Over the weekend, I attended my first blogging conference…BlissDom!
My head is still spinning with information, inspiration, and new friendship overload. I have a new level of appreciation for strong women who find their voices behind a keyboard each and every day. We are able to create jobs for ourselves, take care of our families, gain a level of confidence in our own voice, and inspire others to try amazing things.
BlissDom also made me examine closely why I started my business and, in turn, started a blog. I would love to say my number one motivation was my passion for sewing and creating. While this passion is strong and affords me the luxury of LOVING my job everyday, it is not the only reason I got into this…
A year after my husband and I were married, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. We were told there was a good chance that having children would be left up to science and out of our control. Fast-forward one year…he was in remission, and we began discussions of starting a family. A fertility doctor encouraged us to try the “old-fashioned way” to have children. Fast-forward another month, and surprise…we were pregnant with twins!
The first year of having infant twins is rather memorable…pretty much a daily survival exercise. I decided to not go back to work at first. It was a decision that instinctively felt right, but sparked a little voice of self-doubt in my head…what if my husband’s cancer comes back? Would I be able to support two children on my own? In five years when they go off to school, would I be able to find a meaningful job? This little voice just kept getting louder. So when the boys were 13 months old, I went back to work…I was miserable. After a month I went back to being a full-time, stay-at-home mom…and the worries returned.
And then, something amazing happened. I began to sew, never intending for this to become a “job”. I carried a purse that I made for myself, and other moms actually said they would pay money for one…WHAT??? I started selling handmade items on Etsy, and I am now a WORK-at-home mom. My boys attend preschool three mornings a week, so most of my sewing happens after they go to bed. That little voice of self-doubt is much quieter now. Daily I build skills, manage a business, manage our kids, and contribute to realizing our dreams as a family. Every sale I make gives me a sense of purpose and a reassurance that I can do this.