This blog was born of a need – a mama 🙋🏼 needing to get back in touch with herself. We mamas aren’t just caregivers and taxi drivers. We’re ladies looking to do something big in this world.
My personal aim is to be a woman seeking Christ in all I do, to be a helpmeet to my husband and to raise kids who love God. If those things are all I do, then I will leave this world blessed. I will know I did exactly what I was made to do.
But I also think mamas can be a woman too. We can teach and help and encourage others in our sphere of influence. I think all mamas have a need to do something they love. In my case, I love to write and teach others how to grow a little or a big business.
It’s what I did for a long time. It’s what I did to break out of corporate America (which I truly loved BTW).
I grew up with an entrepreneurial father and married an entrepreneurial man. And I think I’m raising at least one entrepreneurial daughter.
When I had my first child, I knew I wanted to be a WAHM. I wanted to be a freelance writer who had time to be a homeroom mother. I wanted to be flexible enough to go on field trips and be there for first steps and first words.
But I had to go back to work. We didn’t make enough money for me to stay home yet.
I was heartbroken. I knew no one could care for my daughter like I could.
It was the only time in our nearly 11 years of marriage my husband has asked me to do something I didn’t think I could do.
I cried for about two weeks and did two things – started reading and started praying with a purpose. I asked the Lord to make the vague five-year plan I made for myself at 25 a reality by the time I turned 30.
And ladies, let me tell you about Matthew 7:7. (“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”)
God makes it better than we could ever imagine. He takes care of us even when it doesn’t look quite like that 5-year plan. For brevity’s sake, you can read more of my leap of faith story here. But the spoiler is that this dream came to fruition ONE DAY before I turned 30. How cool is that?
I also started reading about how to make my fledgling writing and marketing business go to the next level.
A few of my early reads:
- The Well-Fed Writer and the accompanying newsletter – Peter Bowerman is a pro and he’s even got a section of his site dedicated to mamas. 😀
- The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino
- The Choice by Og Mandino
- Every page of AboutFreelanceWriting.com. Ann’s blog is an encyclopedia on getting started.
- Words on the Page blog – Lori is awesome. I’m kind of a fan girl.
This early reading gave me ideas and helped me learn what type of people I wanted for clients. It also helped me frame my entrepreneur mindset.
I may have mentioned that I’m a homeschooler. I use the classical method of schooling with my kids. The quick lesson about classical education is that you learn how to learn by starting with the grammar of any subject.
I spent a few months in the grammar stage of freelance writing learning what to say and writing email after email response to freelance writer ads.
I actually pumped milk a few times a day at work for my baby and used this time plus my lunch break to read books and blogs and to reply to freelance ads.
When a few yeses started coming in on projects, I used the time I had between putting the baby to bed and my own bedtime to work on my business. I also worked on the weekends for a couple of hours.
It was hard, but it was only hard for a little while. Once the doors started opening, they never stopped. Covering my dream in prayer and hard work kept them open.
If you’re willing to do those two things – pray and work hard, you’re ready to make that little dream something big.
Your next steps:
- Drop me a line to let me know what advice you’d like to see on growing a business as a mama. You can leave a comment below or reach me at amandacbrandon at gmail dot com.
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