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How Mums of Young Kids Can Make the Most of Their Limited Time to Achieve Their Goals

How Mums of Young Kids Can Make the Most of Their Limited Time to Achieve Their Goals

There's no doubt that we love our kids and we wouldn't change being a mum for anything!  However, having kids changes your life in so many ways, and this includes the fact that you don't seem to have enough hours in the day left to look after yourself, let alone take care of your goals!

Although becoming a mum and starting up a business at the same time may sound crazy to some, this is what I managed to do when my 2 children were less than 2 years old.

As a mum of 3 (2 of them being twins!), artist Megan Stringfellow has also managed to run her small business from home, while being mum.

In this podcast interview, Megan chats about how mums of young kids can make the most of their limited time to achieve their goals, no matter what you goals may be.

So, if you are a mum, take a moment to listen to this podcast interview and discover Megan's advice on how you can achieve your goals even when you are a mum to young children.

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Meet Megan

Megan is an artist, wife, and mum to three little girls who are under four years old.

Megan Stringfellow

Megan has spent years creating and selling hand made crafts and beautiful whimsical illustrations for children's books.

As a creative woman, running her business from home while raising small children, Megan is passionate about helping other mums figure out how to make their creativity and goals more of a priority.



Transcription

Gillian Duncan 0:00
Hello and welcome to this podcast from Clarity Junction. I'm excited to be joined by Megan Stringfellow today. Megan is an artist, wife and mum to three little girls, all under the age of four. Over the years, Megan has enjoyed selling handmade crafts, and creating beautiful, whimsical illustrations for children's books. Now, as a creative woman running her small business from home, while raising small children, she is passionate about helping other mums figure out how to make their creativity and goals more of a priority. So keep listening to hear Megan's advice on how mums of young kids can make the best of their limited time to accomplish their big goals. My name is Gillian Duncan, Positive Life and Wellbeing Coach, inspiring women to live the life they want, and I am delighted that you're here with me today.

Hi Megan! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today.

Megan Stringfellow 1:01
Yeah, I'm really happy to be here. Thank you.

Gillian Duncan 1:04
I know that your time is super precious at the moment. I know that you have three little girls under the age of four, and you run your own small business. Now, yeah, I know I can really appreciate how this might be for you, because I have two boys, and at one point, they were both under the age of two, and I also set up and ran my own retail business. So, we're here today for those mums out there who are juggling everything, and thinking that they need to put their dreams and their goals on hold, and we're here to tell them that you don't need to, aren't we? We're here to say that we can learn to balance life, just a little bit and achieve more.

Megan Stringfellow 1:48
Yep!

Gillian Duncan 1:48
Yeah.

Megan Stringfellow 1:49
That's right.

Gillian Duncan 1:49
So Megan, I would love for you to share your story. So, let's start from the beginning. What did work look like for you before you had kids?

Megan Stringfellow 2:00
Yeah, well, I, for years, I worked as part time, I worked as a receptionist where I would do all the office work for our small church. But then I would also do all of their graphic design. Anything that they needed that had to do with, like, making things look pretty, they would give to me, and I was slowly, kind of at my own leisurely pace, working on, like, doing my own illustrations, and I had dreams about making children's books and I was constantly quote, unquote, like building my portfolio. But, you know, I, since I had a part time job, that was like, my main source of income, I wasn't really pressured to like, you know, produce, but, um, and I was, I'm married, so we had, you know, two incomes and, so life was just, kind of, relaxed.

Gillian Duncan 2:55
Yeah.

Megan Stringfellow 2:56
Yeah. So, we wanted to have kids and we went through, we had a hard time getting pregnant. So that put a lot of, like, emotional stress on us for a while. Yeah. And but you know, it was a dream, that we really wanted to have and when we got pregnant, we discovered that we were having twins!

Gillian Duncan 3:17
Oh my goodness!

