Mila Furman, the Girl and the Kitchen takes us through a day in her life & the kitchen

Name: Mila Furman 

Kid(s): Charlie (6 year old girl), and Marcel (18 mo boy)

Official work title and company: Girl and the Kitchen, CEO. I am a blogger, private chef, boutique caterer, influencer and tv personality 

Location: Lake zurich, IL

Tell us more about your company. (How you got started, where did the idea come from, how it has grown to the success it is today, etc.)

I have my culinary and bachelors degrees … I started cooking back when I was 14 and never stopped. Through several career changes and life changes I knew that the corporate world would never fulfill me nor nurture me. In January 2017 I transitioned from a part time blogger to a full time blogger… and by sheer accident I became a private chef and caterer. 2 years later I have 4 full time chefs, several servers, bartenders and event planners ;) 

What has been your biggest challenge as a working mom? Your biggest reward?

My biggest challenge is definitely having time for everything. When I have to work weekends I feel horribly guilty because my 6 year old always reminds me that weekends are family days. I always get through it because I know that I have given myself the gift to create my own schedule and eventually I won’t need to work weekends.  

Where do you think working mom guilt comes from and how can women overcome it?

I think it comes from ourselves and the way we were brought up. Additionally, the fact that we all compare ourselves to everyone else. In my experience the best way to overcome it is to understand that we all struggle.  And everyone has their own unique solution to their struggle that is no ones right to judge!

What have you found to be the motivations and benefits for women that take on the extra stress and time crunch of combining work and family?

For me it was the fact that I control my life entirely. My anxiety and stress reduced when I went off on my own because I knew I was in control of my own existence. I never have the fear of Monday’s anymore because they are created by me. Plus, I want my daughter to see that women truly can run a business and a family and still be in control!

What would be your time-saving tip for your fellow working moms?

Do not open your laptop unless you have a plan. I found I would waste entirely too much time when I open up my laptop and try and figure out what I need to do. Open up your laptop only with the exact game plan of what you want to do.

Who or what gives you your daily dose of inspiration?

Myself. I try and find inspiration within myself because I only want to live up to my goals and expectations  not anyone else’s. 

What advice would you give to other working moms when it comes to balancing a career, family, and self-care?

When it’s time to have downtime … take it. Unplug. Put the phone down. Turn off your brain and just unwind. Schedule the downtime, gym time etc in the calendar so you are forced to go to it.

Bonus: Do you have a favorite quote? Share with us if so! 

Life is not measure by the amounts of moments but by the amount of moments that take your breath away