Michelle Rubin is a member of the Harrisburg, PA and the owner of Willow Creek Baby.
I am a launching mom, and I believe 100% that being a mother is conductive to entrepreneurship. I would have never had the courage or the inspiration to launch my own company if it was not for the birth of my son. Before he was born, I spent years dreaming about the business I wanted to launch. It wasn’t until I became a mother that I got up the courage to follow my dreams. I guess after you experience the miracle of birth you realize anything is possible. I wanted it all. I wanted to be a mom and an entrepreneur. I wanted to be a mompreneur. I knew that if I stayed in my 9-5 job, I would not have been able to be successful at both parenting and working. By launching my company and becoming my own boss, I had control over everything and I loved it! I was able to be home with my son while I launched the business of my dreams. It was not always easy. but having a supportive husband helped a lot.
My company, Willow Creek Baby , continues to grow as I am inspired by my son. My number one selling product, the memory blanket, is a result of a sentimental moment I had while packing up my son’s outgrown clothing. While sorting through the pile, I started reminiscing over each piece of clothing. There was the outfit he wore home from the hospital, the striped PJ’s that made him look so cute and the red sweater he wore his first Christmas. When I realized that he was growing up so fast and would never wear these special items again, my eyes filled up with tears. I immediately knew what I had to do. Right there, on his bedroom floor, I took his clothing and cut them into squares to create my first memory blanket. So yes, being a mother has inspired my entrepreneurship and I am sure it will continue to do so.