One of the most frequent questions I get asked after meeting someone new is, “What do you do”? While this question makes me chuckle and I feel like I can answer with a thousand different responses, my answer is always the same.
I am a Mom.
And honestly I feel like being a mom is the best job in the world. Not easy, but so worth it. I once wrote “Motherhood is hard! It’s messy, frustrating, stressful, cleaning the same room for the 13th time, picky eaters, sticky faces, pulling too many late nights kind of hard. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Becasue it is also beautiful, wonderful, fun, full of laughter, messy kisses, adventures, and my favorite memories.”
Every day I am grateful that I get to be my daughter’s mom. It is the best feeling in the world knowing that they are mine, and also a a little terrifying. I don’t want to mess up these sweet innocent kids. I sometimes feel like I learn as much from them as they do from me. But really, kids can forgive and forget so fast, they are amazing!
So if being a mom is the most important job that I have, then why in the world did I start a business?
First, I can’t sit still. I love to create and make anything. It feels so good to see a finished product and know that I made it. That and I am super picky and want things made a certain way. Haha! I guess that is where O’ Sweet Goodness originally started. Several years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter I set about to decorate her nursery. I couldn’t find a mobile that I loved anywhere. I felt like I looked in all the stores I could think of. So, I did what any sensible person would obviously do… I decided to make my own. It became one of our favorite pieces in my little girl’s room.
Fast forward a few years and another daughter later…A friend of mine came over and saw the same mobile hanging up in my girl’s room. She loved it and suggested that I make them to sell. At first I laughed it off. I never thought I would become a business owner. Besides…I was a mom, nanny, book seller, did story time at Chick-Fil-A, and coordinated family events for the MBA program my husband was attending. To say I was busy would be an understatement.
But that was the kicker right there. I was so busy spending time running around, coordinating events, on the computer trying to sell books, that I felt that I was having a hard time being the mom that I wanted to be and I wasn’t teaching my kids the lessons I wanted them to learn. I wanted them to learn to have dreams and always strive to achieve those dreams and not just fill the days with busy tasks.
“As you create a home don’t get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don’t dwell on your failures, but think of your successes. Have joy in your children…. Be grateful for the journey.”
Margorie Pay Hinckley
I love this quote! It was exactly what I wanted. To not be distracted by the little things, but to have joy in my children and in my journey. So I lightened my schedule, called my sister to see if she wanted to start an adventure with me called O’ Sweet Goodness and we were on our way. It was the perfect fit for our family. My girls love to sit in my office and create with me. We can talk and sing silly songs as I make items. And I am seeing their creativity explode. It is amazing to me to see what my daughters come up with to make. They now have their own stash of art supplies to work with. They see me learning and growing and reaching for a dream. And it is getting them excited to try and work hard for what they want.
Plus perks for me, I get to talk to my sister everyday, create beautiful items, be with my kiddos, make amazing friends through this small business community, and learn new talents all the time.
If you ask me what I do, I might still chuckle and answer I am mom. But there is so much more to the answer and I love it!
So join us as we celebrate being moms and fulfill our dream of creating beautiful items to make your special days and your everyday unforgettable.