Meet this bright soul, Rose. She’s the brilliant designer behind Bittersweet Design Boutique, a business that provides beautiful high-end designs for photographers and other creatives. She’s built her business alongside her husband, Thomas, while also being a wonderful mama to her sweet little girl. I’ve followed along with Rose and Thomas over the years and have always admired their creative talents, strong work ethic and refreshing determination to establish balance in their entrepreneurial journey.

Rose is the ultimate mamapreneur who has such an inspiring outlook on life. I’m so thrilled to have her join us here on the blog and share her encouraging words about a topic many of us need to prioritize!


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Self-Care for Small Business Owners

You know that person who greets you in the morning with a to-do list and points out all your flaws before you’ve had the chance to brush your teeth? It’s the uninvited guest who demands more food even though you haven’t had the chance to go to the grocery store. Nope, I’m not talking about your spouse (or your mama). The person I’m referring to is YOU. 

My morning convo with this girl usually goes something like this:

“Daaaaang!! I hope you don’t plan on putting those bags under your eyes in the carry-on bin! Those suckers need to be CHECKED at the gate. And can we talk about that hair?? Have you washed it this week? I didn’t think so…”

Can you imagine what would happen if you shared these same sentiments with your friends? Your family members? You would never be invited to another holiday or barbecue ever again. It’s funny how the messages we communicate with ourselves are much different than the messages we give to others.

There’s a reason why they say to put on your own oxygen mask before doing the same for others. 

Running a small business is stressful enough in itself, and when we aren’t good to ourselves, everyone around us suffers. If you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and running out of steam, take a second to put on your oxygen mask. The better you care for yourself, the better you can care for those around you.

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5 Tips for Taking Care of Yourself:

1 // Write down a list of things you love to do, and make room for at least one of these activities each week. If you’re into yoga, all it takes is a little personal space & roughly 30 minutes of your time to feel recharged and ready to conquer the world (Yoga with Adriene is our fave).

2 // Treat yourself to good food. We’ve all heard the expression ‘You are what you eat.’ If this were completely true, I’d probably be a breakfast burrito, but you get the point. Health insurance comes in many different forms, and the food is definitely one of them. Protein smoothies have been a life-saver for us when we don’t have time to cook. 

3 // Go outside. It’s an instant stress-reliever, and it doesn’t cost a dime. You’d be amazed at how much of a mood-booster a good bike ride or walk around the block can be! I’m not sure if sunshine releases endorphins or not, but if you’re solar-powered, like me, it does wonders for the soul.

4 // Tell your mind to shut it. Seriously – if it’s after midnight, and the gremlins start asking for a snack, tell them to zip it. Buh-bye. See ya later. Sayonara. Most of the time, they’re making up lies anyway. Every time a negative thought starts to creep in, try replacing it with a positive one instead. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown is worth the read if you need a way to wind down at the end of the day.

5 // Stop wearing all the hats! You’ll break your neck. By delegating tasks that aren’t your jam and handing over the things that cause you anxiety, you will gain a clearer sight of the reasons why you started your business in the first place. Whether it was to have more freedom to travel or to spend more time with your kids, think about all the success you’ve already achieved!

One of our biggest goals is to allow creatives like you to have more time to DO the things you love & SHARE those moments with the PEOPLE you love. From planning out Instagram posts to finding a Mother’s Day Out for our toddler, we have realized the importance of asking for help & finding our tribe within the creative community.

If you are looking to market your business beautifully while freeing up space in your calendar, we have your design needs covered. Over the last decade, we’ve created everything from magazine templates to Squarespace websites that save you tons of time & moolah so you can start taking better care of YOURSELF!

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