Last year, one of my best friends, Lisa Vitale, nominated me for a “momprenuer” award through Bag Lady Promotions. I didn’t stand a chance of winning. I was up against amazing heavy hitters like Dayna Landry, founder of CityMommy.com, and Jen Levinson, founder of Jen’s List, Jennifer Berenson, owner of Jeneration PR, and Alycia Denham, founder of YogaHitch. These girls have lists, big email lists. Fresh Brothers does too, more than 8,000 people, but it wouldn’t have been appropriate for me to use that list to campaign for myself. I got a lot of support on Facebook; and honestly, it was just super cool to be nominated.
I did attend the conference hosted by BagLady Productions last September. It was an incredible day. I met people like:
Ann Evanston, who has become my social media mentor.
Justin Krane, a financial planning genius.
Louise Eddington, a blogger and great lady.
I learned a lot that day. I collected a lot of business cards. I made new friends. I stretched my wings a little further than usual and I liked it.
I recently had someone ask me this: Do you really want to call yourself a “mompreneur?” I was a little thrown off by the question. I wondered if “mompreneur” somehow has a negative connotation. I don’t walk around calling myself a “mompreneur.” This person also attended the BLP event in September. She was someone who could have picked up a lot of clients at that event; but somehow the word “mompreneur” turned her off and she felt that she didn’t connect with the group. Her loss.
About the word “momprenuer”…I like it! I used to be a tv producer. I was really good at my job. Really good. I loved everything about my job, except the fact that I had to exist in a world where tv production was perceived to be as important as brain surgery. It just isn’t. I survived (and mostly thrived) working for one of the craziest (albeit brilliant) executives EVER. After being laid off from the company that I had worked with for 8 years when I was pregnant with my twins, I knew I needed to do something better with my life. And then the twins arrived…and every category that I ever put myself into – tv producer, writer, etc. disappeared. I was mom. I was Adam’s wife. I am, still, both of those things – wife, mom. And frankly, marrying Adam and creating our little family was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. They are my cake. Everything else is icing.
Icing: I was honored when Baglady’s Laura asked me to be on the BLP for 2011. I accepted, and have joined great company on the board: Stacy Butler,
Ann Evanston, Kim Tracy Prince, Alexandra J. Rembac, Dayna Landry, Lisa Vitale, Devon Leigh Smith, Andrea McKinnon, Andrea Fellman, Renata Abraham, Carmen Linder, Cynthia Miller & Kara Frans.
I hope you’ll check out BLP’s website. If you own a business in LA, you need to be a part of this club!