Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Business + Motherhood: She Does Justice

It's week five of the the Business + Motherhood series. We hope to encourage and inspire other business mamas giving a glimpse inside our work days and spaces.
Meet Megan of She Does Justice.
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Hi I'm Megan. I am a lover of Jesus, a wife, a mother of 5, and a passionate entrepreneur. She Does Justice actually started as an adoption fundraiser when we were adopting our daughter from the Congo. I taught myself to sew and sold scarves to family and friends. We had NO clue that the Lord was going to grow our little fundraiser into the amazing community that He has. It is so obvious to us that SDJ is His business because we could never have done what He has done! We support organizations in the U.S. and across the globe that are working tirelessly to love the 'least of these'. I feel so lucky to be able to now give back to causes that are near to my heart and to encourage women to believe that they can make a difference!
1. How long have you been running your business? She Does Justice will turn 3 years old this November! 
2. What does a typical work day look like for you? Things are shifting and changing a lot right now with our recent cross-country move. My hubby works in the morning so I get our boys to school and homeschool our older girls in the mornings all while Eliza (our 1 year old) is either on my hip or sitting at my feet. ;) Once he is home around lunchtime I get to work! Most of the time I answer emails, get back to people on social media, and process orders. Right now I am in the midst of finalizing our holiday line which is fun! I am not sewing a ton right now but once we get our scarf fabric in then I will be sewing at least a couple of days a week to get those ready. Sewing is the most tedious part of my job but it's what got this whole thing started. :) 
3. What goals do you have for your business? Is this a hobby that you enjoy that earns income OR do you have big dreams and want to see this business grow? I never ever thought that this would even be a business! When we were fundraising I just thought our friends and family were so kind to even buy anything from me. As SDJ has grown the Lord has really given me a vision for what it could be. It has morphed from being a scarf shop to a community that rallies around causes that they are passionate about. I so badly hope that this community continues to grow and the amount that we are able to donate to the causes that we support continues to grow as well! 
4. What's one of your struggles with balancing business and motherhood? Seeking balance has been a big struggle for me! I personally think that balance is this mythical unicorn type creature. ha! But in all seriousness, I don't think we ever really feel truly 'balanced'. Seeking my perception of what balance is causes me to second guess myself or feel like I am never enough. I think that if we focus on the fact that we are doing the best we can and are doing our best to follow the Lord that we will feel at peace. And that's enough 'balance' for me. 

5. What is your response to "How does she do it?" My response is usually 'I don't!'! ha! I think that when you are a mom that works, especially if you work at home, you need to get creative with your time. It's not so much about sacrifices as it is prioritizing, in my opinion. Im not able to watch as much tv or have as much 'me' time as I would like but I am doing something that I am passionate about. I am so blessed to have a really supportive husband that is an equal partner with me around the house, with the kids, and in our business. I am so grateful for the opportunity to encourage women to make a difference in their lives! 
6. Do you have any tips for other business mamas or mamas who are considering opening a shop? If there is something on your heart to do that you are passionate about then I 100% say do it! I think that it can give you a creative outlet that can feed your soul and that by itself can make a huge difference in your life. Trust your gut, believe in your talents, and follow His lead because the Lord can work through you in amazing ways! 
You can connect with Megan and learn more about the causes She Does Justice supports (shop will be reopening late Oct/early Nov). Follow along on instagram @shedoesjustice and .