We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucila Terrazas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucila, how do you think about risk?
Risk has been a part of my life since before I was born. My mom and dad were hardworking immigrants who took many risks to offer my sisters and I a better life and a life full of opportunities. If it wasn’t for the risks that they took many years ago my life and career would look very different. I realized at an early age that it was time to honor my parents’ sacrifices. The first life-changing risk I took was right before I started 10th grade. One day I asked my mom to sign me up in school in the United States. I knew that this change would be difficult because it meant leaving my comfort zone and everything that I was accustomed to. I began my journey by ignoring my insecurities and language barrier in order to create my own wonderful story. After a few years, once the cultural shock had passed and life began to feel comfortable again, I promised myself to never be afraid of trading the good for the great. Despite the insecurities and self-doubt I learned that taking risks would help mold my life and future career. Pursuing my undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as starting my own business, involved a lot of risk-taking. In the process I had to make difficult personal, financial, and professional decisions. Some of these risks included a complete career change from social work, to stay-at-home mom, to special education teacher, as well as the decision to start my own business as a entrepreneur. Starting MommyCo, LLC has been the most exciting and scary risk-taking experience by far. Making that decision involved the understanding that time with my family could be compromised. It also involved a big investment based on projections, hope, and a leap of faith. All these decisions have allowed me to challenge myself in ways I didn’t think possible, to learn about myself, and to explore new territories. Taking risks has allowed me to believe in myself and has taught me that great things never come from comfort zones. More importantly, all these experiences now allow me to inspire, support, and empower other female entrepreneurs to do the same, to follow their dreams, and to never look back.
What should our readers know about your business?
MommyCo, LLC serves two different purposes. On one hand, MommyCo offers a user friendly classified ads website, www.mommyco.biz. Our website was designed thinking about moms and with the intention to offer products or services that a mommy can use. On the other hand, our website supports small business owners in many different ways. We offer the option to create and maintain their online store for them, promote them on social media, and unlimited access to tutorials, resources, and information on how to grow a business. In addition, MommyCo will soon be launching a small business academy for MommyCo members. Even though this business journey has been fun, exciting, and rewarding, I would be lying if I said that it has been easy. The biggest challenge has been finding a healthy balance between motherhood, marriage, full time teaching, entrepreneurship, and self care. Soon after I started my business I realized that I had to make some changes. I reorganized my priorities and my schedule. Most importantly, I learned to say no and to ask for help.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Monday: Rest, settle in, and let’s catch up with some yummy food and wine at home. Tuesday: Quick tour of our beautiful city through the San Diego Hop-on-Hop-off tour. Early dinner at Sushi Deli and dessert at Extraordinary Desserts. Wednesday: Early visit to the Zoo or Sea World! – Rest – Dinner at Ruth Chris Steak House Thursday: Beach day – Pick up dinner from True Food Kitchen Friday: Shopping and Harbor Dinner Cruise. Saturday: Rest, relax, and start packing. Sunday: Yummy breakfast at home – Airport
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my hard work and success to my parents, Maria Rodriguez and Enrique Arreola, for their sacrifices, for their hard work, for their struggles, and for teaching me that everything is possible. I would also like to thank my husband Pedro, for being my rock and for loving me and accepting me every step of the way. Last, but not least, I would like to dedicate this to my wonderful children Ezekiel and Viana. Thank you my loves for inspiring me and motivating me every single day.
Photoshoot Credit: Aaron Martinez Testimonial 1: Blanca Sepulveda, founder of Mexikrafts Testimonial 2: Cathy Ferris, founder of Charger’s Stitch