It has been a while since I have introduced a phenomenal mompreneur to my wonderful readers, so to make up for it I have one of the most inspiring women in Chicago to introduce you to: Beth Prystowsky.
What makes Beth so motivational? Well, she runs two successful blogs, teaches yoga classes, and raises two beautiful children along with her husband…all while living with MS.
Initially Beth started writing Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom as a creative outlet and a way to connect with others while she was at home raising two little kids. I can completely relate to her and use her site as an example of what you can accomplish if you dedicate yourself to your work, along with a large amount of patience, persistence, and strong Internet access.
Beth decided to stay home once her son was born and along the way fell in love not only with the complex joy of parenting, but also the benefits and depth of yoga practice. She took a big leap and attained yoga teacher certification during her first year of motherhood. Beth now shares her love of yoga through teaching classes and her articles on Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom.
Writing a blog not only helped her during those trying first years of parenthood, but also when she was diagnosed with MS at only 35 years old. As a mom of two little kids, who were 4 and 6 years old when she was diagnosed, finding helpful resources about living with MS was a struggle. Much information was outdated and irrelevant for a young mom like herself, so Beth set out to create a resource for people in her situation.
Moden Day MS is Beth’s way of providing a modern, honest, hopeful and helpful resource for families dealing with an MS diagnosis. Although it is scary to put personal information out into the world, Beth has found it to be extremely rewarding. She has not regretted a single word she has published, and the feedback she has received from readers has been priceless. Beth’s goal is to talk about things that some people might be too embarrassed or nervous to bring up, from parenting struggles to great games to keep your mind sharp.
As a mompreneur, Beth has a positive outlook on how her work/life balance is falling into place. She advises other moms who are contemplating a leap into the business world to follow their heart. Beth had an idea and went with it, and with the support of her husband and family, she has succeeded.
When chatting with Beth, she repeatedly mentioned how much the support of her husband fuels her work not just as a businesswoman, but also as a mom. Caregiving is such a challenge and Beth admits that she is in awe of her husband’s dedication to her through this beautiful Valentine’s Day post.
What does success look like for Beth? In her own words, “Success for me is any time I receive an email or comment from a reader to tell me something I wrote they can relate to or somehow helped them and made their life better.”
Now that her kids are older, Beth has more time to work on her business goals since they are at school. She squeezes teaching yoga, running errands, and managing Modern Day MS and Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom all in seven hours a day. The hours might slip by way too quickly, but Beth doesn’t feel like it is “work,” which is something we can all take inspiration from.
She enjoys creating such a rich resource for others and truly wants to be writing and researching articles about MS so that she can provide information about medication, natural treatments, research, real MS stories, information for family and caregivers, as well as provide a forum to ask questions.
Since she launched Modern Day MS just last fall after she was diagnosed, Beth is determined to grow her readership. She has connected with people from all over the world through social media, aware that there are 2.3 million people who struggle with MS worldwide, and she wants to reach them through amazing articles on Modern Day MS.
I am so thrilled to be able to support Beth in her endeavors and support local mompreneurs who are providing a positive role model for their kids. For more information on Beth, be sure to check out her websites and stay up to date with her through her social media channels.
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