CEOMOM Magazine April 2017 - Page 33

Moms on the Move Describe the passion behind the Mommy & Me Dream Bigger Tour. The passion is for moms, especially moms who have delayed their dreams waiting for the right time. We are here for moms who have been waiting for the kids to graduate or waiting for enough money. The right time doesn’t come. I started connecting with moms like myself who had to choose between being a mom and being a CEO. The Mommy & Me Expo gives them an outlet. You have to save yourself before you save someone else. You don’t have to choose. You can still have a family and fulfill what God wants you to do. Let’s do it together. What advice would you give to a mom who wants to encourage entrepreneurship in her children? My kids are now kidpreneurs. My son is in the process of writing a kid’s book. He is 8 years old. My daughter has a cupcake business. She is a vendor at our events. She also goes to one of the preschools and sales them one day a week.  I am that mom who will not put her kids in the corner. I saw one day that my daughter was walking around pretending she had a phone in her hand. My daughter would say, “I want to have a business just like you, Mommy.” This whole tour came about because of my family. I saw that my kids were little mini moguls. I have been encouraging that and allowing them to still be kids. If I would have known as a kid what I know now, I wouldn’t have made the financial mistakes I’ve made as an adult. They need to know how to hear “no” at an early age. They have to understand that we don’t always make a sale. It really helps them to develop their social skills. What were the biggest takeaways from your Dallas event? One of the biggest takeaways was we all need to release our fears no matter what level we are. We had a balloon release called "Release Your Fears." We gave everyone a card and some quiet time to write down their fears. We attached the fears to the ribbon of the balloon, and went outside. We said about 3 to 4 affirmations and committed to not letting those fears back into our lives. It’s not about having the fear, it’s about whether or not you allow the fear to stop you. As women, we have to be supportive. In order to get to the next level, we have to connect. Learn to connect and have that sisterhood of women to support you. The Mommy & Me Tour originally focused on girls. We're excited that you have added boys to the agenda. What inspired you to make this change?