As a busy mom, I’ve found that it is important to carve out time for yourself. There’s been a lot of talk about self-care but what does that mean? For some women it can be meditation, working out or treating yourself to a nice gift. With My Mommy Goodness, you can find items to help you with that and more!
I’ve found that journaling my thoughts has really helped center me during these hectic and challenging times. Sometimes it’s a list of things or random thoughts from the day. There is no right or wrong way to journal and I found that having a pretty book to write in is helpful!
It’s also nice to set the ambiance in your room. Lighting a candle, burning some incense, utilizing essential oils to create aromatherapy really puts me in a zen mood, which encourages me to write.
The Yummy Mommy candle from My Mommy Goodness has a woodsy, floral scent and is made with an all-natural coconut and soy wax blend. It’s non-toxic with no paraffin, parabens, or phthalates.
On a recent outing with a friend, I wore the Beauty Bracelet. It is handmade with care from India, 7 inches in length and has a non-toxic, hypoallergenic coating that prevents tarnishing.
Now you’re probably wondering, who is the person behind My Mommy Goodness? Andrea, the founder of the company, is from Southern California and I recently interviewed her for my blog.
How/why did you begin your business?
Andrea: My Mommy Goodness started as a way to reclaim my strength and worth. I struggled with infertility for many years, and when we were finally blessed with our beautiful baby girl, we almost lost her during childbirth which left me in a state of shock. After the strenuous, long labor, my body felt broken. I felt guilty because I thought that all I was supposed to be feeling was absolute joy, but instead I felt a lot of sadness. Additionally, like many mothers, I have always lived far away from family, so I never had that kind of immediate support system!
When my daughter was 18 months old, we moved across the world in an attempt to be a bit closer to family, but our family was still not close enough, and additionally, now I didn’t have any friends. Shortly after our move, I got pregnant with our son – which was of course another blessing! Though these were supposed to be some of my happiest moments, I felt lonely and frustrated. This was not the mother I wanted to be for my children.
As a form of self-support, I started writing messages, quotes, and affirmations on sticky notes and stuck them all over my home. These notes helped me to reconnect with myself, and I was able to rediscover my strength. I was sure that there were many mothers out there that felt the same way, that needed some uplifting, encouragement, and a little love. If it helped me, I was sure that with it, I could offer support to other mothers. This is how the idea for My Mommy Goodness was born. All our products come with a message or affirmation that are specific to what moms go through every day.
As a working mother, what is one tip or piece of advice that you would give to other female entrepreneurs?
Andrea: I know that as working mothers we feel like there is no way that we can fit anything else into our busy schedules, but still I want moms to remember to take time for themselves. Make yourself a priority – it is not selfish; it is absolutely essential. Even if it is just for a few minutes, try to do something for yourself every day, something that feeds your soul, something that brings you joy.
It will make all the difference in the world. It makes the difference between a mother running on low fumes, that doesn’t have much left to give, and a mother that is balanced and patient, a mother that can stay calm in any situation.
I would also say, trust your gut. As women, as mothers we just have this natural instinct whether something feels right or not – just trust it and go with it.
What do you like best about having a business that promotes self-care and personal growth?
Andrea: For me self-care is self-love, and for many of us, unless we make a conscious effort, it is something essential that we tend to neglect. It all starts from within. We need to love ourselves first, so we can be the best versions of ourselves. If I can inspire someone’s self-love/self-care journey, it means that I can have a positive impact on someone else’s life.
The most important person we have is ourselves, and if I can play a role in helping someone to take care of themselves, to love themselves, to appreciate themselves, to know their worth, I simply can’t think of anything more rewarding. I want everyone to feel loved, beautiful, and empowered!
Having this business also keeps me on my toes, as I have to make sure to practice what I preach. It forces me to also take better care of myself.
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be?
Andrea: I am actually thankful that there were many things I didn’t know before I started my business.
I feel that had I known how hard it would be at times (all the things I needed to learn, the tears, the sleepless nights, etc), there’s a good chance I wouldn’t have started it.
But now that I have, and I’m in the midst of it, I feel blessed, and I am grateful for the opportunity and the journey! I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I think the most important thing to know when you start a business is that it takes time. You have to be patient. Trust that you will be successful when the time is right for you. You are exactly where you should be! Believe in yourself and keep going while ignoring the naysayers.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I received complimentary products which helped facilitate this review. All images are my own unless otherwise noted. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.