The mom with more than just a 9 to 5

Born Hustler

So I have never been the 9 to 5 type of girl. I mean you could always ask me as a child what I wanted to be and my answer was simple “lawyer” maybe it was my fascination with the beautiful Clair Huxtable or the fact that I was always a talker. I think my family noticed at a very young age that I was a go getter. I would go to my grandpa house in summer and he would take me to Sams Club to buy candy. Lucky me, for being the only grandchild at the time.  So I’d get home with boxes and boxes of candy and invite two or three of the neighborhood kids over to help me sale candy. I was always crafty and creative. I made signs and distributed them around the neighborhood. Even then I wanted to stand out so my candy shop had a delivery service which was just me telling the neighborhood kids get on your bike and drop this and that off to this address. I don’t even think I paid those kids they just wanted to be around me, I was the youngest out the group. Even then I knew that maybe a 9 to 5 or having one hustle just wasn’t for me.

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College

You think that hustle didn’t carry over to college? Well let me tell you it did I had an on campus job working twenty hours a week and taking sixteen credit hours, in a host of activities and I still made the time to do hair on the side. I mean I was doing multiple sew ins a week and staying on schedule with my studies. I don’t know if I was hustling for money or just to have something to do in my free time. Then came sophomore year which opened my eyes to a whole new money scheme. I’d charge people to do their homework, to copy mine or even just to make copies of my text-book. I mean we were all broke in college ninety-nine cent two piece Tuesday at Popeye’s kinda broke. I was a hustler in ever since of the word. So when did I lose my hustle.

The Transition

So after college is over your life is basically in transition there are those who luck up and work in their field and those who haven’t figured out their next move. I was the second type of person just drifting through employers just to make ends meat. Up until I realized that only having one hustle was never for me. I was working at a cell phone company with crazy hours and I had a new-born who I was taking care of by myself. Before the baby and even up to the week I delivered I was working doubles, weekends, driving to different locations just to prove I wasn’t letting anything stop me from getting to the money. Well after baby I had to live a more structured life, like home by 6:30. I was let go from a company I was loyal to. I suffered depression thinking how am I going to get the financial stability to support me and my baby. I live in a city with no family, had no job leads, no nothing.

Spark

Then it dawned on me just cause I had a baby should never stop my hustler mentality. Never let one stream of income be your only income. I didn’t want to invest into a pyramid scheme and annoy people. I wanted to have something or give something that people wanted so they would come to me. After months of looking for a niche I said yo T you love to write and you love Kai. That’s all the niche and motivation you need. Through trial and error I found my way. Now I knew my side hustle didn’t necessarily have to be something lucrative but it had to add purpose to my life. I figured I was tired of logging on to mommy sites and seeing nothing I could relate to or nothing being authentic.

Others

I want to end by talking about other. Now others is not just limited to family and friends but anyone who can be an other. For as long as I can remember people told me to pick career and stick to it. How could pick one thing and only one thing when I feel like I’m a multi talented person? Do you settle or do you step outside the limits. As a blogger I figured I could have both up until i cut out the other. I had to tell myself I’d be damn to leave this earth and not have it all. I wasn’t going to work one job collect benefits and get stuck working for someone all my life just to put on my resume that I’ve been here for 10+ years. So I took control and said I was going to work at a law firm full-time and still manage blogging and motherhood so thats exactly what I’m doing. For others maybe punching in and out is for them but me myself I’m a little to creative to let a 9 to 5 be my only 9 to 5. I’m going to be a mother, cook, writer, photographer, graphic designer and whatever else my heart tells me to be no limits baby. I encourage others who may have a dream to do more to act on it create a plan and just go for it. Failure is still a win because if you failed then you learned. Until next time.

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