Megan Stringfellow 3:19
And it was a surprise because we were not expecting it. Twins don't run in my family. Well, here's a funny story. So they're identical twins, which are not something that, like, run in the family. Anyone can have twins, identical twins, but my cousin also has identical twins. so it's really. Yeah, it's really funny. So we were really surprised. We found that we had twins and it was a really high risk pregnancy and so everything just kind of ground to a halt. Like, I had to, I had to basically leave my job because I ended up in the hospital for nine weeks and, and then when the babies were born, they were in the NICU for eight weeks. And so, it was just like, everything just came to a stop.

Gillian Duncan 4:01
Yeah.

Megan Stringfellow 4:02
And, and then it, kind of at the end of that, like, as the kids were finally, they were home and they didn't sleep very well for, like, the first, almost, year of their lives. I was just exhausted all the time. And I didn't really have, like, any time for almost anything like my art or, you know, making any money or doing anything, it was just like survival mode for me. But when I started to, like, kind of come out of that, that haze of like, 'Oh, hey!', I realised that I was just, I really was like, I was frustrated that I didn't have - I didn't know how to make things happen anymore. Like, everything was different now that I had these two little kids running around and I didn't have just my time to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it anymore. So, I really had to figure it out, how to make things work.

Gillian Duncan 4:55
They talk about having 'baby brain' as well, don't they? They talk about, when you have a baby then everything seems to be a little bit more blurred and less focused, and I completely appreciate how you felt. I mean, my two are premature babies and so I know that there's a lot involved with having babies that just need that little bit extra care. And there's a lot of worry there is, you know, everything else that comes with being a mum. And no, you don't sit down at all, do you? You don't rest and everybody says, Oh, sleep when the babies sleep', but, you know, you seem to find 101 other things that you need to do when the babies sleep!

Megan Stringfellow 5:32
Yeah! Exactly, exactly, like, and even if you get a chance to sit down. Let's say you do have, like, 5 minutes or 15 minutes to sit down, your brain is just fried or it's just buzzing with everything that you should be doing or could be doing.

Gillian Duncan 5:49
Yeah, and especially, I think with your first. When it's your, your first children then, your first child, then you have expectations that your life just should be normal like it was before children. And, you know, I know that I look back and think, 'Oh yeah, when I have my first baby, everything's going to be just the same. And it'll all be fine. The baby will sleep all day. And I'll just get all this done. And that'll last for a few, well, a year, at least, you know'! Now, we've just been talking off air there, about how that didn't quite work for my second child. He learned very quickly that he didn't need to sleep during the day. So, you know, very soon, all of a sudden, I don't have that time. So, it is, it's quite an eye opener when you actually really do experience having children, isn't it?

Megan Stringfellow 6:37
Yeah, you really have to just forget everything you thought you knew. Everything that works for you before and just be like, no, we're just gonna start from scratch and figure it out as we go.

Gillian Duncan 6:49
And each child is different as well. You can't say that it worked for one and then it'll work for the other. It's a constant relearned, isn't it?

Megan Stringfellow 6:58
Yes, yes. It really, really does tap into that adaptability that we have. You know, just figuring it out.

Gillian Duncan 7:06
So apart from all that, what are the big things that changed for you, with concerns to your work?

Megan Stringfellow 7:11
Yeah, well, so for me, I had to really make good use of the time that I had, and be really, like, prepared ahead of time to make use of any time that I had. Because, you know, especially like, you know, if I was working during that time, so let's say well, nap time could be as short as 15 minutes, or it could be an hour or two if I got lucky, you know, and you just wouldn't know from day to day, what was going to be happening. So, I had to have really, kind of, clear plans for, 'Okay, this is the most important thing that I want to get done today. So, this is the first thing that I'm going to tackle when I get a spare time', you know? And then, 'Here are the bonus things that I would like to do if I get blessed with extra time today'. And I think the biggest thing that I've realised is how, like, motherhood has changed how I work, is that, like, I become a lot more efficient at everything that I do. You know, it just, you, you really learn like, just, well you have to, you, like, you don't have like an hour to do things that you would, you, like, 'I got five minutes, I'm going to go to the dishes and I'm going to do them quick', you know, and, and that just spills into to everything. I just read an article where they were talking about how they did a study about how they polled, like, this office, this, this big company, and they found that the women who had children were more efficient, the most efficient workers at the company over a span of 30 years. Like, they outperformed all the other co workers. In fact, the moms that had two or more children with the most efficient and productive. Yeah, and it was, I thought, 'Oh that's so interesting!', and it makes sense that, you know, you just really learn to just do things better. And yeah, because you gotta, you gotta make use of the little time that you have.

