How to grow a business while raising a baby

Last week, Amity Beane of Florabeane published a short blog post called “How to grow a business while raising a baby”. It’s a fun read and, well, I am in it! It was a real pleasure to be part of this post along aside Amity (who always has such great insights) and Stephanie Redlinger of The Florasmith (who’s articulate comments are so easy to relate to).

Not a day goes by that I am not so very thankful for having my lil' man in my life. He's taught me so much about myself and how to be truly patient without expectation. I see him marvel at the most mundane things, and it makes me see the world through new eyes. I've always wanted to be a mother, however, over the course of the past 16 months, motherhood really challenged how I viewed myself – who am I? I was a family lawyer. I am more of an artist than a lawyer nowadays. I am a stay-at-home mom as well, a role that society places little to no value. And then I think, oh gosh, I'm one of THOSE moms who I used to counsel to get a job and maintain their skill set so they're employable and self-sufficient…Yes, this train of thought can go really dark. What's REAL is the juggling act that each of us, as mothers, have to do on a daily basis to meet our needs, our husband's needs, and our child's needs. How do we do it? Let me rephrase that: How do Stephanie Redlinger of @theflorasmith, Amity Beane of @florabeane, and I do it? Amity wrote a fantastic piece shining light on this exact topic on her blog that I would love to share with you because everything that's said is so relatable (honestly, I awwed when Stephanie wrote how she enjoys making things for her son to make him happy). Both ladies are much more articulate than I’ll ever be. Link in profile. . . . #paperartist #paperflorist #torontoartist #craftedtobloom #torontolife #motherhood #lifeafterlaw

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When I was contributing my little part to this piece, I really had to reflect on the events of this past year and how I managed to do so much when on most days, I felt like I had accomplished NOTHING. Then I recall on those days, I’ll remind myself that I have a little boy in my life who I love with all my heart, and a creative outlet that brings me a different type of joy.

Jessie

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