Working Mom Series: Blissfulmamas Is On A Mission To Bring You Work-Life Balance and Bliss
Thirteen years ago in the green mountains of VT, Becky & Erin met in a courtyard destined to be best friends forever. Now in their early thirties, they are both successful professionals working and living in the suburbs of Boston, loving mothers to their amazing sons and newly blissfulmamas entrepreneurs. They experienced so much in their young adult life together, supporting each other through engagements, marriage, babies, and transitions.
Although most of it was blissful, there were some difficult moments too. As they went from successful working women into the world of working mamas, they discovered a whole new world of guilt! In efforts to change their job paths and career focus towards organizations that supported working mamas, Becky & Erin ventured together to create blissfulmamas.
It began with the idea around managing our guilt, managing a full time career, being a happy mom; present and in the moment when spending time with our families. We also longed to get to a place where there was a glimmer of balance and extra time for ourselves to pursue the hobbies, and extra curricular activities we enjoyed before having children, again -without guilt of being away from our family….our goal with the blissfulmamas project is to come together as mothers to highlight the positives in our lives, all that we share with the world and to be proud of our accomplishments
Becky & Erin have received overwhelming support from family, friends and their mama community and have begun a journey to collaborate with other mothers to create a networking community for working mamas with a positive outlook, looking to collaborate with each other on career advancements, job opportunities, managing and organizing family life, without forgetting about the long overdue personal “me” time.
The Goal of Blissfulmamas
Our goal is to act as a positive outreach for working mamas and be a place where working mamas can collaborate & find resources, ideas that are useful in the areas of life they feel are unbalanced, guiding each other to organizations that support working mamas who are looking for a career change, organizing families to free up time for more fun, without forgetting to save some time for just me. our mission is to help mamas realize these elements are vital to overall harmony, balance and a mindful presence
The blissfulmamas venture has inspired both the personal and professional advancements of Becky & Erin. They strive to find a balance in career, family and me time and have stepped outside of their comfort zone to share their own personal experiences.
What we hope for, is for other working mothers to see the many ways that we as women are making a career life/balance a reality and in fact, a success. We feel inspired by the stories of our mom’s who have taken a variety of paths in order to pursue their dreams. Our first featured mama, is a personal chef, we have had a music therapist, life coach and family therapist to name a few. We’re excited to share many more stories of ways that moms find a way to balance their love for career and continued self development and their love for their families. The challenge is finding the right support and environment to make a career/life balance achievable. In addition to the weekly “featured mama” section of their website, blissfulmamas is looking to expand towards also featuring local businesses and organizations that support working families. It is our goal to celebrate organizations that take the time and invest in employees who are not only an asset to their organization, but also mothers…we want companies to realize that a little flexibility goes a long way, and that with the right mix -a high level of productivity can be achieved
Becky & Erin also strive to work directly with other working mamas to promote and support each other in their careers. They feature a new mama weekly to describe their career challenges, successes, and balancing both with a family and squeezing in me-time.
We ideally want to partner with other mothers to promote their organizations, support one another and be advocates for each other! One of our favorite mother artists, Katie M. Berggren has graciously offered us to use one of her prints as the face of blissfulmamas. It would be amazing if we could continue this tradition and partner directly with more mothers out there!
What the Future Holds
Our biggest venture goal is in and around technology. We would love to grow our networking site into a mobile platform, accessible to mamas on the go! Blissfulmamas will undoubtedly become a place where you come to connect with other working women. We want to create a community for working mamas with a positive outlook, looking to collaborate with each other on career advancements, job opportunities, managing and organizing family life, without forgetting about the long overdue personal “me” time, all accessible on the go!
Advice for Women in Innovation
Throughout their journey in the creation of Blissfulmamas, Erin & Becky have discovered that you have to be flexible and open to change.
The most important thing to remember is that ideas are in constant evolution. Don’t be afraid to let go of your idea and let it grow. The more you share, the more you open yourself up to possibilities that you may not have considered initially. Blissfulmamas began as a very basic idea of bringing mom’s together and has grown to featuring working mamas, highlighting fun family/me time ideas, and harvesting career advice.
Blissfulmamas will continue to grow into a place where we can join together for resources needed to find balance in areas of career, family and me time, growing as a networking platform community for working mamas who are looking to share a positive experience and find a sense of balance where we can learn and share our experiences with one another.
It has been an amazing journey to learn and share with other mothers, and we are truly thankful for the mothers who are willing to share their story and experiences. Our goal is to harvest the positivity and collaboration of mamas who are longing for a glimmer of balance!
Blissfulmamas is also very excited about the newly formed partnership with Women’s iLab and offering weekly postings regarding career tips, advancements and professional development for working mothers!