The concept behind Mommy Hullabaloo began as a book that Julie Smith was (and is still) writing. "Mommy Hullabaloo has been an expression of my desire to create a sense of maternal community for parents across the world. Additionally, I wanted to provide parents the support and tools needed to learn, live and love the chaos of mommyhood while relishing the role of both mother and woman."
Before Mommy Hullabaloo, Julie worked in a variety of jobs, from hi-tech sales to music promotions; she even spent a few years working in a funeral home. The mix of jobs allowed her to pick up valuable business information, including marketing practices and work styles.
Since she was a young girl, she´d wanted to pursue a career that, " . . . melded my personal and business life." Yet just as most mothers in business will find, thinking about being an entrepreneur and actually becoming one are two very different things. "For several years, fear held me back from pursuing my dreams and creating not only the business but life I desired. Finally, realizing and accepting that fear helped me take the leap of faith in a new business — that and a dedicated passion to what I do. "
Support from other entrepreneurs is the one thing that Julie feels is imperative when running a business. Mommy Hullabaloo offers a mom-entrepreneur mastermind group, called MOB2, and business coaching. These help mothers define their business ideas and take the steps needed to get started in a business venture.
Mommy Hullabaloo also offers life enrichment programs, life coaching, and a newly developed Inspired Imaginations Enrichment Coach training and licensing programs for those interested in a new business opportunity.
And in November of last year Julie published Mommyhood Diaries: Living the Chaos One Day at a Time, which is a compilation of diaries from moms around the world. The book won the 2006 WMA Fresh Voices award.
When asked about balance, Julie states that she believes balance is unattainable-unless you are a tightrope walker. "I personally don´t believe in balance. Someone/something is always going to need your attention more than someone/something else. Prioritization and flexibility are key to juggling home and business. I also find that when you are passionate about something, you can always find time to accomplish it."
Her advice? Do what you love because you love it-not just for the money. This, she says, doesn´t mean that you shouldn´t make money following your passion, but that the love of the job should be your main motivator.
When Julie isn´t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, reading, and writing. Julie lives outside of Boulder, Colorado and she believes that you must always inspire your imagination to live a life that you love.
You can visit Julie´s site at www.mommyhullabaloo.com.