"I’VE ALWAYS CONSIDERED MYSELF TO BE A GOOD PERSON, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I CAN ACTUALLY SAY I AM MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD."
From the moment I thought about having children, I knew I wanted to be a stay at home Mom. It was the best decision I ever made and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Being able to be there for my babies’ first smiles, steps, words, somersaults, and bike rides without training wheels is a gift. My girls are now 6 and 8, which means they’re both in school ALL DAY, and I have 7 hours a day to myself for the first time in 8 1/2 years.
I knew when this moment arrived, that I wanted to be able to start contributing to my family’s financial well-being. The trouble is…what in the world does someone who’s been out of the working world for 9 years do?? Prior to having kids, I was a Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. This was a wonderful career, but it’s definitely not something I want to go back to. I wanted to find a part-time career, where I could create my own schedule, being available for my kids during off-school hours.
This past winter, I was listening to James Altucher's business podcast about manufacturing goods overseas and online businesses. I decided I wanted to do something along these lines. Of course, the next step was figuring out what to manufacture. I love headbands. As a mom of small children, I wear them almost daily, typically not having much time to “do” my hair.
Since I have been a stay-at-home-mom since my children were born, I have spent a lot of time with various mom groups. Stoller/walking groups, storytime groups at the library, toddler play date groups, etc. Anything I could do to make friends and find women walking the same path I was on. I noticed we all had two things in common, 1) exhaustion, and 2) lack of time for ourselves.
If I was seeing this trend locally, I figured there were many other moms around the country in my same shoes—in need of cute, fashionable headbands! Soon after my realization I got to work creating HeadPeace, llc. This required a lot of research, since I had never done anything like this in my life. The mommy groups I had joined over the years (as well as Facebook and Instagram) proved to be amazing resources for creating my company.
In April, I launched HeadPeace. There is something very liberating about watching something you created, from a tiny seed of thought, turn into reality before your eyes.
I’ve always considered myself to be a good person, but this is the first time I can actually say I am making a difference in the world. Though maybe on a small scale at the current moment, I know I have the power in my hands to grow Head Peace, thus helping more and more people in need. I absolutely cannot imagine what these women have been through, and it warms my heart to know places like Purnaa are out there helping them out—and I am very, very honored to be a part of that network.