Gillian Duncan 9:14
You see, I find that really surprising to hear because I always think because I've had kids, my mind is always so distracted, that I have to think about hundred and one things. But, I guess it's learning to juggle. It's the learning to have everything up in the air all at once, and, as you said, to focus in completely on one thing at a time, get it done, move on to the next. And perhaps that is what we learn, when we're, when we're looking after children.

Megan Stringfellow 9:40
Yeah, yeah. I think that we do lose, like, a lot of the, the whole multitasking and having to switch, you know, back and forth from task to task, is really hard. And, but I think that we learn to do it better than anyone else, you know, like, you just have to figure out like, 'Okay, let me quickly go get you a snack. Yes. And now I'm going to quickly try and get back to what I was doing mindset wise', and, and I think that mums really have honed in on being able to try and flip that as quickly as they can. Yeah.

Gillian Duncan 10:14
So what has been your biggest hurdle, business wise, since you've had children?

Megan Stringfellow 10:19
I think for me, the biggest hurdle, since I've had kids is been focusing and figuring out what the most important thing for me and my business is. And picking out like, 'Okay, this is what I want to accomplish. This is what I need to move my business forward. You know, this is like the big goal, the big plan', and really getting clear about that. Because, like you said, baby brain, like, our brains are just buzzing all over the place. And sometimes you just, you don't, you can't even hear yourself think and, and it's been hard to come up with that plan. When it's like, 'Oh, I could do this. I could do this. Well, maybe I should do this'. You know, it's like, your brain is just like, 'Oh I don't know what to do right now!'.

Gillian Duncan 10:22
It's learning to refocus, isn't it?

Megan Stringfellow 11:07
Yeah, yeah. So, um, so that was one of the things I, I knew that okay, if I could just step back for a little bit and, like, get some space, I could probably sit down and, like, figure this out and figure out what I need to do and what you know, the next steps, and, but I couldn't, you know, on a day to day basis that was hard. So, actually, for my birthday one year, I asked for, rather than, like, a party, I said, you know, 'Hubby, can you watch the kids for like three or four hours? And I'm going to go by myself. And I'm going to go hang out like at a bookstore and a coffee shop and I just need to sit on my, my notebook and my laptop and just like, let my thoughts settle for a while'.

Gillian Duncan 11:51
You know, we love our children. There's no doubt about that. But, that just sounds like bliss doesn't it? A slow moment, I can completely appreciate that.

Megan Stringfellow 12:03
Yeah. And yeah, of course, I love, my children are the coolest things ever. But our brains just sometimes, we just need some quiet time to be able to regroup. And so, you know, we're starting actually, to make that more like every month, I just take a couple hours and go and, like, kind of do an audit like, 'Okay, where are we right now? What am I doing? Do I need to adjust what I'm doing? Is what I'm doing working?', you know, those are the deep kind of thoughts that are really hard to have when you are taking care of kids. And so sometimes just finding that space of just like, I just need to spend a couple hours by myself in the quiet and plan things out, plan the big picture for the next so many months. And then I have that plan in place. So now when things are crazy, I can come back to what my plan and say, 'Oh, yeah, this is what I'm supposed to be doing. Thank you for telling me because otherwise I would have no idea', so, you're doing yourself a favour by being able to, okay come up with the big picture. because later on, you're not going to be able to.

