Let me introduce myself. I’m a stay at home mom with several kids, ranging from baby to middle school. I deal with all the normal mom stuff: trying to keep the house clean (never), trying to cook healthy meals (struggle), trying to save money (my purse is full of expired coupons), trying to raise well-behaved kiddos (always a challenge). There’s lots of awesome mom bloggers out there covering that kind of stuff (who give me lots of help!), so I don’t see any need to add to that genre.
But that’s just one side of my life. I also am co-founder of a sewing school for refugees in Charlotte (Make Welcome Refugee Sewing School), and the director of this social enterprise, Persona Grata Goods. I love to read books on social justice, blogs on entrepreneurship, mags like Inc. and Fast Company, and Quora’s small business section. My free time usually consists of daydreaming business ideas.
Over the last 4 years, I’ve walked the fine line between the worlds of parenting and social entrepreneurship. It’s been hard. It’s been eye-opening. And it’s been fun. In the midst of the craziness, I’ve learned some lessons about managing mom life and work life. But like all good things as a parent, the working system only lasted so long. Just when I had things in almost auto-pilot, I got some unexpected news: a surprise in the form of a positive pregnancy test.
That’s where this blog series comes in. I’m confident that God’s called me to continue work in community development and social entrepreneurship. But the little bundle of joy He added to our lives has brought new challenges and is teaching me new lessons on finding balance and learning to manage the convergence between motherhood and social justice work.
I want to share the lessons I’m learning, expound on the struggles (because they’re real), and offer up support and encouragement to other moms like me who have been called to walk a similar path. Because of the social justice component, I think there’s a better term than WAHM (work at home moms) to describe us. So I’ve chosen “SocEnt Mom” (a shortening of “social enterprise”) as the label I describe myself with.
Also, I know there’s more of us SocEnt moms out there. I hope to connect with you and learn from your business journeys. We can be stronger and accomplish more good by learning together, right? If you’re joining me, feel free to leave a comment and share your blog, Twitter or IG handle so we can connect. Plus, I’m always looking for guest posters. But no spam or direct sales pitches, okay?
Hang around even if you’re a mom who’s not particularly called to running a business. If your heart is to be involved in serving the poor, advocating for the oppressed and/or raising up children who care about social justice issues, join us and share your thoughts. Let’s take this journey to be world-changer moms together.
Looking forward to getting to know you! Introduce yourself in the comments section below, and if you have a blog or a social enterprise to share, include a link.