Our readers want to get to know you first, tell us about YOU what is your story?
I was never one of those girls who grew up planning what my wedding would look like or what my kids’ names would be, but without a doubt, my family is the most important thing in my life. My children are the reason I was born. They fill me with joy (and frustration) every day. I’m a high school counselor in the Chicago suburbs and have been married to Kevin for 10 years. We have 8-year-old Sebastian, whose love language is ninja fighting, and 3-year-old Julia, who thinks she is Doc McStufflns best friend. I’m obsessed with pizza and Peloton and love to read. After feeling isolated for being a mom who also really loves to work, I started I Swear I Love My kids to provide a safe zone for other moms who love to work AND love their kids (most of the time).
Now let’s talk business, what do you do? Have you always wanted to have your own business- what inspired you to go down this journey?
LOL at always wanting my own business – not at all. I’m a very practical person in many ways and after having a rocky childhood, I tend to seek stability. I’m a full-time, 11-year high school counselor.
However, in the last few years, I’ve embraced personal development and entrepreneurship. Now I’m passionate about helping moms who love to work AND love their kids flourish. I provide them with sanity-saving strategies and self-care programs like my online morning routine course. My heart wants to help validate their desire to work – just because you love to work doesn’t mean you love your kids any less, regardless of what societal messages we receive. My business is I Swear I Love My Kids.
What advice do you have for moms who want to start a business?
Life is full of lessons, what has motherhood taught you?
Oh my goodness, motherhood has taught me so much. It has taught me (in no particular order) that: You can choose what kind of mother you want to be. You don’t have to recreate your past. I’ve learned that little eyes are always watching, and my kids look up to me to learn how to live. I therefore try to challenge myself, show them it’s ok to fail, and then to keep moving. It’s taught me that I have more patience that I ever knew that I’m strong, and that my heart is limitless for my sweet children.