I'm an ex-corporate gal from Silicon Valley. During my previous career, I helped Fortune 100 companies plan and execute workplace wellness to increase productivity while decreasing burn-out. It was exciting work for me: helping shape the culture of a company. This was all true until I couldn't keep up with the rat race anymore. So, I decided to hang up my heels to chase around two active (and adorable) little boys. While being a stay-at-home parent is a luxury (especially in this day-in-age), I yearned to make an impact outside the walls of our home.
I was raised by my mother and grandmother after my parents divorced when I was three years old. I watched these strong women pour into their family, their work, and their community. They modeled that we are better together. While I loved my traditional career, God had very different plans. He surprised me with my first-born shortly after marrying the man of my dreams, even though we planned to wait a few years before starting a family. Truth be told, we were not ready. And I felt blindsided...
One child turned into two and that's when I decided to make the most of my time with them, staying where God needed me to be. It was certainly hard on us financially, mentally, and emotionally. I struggled often with my identity and the loss of my career.
At my lowest point, God's grace fell upon me again through a dynamic woman in my network. She reached out about a new company she'd joined in San Francisco. They were looking for market developers who wanted to partner with their young company. I was intrigued, but also nervous and unsure about becoming a business owner.
Even though I felt comfortable with the mechanics of marketing, branding and business development, I was used to the idea of a steady paycheck, benefits and PTO. But, looking back at my family history, my grandmother was a very successful business owner in the Philippines and I always felt like I carried that same spirit of entrepreneurship. She had always instilled in me that if she could it, I could do it, too.
I jumped in four years ago and it has truly been life-changing. What started out as me being able to cover our mortgage payment grew into something much more for me and my family. For the first time in my life, I felt confident in utilizing the gifts and talents I'd been given. I found a vehicle that allowed me to work authentically, while not making any compromises with my time. Today, pouring into a business like this is an act of faith. And the best part is, I get to help others gain the confidence to bet on themselves, too.
Cheers to making your mark!