Time for You, Your Family, Your Life
Being the CEO of Xtreme Lashes® can be hectic at times. Balancing my personal life and work has taken on new meaning as I continue to learn and grow through my direct involvement in all aspects of the business. Some may say I’m a workaholic, but my work is my absolute passion. I’m always searching for ways to improve Xtreme Lashes products and services for our customers and to minimize the modern day woman’s beauty routine.
This ambition and drive is something that began during my childhood. Taking part in individual and team sports was an important part of my personal development. When I was younger, I played volleyball, swam, and participated in track and field. Sports teach you how to work well with others, compete, and become a goal-driven individual. These qualities helped me immensely as an entrepreneur.
Outside of work, I take the sport team mentality with me. I like to incorporate my family members into traditional household duties so that I have more energy and can spend quality time with my family. Household chores quickly became a burden when I became a single mom with four children. If I were to take care of it all by myself, I would miss out on family time and quickly become drained with these tasks. I made sure to incorporate my children in all aspects of household duties, from cooking, to cleaning, and even doing laundry by making it a family activity and incorporating music into this family, collaborative event. Aside from spending time with your kids, you’re teaching them to be responsible with learned skills, such as teamwork and leadership that they can apply to their everyday lives. Dancing to the music while working will also decrease your stress level and give everyone a chance for some fun physical exercise!
If your children are older, they can be your greatest resource. When I decided to follow my dream as an entrepreneur, my children were old enough to co-found Xtreme Lashes with me. Because we were used to working together as a family, each of them was able, even as young adults, to direct, develop and deliver across all departments including product development, quality control, education and training, marketing, web development, public relations and sales… You’ll have the opportunity to grow alongside your children with the added benefit of having the most loyal, dedicated, and caring employees possible.
Now that you’ve incorporated your children, what about your partner? Choose someone you’re compatible with that enjoys doing what you’re doing with similar ethics, morals, and principles, which will allow you to connect with them on different levels. Be transparent before you get married—be yourself. Discuss your dreams, goals and aspirations; discuss workloads and work styles; don’t forget to discuss financials, child rearing and hobbies. Unless discussed and agreed upon, prior to marriage, these things can cause stress on your marriage in the future, especially when children are involved.
Although my husband and I started Xtreme Lashes during the first year of our marriage, our compatibility allowed us to operate a business together, as a team, lowering the degree of any stress that we experienced. With his support and dedication, we brought Xtreme Lashes to the forefront of eyelash extension service and quality.
It’s not all work though; work and play can be one and the same. For example, Martin and I take biannual cruises to relax and enjoy ourselves, but we’ll also sit by the pool researching business tactics while tanning! We also have fun with our families; cycling, swimming, volleyball, going on excursions, and taking vacations together!
Overall, here are five lessons to take away from this passage to manage your time in a healthy manner:
- Practice your individuality without infringing on others.
- Be transparent and selective when choosing your partner. Practice full disclosure and informed consent.
- Incorporate your children and significant others into what you do.
- The world is not perfect. Don’t create an artificial environment for your children where everything works. Allow them to make mistakes and learn from their experiences.
- Don’t let outside factors control you.
The outcome is up to each of us and we want it that way.
About Jo’s Insights
Jo’s Insights was developed to give you an inside look into the life of Jo Mousselli, Co-Founder and CEO of Xtreme Lashes. Jo’s vision is to empower and enrich lives of women all over the world with rewarding careers, products and services. Take a moment to join her journey and hear about her first hand experiences, challenges, and thought processes behind everything she does at work and home. We hope you’re inspired…
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