What the hell is going with the Braduct, you are probably asking? I have not written about the Braduct in a long while and this has been intentional – I have been in a regrouping phase of Research and Development. Believe me, I did not want to deny any of you information or updates, I just needed time to regroup on the arduous path in front me. You all know that I am extremely impatient and, therefore, set ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS timelines for myself. After a bit of searching and examining what I was really trying to do, I am now able to proceed forward with the R&D phase.
Just to bring all of you up to speed…..last year, I had an inkling of an idea for a bra-related product. I began the VERY LONG journey of nurturing this idea from the confines of my brain to the Women of America. Along the way, my ten-year old son (who blushes endlessly when he hears the word bra) exclaimed that I was not working on a bra-related product but rather a BRADUCT. The term Braduct was born after this, and although this is not the official product name, we now affectionately refer to the item as a Braduct.
Did you ever meet someone and just know that meeting them was a life-changing event? A few months ago, I met Vivian Tenorio at Spark & Hustle. Upon meeting Vivian, I knew that my life was enhanced in a new way. Why? Determined and bright, Vivian is a breath of fresh air from the norm, and a woman I am happy to consider a role model. Vivian has set a new standard for being a woman entrepreneur/mompreneur, developing a delicious product, AND placing that product on shelves. Vivian is approachable, real, and compassionate towards budding mompreneurs; truly someone to be admired.
Vivian recently published a book, From Pink Slip to Product Launch in a Weak Economy. Vivian’s story of determination and success as a woman entrepreneur is a must read for any woman with dreams of starting a business of her own. The book is an amazingly quick read that immediately grabs your attention. Vivian’s story is riveting from the beginning to where she is now, which is by no means the end. Vivian is going to go much further than she already has travelled.
I have not recorded a Bckngruv-video in a while, so I thought that I would start this week off with one. This past week and the ones coming up, are what I call the “down and dirty” part of being a mompreneur. Nothing glamorous just a lot of meetings, research, phone calls, and general business planning. I share some of these details with you in the video, and propose an opportunity for us to share together — check it out!
editor’s note: still working out all the technical difficulties and not saying “so” every other sentence, but all in all – better than last vlog.
Katy Perry may be a Firework, but I am a SPARKLER! That’s right – a SPARKLER!
If you have been following me over the last few months, you know that attending SPARK AND HUSTLE with Tory Johnson was on my agenda. Well, I came, I went, I heard, I absorbed, I networked, and I am ready to SPARKLE!
Pay it forward is a phrase that we hear quite a bit, but I take it very seriously in business AND life. I am a big believer in “treating others in a way that you want treated” because life does come full circle. I have talked about this in relationship to moms many times before. You may remember my crazy snow day vlog in which I suggest that moms offer to help one another when school cancels due to weather. In fact, recently, another friend and I set up a schedule for snow delays and helping one another with the kids. This is a result of Pay it Forward – for years, this mom and I have just stepped in and helped one another. Now, we felt dedicated to make a regular schedule!
As I prepare to launch my braduct in the coming year, I am very aware of other businesses and how they treat their customers. I am making notes of how I want to handle my business matters in a Pay it Forward manner. I do not have to explain the details of treating customers the same way you want treated – we all have had bad retail experiences.
I still continually question if we, women, can really advocate, support, and mentor one another in the workplace? That is something that I will continue to explore with my BCKNGRUV-moms as time goes on….This week, I have decided to have faith in this issue!
After a week that included one snow day, one 2 hour weather-related delay, my crazy attempt at a vlog, a mostly non productive Friday, and yes – no school this coming Monday…I felt the need to address the snow day discussion again. I will not spend a lot more time on it — just a few more thoughts. By the way, Backngroove Readers — did you ever notice that my background pic is the ocean? Guess what? I do not like snow! I know crazy…I should move, but my mom would miss me too much (and that is a blog for a whole different day). My groove was totally off track this week.
First of all, I am not the first to say this, but what is with the snow delay? We did not have snow delays growing up (I know – my grandmother used to walk miles to school), but honestly the delays are ridiculous. Not ridiculous because the school wants children to safely travel to and from school, BUT ridiculous because why is it not a priority for cities, townships, communities to make certain that roads are clear so buses and cars can take kids to school on time. As far as the cold weather goes — I cannot even go there because in reality how much does it warm up between 7 & 9 a.m.? Not much.
You know how you can tell someone is a true friend? They always tell you the truth, and they are not afraid to point out when you have made a mistake. Last week, in an attempt to adequately describe at home moms’ frustrations with returning to the workplace, I made a big mistake. I overlooked the feelings of fellow working moms. Thankfully, my good friend, AG, kindly pointed this out to me. AG spoke about looking forward to my success. While in the same breath, she pointed out that although at-home moms feel like they have to sacrifice themselves when they go back to work, career moms have made various sacrifices for years. Thank you AG! That is a good friend. (If you want to follow the conversation, check the comments for the blog post entitled “mompreneurs do not have to sacrifice”).
The ultimate goal of the post was to push for greater respect between at-home moms and career moms, but it seems as though I undermined myself in the process. Thankfully, life is a learning curve, and I was able to see the holes in my argument after some help from a good friend. SO, I am rephrasing my argument a bit.
I believe the ultimate goal is collaboration between at-home moms and working moms. I spoke about it in my first blogging attempt – a mentorship opportunity between career moms and at-home moms. Can that exist?
I mentioned in an earlier blog that a few years ago, I applied to a job post for a hospital social worker. I was both enthusiastic and stunned when I was called for an interview. At this point, I had not been formally working for 7 or 8 years. I washed my hair, suited up, and headed to the interview. The hospital was part of a larger conglomerate, so the first part of the interview covered all the basics with H.R. You know all the general stuff: I had to work a year before accruing any vacation days; there was no flex time if I wanted to attend school programming for my children; parking was my own responsibility. A dream job – right? Ha!