One day, Luly B., a working mom, looked at her life and her business and decided she needed to make a change. I admire that. It's easy to get in a rut but it takes guts to restructure your work or home life to bring more balance to your situation. I'm thrilled to have Luly as my guest blogger today to share her experience.
Here's her story:
For more than 15 years, Lourdes Balepogi – or as
she’s affectionately known, Luly B – has consulted, coached and connected her way
to the top of her profession. She is the president of Chispa Marketing, her
Miami-based boutique marketing firm. She recently launched Luly B.,
Inc. in an effort to empower women entrepreneurs to have it all. She’s an expert speaker, consultant and strategist with a contagious energy
that will undoubtedly leave you inspired to act.
I did it. I took the plunge.
Followed my passion. No fear. No pride. Just plain and simple, I decided to
make a dream come true.
To share my expertise and experiences not only as a
marketing expert of 15 years, but also my journey as a mom entrepreneur. The
guilt. The excitement. The turmoil of choice and priorities. The obstacles that
we can turn into opportunities.
Like millions of moms in the U.S., I left a career
in “Corporate America” to find balance as a mom. Six years ago, I had a six month
old, a 2 1/2 year old and a fledgling boutique marketing firm in Miami with
large-scale clients including the country’s largest college and one of the
world’s largest wine festivals.
Unfortunately, balance was the last thing I was
getting for many years. You see, so many women have begun and continue to begin
businesses (we are now opening businesses at twice the rate of men) but have trouble knowing our value,
negotiating, and scaling our businesses – myself included.
I struggled with guilt, self-doubt, and fear.
Eventually, I learned my lessons and continued to grow the company. Last
summer, though, I made the very bold decision to restructure my business. I made
my employees contractors who would work virtually, hired a few other
contractors, closed my office, and kept only my large-scale clients.
Because I had another idea; a growing passion.
The reason I restructured my business was simple,
but it felt profound. I realized that many mom entrepreneurs were experiencing
the same things as I was. The guilt; the day-to-day struggles, and most
frequently, the chase toward that elusive ideal of “balance.”
And having made the bold decision to drastically
change my business, I was ready to move on to my next journey – so I launched
my second company, Luly B, Inc. where I empower mom entrepreneurs to have it
And I’m so glad I made that decision.
Finally, I feel like I am beginning to have some
sanity in my life. You see, rather than getting stuck on the word
"balance" and trying to be
it all, I focused on what made ME happy so I could have it all – in marriage, with my children, and in business.
We need to stop putting so much pressure on
ourselves to be perfect and just focus on being happy. We are going to have to
make tough decisions, compromises, and prioritize constantly. But at the end of
the day, it's all worth it. Being an entrepreneur in our country is an amazing
opportunity and I wouldn't change it for anything in the world. So screw the
balance! Balance is BS. It’s about being genuine, bold, and centered.
It’s about what makes YOU happy.