Gillian Duncan 13:08
No, and I feel that, just going back to that, taking that time out, it's not only beneficial for you but it's also beneficial for the kids as well. They're needing to learn to be away from you and you having that moment away helps you to refresh your mind, to chill out a little bit. And you know, to form a little bit more calmness and peace in your life, and you pass that on to your children. You can relate to them an awful lot better, you, you're not losing your energy with them. Everything seems a little bit more in place when you just take that time out. So not only have you got a plan, you feel less frustrated. You know what's going to happen ahead of you. And, you know, and if you don't, if things don't go to plan, you can still cope better with it. Just having had that moment to yourself. So, if you can grab that moment, definitely take it. And, yeah, don't think twice!

Megan Stringfellow 14:03
Yeah, I find that my feelings of frustration are a good check as to, like, how I'm doing goal wise and work wise because I find, when the times I am most frustrated with my kids, or at interruptions, or whatever, it's because I am not, maybe, getting accomplished what I think I should be getting accomplished. Or, I'm not either or, I'm not getting the time that I would like to try and accomplish those goals. You know, like, early days when I was starting off, like back when my my, my twins were still babies. I was really frustrated. And it was because like, well, I missed making my art. But I didn't know yet, like, how to do it because I didn't have goals. I was just like, drawing whatever I felt like it, whenever I felt like it, without any real purpose. And, you know, because I didn't really have a purpose and I was tired and I had the kids to raise and it was like, 'Well, I'm just not gonna - it's too much effort to do it'. But then I would end up being really frustrated about things because I wasn't using my creative, you know, energy in, in the way that I wanted to. So, you know, whenever I find myself getting like really frustrated a lot, or snappy and I'm like, 'Okay, stop, like what's going on? Like, is it? Do I need to get up earlier in the morning, so I have more time to myself to get stuff done? Like what?' And yeah, so it's better for, you know, the whole family when you can actually get the clarity that you need and the time away in this space to think the thoughts that you need a think.

Gillian Duncan 15:37
Absolutely. So, what piece of advice would you give to female entrepreneurs, or aspiring entrepreneurs, who have just had, or are about to have their first child?

Megan Stringfellow 15:51
Yeah, well, first, I'd say give yourself a lot of grace. Yeah, like we were talking about earlier, it is going to be completely to different than what it was before. And you will have to do some figuring out. So, you need to give yourself grace. Like, don't think that you're going to just, you know, have it figured out right away and just going to be up and running back to, no, you need to have patience with yourself, patience and you know, get to know your child because you know, this is a new human being. And you get, you got to get to know each other a little bit. So give yourself lots of grace, and then know what your one big goal that you're going to be trying to work on. You know, you may not be able to do the same amount of work that you did before. In fact, I guarantee that you're not going to be able to do the same amount of work. So, figure out like, you know, distil it down to like, what is the essence of what you're doing and why you're doing it, and then figure out okay, then like what's the one thing, like, maybe you're a blogger and it's like okay, like you know, you might have to let all the other, like, you know, social media, all this other stuff go, but if you're, like, but maintaining my writing, that is what I need to do. And, you know, I'm just gonna find 15 minutes a day and do that every day, you know? And is, you know, if you can find those small minutes, then you're still going to be making progress. It's not going to be at the rate that you would if you didn't have kids, or that you will in a year or two, because it's, it's kind of like this, this accelerated growth curve, right, like, the learning curve is really steep at the beginning. Yeah, and the other thing is, it changes so much. Like, just for example, like I you know, I have some posts where I was just reflecting on, you know, kind of what my schedule was like, from like, okay, when the babies were like, zero to three months old, and then from like, three to six and like nine to twelve. Like, because, you know, when they're really little like, newborns, they sleep a lot. Hopefully, at least during the day, knock on wood. Now, you're going to be more tired, but you might actually have more time to do things because they'll sleep a lot, but your energy is going to be lower. And then, you know, okay, then it changes again, when they're like three months old, then it's like, okay, maybe they're sleeping through the night, hopefully? I, my, my third child, I don't know what planet she came from, but she started to sleep on her own through the night at three months old without us having to do anything. And I was just, like, it does. I know. I don't know what we did to deserve it, but it was miraculous. Now, the twins, they didn't ever sleep, like for a year. So, you know, I've had it both ways. But then, you know, by like three months, and maybe they've settled kind of into like a nap schedule, kind of routine, where you know, okay, they sleep from this amount of time to this amount of time, but they're not mobile yet. So, you can kind of, like, put them down...

