Meet the #motherhustlers: Sasha Duffy
Sasha Duffy is a mom, teacher, and blogger who is trying to find the perfect balance in life and helps others find a balance too!
Tell us about yourself, your business, and how you got started!
By day I’m a mom and high school teacher, but at night I’m a blogger.
I’ve run a few businesses during my life (I’m 37 years old!), some of them have been very successful ($2 million+ annual revenue), some have been complete failures (thousands in debt)!
When I became a single mom I needed a stable income, so I decided to become a teacher (helps to have the same vacations as my kids too). However, I’m always frustrated working for someone else and so I started my blog to give me a bit of control over my life and income.
Life’s Carousel is a website to help parents find balance in their lives. We’re all busy and feel overwhelmed, and I want to help people extract more from their lives and feel less stressed.
What inspired you to start your own business?
After 10 years of marriage, I became a single mom. Suddenly I was on my own, broke and struggling. I was working, parenting, and trying to run my home. I felt so overwhelmed and stressed. It was a horrible feeling and I worked hard to overcome it.
I read dozens of books and searched the internet for anything that would help. It took a few years but I managed to streamline my life and reduce my stress. I finally started enjoying my new life.
I realized that I could use my own experiences to help others… so that’s exactly what I’m doing!
What struggles do you face when it comes to balancing your work and family and how do you deal with them?
My whole website is about finding a balance between work and family! But the irony is that I do still struggle with it.
My kids are 8, 10 and 12 years old, so I’m able to do work in the evenings while they play or watch TV and after they have gone to bed. Also at weekends, I try to take a few hours each day to work on my website.
However, I have a golden rule – WORK CAN WAIT!
If my kids want me to play a game with them or bake cookies, then I do. I will stop working and go and do things with them.
At weekends, if we decide to go out for a day, I don’t beat myself up for not doing any work. My website will still be there the next day, but my kids can’t wait! My family needs me more than my website does.
This might slow my growth a bit, but I grew up with a father that worked 24/7. I literally never saw him. Yes, he was very successful and I had a very privileged upbringing, but I would also have liked to know my Dad a bit better. I wasn’t going to do that to my children.
What do you think is the secret to raising a healthy business and a healthy family?
Learning when to say no.
You can’t do it all. It’s just not possible. So you need to learn to prioritize. Sometime you will have to say “No” to things. But don’t make it a habit to say no to your family….
What is one piece of advice you could give to help other mompreneurs out?
Don’t beat yourself up. You will set impossible expectations for yourself – we all do. It’s likely you will not reach your goals when you want to because “real-life” will get in the way.
BUT… that doesn’t mean you will never reach your goals. You will reach them when the time is right. Have faith in your abilities and just go with the flow!
What words of encouragement do you have for your fellow mompreneurs?
You can do it! You just have to stick with it. There will be days, weeks or even months when you don’t want to work on your business. But you have to push through that.
You won’t always feel motivated to work, but you have to push through and just do it. If you wait to work only when you feel motivated, then you will be waiting a long time for your success.
Do you have any great / inspiring stories from your own experience that you would like to share?
I’m not sure if it’s a great or inspiring story. But I went from being a broke, single-mom, working at a minimum wage job and no energy for my family to having a job I love, spending quality time with my family, and living my life on MY TERMS!
Decide what you want and go for it!
Any fun facts you want to share?
Apparently, I don’t like to make life easy for myself because not only do I work full-time, have 3 kids and run a business, I also have 3 dogs, 4 cats, and 3 chickens! But if I didn’t have something to keep me amused I would get bored!
Where you can find Sasha:
You can read more about Sasha over on her blog, Life’s Carousel, and follow along with her on Instagram!
Meet Samantha Goldsmith
Meet the #motherhustlers: Samantha Goldsmith Sam Goldsmith is a self-confessed serial entrepreneur, wellbeinista, and staunch uplifter. Passionate about helping women to embrace their uniqueness and live a life guided by their inner compass. Tell us about yourself,...
Meet Louise Goss
Meet the #motherhustlers: Louise Goss Louise is an award-winning journalist, writer, and mum of two small people who are not yet in school and generally demand most of her time. A self-confessed dreamer, she is a lover of dance, travel, photography, and languages. She...
Meet Meredith Sudborough
Meet the #motherhustlers: Meredith Sudborough Meredith Sudborough is a Clean Foods Advocate and the owner of Green Groceries To Go. Tell us about yourself, your business, and how you got started! I’ve been married for almost 20 years and am a mom to 2 teens and a...
