Do you have boundaries?
How loose are they?
For me boundaries were the hardest part of creating balance. I was accustomed to saying yes, and constantly bending for other people, while making little to no time for myself.
Among other things, setting boundaries and saying no to what didn’t serve me anymore freed up so much additional time, I never knew I had.
So when I met with Mercedes of Three's A Charm Custom Designs and we talked about boundaries I could totally relate.
Mercedes is a single mom to 3 amazing children. Parker, age 9, Ayden, age 6 and Kylan age 1. That didn’t stop her from creating her custom design business after receiving a sub par rolling tray that she realized was a complete waste of her hard earned money. In fact, her children are the inspiration behind the business name and the logo's colors.
Knowing what it took to create these custom gifts and create a higher quality, Mercedes set off to work. In the midst of a pandemic, with two of her kids home for virtual learning and a 1 year old to manage she leveraged co-parenting to make her business idea a reality.
Starting in March 2020, just as COVID was rearing its ugly head throughout the world, she purchased the tools and materials needed. One machine that went unused until August.
3’s A Charm creates a variety of custom gifts. From these adorable Santa Claus footprints I personally fell in love with during the holiday season to cups, blankets, pillows and so much more. If you can dream it, Mercedes can customize it.
One of her first products was in honor of our essential workers. Being that they were out and about while we stayed safely quarantined at home. Mercedes created custom travel mugs for them to take with them on the go.
She didn’t stop there, she continued to test her creativity with sublimation, and other customization skills.
Although she had momentum in business, Mercedes knew that her personal time was going to be crucial to her success as a business owner.
Knowing that, she set one major rule. No work on Sundays. Her social media pages reflect that and her clients know that Sundays she is closed for business. This allows Mercedes an entire day to care for herself and keep her sanity throughout the highs and lows of running a business and raising a family.
Taking time for yourself, not only helps with business but also personal life. Sure business can fulfill you, but it’s the love you show yourself whether it be in small doses each day or one special day a week, that makes the difference.
Being that Mercedes co-parents, having this “me-time” allows her to be the best mom possible for the week that she has her children and when they’re with their father she can go hard with her business.
Sure not everyone co-parents, and every situation will be different, but regardless of what your situation is. Get creative with your time management, and set boundaries that allow you to take care of yourself.
While you’re caring for you, treat yourself to a customized gift that reminds you of how much you love yourself. You can shop 3’s A Charm Custom Designs on Facebook and connect with Mercedes on Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok.
For more on Mercedes watch her interview for Mompreneur Mondays on my YouTube Channel and catch us live on Instagram January 11, 2021 at 8 PM EST.
Set boundaries, and live your best life mama 💜
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