Happy #MomVoxMonday a Real-Mom Interview series! This week meet Monique: A beautiful soul that I was lucky enough to cross paths with while attending a course. There’s something about her, a deep calmness that I greatly appreciate. She’s a mom of two boys and an entrepreneur, with excellent words of encouragement to those that would like to do the same. Enjoy her interview, and note her Social media information below! Thank you Monique!Let’s raise this mother! #MomVoxMonday
Tell me about yourself
I’ve worked in the corporate setting with my last company for 6 years as a safety coordinator. When I went on maternity leave with my first son I knew it was time for a change. I couldn’t go back to a job were my schedule would fluctuate and I had to travel often. This is when I decided it was time to start working for myself. So I went back to school.
What was your entrepreneurship journey like?
After I finished taking some certifications and purchased supplies it took me 8 months to make back the money I invested. I attribute the lengthy time to working part time instead of full time.
What’s the best thing about an entrepreneur?
“Starting your own business even if you have to start out working part time like I did is a great investment in your future. I know it’s scary leaving a steady income with dependants. But if you invest your time in a business you believe in and enjoy it will thrive. Being your own boss allows you to spend more time with your children. Never be afraid to invest in yourself. “Monique
The best thing about being an entrepreneur is that I’m investing my time in my dream and not someone else’s.
Have you always wanted kids
I have never really given much thought about having children. I figure if It happens great. If not that’s ok too. When I reached 30 I thought I’d probably wasn’t going to end up having any. Now I have 2 boys
How was the infancy-stage of your child?
The infancy stage was difficult. My son would cluster feed to the point where it felt like I had twins. He was a very colicky baby as well and needed a lot of attention. I didn’t get much sleep because of this and I used to get severe migraines.
When my son was 4 months old I took him to Jamaica to see family. We went to a bike show and I had him in a carrier. Just looking at the bikes he got so excited. Watching intensely waving his arms, kicking and laughing. It was so cute! I have video clips of him on that day and watch it from time to time.
What’s something that you wish people knew about your son?
My son is an open book like me. What you see is what you get. Quiet but social.
What’s something that you wish people knew about you?
I am forever a student. There is so much I want to learn. I feel like sometimes people take my quiet and calm demeanour as a sign of weakness or me being timid. But in reality it’s not. I am observing, analyzing and learning.
What’s the biggest sacrifice of motherhood?
The biggest sacrifice I think I’ve made is my body. Having a child changes your body so much. As a woman my appearance was extremely important to me. So going through so many physical changes was difficult. Then seeing my body postpartum was even more difficult. The hair loss, weight gain, changes in my skin. Experiencing aches and pains that I didn’t have before. It felt almost like I aged 5-10 years after having a baby.
They say it takes a village, who does your tribe consist of?
My tribe consists of my hubby and my BFF who is the Godmother of my son. During my maternity leave I decided to go back to school to complete two programs. My husband who works two jobs has been very supportive. Making sure regardless of how tired he is I never have to miss a class. My son’s Godmother is a wonderful person. Also extremely knowledgeable about babies. I call her the baby whisperer. I don’t have any siblings or other family members around to provide support. So I lean on my hubby and friend. But most of the time it’s just me and my little one.
What do you love most about motherhood?
There isn’t anything specific about motherhood that I love. I just love my son. I feel grateful to be his mother. To me he is perfect even when he’s throwing temper Tantrum I’m just in awe of this little being.
10. I want my children to be confident, humble, ambitious and family oriented. I want them to know and understand their roots. And grow up to be men who contribute to uplifting their community.
What are you looking forward to most?
I look forward to just being a part of my children’s lives. Seeing them go through different stages and being there to give unconditional love.
Do you have advice for new moms?
Yes, I think every woman should have 3 types of people in their lives. A friend who is where you want to be, a friend who is in the same position and lastly a friend who wants to be where you are. Surrounding yourself with like minded people is important. Having a friend that inspires you will give you some direction. Having someone in your circle that is where you are is great because you can be each other’s cheerleaders. Then having a friend who you inspire will keep you motivated and by assisting them you are generating positive karma.
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