“You can be a good mother and still follow your dreams, you totally can, if you so desire”
Are you a Stay At Home Mom who is trying to navigate different ways on how to start and grow a business this year?
Are you searching for something you’re passionate about and be your own boss? Are you curious about how to crack the Boss Mama code?
It’s another month and I’m so excited to share another inspirational story of a Boss Mama in our MamaBuzz blog! I get so inspired to see women share their stories and experiences while helping others thrive.
Introducing our MomStar of the Month, Allie Kazakoff, a mom of 2, (soon to be 3) who is a Stay At Home Mom and a Business owner of 4!
I met Allie in one of the local markets in 2019. As the Director of the Mom Market Calgary, I never thought I would get a chance to know her even more!
Allie has most recently become a business coach for stay-at-home moms who are looking to start or grow their current businesses online without compromising being a mom.
Her mission is to help women realize they are so much more than “just” being a mom and you can be a great mom and a successful entrepreneur at the same time!⠀
I am a Boss Mama myself and I’m happy to connect with her.
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What is MomStar of the Month all about?
MomStar of the Month shares inspirational stories of women, no matter what background, ethnicity, or race; has a great career or not, is a first-time mom or not, it doesn’t matter.
Any Mom is a star in her own ways and with these stories, we share the journey of moms who aim to inspire others and transform lives with a purpose.
We highlight different women in our society, with their spirit to motivate others. A unique opportunity for all of us to hear and understand how these Moms learned how to flourish and balance their lives in today’s overwhelming world.
Here’s Allie’s story:
1. Tell us about yourself (ex: Family, Children, Profession/ Background, what do you do, etc)
My name is Allie and I am a business owner and stay-at-home mom of 2 (soon to be 3), Hudson (3.5 years) and Kennedy (18 months)!
I am happily married to my best friend who I met when I was 11 and just happens to be my biggest supporter.
2. What keeps you busy at the moment? How do you manage your day to day activities with your children?
Oh boy, does the above not answer this? HA! My kids are my number one priority always, but I also know that if it weren’t for my work, squeezing in some pilates, and some much needed Reality TV time, I would lose my mind!
My work can be hectic and every day is different, but I make sure to be fully present with my kids when I don’t have calls or deadlines. I am a firm believer in intention setting and time blocking and if it weren’t for this, I would absolutely lose my mind!
3. How did you start your business and what motivated you to help others as an online coach and as a Director for the Mom Market Calgary?
I became a mom at the age of 23 before most of my friends and in this time, I struggled a lot with feeling like I had “given up my career” to become a mom.
I didn’t have many people to lean on for advice (except the dreaded google), so this is when I decided to start a blog. I used my blog as an outlet to vent about things that I really had no one to vent to and was able to connect with women when I felt alone.
Once I had my son, I felt like I had to go back to work after, so I pitched a marketing role to an event company and when they offered me the job, I was so excited!
Within 2 weeks of me working, the “marketing” role quickly changed to a “do the jobs others do not want to do” role and I got increasingly more frustrated that I was wasting my days being away from my son working a job I hated.
When we got pregnant with our daughter, I knew there was no way I could go back to working a job I hated for essentially, minimum wage. That is when I Hudson to Heart came to life!
I had so much trouble finding baby teething/pacifier accessories in the colors I wanted for the price I felt was appropriate. So, I created it!
I started attending markets all around the GTA, one of which happened to be The Mom Market. I got talking to the creators and let them know that my family and I were moving out to Alberta and if there was an opportunity to franchise, and that is when The Mom Market Calgary came to life!
Through all of these business ventures over the last 3 years, I have had so many women come to me asking for advice on how to grow a successful business all while being a stay-at-home mom, and that is what brought me to my coaching business.
I know how overwhelming and exhausting it is to be a mom let alone a working mom, and that is why I absolutely LOVE helping women realize they are worth it, they deserve it, and they don’t have to choose between being a mom and fulfilling their dreams.
It has been a whirlwind few years, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I get to run businesses I absolutely love, and I get to help other women build their own businesses while never compromising being a mom!
4. How do you organize your day as a wife, a business owner and a mom of 2 kids (soon to be 3) at home? What keeps you going?
I get up every day between 5:30 and 6am. For me, this is crucial for my day to start off well. I need the hour or so to myself to have a coffee, answer emails and set my intentions for the day.
I typically set 3-5 intentions for the day and I will time-block for these tasks to get done. Save and accept hard deadlines, I know that every day needs to have some flexibility because, with kids at home, you never know how your day will unfold!
I also have a hard end to my day. I know that for my mental health, I need “me” time to do things I love, and at the end of the day, that includes watching a show with my husband.
I think what helps me manage the chaos is that I absolutely love what I do. Is it hard work juggling multiple businesses and a household? Of course. But when you are really doing something you love to do, it doesn’t seem like “work”.
I also am well aware that if I don’t work hard, the businesses will crumble because I don’t have a “boss” who I report to, and what a waste of hard work that would be!
5. What do you think is the most rewarding part of being a mom?
I have found this even more so lately with everything going on with Covid-19, but having your kids be so forgiving and loving even after a blow up not only shows me that love is unconditional, but it also really grounds me.
My kids have taught me more about patience, flexibility, how to enjoy the simple things in life, to be non-judgmental, and do not see the bad in the world, and I try to remember this every day.
6. Leave us a message to all Moms who feel they are alone or simply those who struggle with Motherhood.
It is so easy to feel like you’re alone and to think you are messing it all up, but GIRL, you are so not alone.
The days you watch “too much” Netflix, don’t go outside once and raise your voice too many times, your kids will not remember these moments as failures.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or an hour to yourself. There are ALWAYS people willing to help. If crying in the bathroom helps you get through a bad day, do it! You don’t always have to be strong for everyone else, you are allowed to prioritize your well-being and you should!
There is always a community of incredible women who are rooting for you, so find your community and lean on them every day. We are all in this crazy rollercoaster of parenting together and there is no handbook on how to navigate it!
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MOMSTARS OF THE MONTH 2020
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