I began my business, unofficially, in the Fall of 2015 after getting laid off. While on the walk home, in between tears, I brainstormed business names and bought my domain name. I’d always had an entrepreneurial inclination and took this as my cue to see where it led me. Taking everything I’d learned as a retail visual merchandiser over the years, I transitioned into interior design and decor styling.
My husband and I are parents to a two (going on twenty-five) year old baby girl. As new parents and newlyweds — we got married two months after she was born — we’re constantly learning a new normal. A year into marriage and parenthood, we moved across the country from NYC to Washington state, and have been building a new life full of “I don’t know, Google it” adventures.
I think everything I’ve learned as a mom parallels everything I’ve learned as an entrepreneur — shit happens! There’s just so much beyond my control, and with that, I’d have to say my biggest lesson has been to give myself grace no matter what comes.
Motherhood was a huge catalyst in my pivot from the retail space to the online space. My daughter was months old, but even while pregnant, I knew I wanted a change of pace and scenery. Going forward, just about every decision I make, I try to make it with my daughter in mind — how will this influence her now and in the future?
Pace yourself. As a self-described neurotic perfectionist, I lost a lot of time trying to do it all, all at once. In hindsight, had I paced myself, I may have made more strides; however, I learned a lot, so it wasn’t completely time lost.
Also…pace yourself. LOL. Everything you think you know, toss it out the window, including the sage advice of all your well-meaning mom friends. None of the advice I was given was very helpful because my daughter was a unicorn compared to all my friends’ kids, even other kids in my family. Had I been stuck in what they told me and tried to hit every milestone, or whatever, the way prescribed, I’d hate every day of motherhood.
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Alberthe Buabeng is an online interior stylist and decor specialist. She connects entrepreneurs and influencers with pretty finds, helping them create their dreamscape. Follow her on YouTube at Albie Knows.
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