We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Tamm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Authenticity is, by far, the most important factor to success of The Military Wife and Mom. I don’t have fancy letters behind my name or a degree in anything related to my brand topic. But I do share honest, vulnerable stories and useful advice based on my own experience, and it’s made all the difference.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I went to college for Nursing and worked as an ICU nurse for over 8 years before leaving the bedside. Between my husband’s demanding military career and my own 12 hour hospital shifts, it felt overwhelming to continue working after our son was born. At yet, being a stay-at-home parent wasn’t completely fulfilling either. After a few months at home, I decided to start The Military Wife and Mom. My only goal was to make back the $400 it cost me to start the website. I poured myself into learning everything I could to build the site and make it better, working for free for 18 months. I knew that if I could push through, the profit would come, and it did. By the time we left Okinawa, Japan – three years after I started my website – I had far surpassed my nursing income. As a family we decided that I would continue with the website and not return to nursing after moving back to the US. I knew nothing about building a business online, never took a formal course in it, and yet, here I am nearly 7 years later! You don’t have to be an expert in order to create a business and brand that you love. You just have to be willing to stay for the long haul, not a short term windfall.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are located in Twentynine Palms, CA. The first place we always head is for a day hike in Joshua Tree National Park followed by lunch or dinner at the Joshua Tree Saloon. After sunset we would heat to Sky’s The Limit Observatory just outside the North entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. You can see the most amazing night sky views there! For a two or three day trip, we’d hook up the RV and drive west to San Onofre beach. As a military family, we can stay at the military base RV park right on the ocean for a very reasonable rate. Can’t get that kind of ocean view for that price anywhere else in SoCal!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Sandy Blackard, the founder of Language of Listening® was instrumental in finding success on my parenting journey. Her simple 3-part approach for coaching kids is the method I use and now teach to parents around the world through my own licensed Language of Listening course.
Maria Fazzaro Johns