Mom Boss: Victoria Moore – The Stay At Home Mompreneur
Mom Boss Victoria Moore is the face behind The Stay At Home Mompreneur and My Momtastic Life.
I am so happy that we connected and that she is in my tribe.
This mom boss and I connected on Facebook and I help her with her Facebook group Stay At Home Mompreneurs, a group for mom bloggers and mompreneurs to grow and support one another.
If you fit that category, you should totally check it out!
This Texas Mom Boss is definitely someone to watch!
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Meet Mom Boss, Victoria Moore – The Stay At Home Mompreneur.
What made you decide to start your business?
Honestly, I started my first blog because I was bored, and I needed something to remind that I was more than just a milk-machine.
I left my job as a preschool teacher when I was only a few weeks pregnant, and my husband and I moved to a new city to stay with family until we got on our feet.
By the time my son was born, I hadn’t had a job in 8 months.
After documenting my pregnancy on social media and writing about the changes I was going through as a new mother, I took the plunge and purchased a domain name. I took it seriously from the beginning, but I had no idea I’d be earning money after only a few short months.
It started out as a hobby, and a means to document my son’s life, yet it turned into one of the best decisions I’d ever made!
How do you juggle it all?
I honestly don’t know. I’m not sure that I do, yet!
Most days I have to choose one of my main three duties to focus on: spend quality time with my son and make sure he has an awesome day, keep up with my home and animals, or work.
It feels like at least one of those three things gets put on the backburner each day, depending on whether or not my husband is home to help.
Most of the time, that means my son is happy, my animals have been fed and loved, and I’ve gotten some work done, BUT, my house is a wreck.
I’m a control freak about many aspects of my life. I like my home to be spotless, I like my son to be clean at all times, I like my animals to have clean pens and scheduled feedings.
But that’s not my reality anymore.
One of the hardest aspects of motherhood for me has been learning to cope with the chaos that is my life.
My son never goes hungry, but he might walk around with food on his face for a little bit.
My chickens will have their time to free range, but it might be an hour later some days.
I just make the best of every day, and try to remember that stressing the small stuff doesn’t help the situation.
Really though, I think I juggle everything by utilizing nap time, working after my son goes to bed, and time blocking during the day!
I’m the type of person who likes to get in and completely finish a task before moving on to the next. But that simply isn’t doable for the life I have.
I have happy, productive, and balanced days when I block off certain times to get specific things done.
Clean the kitchen for 30 minutes. If I don’t finish the dishes, so be it. The next 30 minutes I’ll read with my son. After that, I’ll check my email or social media for 20 minutes. If I can’t get through all of the emails, I’ll have to get to them later.
It’s worked wonderfully for me, but it definitely took some getting used to.
How did you meet your husband?
My husband and I are both musicians (though we don’t have time to play much nowadays).
One of my old coworkers happened to be my husband’s neighbor, and he sent me videos of him playing the guitar and singing.
My coworker gave me his number, and I went against my better judgement and texted him, asking to meet up to write music together.
We fell head over heels in love, immediately!
We started dating the next day and I practically moved in with him the next week. The rest is history!
What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
The funniest thing that’s happened to me recently would probably be my son taking off his poopie diaper and running around, only for me to find that it was the last one we had.
Oh, but it doesn’t stop there!
While my husband went out to buy more, he poured a bag of goldfish out on the couch next to him, rubbed them on his boyhood one by one, and put them back in the bag.
I think it was the biggest “boy mom” moment I’ve had yet. He’s really starting to transition from a baby into a weird little boy. Haha! I didn’t know how to handle this one.
After I stopped laughing, I showed him that he can just put them back in the bag, the middle step can be skipped.
What is that one song that always makes you happy? What’s your jam?
Low Down Girl Like Me, by I Draw Slow! It pumps me up, every time!
If they made a movie of your life, who would play you?
Oh that’s a hard one!
You know, I don’t really watch movies. I know, I’m weird! I can’t focus, and it just feels like a long commitment. Trying to get me to sit down and agree to watching a movie is like pulling teeth!
I wish I had an answer, but I honestly can’t even think of many actresses off the top of my head!
If someone made a movie of my life, it would probably take me a few days to get through the whole thing haha!
Here’s a totally unfair question…If you had to choose between wine or coffee for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Oh coffee, most definitely! No question about it! I’m more of a beer kind of girl anyway.
When I became a mom, I wish someone would have told me…
I wish someone would have told me that it’s not the constant diaper changes, or late night feedings that make motherhood so hard.
It’s the internal struggle you feel to constantly be the perfect mom that you always envisioned yourself as.
I planned on feeding my son only organic, high-quality meals, to send out cute cards for every holiday. I thought ialways be patient and kind, no matter how much stress I was under.
Turns out I’m only human, and I’m the same old me I always was, except now I have a son, and crazy expectations for myself.
There’s nothing wrong with mac ‘n cheese for dinner every now and then, if it means you get to regain a little composure during the time you would have spent making an all-natural, fresh meal.
Your sanity is just as important, and sometimes you have to pick which is more important in the moment.
Being a “perfect” mom and doing everything by the book every day wears down on you over time, and it’s not always worth the anxiety. I thought I’d always be able to push through every bad moment, and just…DO IT. But of course, that’s easier said than done.
The last book I read was…
Oh Lordy, I wish I could remember. It’s honestly been probably over a year. Maybe even a year and a half. Sad, I know. I used to be such a bookworm. I’m sure it was something by Jodi Picoult. I LOVE her!
Three things I can’t live without…
Well, first and foremost, my husband.
I don’t know what I would do without him. I take on too much all the time, and without him, I’d be drowning.
If people don’t count, I guess I’d have to say coffee, my camera, and Amazon Prime.
Describe your perfect day.
If you could give 18 year old you one piece of advice, what would it be?
Oh Lord, first of all, I wouldn’t want to talk to 18-year-old Victoria.
What advice do you have for moms who want to start their own business?
1. You should absolutely go for it, no matter how intimidating it is.
2. You don’t have to know everything before you begin. You’ll learn as you go.
3. Never underestimate the power of being polite and courteous.
Your success does not hinder my own. Good content and good people will always rise to the top, and there’s room for all of us.
I’ve only just connected with Victoria but she made a great impression on me right off the bat. Although I was late to join her Pinterest workshop she was happy to let me in (without making me feel bad about it!). Her genuine kindness is immediately evident ♡
Victoria’s advice here is golden and I really enjoyed getting to know her a little better from this post. These Mom Boss interviews are such a fantastic idea Laura!
Thanks so much Liane! She has definitely been such an amazing person to connect with and learn from! I love getting to know fellow mompreneurs and to celebrate them!
It’s so nice to get to know the faces and people behind the blogs! I started my blog because I was bored as well and writing has always been a passion of mine!
I totally agree Diana!
I just started following Victoria and loved getting to know her a little better. I loved how her and her husband met. So cute.
I’ve only recently come to be a part of Victoria’s facebook group. It was really nice to get to learn more about her. I too would have to be forced to watch a movie about my own life as I find sitting through an entire movie to be more of a chore than entertainment. I have experienced Victoria’s kindness and graciousness when missing cut off dates in the FB group threads.
Ashley I’m so happy you enjoyed this! Victoria is fantastic!
Great interview! So down to earth and realistic, I love it! Thank you for sharing your journey..so many jewels and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who struggles! Motherhood is unique and special, each day I’m reminded to cherish it.
Thanks Kim! I think it’s so important to share the real stories! Everyday isn’t Instagram perfect and I think it’s vital that we show that.