So I’m recording this episode about 6 months postpartum. And today I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned and what life has been like running a biz and having a baby. Let me tell you, postpartum life was not what I expected it would be and I don’t think there’s anything that can truly “prepare” you for it because everyone’s experience is so different.
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Background On My Maternity Leave
To start off, I wanted to share a little background on my maternity leave! So Luka was born on September 21st. And the original plan was to take 6 weeks off from my business and come back to my biz more in November of last year.
But as November got close, I started to feel like I wasn’t ready to come back as we planned. So I actually ended up taking more time off because that’s what I needed. And I’m so so grateful that I was able to be flexible with my timeline for coming back into the business.
To learn more about how we prepped our business for my maternity leave, check out this podcast episode!
What I’ve Learned: Building A Team You Believe In Is Key To Living The Life You Want
Although this might vary depending on your business model, for me personally, I wouldn’t be where I am today without my team.
Team can be such a hard topic to talk about because sometimes you don’t get lucky and find a perfect team member right off the bat. However, I’ve learned that it’s okay when people aren’t the right fit for your business. It’s also important to not settle when you feel like you don’t fit with an applicant. When a team member clicks, you will know.
I found that you want to invest in people who believe in you and your business and are passionate about supporting you and your clients.
On our team, it’s amazing how we are able to do so much with such a small team. And I truly feel that’s because I have invested in people who are not only hard workers but who also want to see the business grow and who believe in me as well.
So truly, building an incredible team is one of the biggest things that has supported my personal life as well.
What I’ve Learned: Flexibility Is Key
One of the biggest I learned after 6 months postpartum is that flexibility is so important. Like I mentioned, I thought I would be able to come back into my business more in November of last year. But after thinking and really listening to what I needed, I decided that wasn’t best for me.
And after I came back into the business more, I found that I was feeling really drained in all aspects of my life. As a mom, as a wife, as a business owner, trying to take care of our dogs, our home, our baby, and myself. And it was hard to feel like I was doing any of those things well.
So I decided to set more boundaries in my business so I could prioritize my family while still supporting my business. My husband and I decided that he would stay home on Wednesdays so I could have my “all in” work days and focus time. I also communicated to my team that I would do morning and evening Slack check-ins with them on all other weekdays.
I’ve learned that it’s a constant process of figuring out what works as we go. All in all, for me, it’s been so so important to be flexible in terms of paying attention to how I’m feeling, how the team is feeling, and how the business is doing and making adjustments there.
What I’ve Learned: Self Care Is So Important
Going off of being flexible, after having Luka I’ve learned about what it really means to take care of myself. Everyone has different definitions of what self-care looks like for them. And my definition of self-care definitely shifted after having Luka.
For example, I started going to physical therapy which has been incredible and I’ve been listening to my body more to take care of me.
Throughout my pregnancy and after having Luka, I’ve tried to just go with the flow based on what I need to take care of myself. And I would encourage anybody who is going through a transition in life to listen to what you need and pay attention to those cues so you can support yourself.
What I’ve Learned: Team Communication + Team Culture Are Vital In Your Biz
On our team, we are big on communication and transparency. From the day I went on maternity leave, we implemented end-of-week Slack check-ins so I could pop in to get updates if I wanted to.
This included bullet points for what projects my team focused on each week, any issues that came up + how they were solved + anything that was lingering, and then what each team member did for self-care that week. This was SUPER helpful for me because I didn’t have to go through endless Slack messages to get a pulse on my team.
Post-pregnancy, we have kept this process because it has streamlined our communication even more. We’ve tweaked it a little to add in some more details. In addition to what they did before, they also include project updates, things my team needs from me, and then each team member’s big 3 focuses for the next week.
This process has been so helpful for me to see team priorities and also check in to make sure my team isn’t waiting on anything from me.
Honestly, my journey boils down to team and systems and the prep we did prior to my maternity leave. I’ve learned that it’s been about being comfortable with change and being okay with not having a plan. It’s a continuous journey that keeps changing and I’ve tried to focus on taking things one day at a time.
But overall, after 6 months postpartum, I’ve learned that motherhood is truly unpredictable. And it’s okay to take a step back when you need and it’s okay to change things up to take care of yourself, to take care of your family, and just whatever comes your way.
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