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Letting Go: My Journey to Entrepreneurship

Letting Go: My Journey to Entrepreneurship

Plan. Analyze. Play it safe. Did I say plan?

That was me in my former life. Emma, B.C. (before children). Don't get me wrong, I still had a lot of fun, travelled, tried new things, but all in a very calculated way.

And then I got pregnant (a month sooner than 'planned'). All of a sudden, I had no control over what was happening to my body, my emotions, and my appetite. And when my water broke almost 4 weeks early, it was a crash course in letting go. 

Fast forward 4 years, add another baby to the mix, and you'll find a different person. I'm still a planner, and like things done a certain way, but it's no longer a need. I've learned to trust more - in myself, in others, and in what life throws my way. It's because of this trust, and ability to somewhat let go, that I find myself diving head first into entrepreneurship.

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How I Became My Own Boss

How I Became My Own Boss

I’m an unlikely entrepreneur. I went to an alternative education high school that didn’t have things like proms or yearbooks, but if they had it’s much more likely that I would been voted “most awesome dance moves” than “most likely to become their own boss”.  It didn’t even occur to me that I might be kind of smart until four years into my first university degree, never mind starting a business at 30.

I have a maternal health practice, and like so many business owners, my career trajectory was dramatically shaped by my personal experiences. Shortly after high school I became a single mother who survived off of social assistance, OSAP cheques, family support, and caffeine.

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How My Freelance Business Became Full-Time

How My Freelance Business Became Full-Time

I launched my business as a side gig when I was working full time right out of university just over ten years ago—it seems like forever ago, really. At the time it was solely my freelance graphic design business. I felt in my heart it was something I could grow into, which is why even back then I got real and registered it as a small business. 

In university I took a branding class and we had to come up with a fictional brand. I decided that mine would be a custom card shop—now if that’s not foreshadowing, I don’t know what is.

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A Leap of Faith

A Leap of Faith

I have never been comfortable with routines. Since I was a little girl I used to rearrange my bedroom furniture every few months, paint my walls and even my closet doors and other objects in my room, and recycle various objects into craft projects (or as I saw them back then – incredible works of art.)

It was that same boredom with the everyday life around me that eventually led me to take the plunge and start my own business. Because why work a 9-5 job when you can go out there and create something for yourself?

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How I Became a Blog Believer

How I Became a Blog Believer

When I lost a daycare spot for my youngest, I became a writer. Again. After 15 years on the ‘dark side,’ managing PR for some of the city’s top arts and cultural institutions, I returned to my roots in journalism, choosing to start up on my own as a freelancer writer while staying home to care for my kids.                                                                

In terms of entrepreneurship, it was a baby step. I wasn’t planning on going full on full-time on my own in the communications world. My main business was being a mom and on the side (as in when my kids were sleeping) I’d build my writing and PR business.

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How My Daughter's Cancer Diagnosis Turned me into an Entrepreneur

How My Daughter's Cancer Diagnosis Turned me into an Entrepreneur

I have a secret to share…

I opened my business by accident.

I never intended to be an entrepreneur and if 10 years ago you told me that this is what I would be wildly happy doing – I never would have believed you.

How did I become a successful business owner since 2009 if I never intended to be here? Well – Life kicked me here. Yup, I arrived here through tragedy. This business is a silver lining from a horrible storm.

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Building a Community

Building a Community

My name is Lianne Kim and I am the Founder of Mamas & Co. I want to share with you a bit about myself and how I got here.

As the youngest of 3 kids, and an overachiever in academics, I often thrived independently. In school, I'm not proud to admit I often felt group work held me back, and I preferred just getting things done on my own. In university, I was never the smartest in the room or the best at any activity. I enjoyed being challenged by others but still I often felt the call of group leader. 

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