Mompreneurs

Mompreneurs - Alison McAdam

Tell us about yourself and your business.

I am a mother of two girls (3 and 5 years old), a wife for 8 years, a daughter, a friend, a proud small business owner (Cheeky Sleeper) and a Certified Paediatric Sleep Consultant.

As a sleep consultant, I work with families as they navigate the sometimes bumpy road of teaching their children to love sleep. I focus on family-centred sleep solutions and provide education, coaching, support and even friendship. Parents are often exhausted and frustrated with their children’s sleep habits but after working with me find their children are happier and finally well rested.

How did you get started?

Our family plan was to have our second child, and then I would return to my role as an HR Generalist. However, the economy in Calgary was just starting its downturn and the company I had worked for the eight months before having my second daughter laid me off a week before she was born. After a very bumpy maternity leave (I had two major surgeries, and my husband worked away from home 90% of the time) looking for a job was a challenge. More importantly, I lost my drive and love for HR and the corporate life. I needed something that was exciting, rewarding and would light a fire in my soul.

Even though I had watched an interview with a sleep consultant while on maternity leave and thought it sounded interesting, I had left it at that. It wasn’t until a close friend sent me sleep consultant training information that a light went off, and I knew this is what I wanted to pursue. That’s when this whole adventure started. I graduated from the Family Sleep Institute, as a Certified Paediatric Sleep Consultant the following year and I am now the owner of my own small business, the Cheeky Sleeper. I get to spend my days with my girls and help families find better sleep. My heart is full, and I love every minute of it.

What have you simplified in your life to make room for your passion?

I try to live by the one-touch rule which means I try to only touch something once or twice. For example:

  • I get the mail and quickly sort it (recycling, file or leave it for my husband).
  • I will read an email and make a decision of where it belongs (delete, file or try to respond as soon as possible).
  • I sort out my to-do list according to the task (work, home, family trip, back to school).

What is the single best piece of advice you have ever received?

Just start! If I hadn’t started, I wouldn’t have gotten here.

What keeps you motivated?

My clients motivate me. Watching a mom and dad become a better team, and seeing the rewards of their hard work keeps me motivated daily. I just got an email last week from a mom who is so happy from the support they had that she thanked me for the third time.

What struggles do you face balancing motherhood and running your own business? How do you deal with them?

Finding a balance between everything: parenting, being a wife, friend, volunteering (I am a co-director of my youngest’s preschool) and finding time to sleep is a challenge but this is what helps.

I make sleep a priority and this makes the house run smoother and makes me a better parent and business owner. I have a short but predictable bedtime routine along with a set bedtime and wake up time. I try to read before bed, and leave my electronics in the charging station and use a sleep mask to help keep it dark for those summer mornings. Oh and my girls sleep from 7 – 7:30 p.m. until 6:30 – 7 a.m.

Getting a dishwasher (ours was broken for 10 months) which seems silly but has given me an extra one hour of work time in the evenings.

What book changed your life? How?

Most of my reading is sleep books. My favourite is Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth but as a mom trying to balance my time, I listen to a lot of podcasts. Some of my favourites include:

  • Your Parenting Mojo – Respectful, Research-based Ideas with Jen Lumanlan
  • Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
  • Happy Mum Happy Baby with Giovanna Fletcher
  • How I Built This with Guy Raz

What advice would you give someone that is just starting out?

I feel like I am just starting out most days but I know from experience that if you follow your passion, finding balance will come. Take care of yourself by making time to sleep will also help you be more productive.

What resource has made the biggest difference in your life?

Along with my dishwasher, my planner and phone have allowed me to be a busy mom on the go with my girls and keep up with my work.

What quote or words do you live by?

I am a strong believer that things will work out, as they should. For example, I moved to Calgary at 36 weeks and six days pregnant, and it has been the best decision I could have ever made.

Where can we find you online?

My website is www.cheekysleeper.com, and you can find me on Facebook and Instagram.

What does it take to be a mom boss?

Mompreneurs

You're doing all the things - rocking the nap time hustle, working in the wee hours of the morning and late at night when the littles are in bed, reading articles and watching videos on the next big thing that will help your business until your eyes glaze over, yet it feels like there's no progress.

