Hello! I’m Marcy, a single mother to one amazing, extremely energetic, 6 year old boy! A few years ago my life completely shifted and I found myself recreating who I was, or rather finding who I really am inside. Needless to say, the past few years have been extremely challenging; navigating single parenthood, work-life balance while staying present, and re-discovering myself. But through these hard times, I have grown into a person I am truly happy and in love with, my true self. And now, I am more than passionate about, in fact, it Is my mission, to help other women find their true selves using personal growth as a business-building strategy to grow and work to build a life they are fulfilled and personally passionate in.
WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS AND WHAT LEAD YOU TO START IT?
I’m a top leader and business owner with a premium skin care brand called Rodan + Fields. To be honest, I started my business nearly 6 years ago to have something for myself and to be able to have extra monthly shopping money. What it has turned into is one of the best things for myself. It has saved me financially and personally through an ever-changing and growing life; giving me personal security as a single mother and the fulfillment I crave as a professional.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
I’m inspired by people who don’t let “comfortable” hold them back from their greatness. The people who aren’t afraid to fail forward and create a really incredible life for themselves and their families. I love watching my team members grow slowly but surely in their businesses, and I’m inspired by their passion for more life.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR TIPS TO MAINTAIN A WORK-LIFE BALANCE?
Work-life balance has been a constant struggle for me, but in a very different way! I’m so grateful to work for myself, from wherever I want, but sometimes that can get me into trouble and I’ll put less effort and consistency into my work than I should. I’ve had to learn to find the times where I am most inspired and productive, and make sure to work during those times. On the other hand, being present with my son can be difficult as well, because I love what I do so much, and I love working with my team to help them grow. So leaving the phone behind has been something I continue to try and work on. My main tips to maintain a healthy work life balance would be:
Don’t stress too much about it! We’re all tyring to do the best we can. If you’re aware of it, you’re already 1 step ahead.
Set time aside for yourself in the morning to meditate, read, get centered; whatever it is for you that calms your anxiety and clarifies your goals for the day.
Work when you’re productive. For me, I have found Im most productive from 10am-3pm, and after my meditation and a good work out!
Schedule in your family time. I know, it sounds a little bit ridiculous. But when you schedule it in and make it a priority to stay with it, your life and work will balance more easily. My family time is from school pick up (3:30pm) to about 4pm. Then, my son has his “alone-time” and we pick up our together-time again from 5-8pm ish.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER MOMS WANTING TO START A BUSINESS?
NIKE- JUST DO IT!
Here’s the thing mom, you’re never going to be mad at yourself for at least trying! I’ve started a few different businesses, and even if they don’t make me millions, I’m so proud of myself for at least trying something new. The learning and growth you take from starting a business is by far one of the best intangibles. So, just do it. Take 10 seconds of courage and START! Also- paid partnerships like I have with R+F take a tonne of the “getting started” out of it. So if you can find a smart, residual “business-in-a-box” for your first, I would highly recommend that.
IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA HOUR TODAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT?
As I’m currently writing this from my brothers house in Montana, listening to the cousins play together, I don’t think I could wish for another hour. I’m blessed to have the time flexibility I have to wake up and work when and where I want to!
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