Meet Amanda Malachesky
Meet the #motherhustlers: Amanda Malachesky Functional Nutrition Coach Amanda Malachesky helps people who are confused and struggling with complex or chronic health complaints by finding their root causes and teaching them to listen to their bodies in a new way, so...
Meet Cat Raincock
Meet the #motherhustlers: Cat Raincock Women’s self-esteem expert Cat Raincock is passionate about empowering and guiding women to live a fulfilled life. She was an ordinary girl who learnt some key things and now lives an extraordinary life. Cat is a mother of 2...
Meet Leslie Stallcup
Meet the #motherhustlers: Leslie Stallcup Leslie is the founder of Summit Health Coaching and a single mom of two kiddos, aged 9 and 3. She has a Food Science degree from the University of Arkansas and is currently working on her certification to be a health coach...
Meet Dana Inouye
Meet the #motherhustlers: Dana Inouye Dana Inouye is the creator of TEAL urbanwear — a lifestyle brand featuring leggings with pockets designed for moms who’ve got their hands full. Its mission is to inspire moms to go hands-free and live hands-on. TEAL, and its...
Meet Kelly Morgan
Meet the #motherhustlers: Kelly Morgan Kelly Morgan is a Lifestyle Coach focusing on bringing clarity to emotional, mental, spiritual and physical clutter. She guides individuals and families on a journey to create more time and memories with friends and loved ones...
Meet Irene McKenna
Meet the #motherhustlers: Irene McKenna Irene is a parenting coach for moms who want to stop yelling but want their kids to listen. She truly believes that peace in parenting is possible and in that peace kids thrive and cooperate naturally. Irene understands the...
Meet Pujarini Mitra
Meet the #motherhustlers: Pujarini Mitra Pujarini Mitra is an entrepreneur with a serious travel addiction. With a management degree and corporate experience of 9 years, she has a travel experience of exploring 10 countries and counting. MySoulTravels is her venture...
Meet Deanna Gibbons
Meet the #motherhustlers: Deanna Gibbons Deanna Gibbons is an entrepreneurial educator who teaches middle and high school students how to start a business, how to make a difference in their community, and how to change the world. She’s got over 15 years’ experience...
Meet Christina Nichols
Meet the #motherhustlers: Christina Nichols Christina is President and Founder of Nichols Genuine Philanthropic Solutions, LLC. The company provides non-profits and higher education clients with full-service fundraising services. Her husband and she met in physical...
Meet Grace Kennedy
Meet the #motherhustlers: Grace Kennedy Grace Kennedy is a writer and marketing consultant based in the Charlotte, N.C. area. She specializes in using storytelling to solve people’s communications problems. She comes to the mompreneur world with experience in...
Meet Keri Lawrence
Meet the #motherhustlers: Keri Lawrence Keri is a Wife, Mom, Educator, Part-Time Grad Student, Frugalista, Blogger, Disney Enthusiast, and Foodie. She earned a Communications degree with an emphasis in Journalism in 2006, and also went to culinary school part-time...
Meet Rachel Watts
Meet the #motherhustlers: Rachel Watts Rachel Watts is a 29-year-old full-time working mompreneur with a heart in customer service and a desire to help women find their place in the world. When she isn’t working in a medical clinic or playing with her husband and...
Meet Marybeth Santos
Meet the #motherhustlers: Marybeth Santos Marybeth Santos is a blogger, mom, wife, domestic engineer. In that order. Except just imagine a HUUUUGE space between wife and domestic engineer because that comes in DEAD last, ok? Tell us about yourself, your business, and...
Meet Kerri Grace
Meet the #motherhustlers: Kerri Grace Kerri Grace is a wife, momma to a toddler, CrossFit Coach, Nutrition Coach, and the owner of Grace Fitness and Nutrition. Kerri was a competitive cheerleader for many years and always loved being active and healthy. She found...
Meet Laura Vacca
Meet the #motherhustlers: Laura Vacca Noticing a serious gap in branding between small business and large corporations, Laura's goal is to make unique, share-worthy design available to everyone and to help small business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses....
Meet Sara Lingenfelter
Meet the #motherhustlers: Sara Lingenfelter Sara Lingenfelter wants to live in a world where moms can follow their dream of working from home while also having time and flexibility for their family. As the CEO of Virtual Biz Partner, she’s been featured in numerous...