Somewhere along the way we realized our greatest resource was each other.
If you listened to last week’s show, you heard my latest rant about how the world should be bending over backwards for the hard-working moms of the world.
Being a stay-at-home parent is a thankless job without pay, without bathroom breaks, and somehow it manages to deplete what little we have from our bank accounts.
From the outside it must look like torture and yet the work-at-home parent revolution is still rising by tens of thousands each year. Why would parents choose to come home if they are so miserable? Because they are not. They may not have much sanity left, but they have chosen this path because it gives them freedom.
The businesses that we build from our homes are not to fund extravagant lifestyles. They afford us the opportunity to be with our children, raise them, and play a significant role in their growth and development. This is no easy feat, but we have made this choice and we are willing to do what it takes to keep us at home where we feel we are most needed.
If there is one thing I learned when I launched OurMilkMoney.com, it’s the power we have in numbers, it’s the influence we have over each other to create trends that work in our favor, and the community that thrives on a commonality: the love we have for our families.
Why ask others to support us in our endeavors when we can support each other?
Don’t waste time trying to convince others that your choice to come home is noble or apologize for your disruptive children when on the phone with a client. Isn’t it time that we stop trying to prove to the world that we are significant?
It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Moms are breaking new ground even if we have to drive in the slow lane. Slow and steady always wins the race. There are enough of us setting the same intention that we can make a difference by working together.
That is why I love organizations like Honor the Mom and Hula Frog. Both are organizations run by moms for moms. There is nothing like building upon our spirit of sisterhood.
On this show we’ll be talking about how you can stay involved in the Mom community and how it will work to your advantage resulting in all the support you’ll ever need to drive your own ambitions.
Cindy Cole, Sherry Lombardi, and Kerry Bow Bliss
Cindy Cole has always loved to lend a helping hand and serve others. She founded the non-profit Honor the Mom in 2011, which is dedicated to providing financial assistance to single moms across the country. She is an Elementary School teacher, wife, and mom to her two boys who keep her busy. She looks forward to this next chapter in her life watching her family, profession, and dream of Honor the Mom thrive.
Sherry Lombardi, Co-Founder & President of Hulafrog has over 15 years of experience in the internet marketing industry. She co-founded web analytics firm Primary Knowledge and was the general manager of the New York office of Poppe Tyson, an internet advertising agency. At both places, she served fortune 500 clients such as Hasbro, Johnson & Johnson, Capital One and IBM.
She also founded an events marketing company, was a marketing director for a top legal website, and co-wrote an e-commerce book for small businesses. Sherry has a BA from Syracuse University and lives in the ‘burbs with her hubby Steve, 8-year old daughter Jordan, 5-year old son Jake, and 12-year old beagle, Monty.
Kerry Blow Bliss, Co-Founder & Executive VP of Hulafrog has 15 years of experience in online and print publishing and advertising. She co-founded and was Editor-in-Chief of Advanced Trading, a monthly technology magazine and website, for CMP Media (now Techweb). Prior to that Kerry was Editor-in-Chief of Wall Street & Technology, managing all print publications, websites & e-newsletters.
Before that, she was a senior editor at Institutional Investor, a leading international business publisher. Kerry graduated with a BA from the College of William & Mary and lives with her husband Joe, and kids, Jude, 7, and Zosia, 6, in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.