Family. Career. Personal Fulfillment. For moms who work outside of the home, it can be tough to find balance. GalTime caught up with Rachel Blaufeld, a successful Mompreneur and founder of the popular blog Back'nGroove Mom to get her take on motherhood, work and how to stay relevant in your career while you're raising your kids.
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GalTime: Tell us about Back'nGroove Mom...
Rachel Blaufeld: Back’nGrooveMom was originally my personal account/blog about transitioning to a mom of school-age kids and looking for a deeper identity for myself. As my kids gained tiny pieces of independence and more of their own identity, I wanted the same for myself. After a number of years on a career break raising my family while my husband traveled extensively for work, I found myself with a few extra hours on hand and a HUGE desire for something more. I interviewed for a number of positions in my original field – social work – but quickly realized I wanted something with greater ownership and flexibility.
I set out to take an idea I had for a line of products in my head to market without knowing what a LONG and arduous process it would be, otherwise, I don’t think that I would have jumped in so quickly. I am almost there I hope, but in the middle of this journey, I realized that I could use the listening and communicating skills of my Master’s in Social Work Degree combined with my early marketing background and turn Back’nGrooveMom into its own entity. With that in mind, Back’nGrooveMom became an outpost for women at the intersection of raising a family and wanting to or currently running a business.
I love that I spend my days writing on my own blog, freelancing for other sites around the web, speaking to groups, or skyping one-on-one all on and to women, namely moms looking to rebrand, step things up a notch, and diving into new settings.
GalTime: Do you think a lot of Moms feel nervous about re-entering the work force after having kids?
Rachel Blaufeld: I do. Absolutely do. I think many moms worry about the ‘what-ifs.’ What-if I cannot get this or that done? What-if we eat Subway one night? Especially, moms who have been home for some period of time, they worry about how everything will ‘get done’ if they go back to work. All I can say is this: It does get done, pretty much, and what does not get done is OK. I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. My kids have grown a little more independent, like they know where to find clean socks (in the laundry room).
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Every now and again, I get a case of the ‘What-ifs’ and I just talk myself out of it. It usually means that I am trying to do way too much and I try to peel back a little bit.
GalTime: Can you share some ways for Moms to Stay Relevant while raising their families?