If you hang with me here on this little ole blog or drop in with me over on Instagram, you probably are fully aware of all my endeavors. If your a new friend, I’ll just give you a quick spill! I’m a nurse. Just a regular nurse. I had always had the heart of a creative and the ambition of a Forbes 500 CEO. But, I was steadfast on my course to becoming a nurse. I flew through undergrad and nursing school and I had the perfect job to be honest! I was working for an amazing plastic surgeon and I had been his right hand gal for almost six years. I had built up a rapport with him and we were a great team!! Seriously, I could not have asked for a better job or a better boss and mentor! So, I was a regular nurse. Until about a year and a half ago when a dream fell into my lap.
No seriously, the stars aligned and I ended up going into a partnership to run a wedding venue, The Opera House 1853. Through the process of advertising for that business I discovered a void in the wedding industry advertisement world! I wanted to advertise in a pretty space. And I wanted my advertiser to truly support my business. So, I decided to bring that to life. The Registry was born February of this year and will go to print in 2019. If you think of Pinterest wedding inspiration inside a marble covered book…. you’ve got The Registry! A coffee table style look-book that houses the most sought after wedding and event vendors! And we show them off in the best way!
After several months of working full time as a RN and running two dream jobs on the side + momming, I knew something had to give. I couldn’t totally embrace my passion or my new careers if I was too scared to jump in with both feet! Keeping one foot in both worlds was never going to allow me to truly become the mompreneur I wanted to be. The mompreneur I was meant to be!
So, I took the plunge and I left my 8-5 cush job in pursuit of something more. While I have all these other wild and crazy things spinning around me, I am first and foremost a mom to three boys, a wife, a homemaker. One thing I’ve learned is that moms need connection. And I mean with humans that are more than 38 inches tall. As busy as I am every day, I still wanted to connect with other moms. I wanted to create a safe space to share my day in and day out struggles, wins, rants, tips and tricks, and dirty diaper stories. And that my friend, is where this little lifestyle site was hatched from. My own selfish need for more.
But I knew I wasn’t alone, in today’s world, mom’s face a stigma like no other. It’s one that get’s brushed under the un-vacuumed rugs in the top 9. All filtered to perfection! I wanted to break through it! Being a mom is the hardest job. We are expected to be mind readers, caretakers, doctors, chefs, maids, therapists and we have to be 100% put together while we do it. The kids must be dressed in all the frills, eating their all organic snacks, in cloth diapers [because it’s good for the environment? or something like that, duh!]. But none of that is truth! None of that is reality.
I wanted all these things. I wanted to be my own boss, create something extraordinary for my kids, teach them what true entrepreneurship and hard work can get you! AND I wanted to help others out there that don’t even realize that they are not alone!
So, friend, I’m going to tell you some secrets… or more so, some lies. These are the lies that are holding you back. These are the lies that I almost let hold myself back!
1 | IT’S TOO RISKY
Let’s talk this one through. Anything worth while is going to carry some degree of risk. But here’s the things sister, if you believe in it, get behind it and push!! And don’t stop until you’re proud. Don’t stop pushing until your career is what your dreams are made of. Take a leap into the unknown shouldn’t be what scares you. What should scare you is knowing the current mediocre situation you are living in could be your forever situation. For as long as you live, you could be stuck, right where you are, never making it to that true feeling of success that you were meant to embrace. And that risk, is far more scary to me than the risk of making your dream become reality!
2 | YOUR IDEA ISN’T ORIGINAL ENOUGH
In the words of one of my favorite gals Julie Solomon, what if Mean Girls was never created because Clueless was already filmed? Oh Cher and Regina. There actually is enough world for you both! Here’s the thing. You’re dream may be similar to someone else’s. But just because they are an inspirational speaker doesn’t mean you can’t be one. Just because they wrote a book, doesn’t mean you can’t. Just because they are hollering girl power, doesn’t mean you have to step off your stage!! You may have a similar dream, but your journey is totally different. Your life is different and so is your reach! I can say something one way and only 5 people in the crowd really get it. You can say the same thing but in your own voice with your own background and 20 people may grasp hold of it and grow from it! Be original! Be authentic. You have something to offer, you have a WHY and YOUR community is waiting for it!
3 | YOU’RE A MOM AND DON’T HAVE TIME
You actually can do it all! I’m not teasing you sister! You can do all the things. It won’t be easy. It’ll take a lot of work. But you can do it. The key to making it all work is being organized and intentional. Get ahead of the game. Run your day, don’t let it run you. Be organized in your home and at work. Be intentional with your time so that you accomplish the tasks you need to make happen and you carve out the time you need for your family! I’ve got a whole post on how to keep your sanity as a mompreneur (here). All of these things will help pave your path for success. Be the boss and the mom! Do not let this lie be the one that holds you back!!
This is your life sis! No one will care about your dreams as much as you will. No one will be as enthusiastic or as willing to dive off the deep end to chase them as you will. The question is, are you going to allow the negative radio static in the back of your mind stop you from embracing your true potential? Are you going to hang up your ambition for someone else’s opinion of your dream?