My desire to run my own business started when I was pretty young. I had multiple lemonade stands, and I started a babysitting business with business cards and flyers in middle school.
Fast forward to college, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design (in three years...achiever is in my top five SF). I was also modeling to provide additional income. This is where my true love of business began to take root. I just didn't know it yet.
I worked in the fashion industry for a while and then started my own custom clothing design business. I created clothes, printed T-shirts, handbags, etc. I began making wedding gowns, designing floral arrangements, and coordinating weddings. I gave all of this up when I started having kids. I didn't know how to juggle all motherhood responsibilities, especially when my second son was born with Autism (more on that later).
When my middle son was in kindergarten, I worked part-time as an office assistant. From there, and eight years later, I ran multiple locations and managed everything from the office to staff to finances.
Then I had my 3rd son, and we moved to a new state. Being a military wife, I should have been more prepared, but I had to start over. I started as an office assistant at a corporation, and five years later, I managed their education products and the team that produced them. The budget was around 800K for products ranging from webinars, books, and online courses. It was here that I earned my Master's in Business (in 8 months) while my husband was deployed in a war zone.