Raising a family and nurturing a business and filling each day with meaning – EDEM 3 Dana Malstaff

Do you wake up every morning and love what you do? Do you believe that you can be as purposeful and passionate about your career as you are about your parenting? Meet Dana Malstaff.

Dana is the devoted mom of two and entrepreneur behind Boss-Mom, a movement that supports women who yearn for more time and less guilt when it comes to building their business and raising their family.

She used to think that loving her career was taking away some of the love for her family. Not anymore. Now she believes love begets love… the more loving and purposeful we are with our careers, the more love we have to give back to our families.

Hear her story of leaving her stressful corporate position and starting her business and motherhood at about the same time.

She shares her agile approach to both business and parenting—planning but still living day-by-day.

Join us for some inspiration, laughs and a great life recipe for making sure your days aren’t just filled, but filled with meaning, purpose and plenty of hugs.

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Life Recipe: Two things to do everyday to make everyday more meaningful.

  1. Assess at the end of the day: Recognize all that you accomplished at home, as a parent, and in your business. Even the little things. Feel grateful for what you accomplished. Next, recognize what has to get done tomorrow.
  2. Don’t rush at the start of the day: Slowing down at the start of the day allows you to be a much better parent and entrepreneur.  For me, its designated kids time. I don’t start anything in my business before 9am. 

When you feel stressed and rushed its not only hard to enjoy the ride you are on and enjoy the journey but make really good decisions.

Quotes from Dana

As entrepreneurs and parents, its all about the millions of decisions we have to make everyday. And you have to feel confident and grounded in the decisions you are making, If you can give yourself that time and patience and slow down a bit it can help you feel like you are being a better parent and entrepreneur.

Go out and be passionate moms and passionate entrepreneurs because you all rock.

The most memorable things that my mother said whenever she disciplined me, “Its my job to make sure you are a good person. I have to make sure that you understand that to love and be compassionate with people is important. That you don’t hurt, you love. I have to punish you and discipline you so that you understand that. Even when I do that, I love you very much.”

One piece of advice: Hug more. Your kids will notice when you hug more. Hug your spouse more and linger there. The more you can be compassionate and loving, the more your kids see that. That ripples out in to your business. Lets celebrate and enjoy each other in a way that helps us all grow.


Dana is a mother, business & content strategist, coach, podcaster, and blind spot reducer. Dana is also the author of Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro, and the founder of the Boss Mom Movement. She serves Boss Moms who yearn for more time and less guilt when it comes to building their business and starting or raising their family, by providing the tools they need to get more out of their content and business, without sacrificing their family goals.

When she is not creating new courses or building new strategy tools for creative entrepreneurs, she can be found, chasing her son on the beach, rubbing cheeks with her new daughter, or thinking of the next fun new family adventure.

Where to Find Dana

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Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman – Its important in our business and our relationships that we understand people. We have to understand how to communicate and its hard. They really speak to the idea of extending empathy and presence into everything we communicate. 

The five love languages by Gary D Chapman. The people you care about may feel love in different ways than you. The best way to have fruitful relationships is to show them they are valued and to understand and recognize that the way you feel valued could be different than how they are valued. 

Links mentioned in interview

Boss Mom Academy | Chasing Dreams and Littles | Trello for time management | Dana’s training on using Trello with free template boards

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