3 Min ReadBusiness 26 August 2020
What if you could make your own dreams of success come true AND be a loving mother to your children all at the same time?
Yes, it's not easy. Balancing a career and motherhood is a challenge for many modern-day females. Moms aren't only expected to be caretakers of their children; they continue to be subjected to gender stereotypes, and they take on so much unpaid labor while also being under a lot of pressure to succeed and be able to provide for their families.
But it's not impossible. Let me tell you how I made it all happen.
My name is Cayla Craft, and I'm married to my loving husband, Chase, and we have three beautiful children. I'm a former nurse who eventually found my calling in helping women, especially fellow moms, find their passion and build a sustainable business.
Raised by a single mother, I witnessed how she took care of me and my siblings while making sure that we still had food on the table.
She worked tirelessly day and night, but she also struggled financially. Even when I was young, I already set a goal to make a better and more comfortable life for myself, and for my future family.
But deep inside, I felt unhappy. I thought, if this is what my life is going to be 20 years from now, I have to do something to change it.
Nonetheless, I admired my mom's resilience and resourcefulness. The difficulties we faced as a family taught me how to weather the challenges of life and business.
When I was 14, I got into a health careers program that offered scholarships. I never really dreamed of getting into healthcare, but I just wanted to have a stable job to pay the bills.
At 23, I was working as an ER nurse and was making strides in my nursing career. But deep inside, I felt unhappy. I thought, if this is what my life is going to be 20 years from now, I have to do something to change it.
Soon after, I figured out a way to bring harmony into my family's life while helping thousands of women pursue their passions through Mommy Millionaire. I became a millionaire at 26 years old and created a platform where I could firsthand help other women do the same.
I was able to fill a void of community driven by women searching to grow from good to great. Mommy Millionaire seeks to pour out practical tips and business know-how that is current and relevant to what is working for success today.
At first, my husband wasn't overly supportive of my business. It was painful because the first person who should have been supporting me wasn't exactly rooting for what I was doing. I valued our marriage, and I didn't want to take it against him.
Many women are deterred when their husband doesn't support what they want to do. Honestly, I think that's just an excuse because you should prove to yourself that you can make it happen, even without their support.
Now, Chase is the CEO of all our businesses, but it took a lot of work for us to reach that point. The struggle with my husband and my career made me realize that the only support I needed was from myself. It's liberating because I don't have to be a victim—I can be the winner in my own life.
It was painful because the first person who should have been supporting me wasn't exactly rooting for what I was doing. I valued our marriage, and I didn't want to take it against him.
It's also so important to trust in your intuition and your own capabilities. Often, I've been asked, "What's the secret to getting rich?" People want to be told exactly what to do. It's easy to just search online for tips on running different types of businesses, but you'll find yourself unsatisfied. The only way to be satisfied is to trust yourself and trust the process. Personally, I never liked looking at what other people were doing; I kept myself in my own lane, followed my own gut, and got myself to work.
By doing my own thing, I achieved so many things I could proudly call my own: best-selling author, self-made millionaire, and top sales influencer.
Admittedly, balancing work and motherhood is still a challenge. But as I moved up, I knew I needed to do what felt right for me and look for help. As the business grew, I learned I didn't have to do everything on my own. I hired virtual assistants and delegated small tasks like keeping my inbox clean or organizing my schedule for the day. This left me space to get my creative juices flowing, show up, and work my own magic.
It's liberating because I don't have to be a victim—I can be the winner in my own life.
How can mommies get started?
My ultimate dream is to help one million moms become millionaires. I talk about my philosophy and share advice through the top-rated Mommy Millionaire Podcast. I also offer coaching courses for moms! We coach women so they become their best asset in business. I promise that these programs contain not just inspirational messages but also practical tips to help women get started with their goals today.
Curious to learn how you can be a Mommy Millionaire, too? Visit Cayla Craft's website at www.mommymillionaire.co/!
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist