Beth Prystowsky–Mompreneur


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  Much information was outdated and irrelevant for a young mom like herself, so Beth set out to create a resource for people in her situation.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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  1. Ashley says

    I have a family friend who was diagnosed with MS at 26 and it was a devastating blow to her. Thank you so much for sharing Beth’s story, I will definitely be directing her to Beth’s blog today! What an awesome resource and a turly inspirational woman!

  2. Olivia Schwab says

    This is a great story that you have shared with us. I’m glad that MS isn’t bringing her down and that she’s still fighting to be positive, enjoy life and watch her kids grow up!

  3. Travis says

    Beth is quite an inspiration. I can’t imagine how she is able to balance everything going on in her life and still reach out the way she does.

  4. Alli says

    What an inspiration! I’m in awe of all Beth has accomplished. She’s a real role model for moms and those who have been diagnosed with MS. Way to go, Beth!

  5. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    Beth truly does sound like an amazing and inspirational woman. I wish I could successfully run two blogs whilst raising my son.

  6. Danielle K says

    What an amazing story – so inspiring. I love getting to find out about new bloggers, especially ones with such powerful stories.

  7. Sara-Jayne says

    How phenomenal is she?! I think so many of us begin our blogs as a creative outlet – she has flown and is a shining example of what can be achieved with your life!

  8. breanna says

    What a story to open eyes. It is hard to remember all those that are going through so many different things. This was a great reminder to take time to remember all the blessings that I have been given. Thank you for sharing Beth’s story. What an inspiration.

  9. Beth says

    Thank you to all of you for your very sweet comments. It warms my heart and fuels my mind to keep working hard and not get discouraged. xoxoxo

  10. Alysia from My Domestic Dish says

    My MIL has MS and I’ll be sure to shoot these links her way. I think what Beth is doing is fantastic. It gives me some inspiration, as I’m raising two little kids at home as well and it’s challenging at times (we’ve got four in total).

  11. Roselynn says

    I love reading about inspirational mothers like this who can do so many things all while dealing with a health issue. As someone with my own disorder, I look up to woman like Beth and want to push myself to do even half the things she’s accomplished.

  12. ricci says

    What a great story. I work in a hospital and see what MS does to a person and I think it’s amazing all that your friend has been able to do!!

    • amandasimkin says

      Thanks for all of the hospital work that you do…when dealing with my father’s prolonged hospital stay during his cancer battle, I found that so many doctors and nurses and volunteers have angel wings.

  13. Angela says

    This is such an inspiring post. I will be defiantly checking out her blog. I don’t know much about MS, some but not a lot but from what I read here she just seems like such a strong, vibrant women.

    • amandasimkin says

      I think anyone can use her example of being successful with whatever obstacles lie in your path, even if you don’t have a personal connection to MS.

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