Balancing a family with work can be difficult! Blue Collar Electric’s very own Kelly Michaud does it daily, and still manages to squeeze in all the things she loves to do, like cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends. Her motivation and dedication are inspiring, to say the least. On top of it all, she’s engaged to the boss! (Eric, that is)
Kelly and Eric’s children are bubbly kids, and incredibly smart. Kye is 19 months old and likes to “roar” like a lion at people in the grocery store, while Taia turns 3 years old in just a few weeks, and loves to climb and read. They have seemingly limitless energy, which often expresses itself in dancing and laughing.
Kelly coordinates the administrative duties that keep Blue Collar Electric working behind the scenes. She works a few days a week at the office, and puts in many more hours at home, mostly while the kids are sleeping or napping. “I like the fact that I have a good balance of being a stay-at-home mom while also supporting my family,” Kelly says of the arrangement. “I don’t feel deprived of my kids, but I don’t feel overworked, either. I really never wanted to put the kids in daycare full-time, but at the same time, it’s nice to get out of the house here and there, and I think it’s good for them to spend time away from me, too.”
When Kelly isn’t at home with Kye and Taia or at the office, she goes to the gym: “It’s important to take care of yourself, too, and it keeps me motivated.” Eric and Kelly often spend their weekends taking the kids to the park, the pool, or on walks. They also like to cook, often batching delicious recipes for easy lunches. It’s a great break from the busy week, and gives them time to refresh before starting new on Monday.
At the end of the day, family is the reason for everything that goes on behind the scenes at Blue Collar Electric. Eric and Tyler might be unrelated by blood, but they share a tight and trusting bond that feels just like family. “The company is doing so well because of Eric and Tyler’s perseverance and integrity,” Kelly says. “They don’t give up, they don’t take no for an answer, and they’re truly proud of their work; it all comes right back to their slogan.” (Blue Collar Craftsmanship, Blue Collar Integrity, Blue Collar Electric)
Kelly thinks this says a lot in the trades, where some people with half their schooling offer side-work on Kijiji, and then don’t deliver quality results. “It gives everybody else a bad name,” Kelly says, but then laughs, “but it gives us a lot of work, too! We’re always going in to fix these things after someone called a guy off Kijiji. And that’s where the difference is; our clients always have to be happy, no matter what. At the end of the day, if the client is happy, we’re happy, and we can go home and spend time with our kids and not worry.”
So, what about when the kids are old enough to go to school?
“I don’t know,” Kelly says. “It all depends on where the business is, and where I am mentally. I might want to go back to school, too! But the business is going to keep growing. I know that for sure.”
The two busy parents don’t have plans to add to their family in the future, but they’re not ruling it out altogether. In the meantime, they’re enjoying watching their children and business grow.