Gillian Duncan 18:52
In one place and then leave them...

Megan Stringfellow 18:53
Yeah and they'll, like, play or just stare at the ceiling or whatever, they could be next you, or in a pack of play whatever, next to you. And you can then, you can, you can get work done. So, I felt like there was like for, for all my kids, it was kind of like a honeymoon period from like the time like, from when they were out of the newborn stage until they started to crawl. I actually had this like burst of productivity where I was like, I had more time during the day to like, 'Oh, I'm going to work on stuff'. But then once they start getting mobile, it changes all over again!

Gillian Duncan 19:27
Or it sure does. I remember my youngest, he gave me such a fright one day. I went into the kitchen, leaving him on his playmat with his toys on his back, kicking away, all happy, happy. And I went into the kitchen and made myself a cuppa, a cup of tea, and I came back into the room and he wasn't there. And I had no idea where he'd gone. I thought, 'This baby can't move!'. No, he had decided that rolling was a really good thing and a very good place to start. And he had rolled himself from one side of the room to the other and hid themselves behind the sofa. So, I took complete panic. And, at that point I realised, yeah, my, my time's up now, I'm never gonna get a hot drink ever again!

Megan Stringfellow 20:12
I know, I think I had the same thing, I think, only mine was like she rolled, they rolled under the, a curtain, like, they, they rolled to the wall behind a curtain I was like, 'Where's the baby?!'

Gillian Duncan 20:26
'I'm sure I left them there somewhere!'

Megan Stringfellow 20:29
You could not have gone far! Like, this is ridiculous. So yeah. Yeah, you just you will learn to adapt through each stage of life and it's okay to, to change things up from month to month, from day to day. Like, don't feel like you have to be, like, locked in, like, 'Oh, I have to work from such and such hours to such and such hours. No, you do what works for you.

Gillian Duncan 20:51
Yeah, you have to accept that, that that isn't going to happen. You have to accept that you have to have goals but they have to fit in whenever they fit in, I think.

Megan Stringfellow 21:01
Yeah, and you have to be honest about yourself. Like, before I had kids, I was a night owl. I like staying up at night. I hated getting up early in the morning. I'm not a morning person. And, you know, and after I'd kids, I kept reading this advice about getting up before the kids get up to get the work done. I'm like, 'I'm tired. There's no way I'm getting up before my kids getting up. It's just not gonna happen'. And for years, I thought that and then, one day, I was like, 'I can't focus when there's other people up and around all the time. Like, I really need that quiet time. And the only time that I have to myself is if I get up before everybody else is up in the house'. So, I started getting up. 'Okay, I'm gonna get up at 5am', and at first it was like, 'Oh', but I, I loved having that quiet time to myself so much that like, now I'm just like, 'I'm getting out of bed'. Like, that's the only time that I have to really, really do some deep work. And, you know, so you find, you know...

Gillian Duncan 22:00
You find ways.

Megan Stringfellow 22:01
Exactly, yeah.

