When people advertise on my blog, I like to champion them, especially when they have created something powerful from pain. I’d like to introduce you to Renee at Monogram Mama who will be advertising at These Here Hills. Click on her great ad (right side bar) and go check her out. What a great example of reinvention. I am inspired.
I grew up terribly terribly preppy– pink monogrammed sweaters, monogrammed towels, gave monogrammed boxers to my high school boyfriend– heck my mother’s CAR is monogrammed… And so Monogram Mama feels like an old friend. Here’s to some shopping therapy. To all of you who want to start a business but it seems too daunting…here’s her story. May it inspire you to live your dreams and dream your life:
LM: How did the idea for your business hatch? What made you go from hatch to fledge?
MM: In the Summer of 2011 my husband decided he wanted a divorce. I had not worked full time in 10 years because I have been raising four daughters. Honestly, I was so frightened that I would not be able to support my children. I read
your book and became inspired. I took a hard look at my life and what dreams I had been pushing to the side. One of those was to own a business and the other was to live at the beach. But how was I going to do it? For over four months I researched existing businesses to buy and I came upon a company that sold retail websites. I had an idea to create my own and I hired them to create the site and teach me the ropes. I love monograms! So, Monogram Mama was born and I am very proud of what I have created. And this month I am moving to the coast. I finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel of my heart healing and my soul at peace.
LM: What inspires you?
MM: Hands down my daughters are my inspiration every day. There have been days that I have been crying so hard that I didn’t think I could take another breath but then I think of them and I push forward. They look up to me and they believe in me. All five of us realize that this is my time to soar and succeed. I want to teach them to believe in their dreams and make them happen.
LM: Did you experience any negative self-talk around creating your business? If so, how did you move through it?
MM: Every day! In those first months after my husband left I didn’t think I was capable of even boiling water! But I began to journal and I would print inspirational quotes and put them on the wall in front of my computer. My girls also continued to
push me forward if I started doubting myself. We are definitley a house full of strong women!
LM: What is your vision for your business?
MM: I want Monogram Mama to be one of the Top 3 monogramming sites in the country. I plan for it to support me and my children and allow me to begin fulfilling my dreams of traveling to Africa and India.
LM: Do you have a mission statement? If so, what is it? If not, what would it be?
MM: I don’t have a mission statement. What makes my site different from the others is the fact that it’s personal. I want the customers to know “Mama”. I hand pick each item on the site, I respond personally to any questions and I blog about other ways to bring a monogram into your life. I don’t want to lose that personal touch.
LM: What advice would you give other people who want to create something but are stuck?
MM: The biggest thing I believe we all need to do in our lives is to listen to our inner voice. For years, I was ignoring mine and it was trying to tell me my life was out of balance. It has not been easy to be still and listen. Honestly, listening has changed my life.
LM: What has been the best part of starting your own business?
MM: Meeting all of the amazing women! The company that built my site is owned by a woman who is not only smart but very strong. She has built her company from the ground up, employs only incredible women and is a breast cancer survivor! Also, the majority of the merchandise that I carry is created by women. It has been a blessing getting to know them and their stories. I appreciate each day being surrounded by them and learning from them.