Our community is comprised of entrepreneurs and artists and creatives – folks who have chosen incredibly difficult professional paths that often don’t offer any safety nets or guarantees. Nonetheless, we regularly hear that being a parent is a far greater challenge and so we asked some of these folks to open up to us about the things they’ve done as parents that they feel will have a meaningful and positive impact on their child.

Lindsay Ashley | Small Business Owner & Mom of 3

When speaking about parenting, and the balance of a career and motherhood, the most important thing I’ve done for my children and family was to leave my full-time teaching career and become an entrepreneur. That’s not to say that it’s what fits for everyone, but it has been perfect for our family. While I enjoyed teaching, my number priority was my kids and my husband and I are fortunate enough to allow me to stay at home. My husband’s job is demanding, and having me here full-time is such a blessing. Read more>>

Jazzy Fredrickson | Makeup Artist

As a parent, I believe the most important thing I’ve done is overcome my fears and self doubts. It has allowed me to dig deeper into everything I do and has led me to really think about why and how I do things, from business to parenting. My personal growth allows me to parent from a place of more freedom and helps me to encourage my children to live life without fear. Read more>>

Tiffany Poles | Celebrity Braider

As a successful business owner it is a challenge. It has definitely been crucial to find a happy medium when it comes to parenting. The most important thing at this time is including my daughter in the process. She has seen my working of countless hours day in and day out. Now being able to share the rewards with her has made it all worthwhile. Be it allowing her to choose where we stay or where we eat while traveling always makes it more like a team effort. Read more>>

John Morgan | President, Founder, & The Queen Himself

As the father of a 4-year-old boy (and a 0-year-old TBD), the impact my career has on my family is always at the front of my mind. Simply put, I work…..a lot. But from the moment he’s come onto the scene, I’ve gone out of my way to teach my son every aspect of not only our business, but of the mentality that’s required to truly create and cultivate “something out of nothing”. As he grows, I want him (and whomever’s coming next) to intuitively understand that delayed gratification is the ONLY real gratification, that the process is every bit as vital as the finished product, and that nothing worth having ever comes without a whole heck of a lotta toil. Read more>>

Jasmeen Kelley | Fashion Boutique Owner & Mom

I decided to build a business to allow freedom and financial gain to prosper in our lives. Having children is a huge responsibility and I fully want to be present. I’ve worked 9-5 for many years and it does not allow me the balance I need to care for my young children. I am so grateful for the freedom and flexibility of entrepreneurship. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Read more>>

Lyn Starr | Singer/Songwriter/Performer/CEO/Creative Entrepreneur

As a parent, the most important thing that I have done that I believe has made an impact is honestly following my dreams. Every day my son gets to watch me continue to pursue everything that I want. He watches me perform, have meetings, and go to school. I want to lead by example for my son so I make sure that I am trying my best every day! Read more>>

Tamika Wagner | Licenses Cannabis Social Equity Operator & Entrepreneur

I think the most important thing I’ve done as a parent is to teach my kids their financial independence and to follow their dreams. For much of my life I struggled as a single mother raising them and the biggest challenge for me was the lack of adequate compensation and time off. I never wanted my kids to experience those same challenges and have to sacrifice their time with family in exchange for minimum pay, its time I’ll never get back. Read more>>