I've always wanted to be a mama.
It's not something I really talked about much. When you ask little kids what they want to be when they grow up, most will say astronaut, firefighter, doctor, etc.
My answer? Even at five years old I would say, "The Boss."
I didn't care what field. I just knew I wanted to be The Boss.
Eventually, around age 10 or 11 I knew that I wanted a career in business, probably marketing or advertising. I knew that I would graduate from St. Petersburg High School's International Baccalaureate program, attend college in the Northeast United States, and graduate with a Bachelors in Business Administration.
I also knew that I would someday be a mama.
Can you picture the women of the 80's and early 90's, wearing power suits and dropping their kids off at school? Those were my role models as a kid (although even back then I knew they were wearing WAY too much blush). Those women made it possible for me to visualize myself making breakfast for my babies before spending the day in the boardroom. My evenings would be full with helping the kids with homework, making dinner for my family and ironing my button-ups for the following workday.
Could women have it all? A thriving career AND a happy family life? No question- I knew the answer was yes.
So I went to college. I got my marketing degree, and my yoga teaching certification. By age 21 I was managing yoga studios and teaching VIPs in Washington DC and Los Angeles. By 23 I was leading marketing teams for Whole Foods Market, in charge of store signage, community partnerships, healthy eating education, social media and more.
But by 25 I decided I had had enough of the corporate world and decided to try out entrepreneurship back home in St Petersburg Florida. Instead of commuting for hours and suffering through endless meetings and performance reviews, I spend my days leading my doTERRA team and teaching others about wellness through the technologies of yoga, Reiki and essential oils.
And by 26, my fiancé and I decided to have a baby. By the grace of God, we got pregnant on the first try.
Am I living my childhood dream? Am I both a mama, and The Boss?
Even though I am out of corporate America, I believe I am. But my definition of "The Boss" has changed.
I am The Boss because I live my life on my terms. Even though I was technically The Boss at my last company, I didn't get to choose my salary, my schedule or even my Team Members. I also didn't get to choose whether my old job title would stick around (it didn't).
I am The Boss because I make my own decisions. I decide how many yoga classes I teach and where I teach them. I decide how many hours per day I work on my doTERRA business. I decide where to work, which clients I accept, and what to wear every day.
And when baby comes, I will decide EXACTLY how I want to balance my duties as a mother, wife and entrepreneur. That's freedom. That's being The Boss.
I'm telling my story because I believe it is possible for everyone to achieve your Dream. Actually, I believe it's vital that we all do.
We are all here for a purpose. Maybe yours is running a big corporation! It wasn't mine, even though I would have been damn good at it. So I changed course, and figured out another way to be The Boss and a mama, too.
What was your childhood dream? What is your dream, now? How, EXACTLY, would you prefer to spend your time if money was no object? It helps to write it down, and to share it with others.
I dare you to comment below.