How Guest Contributor, Erica V. Walton Balances Her Home and Work Life

Journals and planners are a huge party of my life. In order for me not to forget something I have a scheduler. My day starts around 7am and ends at 9pm. The first thing I do upon waking up is meditation and affirmations. I pull out my planner to schedule my post and look at my to do list. After that, I do a quick rundown on my emails, notifications, and messages. We have breakfast and start school. All of my school aged children are homeschooled, we have a high school senior, high school junior, 8th, 7th, 5th, 3rd, 2nd, and kindergartener. I create their lesson plan a week to two weeks in advance. We have school from 9:30 am til 1:00 pm Monday through Thursday. In Illinois we don’t have rules for hours or days you can have school. Homeschooled is viewed as private education.

During our breaks I do social media and website check ins. After school is complete, I usually have client consults or send out inquiries for my upcoming events. If nothing’s scheduled for that time I’ll fulfill my apparel orders or work on inventory. Around 4pm I have the girls start dinner. They’re 15 and 17 years old. Food menus in our house is rough. My husband is vegetarian, six of us only eat chicken, fish, and turkey, the other four only chicken. So imagine Mexican night it’s several types of tacos popping, breakfast is just cereal because nobody likes milk, we’re currently testing cashew milk. We have chore charts broken down to stations: bedrooms, living room, basement, bathroom 1&2, kitchen, trash, and laundry. We break everything down into twos.

My husband and I have our wine down time nightly. It’s usually watching a movie, having a bath together, or reading. We never bring work, bills, or parental issues into the bedroom. Probably a part of the reason why we pop out children like eggo waffles. Date nights are usually on Tuesdays or Sundays the least busiest days for us during the week. My husband is off of work on Saturday and Sunday but he has a first shift job 5am till 1:30pm. His afternoons are spent playing basketball or training clients. He lost over 100 pounds and has been receiving several requests from people to give his take on transitioning to a plant based diet. The Walton household is quite busy.

In my spare time I read and attend dance classes to get a mommy break. It’s definitely needed

especially with me managing my oldest daughters businesses. Two have an apparel line and one makes bath bombs. Grocery shopping is done twice a week Sunday and Wednesday which is also our laundry days. The children have field trips to museums, zoos, and aquariums like traditional school children. Field trips are usually Monday or Thursday. The only tv I manage to watch is “Blackish” and “How to Get Away With Murder” and that’s usually if a client has canceled. My social interactions are usually at events that I plan: brunches, vendor events, panels, and wellness retreats. Life is quite busy, but again I wouldn’t trade it. I love being in love with my husband and raising our big beautiful family. When I was younger dealing with the abandonment of my parents I was quite sure one day I’d have my own. I was granted that and would never complain about the duties I’ve been given as a mommywifeprenuer.

Bio: Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Erica V Walton an author, creative, nonprofit founder, encourager, apparel line owner, event planner, wife, and mother of eleven. Yeah you read that correctly. Mother of eleven, eight girls, and three boys to be exact. All that I carried and birthed. I own and operate Evolving Diva Inc’s Royal Tee Collection, Evolving Diva Inc Style and Events, and the Evolving Diva Inc, Foundation. I also teach branding workshops in my hometown Chicago, IL. Life is busy and I wouldn't have it any other way. With running businesses, raising babies, and attempting to be the best helpmate to my husband I need serious time management and organizational structure. I want to share my tips and techniques that help me daily on the path. I truly hope you find this blog entry to be informative and that it helps you gather yourself daily. I can be found on social media @evolvingdivainc on Facebook and Instagram. @Evolvingdiva on Twitter.

To purchase her book, "50 Tips on Managing Marriage, Business and Babies" that she co-authored with Shanise L. Ollie, click here:

"Midwest Wifepreneurs, mommies, and authors Erica V. Walton of Chicago, IL and Shanise L. Ollie of Flint, Mi teamed up to write “50 Tips on Managing Marriage Business and Babies”. The book focuses on giving wives, moms, and business women tips on how to manage it all. From sex to schedule. They’ve also included how they relate to some of television's favorite moms. The book is filled with tips, tricks, and journal sheets."