May 23, 2020

Happy Anniversary!!

Everyone needs to start somewhere.

I used to be so nervous to begin my business. There are those businesses that have been there for so long that you just know them. Then I saw someone that said "doing business since 1995".  To me that isn't that long ago. I was still in school and I remember that year. So I figured that when I started, I would just keep going. That way in years down the road I could look back and say that I have been doing business since 2017. 

I have now been in business for 3 years! I can't believe it. I got my DBA (doing business as) and my business license in January. I started planning out my products and website. I did research into the best platforms to start selling and knew that I only had about $200 to spend until I got a bit of money back. 

I do have to say - I do have some experience at being a business owner. Kinda. Sorta. My husband had a photography business for a few years. He had it so that he could buy better photography equipment. I love his work and love that he can take professional photos of the kids even now. The business did crumble and fall apart after the birth of our first child. It was too much of a struggle to get to appointments for hours on end and leave our baby. Then a year later we found out I was expecting again and we gave up on the business. It wasn't a big deal - he still has the equipment and he loves to do landscapes anyway. 

(Link here if you are interested in seeing his work. I can't say how much I love it.)

This is the arch that fell in Arches National park.
Wall Arch - This arch fell a few years ago in Arches National park.

Life happens and things change. I had my degree in science and another in teaching... but I didn't like the game. I don't do well in the politics of work so I found that staying home was much better for me. With 3 kids I would be working to pay for childcare and that wasn't worth it. Luckily, my husband has a job that supports our family and I can stay home. 

Being home gave me a different vantage point - I could see things differently. I loved to blog. I have been doing it for over 7 years off and on. I also love to craft. I started to focus in on the thing that I am good at and that I wanted to make. I am okay at many different crafts - wood crafts, baking, cooking, cross-stitch. I started to focus on the one that made me feel closer to my own mother - sewing. 

My mother is a quilter. She is incredible and can make just about anything. She will do piece quilting - which scares me to death. My sister is also a seamstress - she sews all her own clothing that she wears. She tells me that it's better because she can find the fabric that breathes and make things the length she wants for hot Arizona summers. I'll believe her - I have made a few things for my kids, but I don't like making clothing.

This business started with making baby blankets. I had just had a miscarriage and there were more than 10 neighbors having babies in the next eight months. So instead of being extremely sad, I started to sew. I made baby blankets for each of those beautiful babies. I then found that I loved sewing and that blankets were needed. I started to go to craft shows more frequently and noticed the baby items that people made. I started making more things and loved it.

I tried to sell my items, but I didn't do well. I noticed that my heart wasn't completely into the baby items portion. There are so many who make these things and I wasn't going to compete without loving it.  My family was also growing out of baby items. This is where being at home helped me out.

I noticed the things that we were throwing out a lot. I also noticed how MUCH we were throwing out. I didn't like this - my degree is in conservation ecology and I don't want to compound the problem. So we got the kids special plates, cups and bowls. These were theirs - with a picture on the bottom so they needed to eat their food in order to find it. I would then do the dishes and the kids would put them away for their next use. We used less paper plates!

Then came the big ones - paper towels. What would I do? I looked up reusable paper towels and the world opened itself up to me and I am so thankful! I found so many things that I could make as reusable. I try to focus on these in my own home and in my shop. I think that by putting these out into the world, I can help others be more mindful of their waste as well.

So here we are, three years later and I know that I can do even more good. I am My Mommy Life of 3 and my business started in 2017. 

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