I’m so excited to feature Audrey McClelland in our Mama Thriver series today. Audrey is a proud mom of 5 – four boys (William, Alex, Ben and Henry) and one little lady (Victoria) – and Co-Founder of one of the first Mom blogs I discovered in the blogosphere Mom Generations – a digital space devoted to Fashion, Lifestyle, Family, Travel & more. She is one of the original Mom bloggers with a truly inspirational story, and her journey to becoming a wildly successful digital influencer has been showcased on NBC’s Today in the show’s “Business of Blogging” feature. She now runs the Permission to Hustle community & group on Facebook with her partner & Co-founder Vera Sweeney, with another amazing platform launched under AudreyandVera.com focusing on women’s interests and lifestyle. The two are forces to be reckoned with, and giving themselves ‘permission to hustle’ has earned them the 2017 Iris Award for “Entrepreneur of the Year”! They have also been cast on TLC’s new show What She Said.
Without further delay, here it is, my interview with the ah-mazing Audrey McClelland:
4) One of the biggest blocks to Moms acting on their aspirations is finding the time. How do you make time amidst a busy family life to pursue your passions and/or meet your business goals?
My biggest source of inspiration are my 5 kids. I’ve said it a million times before, but I became a better businesswomen when I became a mom because all of a sudden, the stakes were higher. I had something extra to work for, strive for and do well for. My kids are everything to me and I want them to see a strong woman working hard for them, but most important – doing something that fills her up! But my kids… they are it for me!
In all honestly, my livelihood! I’m the sole provider of our family, if I don’t work – it trickles down to everything. I don’t need to live in the biggest house or drive the fanciest car, I’ve always said that… but I do need to provide for my family and that’s everything to me. When I get overwhelmed, I think of my family and what I need to do. Is it a lot of pressure? Yes. But does it keep me going? Yes.
10) What have you learned about motherhood that can’t be found in a parenting book? (Be as raw, real and candid as you wish!)