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

Hi Stephanie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I began Moms Day Off in my home about 7 years ago. I gathered my group of mom friends and had an in home party without our kids and spouses…I called it Moms Day Off. As a Stay at Home Mom all I was craving was time with my friends but, kids, spouses, schedules, laundry…all of it was constantly taking my attention, So I created what I needed….a day off. We swam, sipped, and laughed our way through the day and it became an annual tradition. I even made matching shirts and hats each year as a momento of our fabulous day together in community without interruption. After year 5 of hosting this epic day, I knew I wanted to monetize it somehow… it was honestly too fantastic to keep to ourselves. Moms everywhere need and deserve it! Moms Day Off was officially launched nearly 2 years ago, amidst the pandemic. While my timing was seemingly not particularly the best, it ended up truly being what moms needed most over that time frame. It has developed into this wildly fun and successful small, local business. I now host local events for moms all over Southern California, have a product line of fun mom gear on my online website, host days of service once a month to give moms the opportunity to serve in their community, and even got Moms Day Off to become a national holiday on September 12th. I have massive visions and goals for Moms Day Off. Eventually, MDO will be a national brand. Moms Day Off events will be available in each major city and accessible to all moms everywhere. Im on a mission to create a space for moms to take time for themselves, to enjoy the community of women around them, and to revel in their accomplishments. We are stronger together and I whole heartedly believe we deserve celebration.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was a Stay at Home Mom for 10 years before developing MDO. Before that, I was an event planner and international meeting planner. I traveled the world planning corporate events for large tech companies. When my husband and I had kids, I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home with them, it was and is the best decision we made as a family (and it is 100% THE HARDEST job in the world).

Once the kids began getting older and were off to school each day, I found myself needing a creative outlet. I can give you about 10,000 business ideas off the top of my head, my brain is wired to develop and create. Moms Day Off has been great because it’s a nearly untouched space. An entire business built around events for moms only is something that no one does, which is totally odd to me. It’s exciting and terrifying because I get to be one of the first (if not the first) to tap into that space.

As a business owner, there are a lot of challenges that come with it. I am definitely in the “growing pains’ portion of ownership. I need to hire and I need to produce faster…it’s messy but also so rewarding to watch your product that your brain created sell out and watch a mom that you never met, have the time of their lives at an event that you created on your own. However, I will say, the hardest part of my job is selling to moms that they are actually allowed to make that time for themselves. That sounds crazy but it is absolutely true and I want to change that. Society has written the narrative that we have to do it all and we are just these robots without needs. Moms are craving community and a break. I’m here to create a space where the community and time away is there waiting for them and all they have to do is show up.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For sure the beach, a duffy boat ride, Mai Tais at Billys in Newport Beach, Dinner at Jon and Vinny’s, Spa day at Lido House.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband. He is the greatest cheerleader and support to me and my dreams. When I decided to make the shift of being a Stay at Home Mom to owning my small business, he believed I could do it and knew I could achieve the lofty goals I created. Without him MDO would not be.

Website: momsdayoff.com

Instagram: @Moms_Day_Off

Facebook: @MomsDayOffShop

Image Credits
Shastin Diaz, Photgraphy Rachel Dickens, Photography

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