All posts tagged: empowerment

17 Tips On Starting Your Own Business From 9 Women Who Did It.

Today’s post was inspired by some real questions I had a few years ago when I started my blog and still continue to ask today as I start a new freelancing career. How do you start your own business? And what does it take to become successful? The funny thing is, I never asked anyone for advice on how to start my own business. I googled, I tried things, and did my research, but I never actually talked to anyone about how to start one. So I finally did. I asked nine talented female entrepreneurs in the decor, kids and fashion space, about THE best things they did when starting their own businesses. And what I learned was absolutely golden and not to mention diverse. All of them are truly inspiring and I’m so fortunate to have crossed paths with them, whether in person or on Instagram. If you’re thinking about making that leap, get ready because you’re about to get proven, solid advice on how to successfully start and grow your business from nine different women who did it. Decor …

How I Overcame Self Doubt And Decided To ‘Just Start’ Freelancing

It Takes Time To Warm Up To The Idea Of Working For Yourself For my entire life, I never thought about working for myself. I always thought I’d be working for someone else for the rest of my life. But circumstances changed. I had my son and quit my job to be a stay at home mom. It took me a few years to get over the idea that I needed to go back to work right now and it that it would have to be a full time job, working for someone else. Anything else just seemed inadequate. But gradually, I warmed up to the idea of working for myself and being a freelancer. It’s not for everyone. This post is about how that happened for me, and if you are trying to figure out your next steps in life I hope this will help you weigh your options! This was my path: About 2 years ago, I picked an area I felt I had a lot of interest in. For me it was digital marketing (I …

Closer To Home – Lindsay Thomasson, Founder of Ella Lou

Happy Mother’s Day! Now that our hearts are all full from the celebrations, I’m kicking off the Mother’s Day Creators & Curators Series with a mom/entrepreneur who turned her love of travel and passion for social justice into a business which she now runs from home with her two little ones. What a way to bring far off destinations closer together! Meet Lindsay Thomasson, founder and curator of Ella Lou. I first “met” Lindsay through a mutual connection and subsequently had our first meeting/interview over the phone. Her youngest one, Olivier (14 months) had just gone down for a nap before I called.  Ahh those precious nap times! Before O started day care, I always prayed for a successful nap in order to have time to do some work or chores. In her case, it when she chose to time this interview. As I learned more about her and her business, I was most struck with how confidently she made a huge career change in favor of her family as well as her advise on balancing entrepreneurship with being a mom. Prior to Ella Lou, Lindsay was an …

Why Writing A Blog Isn’t Enough And Why I’m Building A Community Instead

  “I finally came to the conclusion that a blog, while a great media platform, is not the same as a community. And thats what we really need. It’s what we might spend 2 precious minutes of our time for.” Here’s my problem from a bloggers stand point. My blog aims to cater to newly minted moms (like myself), and quite frankly, it comes with one minor issue: Mom’s don’t have time to read blogs. They simply don’t have the leisure time to sit there and get through a single blog post. They can barely return a text some times. A text is less than 100 characters! And you’re expecting them to read those 1000 word blog posts and then leave a comment? For who? I’ll admit I don’t like commenting on posts either unless it’s asking a specific question that I feel I can answer. Reaching a mom is like trying to communicate via morse code to an alien in outer space. Aliens all just trying to keep their sh*t together. 😉 But you know what they will make time for? A play date, meeting up with …

From Fashion Designer To Toy Shop Owner – The Story Of Clementine

Warning: This post contains seriously cute photos that will cause you to smile spontaneously.  It was the end of January; the beginning of a much needed rainy season here in the Bay Area. San Francisco’s infamous fog was slowly creeping in, and not before long, the rain started to drizzle on my windshield as I drove up the 280. I was looking forward to meet my next interviewee. I’ve been having a French moment lately. First, was my encounter with Pascaline of Pascaline Paris, and now I was on my way to meet another Parisian woman with a heart for adventure and entrepreneurship. Our appointment was arranged at Cafe du Soleil, which coincidentally turned out to be a French cafe. When I arrived, I felt like I had stepped right into a hybrid of Parisian life and San Francisco Hipster culture – with plenty of hipsters on their Macs sipping lattes. A few minutes later I met Clementine Marot – Co-Founder of Bonjour Petit. Bonjour Petit – Bringing whimsical european inspired toys to the Bay Area I’m always on the hunt for inspiring new shops and faces, especially in the …

