I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon with maternity fashionista and mompreneur, Rosie Pope, a couple of weeks ago. Rosie kindly joined a small group of entrepreneurial women to share her experiences in an informal and intimate setting. She was candid about her struggles as a working mother with three small children ages 1.5 to 5 years and another on the way.
Rosie, known for her Bravo reality TV show Pregnant in Heels, owns three maternity boutiques which bear her name, two in Manhattan and one in LA. She not only travels coast to coast for her businesses, but also has a busy public speaking calendar, attending maternity and baby expos all over the country constantly.
When asked: Do you ever think about just throwing in the towel? She replied, “Almost every day. This is the time I want to be with my children, when they need me the most. And it’s also the time my business is growing and needs me the most. I know I can’t quit, but I definitely want to sometimes.”
When asked how does she balance a successful and growing business with her life as a mom to three small children, she said, “Balance? There is no balance. It’s really hard to be an entrepreneur with small children.” Rosie went on to relate with the other moms around the table that we do the best we can as mothers and as professionals, and that is good enough. It has to be.