Mother's Day | How my business prepared me for being a mother

When I first started The Little Bra Company in 2007, I had no idea what to expect,and to be honest, no idea what I was really doing. I just believed in the product and wanted to share it with as many people as I could. So, I spent sleepless nights building the brand and business from the guest bedroom of my home selling and shipping one bra at a time. Back then, when people asked me when I was going to have children, I used to say that TLBC was my baby. After all, she required all of my unconditional love and attention. Day by day, I did everything I could to help TLBC survive and thrive. I cared and nurtured her until she grew up, and eventually, she grew out of the house.

I always thought one “baby” was enough, but then, a few years later, I was blessed to have another baby—a real one this time. Again, I had no idea what to expect, and to be honest, no idea what I was really doing. But, I moved this baby into the same guest bedroom where I started TLBC, and I soon realized that having a baby was much like starting my own business (including the sleepless nights). Like my “first-born,” day by day, I do everything I can to keep her alive and to thrive. She’s growing up so fast, she may be moving out of the house soon too—well, maybe not that soon!

Frankly, I never thought I would have the opportunity to become a business owner or a mother, or both for that matter, but through these experiences, I am humbled and honored to be able to give whatever I can to both of them now. I would be lying if I did not say that some days are harder than others, and sometimes the challenges seem insurmountable, but in the end, when I hear a little voice call me, “Mommy” or a customer say her new TLBC bra has changed her life, I know it is all worth it.

Today, I bow down to all the mommies out there—working or stay-at- home, who are making it happen every day. You are my role models! I am especially grateful for my own mother who worked full-time, and managed to keep my brother and I alive and kicking all these years. Today, she is now helping me do the same for my own daughter, and I could not be more grateful.

Four Lessons Learned…