We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Komers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
To be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with the word balance and, I try and use the word harmony to replace it as often as I can. Balance is hard, especially for moms trying to juggle working and chasing dreams while raising their children. Of course, you have good days and bad days in the harmony department. My balance of the two worlds always seems a little unbalanced, truthfully, but what I’ve learned is to make peace with it. Some days work needs a little more of me, so I shift my energy there, and other days motherhood needs me to shift my focus there. My work/life balance has changed. Just like the seasons of my motherhood, I’ve learned not to get too comfortable in the routines because it can all change at a moment’s notice and send you spinning. I think we all strive to find this “perfect balance” that doesn’t really exist, and we drive ourselves a little crazy wondering why we can’t seem to “do it all” and find the balance. I try and give each day what I can and try to go to sleep, knowing I balanced the load the best I could and I was enough that day.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m what you’d call the accidental mompreneur, I guess. I have no formal business training, never attended college, and I knew basically nothing about e-commerce until I launched my brand in 2013. I’ve built this lifestyle brand from my kitchen table into a six-figure business while still being a full-time mother to three, which is my biggest “flex,” as my kids say. My brand has really evolved since I first started. It’s more than just merchandise. It’s a community of mothers passionate about supporting their fellow mamakind and sharing the journey of motherhood. I think I’m most proud of building community and connections with women through our items. It’s a club and culture, and our wares are the conversation starters that help them see that although we might mother a little differently, we all share the same goals like to “Raise Good Humans,” which is a movement we started in 2016 that’s really taken off with our customers. I also love using my business and platforms to spread awareness for PPD and PPA issues because too many mothers suffer in silence. We have to break the stigma around both maternal mental health and mental health issues in the world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m such a homebody now, but if I had an entire week with my bestie in town, I would likely get a sitter, and we’d end up at the nearby winery and hotel for some much-needed R & R. I love renting the cabanas at South Coast winery and sitting poolside for a long weekend. We would, of course, have to hit up the spa for some massages and maintenance too, but I think you’d find us soaking in the sunshine with our favorite sparkling Pinot Grigio chatting.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Ok, this is hard. Because I really have some amazing supporters, mentors, and cheerleaders in my corner, so it’s hard to pick just one. I think I will have to go with my husband Ward Komers because he’s always believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. He really is my biggest cheerleader, and without his support, I don’t think I would have been able to make this little business of mine happen. He not only helped me set everything up in the beginning, but he makes sure all my “business affairs” are taken care of because it’s certainly not my strong suit, and he makes the wheels go around for my brand while working full-time and doing a masters program. He deserves a little shoutout for being the man next to the woman. It’s not always easy, especially with being a social media-driven brand, but he’s unbelievably supportive of me.
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