Happy Hump Day!!! Welcome to yet another Working Together Wednesday. Today we will learn about Mama Love Collective, and the amazing Andrea Franklin. Let’s get this party started, shall we???
Tell Me About Yourself.
I’m Andi! Stay-at-home mom, wife, person, just trying to weed my way through life one load of laundry and toddler tantrum at a time. I love to cook, drink wine by the bottle, and awkwardly exercise in my living room with the blinds open. I blog over at www.lendmeyourkite.com where I chronicle the trials and triumphs of motherhood. I also started my passion project, Mama Love Collective, where I create gift boxes for mamas in need of a little love and encouragement. I firmly believe that we are not meant to do this life alone, and it has become my mission to serve as many women as I can and help pull them out of the trenches of motherhood that so many of us find ourselves in, silently struggling.
What Is Your Business?
I call it Mama Love Collective, because the entire premise of the company is people collectively gathering around moms to show them that they are important, that they matter, that someone sees them. I hand select items each month from other small businesses and/or companies that give back, to include in the boxes. We offer a smaller box, “sprinkler her with love”, and a larger one, “shower her with love”, so that we are able to work with everyones budget. You have the option to send the box anonymously, with a message, or even donate a box to a mama in a women’s shelter. I am currently partnered with WomenShelter of Long Beach, so all donated boxes go to the victims of assault they are currently caring for.
What Is One Lesson You Have Learned While In This Business?
People can tell when you are not being authentic. It can be difficult to trust in yourself and your vision when you see so many other people doing things beautifully and differently, but if you try and copy what they are doing instead of doing what feels right and comes natural to you, then people will be able to tell and you will not succeed. Staying true to yourself is so essential.
What is the best advice you have ever received while in this business?
Go for it. Honestly, that was the most powerful advice I’ve ever received. So many of us have all of these dreams in our heads, but we over rationalize with ourselves and convince our hearts that they are frivolous and naive. But if someone is out there in the world doing the things you dream about doing yourself, then they are clearly possible — so why can’t it be you?
What is your best advice on life in general?
Show up. Show up for the people in your life that bring you joy. Show up for your passions, your business, your hobbies. Put in the work and just show up. Every single day. Because happiness and success are waiting for you, all you have to do is make it to the party.
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