You're burnout, exhausted and starting to wonder if this business dream of yours will ever happen. There’s a better way Mama. Let me show you.

Use my guide to learn the key habits that businesswomen use to reach incredible levels of success that have nothing to do with how much they hustle including how to:

  • Identify what you want to attract in your life and learn how to amp up your attracting power.
  • Discover the one habit that will profoundly change your life in only a few minutes a day.
  • Learn how to shift negative limiting beliefs by using the power of affirmations.

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Mompreneurs - Lindsay Gallimore

Tell us about yourself and your business.

I am a former high school teacher turned stay-at-home-mom and blogger. I have four children: a 6-year-old son, a 3-year-old daughter and 4-month-old twin boys. I blog about all things parenting related, with a focus on cloth diapers, babywearing, breastfeeding and women’s mental health advocacy. I am also a social media manager and a French-English translator, but I am currently taking a break from that #becausetwins.

How did you get started?

My blog started as a hobby. I found that a lot of my mom friends were coming to me for product recommendations, and I absolutely love to write and I love to teach. So I combined the fact that I was a new mom wanting to help other moms with my love of writing and teaching and Maman Loup’s Den was born. Looking back, I really had no clue what I was talking about in the early days so luckily those first few posts are long gone. As I built up a following on social media, brands and businesses started reaching out to me for advertising and collaborations, so my little hobby turned into a business.

What have you simplified in your life to make room for your passion?

On the outside, it might seem like I actually do a lot to complicate my life, like using cloth diapers on three kids. I tend to look at everything related to motherhood as fodder for my blog, including the feeling that there’s not enough time in the day (or night) to do everything I want and need to do. So rather than needing to make room for my passion, I actually blend it with my life. The one simplification that has been absolutely critical to pursue my business has been deciding to pay for daycare twice a week so that I can actually do the work needed to keep my blog running.

What is the single best piece of advice you have ever received?

My mom always told me not to wear black socks with white shoes, and my dad always told me not to eat yellow snow. I can’t choose!

What keeps you motivated?

Every so often I get a message from a reader who tells me something I wrote made a huge difference in her life. For example, by talking openly about my experience with pelvic floor physiotherapy, I’ve helped some fellow mamas seek a treatment they didn’t know existed for a problem they thought they were stuck with for life.

What struggles do you face balancing motherhood and running your own business? How do you deal with them?

The struggle is constant. There isn’t enough time in the day. I cannot possibly do it all and yet I have this inner voice that is telling me that I need to try. My brain is always overflowing with ideas for new content, for posts I want to write, for companies I want to reach out to, for car seats I want to help people install … I’m lucky in that my business is very linked to motherhood. So when I’m facing a parenting challenge, I can post about it on social media and suddenly I have all these voices of support from fellow mamas who’ve gone through the same thing.

What book changed your life? How?

Actually, it was a self-help book that I read when I was struggling desperately with my OCD. It’s called The Imp of the Mind and it taught me that we are not our thoughts.

What advice would you give someone that is just starting out?

Make a list of achievable goals, and realize that for your business to thrive and to maintain your sanity, you may need to budget for childcare.

What resource has made the biggest difference in your life?

Definitely finding a daycare where my daughter (and sometimes son now that school’s out) can hang while I get my momtrepreneuring on has helped me strike a small semblance of work/life balance (but then I had twins who are lying next to me on the bed while I type this).

What quote or words do you live by?

“It is what it is.” Prolific, I know.

Where can we find you online?

My website is www.mamanloupsden.com, and you’ll find me on Instagram and Facebook too! 

What does it take to be a mom boss?

Mompreneurs

You're doing all the things - rocking the nap time hustle, working in the wee hours of the morning and late at night when the littles are in bed, reading articles and watching videos on the next big thing that will help your business until your eyes glaze over, yet it feels like there's no progress.

You're burnout, exhausted and starting to wonder if this business dream of yours will ever happen. There’s a better way Mama. Let me show you.

Use my guide to learn the key habits that businesswomen use to reach incredible levels of success that have nothing to do with how much they hustle including how to:

  • Identify what you want to attract in your life and learn how to amp up your attracting power.
  • Discover the one habit that will profoundly change your life in only a few minutes a day.
  • Learn how to shift negative limiting beliefs by using the power of affirmations.

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