Gillian Duncan 22:03
And it does get easier, because it isn't forever. And you need to cherish that time that you have. And yes, you, you still have to, you know, you've got things and you can still do your goals, you can still achieve things. But you still have to remember that this time is very short. When the kids are young, you do think it's going to go on forever and ever and ever, and you're never ever going to be able to achieve those dreams that you had before you had children, and you can have moments really feeling guilty about that. But it really does fly by and people will tell you, people with older children will, or grown ups, will tell you that that time really flies by, Now my children are now teenagers, and I can tell you that it really, it is really quick. I look back and think, 'Gosh, where did the last five years ago?' You know, I've gone from having two babies under two, who were, one was running off in one direction, one was crawling in the other, I didn't know where to look at, you know, it's that sort of handful. Constant trips to goodness knows what, you know, have to go to the doctors because one's got a flu bug and then the other one's got chicken pox or whatever it is, and you're up all night. And then, before you know it, they're at school, and then they're at high school. And then they're out with their friends, and your weekends seem to be empty because they're out with their friends, and all you do is run about, run about like a taxi service. So, it does go past, and now that the boys are older, I have more time, and it's come a full circle for me. And now I'm thinking, 'Oh, gosh, I wish they were babies again!'.

Megan Stringfellow 23:45
I know, I know. It's true. It does, like, I, and I totally agree because people would tell me that, you know, the days are long but the years are short. And I was like, 'I know but I am exhausted'. But now that my, like, my oldest are three, I'm like, 'Oh, yeah', that first year, even though it was so hard, I'm like, 'you know, it's just a year', and it goes, it does go by quickly. And yeah, I think that's an important thing to remember is, you know, especially like, say you're trying to start something, or, is that you're in this for the long haul. Like, if this is your dream, and this is what you want to accomplish, you're not going to give up on it. And so this is a marathon, it's not a sprint. And you might be slower at the start than somebody who doesn't have kids, but if you don't start, well, in three or five years, you're still going to be, you know, at the starting line. Whereas if you started and just made steady progress with the time that you had, you're going to be a lot farther along and you're going to have a lot more clarity about what works, what doesn't work, you know, what you want to do, and a lot better foundation then if you wait till the kids, you know, have gone. You know, and one of the things I talk about is that, you know, you can also use this time, you know, when you cannot maybe be as productive as you like, well, you can use this time to invest in like your education, you know, take classes, you know, learn skills that are going to help you down the long run. Like, you know, that was one of the things that I did, was I, you know, I just started watching lots of tutorials and taking classes and I, you know, I subscribed to some paid for classes that were teaching me things. And I didn't necessarily have a lot of time to produce stuff from what I was learning, but I was doing my best and I was taking in the information and the knowledge, and then all of a sudden, like when I started to sit down and work again, and when I did have more free time, it was like, 'boom', I just, I was a lot better at everything that I was doing. And I'm like, 'Wait, how did this happen?' and then I realised 'Oh, well, yeah, I guess I have been learning a lot'. So yeah, it makes sense. So, you know, think of it as kind of your incubation period or it's like the way your warming up. Like, you can invest in yourself, learn what you can, make small steps and make small progress and you're still going to be making progress.

Gillian Duncan 26:11
Absolutely. I love the idea of going out to learn, well, actually not going out to learn. Throughout having my children, I have done a lot of courses, and a lot of them home study courses, so that I can fit in my education, while, as we say, the kids are sleeping, or they're at school. And, you know, it was one way that I managed to qualify to become a yoga teacher. And that helped me in the long run, because I was looking for something that I could do when the boys were sleeping, so I could train to become a yoga teacher. and then in the evenings, I could hand them over to my husband and say, 'Well, I'm going out now. I'm going to go and do my yoga. I'm going to teach my classes', and that created an income for me in a time where my boys didn't need me. They were sound asleep, so it fitted in really well with my lifestyle. So yeah, absolutely to go, find a course, something that you can do online. There's lots of courses now that are available online, and think about where your goal is, what you want to do, what you like to achieve, and see what's out there for you.

