How did I become a CEO of my own business? It sounds more prestigious and impressive than it really was. I can’t speak for men, but most women become their own boss for one or two reasons. It is either to provide their families with some work-life balance, or to solve a problem like plateauing in their current position.
The last few years have been tough. I will not be painting a wonderful picture of rainbows and flowers. It was literally a storm! At times it felt like a LONG road of sacrifices, disappointments, confusion and stress. I have always been a woman with a plan, but when that plan got altered it took me a while to get back on track. I had to get back on a road that was going somewhere.
I am no dummy. I worked in corporate America at the World Bank, D.C. for 8 years making good money. I also have a MBA degree in finance with a minor in marketing. However, once I got pregnant with my first child, my daughter Bella-Rose, I got disgusted with my job and life plan. The idea of asking my supervisor, who I loved very much, if I could take off in order to take my daughter to a doctors’ appointment made me sick. The thought actually made my stomach hurt. I felt like I paid my dues, and in the back of my mind I always knew that I wanted to do my own thing. So before she was born I had a plan. I was going to leave my job and start consulting with a company an hour away in Baltimore.
That experience was great. I actually learned from my mentor on how to run a successful business. I learned more from her than I did in my Masters program at the University of Maryland. School did not teach me how to run my own business, it just prepared me for being another corporate America employee. However, I wanted to be an employer.
With consulting comes challenges like working early mornings and late nights, and not having steady income. Fast forward two years later and I found out that we were expecting again. There were a few problems with that – we weren’t financially prepared like we were with Bella. Also, when I found out I was pregnant, I was already 5 months pregnant and I had to stop working pretty fast. Who the hell does that? When a married couple bases all their expenses on two incomes and then all of a sudden one is missing, financial challenges start to arise……big time!!
After having my son Maximo, I thought of putting my dreams of entrepreneurship on hold. I needed to make money and spend time with my children. Everyone needed me; my husband, a newborn baby, a toddler, my teenage son, my parents, and friends. I was literally losing it!
Where was I going???
Stay tuned to part 2 of “The Road That Brought Me Here!!”