Do You Belong Here? A Peek Inside the Sisterhood of Christian Mompreneurs

Survey Results IGOne of the things I love most about what I do is getting to know some pretty fabulous women. When I stepped out in faith to create the International Christian Mompreneur Network, I was placing a call for help. I was reaching out to other moms just like me who were feeling overwhelmed and isolated as they juggled the challenges and joys of running a business while raising a family. These ladies answered my call for help and formed an extraordinary circle of support and encouragement for me and for one another. They’ve developed friendships as they’ve grown their businesses.

But lots of women wonder if they will fit in. They send me emails saying:

“My children are all grown and out of the house. Am I too old to join?”

Or…

“I don’t really have a business…it’s more of an idea right now. Can I still belong?”

Or…

“I’ve got a J-O-B but I hope to start my business soon. Is this the place for me?”

My answer is YES! Of course, you belong here! But sometimes it’s good to see the data – so you can really learn about the women God has placed in our lives. So, here’s a peek inside our circle.

The ladies in the Sisterhood of Christian Mompreneurs:

  • Live in 21 different states in the United States and one Canadian city.
  • Are older than you might think, with 57% of us in our 40s.
  • Have 2 or 3 children living at home – some more, some less.
  • Want to learn about a variety of different topics to help grow their business or ministry.
  • Take advantage of our private Facebook group for networking and support as well as our monthly group calls, opportunities to promote their businesses, training webinars and more.

(Keep in mind, these are just the ladies in our Sisterhood group. The full membership of the International Christian Mompreneur Network is even more diverse – with members from all over the world including Australia, United Kingdom, India, Philippines, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Nigeria and more!) [Read more...]

Meet Featured Member Steph Calvert

steph-calvert-by-natalie-moser-photography-2-square-350One of the things I love most about TypeA Parent conferences is the warm and welcoming attitude of the organizers, speakers and other attendees. Steph Calvert is no exception. She was the friendly face I sat down next to during a hands-on workshop about creating a media kit. Lucky for me, Steph’s a talented graphic designer! Instead of taking notes, she was writing and designing her kit during the workshop as the speaker covered each step. It was fascinating to watch her work and see what she could accomplish in a two-hour session that left me with nothing but a notebook full of tasks that it took me months to decipher and execute after returning home. 

Meet Featured Member Steph Calvert 

Business Name: Hearts and Laserbeams

Business Description: We work with small businesses looking to take their web design, graphic design, and illustration projects to the next level.

Steph’s Story:  Hearts and Laserbeams has been around since late 2006. It started as an indie crafting venture on Etsy, a side project outside my full-time graphic design work where I could create funny, light-hearted one of a kind art pieces. My husband and I sold my crafts at a variety of shows across southern California, from Felt Club and Bazaar Bizarre to Unique LA and Patchwork.

Design for my own clients has always been a part of the business, but in the beginning it took a back burner. I saw Hearts and Laserbeams as a creative outlet outside of work.

In 2010, everything changed. My husband and I found out we were expecting our son, Phil. I was working full time as a t-shirt graphic designer & illustrator in downtown Los Angeles. As someone who had a vast amount of design experience, I was able to negotiate a 100% telecommuting setup to eliminate the long train commute from Long Beach to downtown LA. The setup began months before I went on maternity leave. My art director loved my work; my designs were getting the company sales at stores like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. Life was good. No. Life was *great*.

I went on maternity leave and came back to a position that was vastly different from the one I left behind. I returned to a new art director who hated my telecommuting status, no matter how well it worked. She made it extremely clear how much she disliked me because of it from the second I started working for her.  Working for this new unprofessional art director was a horrible fit. The stress it put on me and my family… with a newborn… I couldn’t stay there and I knew it. Something had to change immediately. [Read more...]

Meet Featured Member Sheeba Varghese

Sheeba VargheseHave you ever had a moment in your life when you knew things had to change? I remember being frozen in time one day about 9 years ago. I was changing my son’s diaper and he was smiling, cooing and searching my face for attention. He was such a sweet baby and all he wanted was for me to look him in the eyes and let him know that I saw him. That I really truly saw him. But I was too busy with all of my “mothering tasks” to be the kind of mom he needed. The kind of mom who was really there for him. I felt the Holy Spirit wash over me as I realized how I had been looking right through this lovable little boy…how I had been entirely missing his most precious days. I held him tightly. And I cried. I sobbed. And I decided that something needed to change. I wish I had known Sheeba Varghese at the time. I had to figure it out on my own and it wasn’t easy. But Sheeba helps moms like me all the time. She’s a blessing to these women and a gift to mothers everywhere! 

Meet Featured Member Sheeba Varghese

Business Name: defining moments 365

Business Description: Sheeba works with moms who feel stuck in the routines of life and want something MORE. She helps them to DEFINE new moments that encourage and support them to thrive in all areas of their life.

Sheeba’s Story: After the birth of my 2 sons, and the constant travel schedule of my husband’s career, I made the choice to stay home with the children. I am not sure if anyone can truly be prepared for that type of transition. I know I was not. I had transitioned from a high school classroom to a new classroom-my home. I made it through diaper changes, bottle cleaning, and sleepless nights. And before you knew it those days turned into preparing lunches, circle times, and play-dates. It was during the summer of 2009, that I found myself wanting something more but I didn’t know what it was. I felt like I was in a rut personally and professionally. Each day just rolled into another. I deeply valued the time and opportunity to be at home with my children AND I also knew that I wanted to utilize my talents, gifts, and skills in other ways too. So, I found myself searching for my next steps. 

This is what I did know for sure:

1. The element of teaching and training was important to me.

2. I loved encouraging and motivating others to follow their dreams and passions in life-whether they were young, old or older.

3. I was passionate about empowering and encouraging others to see the potential within themselves.

4. I did not want to pursue my master’s degree for the sake of achieving another degree.

It was not until I saw this short article-in fact, it was the very last article of Costco Connection Magazine titled, One Step Can Make Huge Life Impact, that totally changed my life around. It was a defining moment for me. It was a moment that made a huge impact in my life. Once I read the article, I felt inspired to research the author. I didn’t stop there. I took many more little steps that led to the birth of defining moments 365 in 2010.

 

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