Megan Stringfellow 27:15
Yeah, I think, I always encourage people sometimes when they're just like, 'Ugh', I say, 'Well, okay, if you could have any job in the world, you know, like, if you know, just for, let's play pretend, if you could just, what would be your, like, dream job? Okay, like, go crazy! And then think about, like, 'Okay, I wanna be an archaeologist!' Okay, cool. Well, then, like, what would you have to learn to get to that point?', you know, and you can, there's so many free or reasonably priced resources. I mean, I love podcasts. I love, obviously, YouTube is a great resource. And then there's, you know, there's the paid class and there's workshops. There's so many opportunities where, in your own time, I mean, I, I love listening to podcasts while I'm doing dishes and housework, you know, it just takes, it takes my mind off of the menial tasks.

Gillian Duncan 28:07
Yeah, podcast and ironing, that's the two that you need to do.

Megan Stringfellow 28:12
Yeah. And it's like you're engaging the two different parts of your brain, so it works well. And then you're, you know, I always feel like I'm wasting my time. Well, no, I'm not wasting my time.

Gillian Duncan 28:21
No, you're learning!

Megan Stringfellow 28:22
You're learning, exactly. And like I said, like, because for me, sometimes it takes like four or five times of hearing the same concept, told to me different ways, before it finally clicks. I'm like, 'Oh, yeah, okay, I finally get it'. And now it seems easy, where it's like the first time I'm like, 'Ah that seems really complicated', you know. So, you know, those are a really great way to increase your skills and your productivity, is to just continue to learn as much as you can.

Gillian Duncan 28:51
Since this is something, because it's online, because you can stop it, you can put it on pause, you can listen to it again and again. It's something that you can fit in when you have your kids.

Megan Stringfellow 29:00
Exactly.

Gillian Duncan 29:01
Very positive. Now, tell me Megan, you have got a free ebook on your website on how to maintain your creative spark while you're raising small children. Could you tell us more about that, please?

Megan Stringfellow 29:13
Absolutely. Yes, I wrote this, this little book that I am offering for free because, like I said, I remember what it was like when my kids were little, littles, littles, and just feeling overwhelmed and frustrated and really not even like knowing what to start, how to start or what to do. And so I wrote, kind of this quick little Survival Guide for creative mamas who are overwhelmed and it's just some things that they can do, some quick actions to, kind of, back away from that feeling overwhelmed, you know. Get a little bit of space to breathe and work, and then some things that you can then take to pour back into, you know, your creative energy and build that up again, where you feel like you're back into the place where you can, you know, start work again. So yeah, I have that. It's free to download from my website stringfellowart.com, and, yeah, I hope that it's something that is helpful to other moms who find themselves just completely baffled as to how to figure out this balance between, you know, doing the things for your own fulfilment, and also being there for your kids.

Gillian Duncan 30:33
That sounds amazing. Thank you so much for sharing that.

Megan Stringfellow 30:36
You're welcome.

Gillian Duncan 30:37
So, Megan, I won't take up much more of your time today. I must let you go back to your three beautiful girls, especially before your youngest wakes up! So, I would say, thank you so much for joining me today. Thank you for this wonderful chat. I'm sure we could've talked all day about our kids and how we fitted in all our work and the juggle that it is, but we just like to leave everybody with a positive note to say that it is possible, that things will work out, that you can achieve your goals. It takes a little bit more time, a little bit more effort and a little bit more energy, but it is doable, and we can get there. Just take small chunks, and, as you say, take more grace towards yourself. Take time out, and yep, we'll all get there in the end, won't we?

Megan Stringfellow 31:23
Yes. Thank you so much for having me. I really enjoyed it.

Gillian Duncan 31:25
Thanks, Megan, speak again soon.

Megan Stringfellow 31:27
All right.

Gillian Duncan 31:28
Thank you so much to Megan Stringfellow for sharing her story, along with her excellent advice for busy mums with big dreams. To find out how to connect with Megan and to get the link to her free ebook, visit www.clarityjunction.com/goalachievingmum. Thanks for listening and remember to head over to www.clarityjunction.com and sign up for our free membership. Bye for now, and keep being awesome.


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