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I’m Laurel Schumaker and I’m passionate about helping impact-driven MOMpreneurs simplify growing online through personal branding and a results first approach so they can create the influence, income, and life freedome that they deserve!
Have you ever heard the term “Latchkey Kid?” That was me and my siblings. My parents were hard workers, torn away from us for long hours so they could put a roof over our heads and food on the table. It never occurred to me that I should be dreaming about what I wanted to be when I grew up or what I wanted my life to look like. The only thing I thought about was that I didn’t want to end up like my parents and I remember secretly hoping that if I ever had kids…I wouldn’t have to choose work over being there for dinner or their soccer games.
But then I grew up…and I had indeed ended up like my parents (minus the kids)…all of my time and energy was spent on work with very little left over for myself, loved ones, or even hobbies.
After Grad School, I was working in International Development for a small government contractor. Although I loved my boss and was passionate about the work, I was tired of feeling like I was on a hamster wheel, working my butt off and not really going anywhere.
When my pay didn’t increase as the hours jumped from 40 to over 60 hours a week, I remember thinking I would NEVER be able to have kids with my work schedule. I did NOT want to repeat my latchkey childhood with a new generation and I often thought back to the little girl and her secret hope…
But now, not only did I want to be the only person in charge of my work schedule, my income potential, and whether I could be 100% present in the lives of my unborn kids, I wanted to have an impactful career too! Sure, many would say such a thing is not possible, but I was determined to make that my reality.
So, when I found myself being laid off from that company right in the middle of 2011 when no one was hiring, I didn’t have a care in the world about it because I had already started on my path as an entrepreneur. Hands down the BEST decision I’ve ever made! And GUESS WHAT? I proved all the naysayers wrong! It is VERY much possible to be a MOMpreneur, have an impactful career, AND be 100% present for my kids! I have CREATED that life!