This month’s featured biz mum is Krystal from The Daily Femme. In this feature, Krystal takes us through her life, business & motherhood journey, her business success and how she juggles the biz mum lifestyle.
Tell us about you and your family
I’m Krystal Kleidon, a work-a-holic wife and mum. In addition to running my business I also work part-time as a Paramedic, a job I love and have been doing for almost 8 years. I have an incredibly supportive husband Steve and gorgeous son Alexander, and I’m also in the process of growing another lil’ human. We live in rural Queensland, in a little country town called Dalby, 3 hours west of Brisbane.
Tell us about your amazing business
My business has evolved over the years and continues to do so. When I returned to work as a Paramedic part-time after having my son I felt like I was really missing a creative outlet for myself. I’ve always loved writing and blogging was something I’d dabbled in before and decided to start again. At first I wrote about anything and everything, and overtime I realised what I really loved writing about was business, my experience with it and how I was using blogging as a business.
Now my business has grown to be a place where I help people turn their blogs into profitable businesses and I love it. I love the connections I make with people, I love that I have amazing friendships that span the globe and I love that I can help people create legitimate businesses that change their lives. It’s pretty darn powerful.
What does a typical day look like for you as a biz-mum?
Routine isn’t something I’ve been overly good at previously and this year I’ve tried to implement much more structure into my days. I’ve started waking at 5am, which is a huge deal for me as I am soooooo not a morning person. But I’ve found this time has been so valuable, being up before everyone else gives me time to wrap my head around the day.
First thing I do is check my emails and put out any ‘fires’. Doing this first allows me to free up my mind and not check emails again until much later in the day. Then I’ll spend some time writing until my son wakes.
Usually I won’t touch my work again until around 9am. Some days my son goes to daycare, other days I go to work (I still work 1 day a week as a Paramedic). But I usually try to get the majority of my business work done between 9am and 3pm. My son is amazing at playing on his own and my husband is also incredible at taking Alex to the park or doing whatever he can to give me space to work.
Then, from 3pm until 7pm is family time, which looks different each day. It might be the time I use to run errands, go to the park, build lego planes or prep dinner. 7pm is when Alex goes to bed and hubs and I have our TV time together. Usually by 8:30pm I’m back on the computer working away and I always try to be in bed by 10pm.
What is your favourite self-care practice?
This can take just about any form and changes based on my mood. Some days it’s binge watching Netflix with no regrets, others it’s heading out shopping on my own, or heading to a cafe and just sitting by myself. As a mum I find time out to myself to be incredibly important and is vital in recharging my batteries.
What are your top 3 strategies for achieving work/life harmony?
I have a slightly different approach to the general work/life harmony/balance mindset. I take the stance that my work is part of my life and my life is part of my work and so the two will always exist together. I don’t really have one without the other. As long as I love my work, and include myself in my work, then my life is always part of my work. I guess for me that is the strategy: love your work so much you’re happy to have it as part of your life, respect your life enough to know it needs nurturing away from your work.
What has been your proudest moment in business to date?
For me it was more of a vanity moment – I was at a large conference and introduced myself to one of the speakers. To my surprise she said ‘oh yeah, I know you, I love your site.’ That moment was when I realised that what I do really does reach people, people actually read my words and recognise who I am. There are real people behind the analytics and traffic to your site.
Tell us about a big goal you’re currently working towards?
With a new baby on the way I am working towards creating more processes and structure for my business. In addition I’ve also been working on creating two new arms to my business to help stabilize my income and create more income streams.
What mantra are you living by right now?
This too shall pass
Whether you’re having a shitty business day and you just want to hide in a corner, or if you’re on top of the world and just achieved your biggest goal to date – this too shall pass. It’s not all about the now with business. Keep going, keep working and create consistency.
Where can we find you?
You can find me on social media and through my website.
Website: The Daily Femme – www.dailyfemme.com
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