Updated: Sep 13
You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child? Well, it most definitely takes a village to raise a mom too! When you’re a mompreneur, you need those around you to empower you to be the amazing mom you are AND pursue your dreams. And having other moms that I could relate to and that were on similar journeys as me helped me see that I could be a great mother and still create a business that I’m passionate about and gives me purpose.
While networking is what introduced me to other phenomenal moms in business, it was building those connections that helped me form my support system, and from there, I came through with a group of supportive moms who offered me advice, cheered me on, empowered me to challenge myself, and best of all, became friends.
This is why I continue to go out in the community to network and continue building what I’ve started, and it’s also why I love to attend the Building Connections event hosted by R.E.A.L. Biz Moms every month. It’s an environment where I’m comfortable to be myself and feel understood.
Think of it like speed dating, except instead of trying to find that perfect romantic connection, you’re looking to not only make a great business connection, but also build your tribe. You might connect with someone who can refer you to potential new clients or customers. You may meet someone whose business compliments yours and you see possible collaboration opportunities in your future. Or, you may just connect with a new friend who understands what life as an entrepreneur is like.
But most of all, you are surrounded by other moms in business who can completely relate to your journey, who become a part of your community, and who help strengthen the foundation on which you are building your dreams.
Meet the Attendee
Jennifer Traynor is a Creative Virtual Assistant.
Jennifer entered the world of entrepreneurship after 20 years in the corporate world, doing jobs in the areas of journalism, communications, copywriting, and social media. The commuting and corporate life just weren’t working for her anymore, so, she took a leap of faith and started her own business.
Jennifer loves what she does! Most of the time, you’ll find her in front of her laptop, ideas flowing and creating content for her clients. Jennifer loves to write and edit, both of which are a long-time passion of hers. She has experience writing and editing articles, blogs, newsletters, website content, social media captions, and e-books.
Getting creative with design is a newfound passion for Jennifer. She loves working on designing imagery for social media and enjoy doing some website designing (an area she wants to continue to learn more and develop my skills further).
Making this career change has allowed Jennifer to pursue her dreams of being a writer and editor, while also following the path of being of service to others, which is something Jennifer has felt drawn to for a very long time. It has also given her the chance to put taking care of herself higher on her list of priorities as she has struggled with her mental health for many years.
The past few years of Jennifer's life have been transformative for her. She has been in a deep state of reflection, self-discovery, learning, growing, healing, and self-love. Jennifer's battle with depression led her on this path and what opened her eyes to follow it was her connection to yoga. Practicing it brought peace and clarity to her life. Yoga and mindfulness ultimately brought Jennifer on a life-changing journey that has led her to where she is today (Fun fact: in 2019, Jennifer became a 200-hour certified yoga teacher). Jennifer went from a woman who felt helpless and couldn’t see through the fog, to a woman who feels hopeful and positive about where her life is heading.
Jennifer's journey has taught her that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. Jennifer happened to discover what her's was later in life, but she didn’t let that stop her from taking a leap of faith.