If you’ve ever found yourself juggling motherhood as an entrepreneur, you’ll feel less alone in today’s conversation. I talk to published author and life coach, Andrea Owen, who shares her own journey of what it has looked like to balance being a parent, building a business, and writing books. We explore the push and pull between loving what you do while also navigating being a caregiver in your home.
Andrea Owen is an author, global speaker, and professional certified life coach who helps high-achieving women maximize unshakeable confidence, and master resilience. She has taught hundreds of thousands of women tools and strategies to be able to empower themselves to live their most kick-ass life. She’s a Certified Daring Way™️ Facilitator; a modality based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, and she’s also the host of Make Some Noise podcast, with over 3 million downloads. I had an opportunity to be a guest on her show.
She is the proud author of three books, which have been translated into 18 languages and available in 22 countries. Andrea is the proud author of three books, which have been translated into 18 languages and are available in 22 countries. She updated and revised her book, How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t.
“I had to really come to terms with and understand that just because I wanted to work, it didn’t have anything to do with how I felt about my children.”
What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)
How Andrea learned that she needed to lead with intentional kindness, and what this meant to her [16:54]
The behind-the-scenes timeline of a seasoned entrepreneur, and the way Andrea transitioned to be more of an “official” coach while also juggling motherhood [22:36]
A goal-setting process and the markers that you can use to gauge your progress as an entrepreneur (especially if you’re a mom) [29:26]
A closer look at how Andrea managed childcare at the beginning while building her business [37:16]
The way that Andrea wrote her first book, and how her second and third ones then came to be [40:18]
Andrea shares her book writing process and the different promotion approaches she used for all three of her books [49:07]
A recent health diagnosis that Andrea has received and how this has impacted the way she shows up in her work [54:24]
“[Entrepreneurship] sort of just serendipitously, or maybe not serendipitously, fell into my lap. The long and short of it is that I was built for entrepreneurship, even if it was just for the reason of needing to be my own boss.” [Andrea, 26:21]
“I had to really come to terms with and understand that just because I wanted to work, it didn’t have anything to do with how I felt about my children. It was only the job that I didn’t like, of being a stay-at-home mother.” [Andrea, 27:46]
“Whether you are a woman who wants to work or not, I think as a mother leaving your children is incredibly difficult. It was this push-pull of loving what I was doing and believing in my goals, this business, and this thing that I was trying to build, and also just having agony over leaving my children for hours at a time.” [Andrea, 37:30]
“For the most part, I love [the book writing process]. It’s the marketing of the book, it’s the selling of the book, it’s all the logistics and the minutiae that goes into a book launch that is, for me, the hard part.” [Andrea, 49:24]
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