Jagariti Mathur is a mommy with a 2.5 year old daughter. In this article, she shares with us her journey from a mother to a mompreneur.

Dear Mommies,

First, I would like to congratulate you all for doing a great job as a mom! I am also a mom like you. I have a 2.5 years old toddler and have gone through the same journey of crest and troughs.

Our experience as a mother is a big roller coaster ride. From sleepless nights to tiring days, to wonderful playtime and lovely smiles of our kids. At the end of the day, it is a happy picture for the hardworking and exhausted mother.

But what next?

This is the question which we need to ask ourselves. We do a great job fulfilling the needs of our family but what we tend to ignore our own. We all make compromises on our sleep, career and even on our alone time. As a result, we get depressed, exhausted and irritated. Don’t we? We all have been through this phase or some of us maybe going through this phase now.There is a solution to this problem—do something for ourselves or set some me-time. Pursuing our career again is one way to do it.

Getting our career back has 2 benefits:

1.You have a dedicated time that you set aside for yourself—doing what you like, talking to new people and making new friends

2. It gives you that extra income, which helps you and your family to be

Doesn’t that sound good? I took that leap from being a mom to a mompreneur 2 years ago and have been very happy with that choice. But to take this step, it requires a lot of planning and consideration. At least for me, I had 3 big questions to answer.

1. What can I do?
2. How much time can I devote to myself?
3. How will I juggle career and family?

After some deliberation, the answers became very clear: The answer to question no. 1 is DO WHAT YOU LIKE. If you can turn your hobby into a career, even better! But you need to make sure that what you opt for has demand in the market. For me, the choice is obvious. I went back to accounting, which was what I was doing before I had my child. I have a passion for accounting and I also have experience doing it. So, I chose what I like, which is making me happier.

Plan your schedule. It is important to plan a routine/schedule for each day so that you know exactly how much time you have for each task. That way, you also have time for your family. When I first started going back to doing accounting, I could only do it twice a week. As my business grew, I became more confident about juggling my family and career when I saw how well my child was adjusting. I always make sure that I have the flexibility if she requires more of my attention.

The mantra to succeed is – ASK FOR HELP. Sometimes, we are hesitant about asking our spouse, family and friends for help. That is because we see it as our responsibility to take care of our children. But it is alright to ask for help, the more help you have, the easier it is to succeed. In my case, I hired a helper. I have a helper who takes good care of my kid. She runs the household well too, during my absence.

Mommies, take heart. Once you answer these three questions and have decided to take the leap, you are on your way to becoming a happy mother

“Fortune does favour the bold and you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try.”Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

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