BBBY: What words best describe you?
STEPHANIE: Loyal, Persistent, Hardworking
BBBY: Who is one of the most inspirational women in your life? And why?
STEPHANIE: One of the most inspirational women in my life has to be Sarah Centrella. Although I’ve only known her for a short period of time, she has impacted my life tremendously. She has proven that anything is possible with hard work and perseverance. Her personal story is one of triumph, All told in her new book Hustle Believe Receive. The title alone is self explanatory.
BBBY: What was the inspiration for starting your own business?
STEPHANIE: I wanted to do something that my kids would be proud of. Something that describes me and the life I was living. As a stay at home mom at the time my life revolved around my children and a light bulb went off and that is how #MomLife was created.
BBBY: What is the mission behind your business?
STEPHANIE: My mission is to connect with as many moms as possible, who share a mutual connection as a proud parent. I look at my brand as a shield I wear every time I have it on. It shows how proud I am to be the mother of my beautiful children.
BBBY: What challenges did you face when starting your own business?
STEPHANIE: I was extremely antisocial before, so when I first started I had no clue what I was doing or even knew how to start. I had to get out of my comfort zone and connect with people. I had to teach myself how to network with people.
BBBY: Do you have a life mission or inspirational quote that you live by?
STEPHANIE: “You don’t have to know everything when you start, you just have to do it. You will learn as you go, and grow, and you never know where an idea can take you” – myself
BBBY: What inspires you to do what you do?
STEPHANIE: My Children. They may not completely understand it now but everything I’m doing now is for their future.
BBBY: Tell us about a time in your life, where you felt most powerful as a woman.
STEPHANIE: Recently, I was featured in the book “Hustle Believe Receive.” And since the book has launched and people have read my part of it, I’ve been getting so much positive feedback from it. I would’ve never thought something so negative in my life could turn into something positive and inspire others. Before I was timid to accept the fact that my story would actually change lives, but now I’m owning my own awesomeness.
BBBY: What has made you most proud and why?
STEPHANIE: A few years ago I had one of the hardest jobs ever, up until a few months ago I was a full time stay at home mom, and there was a point in my life where I shut the outside world out. Once I started my business I had to force myself to come out of my shell. I had to teach myself how to network with people. It was one of the hardest things I had to do. Now looking back to where I use to be and where I am today I have to say I am most proud of MYSELF because I didn’t let to discouragement of others deter me from breaking out of my comfort zone and living life.
BBBY: What's the most important lesson you've learned as an entrepreneur?
STEPHANIE: Biggest lesson for me is there are no breaks when you are trying to chase a dream. You either give it your all or nothing. And once you’ve gotten a grasp of what you worked hard for there is always something else bigger to achieve. Never give up and keep striving.
BBBY: What are 3 tips you can share with aspiring entrepreneurs or someone ready to go after their dreams?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Utilize as many outlets as possible. For example: Social Media is a very powerful tool to get your voice heard.
NEVER GIVE UP. Don’t be discouraged by the lack of supporters because initially this is YOUR dream YOUR goal YOUR life, not anyone else’s. Supporters will come in the form of the most random people
Don’t let a minor set back be the end of your race. Learn from your mistakes because there will be many, but the good always outweighs the bad. Keep moving forward.
BBBY: Please fill in the blank... "I feel most empowered when_________________."
STEPHANIE: I feel most empowered when I can inspire someone else to chase their dreams.
We are honored to have Stephanie B. Thavixay
June 2016 BBBY Spotlight Woman of the Month!