Empowering Mompreneurs: Balancing Work and Family with Erica Rothenberger

Balancing work and personal life is a common aspiration for many mompreneurs.

I’m Shae Spitz and recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the incredible Erica Rothenberger for an episode on the R.E.A.L Moms Podcast.

My conversation with Erica was packed with valuable insights for mompreneurs and women navigating male-dominated industries. I’m excited to share some of the highlights of our discussion with you all.

Dive into the main highlights from our conversation!

Listen to our full conversation:

Erica's Multifaceted Background

Erica’s journey is a testament to the power of resilience and adaptability. From starting as a teacher to becoming a top mortgage broker, Erica has worn many hats.

She shared how her experience in teaching has helped her communicate effectively and build strong relationships, which are crucial in her current roles.

  • Teaching Background: Erica’s early career in teaching honed her communication skills and her ability to connect with people.
  • Transition to Real Estate: Her transition into the real estate industry showcases a remarkable journey from teaching to mortgage broking, a field traditionally dominated by men. She applied her teaching skills to understand and excel in the intricacies of mortgage broking.

In addition to her achievements, Erica emphasizes the critical role of real estate coaching for anyone looking to navigate the complexities of the market. She believes consulting a real estate coach can provide invaluable insights and guidance, especially for those new to the industry.

Support and Community for Mompreneurs

The significance of support and community for mompreneurs was a key highlight in our conversation. Erica passionately discussed how vital it is for moms to connect with like-minded individuals.

She believes having a support system can significantly impact their professional and personal lives.

Importance of Support Networks

Erica highlighted how important a supportive community is for mompreneurs. These are women who manage both a business and a family.

When you are part of a community of like-minded individuals, you have a supportive network for mompreneurs facing unique challenges.

Sharing Experiences

Engaging with other mompreneurs offers valuable opportunities to share experiences. This exchange of insights and advice helps mompreneurs learn from each other's successes and mistakes, speeding up their growth and development.
These shared stories and strategies can solve common problems, spark new ideas, and build a sense of camaraderie within the community.

Emotional and Practical Support

A supportive community offers both emotional and practical support, which is essential for mompreneurs balancing their demanding roles.

Mompreneurs can vent their frustrations, celebrate their victories, and receive encouragement during tough times. This emotional support is crucial for maintaining resilience and motivation.

Balancing Personal and Professional Life

We also explored the balance between personal and professional life and shared practical tips on managing different roles. She emphasized setting boundaries and prioritizing self-care to find a rhythm that suits you and to be kind to yourself along the way.

  • Setting Boundaries: Erica stressed the importance of defining clear boundaries between work and personal life.
  • Prioritizing Self-Care: Taking care of oneself is crucial to maintaining overall well-being.
  • Finding Your Rhythm: Everyone’s balance looks different, and it’s important to find what works best for you.

How Women Can Thrive in Male-Dominated Industries

Erica’s experience as a mortgage broker has given her a unique perspective on what it’s like to thrive in a male-dominated industry. She shared the challenges she faced and how she overcame them.

Erica highlighted the importance of confidence and staying true to oneself. She encouraged women to leverage their unique strengths and not be afraid to speak up and take their place at the table.

  • Facing Challenges: Erica discussed the specific challenges women face in male-dominated fields.
  • Building Confidence: Confidence is key to overcoming barriers and succeeding.
  • Leveraging Strengths: Women should use their unique perspectives and skills to their advantage.
  • Speaking Up: Women need to assert themselves and take their rightful place in the industry.

Building Networks and Support Systems

Building robust networks and support systems is crucial for personal and professional success. Erica believes having a strong network is vital for achieving one's goals. She shared how her network has been instrumental in her growth and provided her with opportunities and support throughout her career.

Creating a Network

Building a network of supportive individuals can open doors and provide guidance. For example, consulting a mortgage broker within your network can offer invaluable advice and options when navigating the complexities of home buying.

Mutual Support

Networks offer a space for mutual support and the sharing of resources. Whether it's exchanging industry insights or offering emotional support, these connections can help everyone involved.

Opportunities for Growth

A robust network can result in fresh opportunities and partnerships. Through her network, Erica discovered new career paths and partnerships that she might never have encountered.

The Power of Community Building

Erica also spoke about the power of community building. She’s passionate about creating spaces where people can share and support one another. Whether through social media, local meetups, or professional organizations, Erica believes building a community can lead to incredible growth and development.

  • Creating Spaces: Erica emphasized the importance of safe and supportive spaces for individuals to connect.
  • Utilizing Social Media: Through social media, you can build a strong community that caters to your needs.
  • Local Meetups and Organizations: Engaging in local groups and professional organizations can strengthen community ties.

Embracing Failure for Personal Growth

One of the most enlightening parts of our conversation was Erica’s perspective on failure. She views failure not as a setback but as an opportunity for growth. Erica believes that stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing discomfort is where true growth happens.

  • Failure as Growth: Viewing failure as a learning opportunity rather than a setback.
  • Embracing Discomfort: Stepping out of your comfort zone is the first step to growth.
  • Using Feedback Constructively: Handling negative feedback in a positive way to improve and grow.

Erica also shared her approach to handling negative feedback. Instead of taking it personally, she uses it as a tool for improvement. She stressed the importance of maintaining positive relationships and using feedback constructively to better oneself.

Listen to the R.E.A.L Moms Podcast and Embrace the Mompreneur Journey

My conversation with Erica was full of wisdom, inspiration, and practical advice. Her story is a powerful reminder that success isn't just about reaching goals. It's also about enjoying the journey, stepping out of your comfort zone, and helping others.

For all the mompreneurs out there, remember that you are not alone. Connect with your community, leverage your networks, and never be afraid to ask for help.

Do you feel inspired by Erica’s journey? Tune in to our latest conversation and join our community of like-minded individuals. Start building your support network today! 

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