She was always there for me when I needed a ride to a school activity, or to be picked up at a friend’s house.
My Mom is a seamstress, and it was part of my normal. I thought everyone’s mom sewed for other people! She had a sewing room and alterations is what she did while my sister and I were at school. I just didn’t ever view what she did as entrepreneurial. She never talked about it that way. It’s.just.what.she.did.
I love that she has a skill (sewing). She used that skill, along with her gift for endearing people to her, to serve others. And at the same time, provided extra income
to shop at Nordstrom for our family’s finances. All from her home-based sewing studio and on her own flexible schedule. Ingenious!
Growing up, I really didn’t have the awareness that my Mom was a small business owner. She never created a logo nor a business card, and her sewing jobs came by word of mouth (and corded telephone before a landline was a thing). I didn’t realize back then that she was completely brilliant in how she worked from home around our family’s needs, something that has become a passion in my own life.
I’ve come to realize that it’s her lifelong example that fuels my own passion for working from home. Even though she never talked about me becoming self-employed, I caught the vision and now I want to create a work-from-home lifestyle and bless my family with additional income just like she did all the years I was growing up. My passion for the work-at-home lifestyle, and creating visual brand identities, is what led me to blogging.
I had an amazing childhood. I grew up spending most of my time outside, playing in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, just 30 minutes east of Seattle. In 1974, my parents built their own home on about two acres of wooded, green, and serene land that was an oasis of privacy. My Dad enjoyed many outdoor hobbies which included: gardening, beekeeping, and chicken wrangling. My Mom spent most of her time in her sewing room. My parents were resourceful and dedicated to providing a wonderful childhood for me and my younger sister.
We lived on a private loop road. The loop was gravel, about a mile around. Our mailbox was at the entrance of the loop. Whenever we came home in the car, we would stop at the mailbox to pick up the mail. The way it worked was my Mom would pull up really close to the mailbox on the passenger side, so my sister or I could reach inside the mailbox for the stack of letters awaiting our eager fingers. Mom would sift through the envelopes before driving away. I have fond memories of her often pulling out an envelope with our handwritten address, and she would exclaim, “Oh good, I got a check from so-and-so”.
Even at my young age, I knew what that meant. She was trading her sewing expertise for money. Since I knew all of her customers, I was very aware of how grateful they were for her superb service, lively conversation, and excellent craftsmanship!
As a kid (and even now) I was proud of what she did. To me, it was an honorable enterprise. Ever since abandoning my goal of becoming a math teacher, I’ve wanted the flexibility and freedom of working from home on my own terms, my own honorable enterprise. That led me to open my own in-home nail salon, venture out into the world of ecommerce with my own website and Etsy shops, and now to pursue blogging.
I love the process of developing the visual elements for a brand and I want to help you with your venture. If you’re just starting out, or going through a rebrand with your blog, you may benefit from reading some of my popular blog posts or I’d love to connect and see if we’re a good fit to work together for brand coaching.
At the time, I had no idea that Mom’s sewing would inspire me so much. Thanks, Mom!
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