurately and in a timely manner. Before lunch, she quickly set up a team meeting with her staff, sharing with them the business maps she had created a day before. The map visualization allowed her staff to view the movements of the business, revealing their business connections with their customers and how else they can do better and aim for improvement.
12:00 noon: She took a break from work and grab a quick bite for lunch. She made a couple of phone calls but this time, to her husband (who said he arranged a romantic dinner for her) and to her 2 kids (glad to learn that Jena got the perfect score in Math (she remembers to give her a small treat. Hmm… ice cream maybe?) Well, Danny sent her a text message instead saying that he’s in the Science Lab focusing on their project with his lab partner – the new girl in school! :) Why does her smile never leaves her face when reading that?
1:00 PM: She resumed from her work, calling up customers again and asked for their needs, what orders to take, and what else to do to help them out. She used business mapping tools to help her understand the relevance of her work to the geographical locations of her customers. Then there were also some issues that should be resolved immediately. “I’ll get back at you in no time,” she promised a customer. In less than 5 minutes, she had created a heat map that helped her identify potential risks. She called back her customer and explained several options to her, finding the timely solutions to the customer’s impeding problems.
5:00 PM: Kids arrived home. This time, the snacks are prepared – Danny’s favorite – Nachos! And Jena’s little treat – ice cream.
6:00 PM: She prepared dinner for the kids, reminding them to behave as she will soon meet their daddy in a posh restaurant for a well-deserved dinner.
7:00 PM: This time, the evening comes and the tiredness kicks in, but she shrugs it off, looking forward for a date night with hubby. She had a quick shower, put on a pale pink satin dress, put some make-up on and before leaving the room, sprayed a dash of her favorite scent.
8:00 PM: The place was amazingly romantic. The attendant led her to the table. She was taken aback to see her husband, all smiles at her, probably the most handsome man in the room. They enjoyed everything that they ordered. What she liked most is that they can freely mention anything and everything under the sun. The usual conversation like “how was your day?” or “how’s work” is answered with several paragraphs with different emotions in between.
Life for her as a mompreneur seems to be a flurry of activities and movements. But she doesn’t complain. She’s busy. She likes what she’s doing. And she feels fulfilled.