It is easy to say that Christine Andrew, founder of the popular fashion destination, Hello Fashion, has built a solid foundation as an entrepreneur in the fashion industry; But beyond the fashion advice and flawless outfits, the full-time blogger is also the founder of her fashion line ILY Couture, new mom to Beckam, proud stepmom to Wes and Mara, and an avid travel enthusiast. Today, Christine tells us how she manages it all, and how you can too!
How do you juggle your responsibilities at work and being a mom?
I try to make it a point to work hours when the kids are asleep or out with Cody so I can take full advantage of the time I have with them. I have some days when it all comes together and somehow feels so easy but then of course there are times when all my deadlines seem to hit at once and there are never enough hours in the day. There are weeks when I feel like, no matter what, something’s gotta give and I am falling short somewhere (or everywhere!) whether it’s missing out on moments with the kids, falling behind on things for ILY, missing deadlines for the blog, or not getting enough one-on-one time with Cody.
You work from home.. What’s an average workday like?
I end up working really odd hours but sometimes that’s hard when the rest of the world and deadlines operate during normal business hours. When there’s a lot going on with work I’m up by 5:00 or 5:30am so I can get as much as possible done before the kids wake up. I usually work for 2 more hours once they are awake because they like to play in the toy room or cuddle in bed so it’s just lazy time for them around the house while I get a few more things done. I love working in my home office! But there are days I have places and meetings I have to be at. The kids end up running around with me, from shoots to handling stuff at ILY. Cody is amazing and takes the kids for the full day once a week and takes the kids at 3pm three days a week so I have time to knock out as much as I can for work from 3-6pm without distractions and so we can focus on family time when we are all together. Once the kids are in bed it’s back at it again. Cody and I set days and times to shut everything off, but we both work a lot at night because we both want to be involved with the kids as much as we can during the day.
How do you get focused when you are working from home?
Time blocking! It has seriously saved my life! I set times to get certain things done without distractions. That includes time with the kids where you don’t have your phone or do anything but just spend time with them.
Cody also got me hooked on audiobooks. It’s so hard for me to find time to sit down and actually read. We always download Audible audiobooks about habits of successful businesses and entrepreneurs. I like to listen to them while we’re on road trips or when we are traveling. It’s seriously one of the best ways to stay motivated and ambitious!
How do you stay focused?
Cody and I have always made it a priority to set goals. We literally take dry-erase markers to our mirrors and windows and set goals for ourselves personally and also for our blogs and companies. Posting your goals keeps them on the back of your mind (or front!) and has always made me more ambitious to accomplish them.
How do you find time for “you time”?
I’m a huge believer in finding you time. Losing yourself is the first step to losing your sanity, so think of keeping yourself grounded as an investment! I’m a sucker for massages and also love going shopping (surprise!). For those days when I’m lucky to get a few minutes free here and there at home during nap time, it’s weirdly relaxing for me to organize my home office. Our house is literally almost always a disaster (I’ve come to realize it can’t all be done and a clean house was the first thing to go so organizing my office has become a common occurrence.
What advice would you give those moms trying to balance it all?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! At some point you realize there is no such thing as a perfect mom. The word mom has so many different meanings now so don’t compare yourself to others. You don’t have to have the perfectly kept house or a home-cooked meal every night. Stepford wives don’t exist anymore (at least not in my world :). It’s ok to let the dishes go and take those extra moments to cuddle your kids!