This weekend I attended Mom Market's Boss Mom Brunch, put on by Maternifit. It was an amazing and inspiring event which I absolutely LOVED. Today I want to write about what it takes for each Boss Mom to get there. Cuz believe me, the struggle is real.
BUSINESS BEFORE PLEASURE?
On Friday, I had a regular work day, which consists of working on designs for my clients as well as managing mom duties at home. I was awaiting a VERY important delivery from UPS (What the F*** can Brown Do For You? I still haven't figured that out). The delivery contained some menus I designed for a client who needed them that evening, as well as my own promotional flyers for the Mom Brunch event. The delivery was supposed to arrive between 2:30 and 6:30pm. UPS has had issues with delivering to my house in the past, so I made sure that I was at home after 2:30 to be there when it arrived. I was super anxious because my client needed those menus and if I couldn't deliver on time, of course it makes me and my business look bad. Around 2:45 I get a text saying that UPS attempted delivery but that no one was home to sign for it. Now, being here at home, practically staring out the window waiting for the infamous brown delivery truck, I know that there was no way this was true. I was like, OH HELL NO. So I immediately wander my street like a weirdo, to my neighbors houses to see if they may have left a door tag on another door. They did not. I get on the phone to customer service and demand some service. Now, I am usually pretty mild mannered, polite, and a generally cool chick, but my anxiety level was way over 10, and combined with my business reputation on the line, I turned into an irrational beast! No joke. I was on the phone with them asking them, nay, telling them that they need to turn the truck around and come back because clearly they had made a mistake and it was vital I get the delivery by 6:30. The sassy customer service lady on the phone informed me, matter of factly, that the truck would not be returning, and why was I yelling at her, and Honey, it's not our fault, etc. OK, I'm pretty sure any Boss Mom will agree, but NO ONE CALLS ME HONEY EXCEPT MY HUSBAND. After being hung up on, I called back and spoke to another poor soul who had to listen to me. Finally, they said that I can come pick up the package at 8pm that night. Not ideal, but the situation was resolved. Better late than never.
A few lessons were learned that evening.
1. Order packages to be delivered a week ahead of time (if you can help it).
2. Never use UPS (if you can help it).
3. All that meditation I've been doing may or may not actually help in these situations.
#BOSSMOM IS A THING
I know I should have remained calm and everything would be ok. I mean, yes, it is not ideal to be late when delivering for a client, but in the big picture of life, it all works out in the end. The point is, is that so many business moms probably went through similar situations the night before the event. The vendors selling stuff probably had late deliveries, computer errors, things breaking, and goodie bags to fill, and at the same time, children's sports events to get to, mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and the list goes on. Yet, we survive. In fact, we thrive. We are the multi-tasking queens of our households and our businesses. All the chaos behind the scenes exists even when our stage performance looks flawless. Makeup perfection, hair beautiful, business cards at the ready, and a big smile on our exhausted face.
So as I looked around and met all the wonderful women at the brunch, I felt instantly connected to all these smart, professional, beautiful, slightly crazy for doing this, women. We have shared experiences, similar tales to tell, and because of that, it's easy to support each other and our growing businesses.