May is here and Mother’s Day is just around the corner.
We created this blog as a place to share our journeys as entrepreneurs. But long before we came together to found Southern Journeys, we started the journey of life with our mothers. Their examples --- of sacrifice, of creativity, of hard work, of love --- made us the women we are today.
Southern Journeys, along with fellow creative black women entrepreneurs who support our mission, will be paying tribute to our mothers all May in gratitude for the impact they have made in our lives.
Southern Journeys worker-owner Sonya of Mississippi begins our series:
Which values have been key to your success in life and business and how did your mother embody or instill these values in you?
One value that my mother instilled in me is to be proud of who God created me to be. She often told me that I was special, different, and creative. My mother encouraged me to feel good about being different.
What role did your mother play in your journey as an entrepreneur?
My mother played an important role in my journey of being an entrepreneur. Her roles are cheerleader, loan officer, buyer, but most important of all a proud mamma.
What is the most important lesson she taught you that you would like to share?
My mother taught me at an early age that my appearance was very important. I was raised in a small town and we didn't have much, but my mother was very creative. Seeing her being creative with the little that we had, taught me the value of money.
Has being a mother influenced your journey as an entrepreneur? How do you teach your children the importance of being entrepreneurial?
My children are very special to me. I don't think that a day goes by that I don't encourage my kids to think about what makes them happy , if it isn't illegal (lol), then just do it. I have two creative children. My son is already taking this journey of being an entrepreneur.
Thank you Sonya. Your SJ family wishes you and your mother Carolyn a Happy Mother’s Day!
Still looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas? Southern Journeys is having a 15% off sale in its online store through May 12.