I became a Mompreneur by first becoming a Mom. I started my businesses during my pregnancy with my daughter Maliah Thandiwe. I became pregnant with Maliah after returning to America and living in Harare, Zimbabwe for 14 months. Maliah’s life redefined my life, living in Harare, Zimbabwe influenced my thinking on business too. In Zimbabwe 90% of the people are small business owners. I could not live in that country without being inspired to create, or start my own business when I returned home. I could not wait to return to America to start a non- profit about entrepreneurship for children in schools, or continue in the vein of writing and editing books. I believe that being a Mompreneur is the vehicle that I need to have flexibility, time, freedom, and create the life that I want for my family.
However, one day I received a phone call to start my own online jewelry boutique. I could not resist the challenge of promoting, marketing, and developing jewelry, and booking trunck shows. I thought this would work perfectly for me, since I had such a hunger for starting my own business upon returning to the country. The opportunity to begin work on my own blog also happened during my pregnancy.
I contributed to other blogs, while working on travel memoir. The long term goal of the businesses are to have them all run successfully to create a legacy for my children. Since starting my online jewelry boutique, and publishing my book, and creating a blog. I have received a great deal of positive feedback. As a result of this journey of starting my own businesses I have had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people, learn new things about myself and how to balance both family and business.