MOMFERENCE: A Conference for Black Moms in Business
This past weekend was incredible, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the Momference, which is the premiere, one-day conference for motivated, magical moms of color. I was so honored to be a part of this incredible event as a speaker!!
The conference consisted of keynote speakers: Kahlana Barfield-Brown (InStyle Beauty Editor) and Julee Wilson (Essence Fashion and Beauty Director). Both ladies were absolutely incredible. I loved listening to their presentations. They both talked about motherhood and how they still manage their demanding and fast-paced careers. I am a big fan of both women, so seeing them on stage together, killing it was fantastic.
I spoke on the “handle your business- branding and blogging” panel which was geared towards encouraging moms to follow their passion, build their brands and of course handle business while taking care of the family!
Handling business while taking care of my family is something that I do on the daily!! I will be the first to admit it is not easy, but it is definitely worth it!
I spoke on a panel alongside four amazing black moms that are killing it in their business. Trina Small (@babyshoppa), Christine Carter (@cmichelcarter), Shante Williams (@thebrandchick) and moderated by the fabulous Candace Montgomery (@chicbusymoms)
I really enjoyed being able to share my story and how I was able to make my business thrive. I think sometimes as moms, we feel like our careers may stop or slow down after we have kids, but that is far from the truth. As a mom, we need to show our children how they can do anything! We have to lead by example and set the pace. Our children are a part of our life, but they will not control our life. We can still be ourselves, go after our dreams and handle our business.
One of the biggest questions I always get when it comes to motherhood and managing my business is finding time to balance it all. But my response and truth will always be, there is no “balance”, nothing will ever be equal in this motherhood and business world. So what I like to stress is that it is all about PRIORITIZING! Figure out what your priorities are throughout the day. This is soley how I make my business work. From 5-6am, I am my priority. From meditating, praying, talking to myself before I start my day. I put myself first and I am my priority. From 6:30-7:30am, Aria is my priority. Getting her up and ready for school is my focus. Then after I drop her off, from 8:30-5:00pm my business is my priority and I am getting things done. From dealing with clients, emails, consultations, my focus is my business. Once I am done with my work-day, my priority shifts back to my family, and then my husband becomes my priority from 10pm-10:30pm hahaha. No, but seriously, setting priorities will help because there will be no way we can do everything and balance it ALL at the same dang time!
There were so many gems dropped during this panel discussion. I am just so thankful that I had the opportunity to share what has helped me thus far in my business. This conference is a must attend for all Black Moms! I loved every moment of it, and I definitely enjoyed connecting with all of the moms there!! If you did not get the chance to attend this year, definitely put it on your radar for next year!!
So about this outfit!! I am literally obsessed with this look. This yellow suit is giving me all sorts of life!! I paired it with a polka dot crop top to add some extra fun and flair.
IMAGES BY: Mecca Gamble (@meccagamble)