You know that part in “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” where Veruca Salt is singing, “I don’t know how, but I want it NOW!”? That’s kind of how I have felt my entire adult life. What “it” is has been various different things at various different times in my life. Right now it is a couple things, a book deal for one, a business that is raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars would also be nice.
The reality of the situation is, and always has been, that I have always been painfully limited in financial, and sometimes emotional resources. Not having financial support kept me from developing a line of designer furniture that would hide offensive baby necessities like boxes of wipes, diaper genies, and diapers. I still think it’s a great idea, but I still don’t have the money to make it happen.
I’ve been fortunate the past five and a half years to have the ability to be a stay at home mom. Times haven’t always been easy, as a matter of fact, until we moved back to Florida, times were pretty thin. This blog has provided food on our table, new clothes for our children, and daycare tuition. It has paved the way for contract work that has paid for a vacation to Washington, D.C., paid back familial loans, paid for an anniversary celebration for Kyle’s parents, a Great Dane spay (y’all, that’s expensive business right there), and even more preschool tuition. More recently, this blog has helped me take a step towards fulfilling what I believe is to be my ultimate career. An article written by a friend and mentor of mine began bringing in work as soon as it was published. People were reaching out to see if I would rewrite their websites and give their businesses, their products, an inspired voice. From that article, my new copywriting company, Davis Inspired was born.
As I build this business, other things may take a back seat, which means that our income level could potentially go down to a mostly-single income, as we once again rely on Kyle’s salary to provide for our family. I thought of crowdfunding, but it intimidated me. Some of the crowdfunding sites out there are full of super cool tech things like robots that order milk for you when you run out and devices to completely remove pain from the labor process and a video game controller that you hold in your – never mind. The point is, those sites just really aren’t the place for me to raise money for my dream copywriting career.
Lucky for me, Catherine Merritt, a fellow mom and career woman, founded Mumzy.com, a crowdfunding site specifically for moms. Her vision was for women to raise the funds they needed to build their businesses, fund their ideas, and empower one another.
The US Census estimates that there are 82.5 million mothers of all ages in the US,
from Baby Boomer “soccer moms” to the Gen X and Echo Boom “iMom.”
o The Moms market is continually self-renewing; approximately 4 million babies are
born each year, 40% are to first-time mothers.
o The population of US moms with children under age 18 in the household was 35.7
million in 2012.
Source: eMarketer, 2013
Those statistics are amazing.
Read them again if you’re not seeing what I’m seeing.
Of all the groups of people in the world, the Mom market is continually self-renewing. Nearly half of all moms on an annual basis are NEW moms with NEW ideas and NEW ways to attack old problems. This is outstanding, and just reminds me that women have the ability to move mountains when they come together with common goals.
MUMZY’s platform allows innovative, entrepreneurial women to focus on their businesses and their families while taking some of the stress of being a business owner, and placing it in the hands of other women. Each of these women can help build one another up financially and emotionally, because it takes a village, people! Parenting isn’t the only thing on this great planet that takes a village. Building a business, moving an invention from concept to prototype to product, these things take a village too, a village that many women don’t have access to.
As a bonus, the first 100 people who post a project to MUMZY will have a chance to win $1,000 back towards their project’s funding goal
This year is my year of fearlessness, but it is also the year I build office hours and spend more time with my family. We moved to the Florida panhandle for a better quality of life, but it’s not quality if Kyle is working less and I’m working more. I’ve already revoked cellular data privileges for Facebook from my phone so that when I’m out and about I can focus on the task at hand rather than be distracted with other people’s lives. I’m learning to say “no” and to only accept things that feel right to me and my brand. I’m breaking free of fear and embracing my strengths so I can genuinely promote myself and my company in the new year.
Balancing it all is as simple is getting back to basics and unplugging for a while every day. It is important that I remember as much as I possibly can about my children’s lives. I feel fortunate to be where we are and I am so lucky to have a handsome, supportive husband who comes home to me every night. I live in a paradise where I should be able to find time to enjoy the beach and all of the majestic state parks right outside my doorstep.
Raise your glass and let’s drink to bright, fruitful futures full of dreams coming true and goals being met.
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