Watch the video below for an introduction to this post and to find out why I’m featuring Joy for Follow Friday:
Mini Interview: Joy discusses the inspiration for her work and the challenges that she faces from being a mom to two young children and running a creative business.
1. Where do you get the inspiration for the custom illustrations that you create?
I’m inspired by so many people/things, but the inspiration for my custom illustrations comes from my boys. I want to make cute (kawaii) illustrations that they’ll want to use when they’re in school. Also, being a former teacher, I try to keep in mind and create fun items that can help teachers in their classrooms.
2. What do you find the most challenging about being a mom and running a creative business? How do you deal with it?
Trying to balance everything is extremely challenging. I think it’s super challenging for me right now because my little guys are so young. Jude is 2 1/2 and Seth is seven months old. Plus, I also work full time as the business manager of a library. So I’m still trying to figure out how to squeeze the creative business in the mix. Lately, I’ve just decided to step back and put the business plans on hold, make some fun free printables, do a little freelance work on the side, and just enjoy my family… life is just way too short.
3. Can you share your top tips for other moms who are just starting a creative business and feel overwhelmed with balancing their business and families?
- Be patient with yourself… Building anything worthwhile, whether it’s a house or a business takes time to be able to do it right – there’s no need to rush into things.
- Be ok with not being able to do it all… I’ve always had the “eyes bigger than my stomach” syndrome and this has transfered into my day to day, so I tend to fill up my plate and then realize, only too late, that I’m stuffed… I’ve over committed or I’m not going to meet a deadline. So I’ve had to step back and let go of/stopped doing certain things because it doesn’t fit in my life right now.
- Ask for help… I’m fortunate that I have a husband that is more than happy to help with whatever it is that I might need. The key here is to just ask.
- Take a break… I try to take some time for myself. Usually, I try to do something that I really enjoy in the early morning or late at night. I love to doodle and I love to learn new things. So I’ve signed up for a couple of fun online classes and I try to doodle at least 20 minutes everyday. I’ve found that whenever I take some time for myself, I am able to focus on my family better and handle any challenges that may come my way.