Rachel Blaufeld found her marbles when she decided to onramp back into the workforce after spending time at home with her kids. The big decisions came as she questioned what to do next. Here’s how Rachel got her groove back:
As moms, we all make various choices that work best for both our families and us. I know that sounds cliche’ yet it is true. Sometimes a decision has to be made for the better good of the family, and other times we must put ourselves first because that is what is best for the greater good.
Often, these choices change time and again as we roll along the continuum of life. I think that THIS is the best part of the time period in which we live, we have the ability to make lots of choices. If you will, to seek the marbles more than once.
For me, I was a Stay-At-Home-Mom for close to a decade. This was a choice for me. This particular decision worked at the particular point that we had children. I was a social worker by degree and my husband travelled A LOT (180+ nights/year), so I decided that I needed to be home for my sanity. It was not going to work to spend my days in a highly stressful work environment and come home to another stressful time alone.
Yes, this was a luxury, BUT also a sacrifice.
I may have had unlimited time with my babies who grew into toddlers who then went to school all day, but I also had what I thought was a huge gaping hole on my resume. After about 7 years, I started to ‘look’ for the marbles, a.k.a. a job, and the pickings were slim. At this point, I was not sure how to translate the resume of life into the real world.
I hate to say it, but a fear set in to me. A fear of God Forbid, if something awful happened, what would I, could I do? Maybe it was too much news watching, too many books, or just plain crazy, but I had a strong fear that I needed a plan.
The quest for the marbles started here, but what ultimately fueled it was my obsession for my kids to see me in a different light.
I still wanted to be the best waffle maker and homework helper and back rubber around, but I also wanted a taste of something more, to be seen as something more.
After many job interviews, good and bad offers, ONE poorly planned business idea, countless volunteer positions, and creating my own business platform, I found the marbles. Actually, the marbles found me. You see, my blog originally a personal description of my journey from SAHM to inventor showed me that sharing my marbles was part of finding them for me!
Navigating LinkedIn, resume writing, meetings, branding, accounting, networking, and all the facets of being a professional were a learning curve for me. One where I made many mistakes before achieving success. Back’nGrooveMom became a way that I could share the pitfalls, loopholes, and greatest moments of building a brand and business, so other moms could learn, share, and collaborate.
Originally, I had a tiny ember of an idea in my head for a product line, and I was instantly propelled to make it happen. As I created my company, I started to blog about the new world I joined. That was what Back’nGrooveMom originally was, but now I am so thrilled that it is a place to go for other moms in similar scenarios.
I also love that now I can share some tween parenting drama and cool partnerships with my readers who have become like an extended family.
As my product business comes closer and closer in the rearview mirror to launching, I fear I may lose my marbles when I have both the blog and my products to manage….BUT, then I just remember the who, what, where and why and I am not nervous anymore.
BacknGrooveMom, founded by Rachel Blaufeld, is written on the crossroads of where parenting intersects with building a business. Rachel is an advertising major transformed social worker turned Stay-at-Home Mom who got her groove back after a decade. Rachel jumped back into the business world with an invention from deep inside her mind, created her own opportunity, invented a few bra accessories launching soon (fingers crossed), and writes for all the moms out there who want to reinvent, rebrand themselves as their kids find their own identities.