In our Making Love at Work profiles, we feature husbands, wives and couples who are working hard to strike a balance between love, family, work and everything else… just like all of us! We haven’t had a Making Love at Work profile in a while on the site, so I’m excited to welcome Kanesha Morrison, a young wife, student and mother of two who founded the company Blingy Girl Things, which specializes in custom t-shirts and other fashion products. Kanesha has been married for three years and has two children, ages 3 and 1. Read on to find out what Kanesha had to say about finding balance in the midst of it all.
Q: Tell me about your company and the roles that both of you play.
K: I own Blingy Girl Things. We are a rhinestone boutique that specializes in things that bling. We mainly sell rhinestone t-shirts, but we have lots more product that we offer. We also take custom orders as well. I have lots of emails, phone calls and paperwork that goes into the everyday duties. I am ALWAYS looking for ways to market. Anything to get our name out there more to the people. My hubby helps soo much! He does the rhinestoning, he will press a shirt, he packages the order, takes the packages to the post offices, just anything I need him to do. He is always there. I feel bad for him a lot of time because he works 60 hours a week and still has to come home and help with my business. I know sometimes he wants to say ‘Really? Do I really have to help?’ But he does without complaining.
Q: What motivated you to start your own business?
K: I wanted to be a stay at home mom, but I still needed to make money to help make life easier on my husband. I honestly did not go into this thinking it was a business. I thought it was a business, but I was treating it like it was hobby. In 2013 I am making BOSS moves and treating this business like the empire I know it will be.
Q: You said that you are going to school full time? What are you getting your degree in and what do you plan to do with it when school is complete?
K: I am a Senior at the University of Oklahoma. I am taking up Administrative Leadership. I knew this major would help me in my business with my future employees. I want to grow them and develop them not just be a boss. I have thought about going to beauty school once I am finished with this degree to branch into something else to expand my current business.
Q: How do you make time for your spouse when dealing with the multiple demands of work, children, and school?
K: Every night I am done working at 10:00. From 10:00 to whatever time he goes to sleep that is his time. My ringer is off, my computer is shut down and I am all his. He has to know he is just as important to me as this business. If he and I are not, my whole life is not right. If I need like he needs more time than that I plan a couple’s trip. We go to the in-laws, go on a date while at the in-laws and we just connect. Also every day that he works we have “lunch” together. He goes to lunch and calls me while on lunch. I’m eating in his ear and he is eating in mine, but it works for us. I do not answer beeps or anything. That is his time.
Q: What is the number one thing parents need to remember when managing multiple roles?
K: You have to remember it is not quantity it is quality. Parents look so much at when they are not there and do not l cherish the time when they are together. Take the little free times to bond. Having all my hats I am wife first, mommy second. That works for us. Each child is different, so your parenting style has to cater to your child.
Q: What’s your favorite way to relax?
K: I love to read and spend time at the spa. If funds are tight or I am on a tight budget I love a Cosby Show Marathon.
To find out more about Blingy Girl Things, Like the page on Facebook and follow Kanesha on Twitter @themoneymama.
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