Cheryll Dahlin is a self-described social butterfly. Being alone inside she feels cooped up. Networking and connecting with people she is energized. So while her motivation for leaving the workplace to be a stay-at-home mom after her third child was understandable—this was to be her last child, she’d already missed the youngest years of the other two and she really wanted to be there more—it was destined not to work out well.
Pregnant, she moved with her family to a new town so her husband could take the great job that would support the whole family, and then the pandemic happened. So not only was Cheryll “stuck at home with a newborn,” she says, they couldn’t go out and meet any of their new neighbors and create a new social network. “I just started sinking into this hole,” she remembers. “Everything was closing in and I was like, ‘I don’t want to live like this.’”
What pulled her out was a desire to lose the excess weight she had gained in her third pregnancy. She joined a 30-day fitness challenge designed for weight loss which was also, she soon realized, “a mindset challenge in disguise.” It changed the way she thought about everything. “It showed me that I have the power to make those decisions. I can change my future if I want to. I can write my own stories.”
She started moving, just walking around her neighborhood with her baby, listening to a friend’s podcast about motherhood. That got her thinking about starting her own business, so she launched an Instagram account called @SocialwithCheryll. As a social butterfly, she thought she could start a social media marketing company. “I started dabbling in that and I was like, ‘I don’t want to be anyone’s employee.’ So one day I woke up and I was like, “Why don’t I just do ‘Mom Boss Motivation’?” I’m a mom boss, or I want to be a mom boss, and I want to motivate other moms. So I created the handle “Mom Boss Motivation,” and from there it just kept growing and growing on Instagram.”
Now there’s a Facebook group and a podcast, where at times her kids are special guests. “It’s taught me a lot about myself and what I can accomplish. And my kids love it too. We listen to it every Tuesday. I’ve included them and I’ve always wanted to include them. That’s why it’s mom first, boss second. I see it as motherhood catapulting me into Mom Boss life. When they are doing their thing, I can still have my thing. And we can all do it together.”
Cheryll Dahlin’s story is just one of the inspiring journeys featured in Moms Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic, by Tam Luc, the author, educator, and podcaster dedicated to helping women “boss up.” The book collects 16 interviews with moms who are side hustlers and multitaskers, who faced the uncertainties of the Covid pandemic—and other obstacles—by embracing their strengths and finding their authentic paths. They have so much to share and to teach, and while every story is unique, there is creativity and perseverance at the core of each one.
Follow Cheryll @MomBossMotivation. You can also learn more about her at https://bossupbestseller.com/CheryllDahlin, where you can find a link to Moms Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic. And don’t miss all the dynamic and supportive women from the Women Who Boss Up book series who are scheduled to speak at the upcoming Women Who Boss Up Summit! Details and registration are at www.womenbossupsummit.com
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Women with Vision International aims to inspire, uplift, and empower women everywhere to never give up their dream of living their life on purpose. We gather dynamic, entrepreneurial women who are making a difference and changing people’s lives to spark conversation around the topics that impact us all such as building their businesses, fundraising, and balancing their work and their families.
About Tam Luc
Tam Luc is an international bestselling author and the founder of Women with Vision International who shares the triumphs, stress, and struggles of balancing her life to help women grow their businesses. After 20 years as an entrepreneur, she is able to help women leverage their messages and create the lifestyle they want through her unique book messaging strategies.
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