Today I am excited to introduce to you Margaret of Rainy Day Colors. I ‘met’ Margaret several years ago when she first purchased an ad spot on the sidebar of my blog. Every now and then shops sponsor for several months and even years. As a blogger it is fun for me to watch long time sponsors change and grow their businesses. This is very true of Margaret and her shop.
When I asked her to guest post, I left the door open for whatever she felt like sharing. I was so encouraged by her words regarding the realities of juggling motherhood and running a business. It is refreshing to hear someone else I admire affirm the same struggles I have. When she says, “Both (motherhood & businesses) are ran primarily on grace and good coffee,” I smiled a knowing grin. So true. Grace. Coffee. Repeat.
Welcome to Under the Sycamore Margaret. Thank you for sharing here today!
Hi y’all! I feel so honored to be sharing in Ashley’s corner of the Internet today. She is such an inspiring mother and maker.
I’m Margaret. I’m a wife and mama of three really cool kids. I spend my days cutting paper for my shop Rainy Day Colors and laughing at my really hilarious kids.
Motherhood isn’t always easy. Running a small business isn’t always easy. Both are ran primarily on grace and good coffee. Some days, when I put away my work and take lunch to the park, this life I get to live feels like a dream. But on other days, the two crash together and it feels nearly impossible.
About a month ago, we were hit with a snow storm that gave us three snow days in a row. The first day was spent sledding and eating pizza. It was one of those magical childhood days that I hope my kids remember for the rest of their lives. I’m sure there were arguments and spills, but it was filled with so much fun and laughter that I can only recollect the joy of that day.
But by snow day three, all of the snow had melted into cold slush, all of the movies had been watched and all of the crafts had been made. Emails and orders were drowning in a sea of pancakes and Legos. I found myself drifting between filling orders and breaking up fights. Finally, I had had enough. I put everyone in their room for some much needed rest time. I got out the water colors and decided to start working on some new designs for the shop. I sat at my kitchen table thinking about the orders that hadn’t been packaged and the kids that had been yelled at.
It was one of those days when running a business while caring for my children felt impossible. As I dipped my paintbrush in the water colors, the words “be kind” rolled off my paintbrush. I painted them over and over, realizing how many times I had growled these words at my kids over the past few days. I needed a reminder, not for my kids, but for myself. Kids don’t always listen when you give them reminders (I know this because no matter how many times I say it, I will have to utter the words “flush the toilet” at least twice a day).
But kids do see your actions. They see me bark at them to be kind when it’s the farthest thing I’ve been to them all day. They hear the frustration in my voice as I’m breaking up another fight. My kids don’t need to hear another reminder from their mom to be kind, they need to see a reminder to be kind in the actions of their mom. They need to see me practice kindness when all I want to do is clank their sweet little heads together.
(Ashley here: I love that Margaret included the following picture when she sent me several to use for this post. Real life. Posing with a Be Kind print and kids being kids in the background. I had to include it.)
Sometimes, the things we are juggling fall out of the air. Motherhood, business, work, health, family life. We all need little reminders when all these things begin to crash into each other. Be kind. Rest. Slow down. Hustle. Work Hard. What reminders do you need as you juggle all the things that make up a life?
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