As a young woman I always knew that I didn’t want to finish my degree at uni and find myself a ‘secure’ 9 - 5 job in the rat race. Nope, that kind of lifestyle just didn’t turn me on because aside from hindering my free spirit and desire for travel, I felt like it would tie me down to routine and quite frankly, it sounded just plain boring.
Unlike my parents (who both worked in secure government jobs), I was determined to follow my passions mercilessly and build my career around a lifestyle that I loved. Yes, I got more than a few eye rolls and sighs when I told my family and friends that I wasn’t going to work doing ‘just anything’ … but despite this I powered on with an undying belief that my career was never going to be short of bloody amazing.
When my daughter entered the world on my 24th birthday (best birthday present ever!), I knew that I was going to be a hands-on Mum. I fricking loved being a Mum and never doubted that this little angel was always going to come first before anything. Having her enter my life really cemented my desire to work for myself and master my crazy entrepreneurial ways.
But hell, I’m not going to lie, it was no easy ride to get to where I am today. In fact, it was a damn hard struggle at times. After the birth of my daughter I followed my passion for educating and supporting women through pregnancy and birth, and became a freelance Doula. I loved this job, but hated being on-call to attend births because it meant less time with my own baby … so I stopped. I then went on to study Yoga and, whilst I loved that it suited my lifestyle, teaching adults Yoga just didn’t seem to bring in the $$ that I needed to pay the bills. After reading a ton of books about entrepreneurship, I identified a gap in the market and started a kids Yoga business ... this was a great business move and all-of-a-sudden I was teaching Yoga in child care centres around the Gold Coast and making decent money doing it.
After a few years of Yoga I got sick and tired of saying namaste and was ready for a severe career change. I outsourced my kids Yoga business and began searching for an exciting new path. My daughter began school, so I had a bit more time up my sleeve and decided to go back to uni and study sexology. I have always loved everything about sex and sex education and when I found out there was a degree in sexology, I felt like I was home-sweet-home. Getting paid to talk educate people about sex? It was a dream come true!
I became a sexologist and jumped in the deep end by creating another business that I could fit around my daughter and our lifestyle. I wrote a successful eBook that I sell online (oh hellooooooo passive income), I built a thriving online community of women who want to enjoy great sex every day, and I now run all my sex and relationship coaching with clients via Skype or phone. This means that I work entirely from my home office and the advantages of this as a mum are endless; I do school drop off and pick up from school, I free to attend school sports carnivals and dance concerts, I can be by her side when she’s sick, I can hang out and play Uno with her after school, and help her with her homework.
Being an entrepreneur really has allowed me to be the best Mum I can possibly be. In the beginning, I followed my passions because I wanted freedom … now I follow them because I know that it allows me to be there for my child and, more importantly, it shows my daughter that she can be and have whatever she want in this lifetime by mercilessly pursuing her passions.
* FYI, Miss 10 year old is officially onto her second business and is currently working on a name for her new lip balm company! That’s 'ma girl!