What Keeps You Going

We’ve all been there. At some point pursuing our endeavors, whether its balancing work and motherhood, starting your own business, or being a stay at home mom; you’ll start to wonder if you’ll be able to keep all your marbles! I recently came back from a 2 week trip to Hong Kong (summary to come!) and suffered a week long period of jet lag. I’d be up – unable to sleep every night, which would make for pretty unproductive days as I would be sleeping through them. When I was awake during the day, my energy was further depleted by a needy toddler who recently began to take advantage of our shared misery time together to have hysterical screaming/crying rages. The jet lag also gave me ample opportunity to obsess over things as I lay awake at night unable to sleep. And as trite as they may sound, a lot of minor things can add up. It was very revealing at the same time. It was a good time to check-in with myself to see if jet lag was all that was …

EcoHabitude Founder & CEO – Kristen Drapesa

Social entrepreneur and native of Hawaii, Kristen Drapesa is an inspiration! Although I wasn’t able to meet her in person, I was able to get a glimpse of her work when I visited the EcoHabitude showroom in New York and I’m really thrilled to get some of my questions answered by her through email. As an aspiring entrepreneur momma of sorts myself, I sort of wished I could have delved more into her journey as a female entrepreneur and work-life balance, but it was probably fate that we stuck with EcoHabitude for now! How did EcoHabitude get started? What inspired you to create this company?  Working as a buyer for a green e-commerce brand, I had difficulty finding brands to buy and I began wondering why there wasn’t a central marketplace that offered products in multiple verticals where you could easily discover cool ethical & socially good products. So I decided after some time, that I would build it myself. I have a strong personality, so I figured i’d probably do better being in charge of my own career and success. …

Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored or paid post. I won’t make any money from this, and no, you don’t have to buy anything. The opinions expressed are solely my own. I’m sharing purely out of interest and convictions. If you’re not interested, please move along. But I hope you stay!  Empowerment. That’s my word of the year. That word could mean many different things for different people. For me, I’m taking what I’ve learned from previous years of being a new mother, blogger, digital marketer, now a ‘brand explorer’ and using it to open doors to new posts, projects and collaborations (Yes, I just coined the term ‘brand explorer’ because I love discovering ventures with fascinating people and stories behind them.) For some women, ’empowerment’ is what drives their very survival. Without further ado, I’d like to kick-off the year of empowerment with sharing about the Nomi Network. What is the Nomi Network? The Nomi Network is a 501(C)(3) organization whose mission is “to create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking by equipping them with leadership, entrepreneurship, and production skills to become …

Capturing The Essence of Christmas: Bird & Bauble

Christmas is only 11 days away, but if you’re anything like me, you’re no where ready to slow down and make space for it. To help bring the Advent season closer to people, my friend Pauline, together with her business partner Robin, created a collection of hand crafted Christmas tree ornaments. Each ornament is infused with a bible story -and when grouped together – conveys the larger Gospel story and thus the significance of Christmas. A few months ago Pauline, Amber (See my prior post about her) and I began meeting up on a monthly basis to support each other in our respective ventures. It has been really encouraging to watch her walk through the process of creating these small intricate ornaments and at the same time manage her time. Like me, Pauline is a stay at home mom to a little boy. Finally after 1 years worth of planning and executing, all their hard work was finally debuted at an annual craft fair held at her local church.  I was excited to finally see her final creations and of course purchased one of them! I loved their delicate, natural and minimalistic aesthetics. …

Leaning On Each Other – My Interview with author Shay Chan Hodges

Lets talk about motherhood and work. When I was still pregnant with O, I dropped out of the work force. My family encouraged me to. They told me that it would be better for the baby to have his mother take care of him, especially in the early years. All my training in child psychology confirmed this. It would be economically challenging but luckily we wouldn’t be without health insurance and I had help from family. So I didn’t really think twice about it. However the story doesn’t end there. I soon learned that staying at home would be harder for me than I thought. I was the type of person that needed and wanted to work, and if I didn’t, I knew that staying at home alone with a child would ultimately drive me crazy.  So after my husband returned from New York, I began to think about how to go about getting back to work, and be able to be a full-time mother to my son. Although it was tough when my husband lived apart from us in New …