As a mom on a mission, I love to meet up with other moms who have similar goals. At least a year ago, I met Carisa. She’s a mom, wife and entrepreneur making waves in business and helping other women do the same.
Camesha Gosha: Tell me about your passion.
Carisa Montooth: I’m passionate about helping women entrepreneurs get the emotional support they need in their personal and professional relationships, so they can launch their dream businesses with love and ease. I absolutely love using personality types to show women how to communicate with their Honeys about their businesses and connect with their clients.
CG: How did you discover your passion?
CM: When I was studying Psychology for my B.A., I was especially fascinated by Personality Psychology. Later after I became a counselor, I started presenting personality/communication workshops. People in the workshops started pulling my aside afterwards and saying things like, “My boyfriend is this personality and I’m that personality, how can I talk to him about this issue?” So that led me to connect the personality types with relationships. Later, I started being asked to speak for groups of entrepreneurs and I found that the women in those groups had a really unique set of challenges…their partners were asking them things like “when are you going to get a REAL job with a steady paycheck” or “why are you spending money (AKA investing) in your business when you aren’t making money yet.” And that was what led me to my first few clients and helped me create a relationship coaching program specifically for female entrepreneurs.
CG: Why is it important to you?
CM: I’m an entrepreneur myself and I know how hard it is. When you say to the world, “I have gifts that can help you and they are worthy of sharing”, that’s a huge act of courage. When I began creating a business, it was a completely new thing for me. I know firsthand what it’s like to feel stressed and freaked out, because your partner doesn’t quite understand your business challenges or why you can’t make 3 meals a day when you’re trying to get a business off the ground. And I also know firsthand that you can turn that around and create an amazingly loving and supportive relationship that gives you the support you need so you can show up in every other area of your life, including your business. These things are all personal to me, because I’ve been in that same situation and I know how hard it is. I also know that it can be a hundred times better and I want to help other women have that so they can have the best of both worlds.
CG: As a mom, were there challenges in pursuing your passion?
CM: Always! It’s not easy working 6 days a week with a three-year-old daughter.
CG:Tell us about those challenges?
CM: The biggest challenge I had (and still sometimes have) is guilt. When I first started my business, I was constantly feeling guilty. When I was working I felt guilty about not being with my daughter. When I was with my daughter I felt guilty about the business projects that I wasn’t working on.
CG: How did you overcome your challenges/obstacles?
CM: The most helpful thing for me has been to give up trying to manage everything in my head at once. Now I try to enjoy where I am, when I’m there. So when I’m working, I close the door and focus on what I’m doing for my business that day. When I’m with my daughter, I put my phone down, get on the floor with her, take her outside, or just cuddle with her. I give myself to her for that time and leave the work in my office.
CG: What do you think it does for your daughter to see you go after what you want?
CM: I think the best thing I can do to show my daughter that she can have whatever life she dreams of is to create it for myself. If she sees me doing it, she knows its possible for her. Not even just possible, but a given. I want her to grow up assuming she can create whatever she wants for herself and that she is smart and resourceful enough to have whatever she wants.
CG: What would be your advice to other moms who are on the fence about pursuing something they are passionate about?
CM: The best thing you can do for your children is to show them they can create the life they want. You can’t just tell them it’s possible; they believe what they see you do. If you want them to use their gifts in the world, show them how you are using yours. Your happiness and fulfillment make you an even better Mommy.
Here are a couple of questions, just for fun!
CG: Jeans or Yoga pants
CM: Dark rinse, high-waist, skinny jeans. Perfect with everything.
CG: Heels or flats
CM: Heels, Mama! Heels, earrings, and red lipstick.
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