I'm at a point in my life where I am 31, happily married, have 3 children, a house, a dog, and a minivan. It's time for me to start dreaming. It's time for me to start chasing my dreams.
My confession to you today is that I haven't been trying lately. I didn't see any future for MotherMoonPads. Every month is a struggle. I have a resume written up, and I have been researching available jobs that would help me utilize my BA in Accounting. In short, I had a closing plan.
I had given up.
I had given up not because I WANTED to give up, but because I was running out of resources. I didn't see any other options besides to "cut my losses" and move on. I was using up all of my fabric, and that was it. My final day open was to be Black Friday 2013.
Nothing about that plan felt right. MotherMoonPads is not just a business, it is ME. It is such a huge part of my life, and has been my "baby" for 5 years now. When the conversations about dreaming took place, it really made me take a deep look at what I wanted my life to be like. I realized that I desperately wanted to renew my business. I wanted a fresh chance to build it to be exactly what I needed it to be. My only question was "How?"
How do you take something and mold it into exactly what you need it to be when you don't have the resources to do just that?
You take a BIG GIANT LEAP OF FAITH and find funding. This funding will allow you to invest in your business as you have never been able to in the past. It will be nothing short of terrifying. It will be nothing short of exhilarating. You will second guess yourself the entire way through it. After it is done, if you are like me, you will feel this renewed sense of encouragement.
I feel more encouraged at this point in my business than I have in as long as I can possibly remember. I have this FANTASTIC opportunity in front of me. I am genuinely excited about my business, and where I now have the ability to take it.
With this opportunity, I have a clear and defined business plan. It has forced me to take a bold look at my own life, and define exactly what I want out of it. It is allowing me to DREAM BIG.
This funding will allow me to invest in fabric, which will allow me to offer a more streamlined buying process. I will always offer in stock, ready to ship sets, but you will also be able to purchase EXACTLY what you want, from choosing your print, length, and absorbency. This will also allow me to provide better service to the wonderful retailers that I have. I am very, very excited about this process.
A few days ago, I showed you my Closet of Dreams. The very first thing has gone into my Closet of Dreams. It is my Mission Statement, my promise to you and my promise to myself.
My Promise to You:
MotherMoonPads exists to help women with their menstrual cycles and postpartum lochia through the use of reusable cloth menstrual pads.
I will offer three different fabrics to fit the needs of girls and women:
• Minky, a super soft and stain resistant fabric
• Organic Cotton woven Prints
• Non-organic cotton woven prints
The addition of a hidden PUL layer underneath the soaker will be an option for all custom orders.
I will offer a variety of streamlined prints, which will allow you to order the same pads today or months from now.
MotherMoonPads serves women worldwide. I will continue to ship all in stock orders within 2 business days, and I will strive to ship all custom orders within 5 business days.
MotherMoonPads will always remain 100% hand made, sewn by myself in my studio in Oregon.
My Promise to Myself:
I will DREAM BIG. I will strive to thrive, not just survive.
I will set clear boundaries between work and family time, and stick to my work schedule.
I will unapologetically stay authentic and true to myself.
This plaque now hangs in my Closet of Dreams, and I look forward to showing you what else belongs in there in the future. ♥