Prior to founding MUELLER | SCOTT concepts, my partner Natalie and I had “work crushes” on each other. We had a client/contractor relationship and worked really well together on several projects over a period of ten years. While there was a mutual admiration for each other's work styles, our relationship was strictly business. In the spring of 2016, I happened to bump into Natalie twice in the same week and each time we both had one of our two kids in tow. We got to talking about working-mom life and realized we were both approaching 10 years in our current roles and were ready for something new. We set up a lunch date (our first ever!) to continue our conversation and after an hour of discussion, I told her I was thinking about starting a company and asked if she was interested in joining me. I knew her production background combined with my sales and marketing experience would be a killer combination. Without any hesitation, she said, “I’M IN!!” and about 6 months later, MSC was founded.
We never think we “have it all,” because we always want more. Most often, the thing we want more, is time itself. More time for ourselves, more time for our loved ones, more time for our passion projects, etc., but by taking charge of our careers and founding our business, we have greater autonomy to decide how we spend our time, which is huge! As momtrepreneurs with two kiddos each, we place a high value on our flexible schedules.
We’ve talked to so many working moms that felt differently about their careers once they became a mom. In our experience, the right career is one that provides the security you need to handle your needs while also fitting in with your lifestyle. We know that every Pro Mama has to make sacrifices when balancing the 24/7 demands that come with being a mom, oftentimes it feels as though you must sacrifice your career itself. The right career allows you to prioritize the things you value the most.
Biggest challenge, keeping ourselves on the daily to-do list. Self care and exercise are usually the first things to get scrapped on a busy day. Working moms tend to put loved ones, clients and daily chores ahead of our need for movement, nourishment and R&R. While we recognize the extreme importance of treating our bodies well, it remains our biggest challenge. Biggest success, our partnership with our husbands. We agree that our life partnership is the most important variable in the equation of a successful working-mom lifestyle. We could not live this lifestyle if it were not for our husbands’ amazing support, encouragement and mad skills to pitch in, step up and hold down the fort when while we take care of business!
This is a tough one! We admire so many Pro Mamas...but we have to give props to our very own mamas. Both Natalie and I grew up in single mom households. Natalie’s mama, Irene, was a single mother to Natalie and her sister, while my mother Susan had three girls. With great acknowledgement of the partnerships we each enjoy with our spouses, we sincerely admire what our mother’s accomplished in both their careers and as mothers. Not to toot our own horns, but we think they did a damn good job raising us and now they are rocking grandmotherhood.