We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria Hoey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maria, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to do something that I was passionate about as well as something that would give me the flexibility I needed as a mother. I wanted to be able to pick my kids up from school and also provide for my family. Starting my own business has not only given me both of those things, but also so much more. I truly work harder than I ever have, but it is so much sweeter because it is all on my own terms.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I believe what sets OC Mom Collective apart is that we do it all and then some. I am so proud of our team for taking an idea and running with it – we are all about saying yes. Jumping in and finding out if it works! We’ve had so many challenges along the way, growing pains, and more, but the way that we overcame many of these challenges were just being real with ourselves and always, always, always, putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes. I have learned how important communication is and that as long as you are moving forward no matter how slowly you go – you are always making progress. I want the world to know that OC Mom Collective is here for all moms, from all walks of life, of every race, color, and creed. We strive to be a resource for parents in Orange County as well as create a space for them to tell their stories – because stories matter. Stories change the world.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many amazing places in Orange County! Morning Lavender for coffee and afternoon tea (with Frose!) The beach Shopping at Pacific City Relaxing at Purify Sauna Lounge Facials at Lemon Honey Day Spa Eating and Drinking at the Anaheim Packing House and The Orange Circle A shopping trip and dinner at the LAB South Coast Plaza Day If Disney was open we’d have to go to Star Wars Land and Downtown Disney Spend a whole day at Glen Ivy

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Huge shoutout to City Mom Collective for making this all possible! I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the support of my husband, Brian, OC Mom Collective team, my friends, family, and my two little boys Luca + Beckham.

Website: https://orangecounty.momcollective.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ocmomcollective/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-hoey-20140113/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OCmomcollective
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ocmomcollective/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAH8F0gwBpYO8m9i7ZsAR1A?view_as=subscriber
Other: Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/they-see-me-mommin-podcast/id1349268720

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