We had the good fortune of connecting with Trish Hawthorne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trish, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started my business after I had my first daughter. I had always been told that once you have children, your life and dreams are over. For me, having my daughter was the beginning of the best days of my life. I didn’t want to just be a good mom, I wanted to give my daughter the gift of having a mom who is whole. My business was my gift myself, my declaration that I could start over as many times as I needed to have the life I want. When I started Mommy Confetti, my thought process was to begin for me because how could I tel my daughter to reach for the stars if I wasn’t willing to do the same? How can I prove to the world that having children isn’t a death sentence? Starting my business gives other moms the courage to do the same.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work is empowering women through my creative endeavors. As an entrepreneur, stylist, and blogger, I use my platform to show women that they can still create the lives they want after starting a family. I want to show women that power of self-love and self-care and how it isn’t selfish to pour into yourself with unrelenting audacity.
I owe where I am today to the women around me who uplift me and make me feel like I can continue. I realize how much that means to me, and I use my platform to be that for others. Not only do I own an online boutique where I collaborate with other moms and women of color in the business, but I have used my brand to create a community of women who supports one another in my community and online.
Nothing in my life has been easy, pursuing my dreams isn’t easy at all, but it’s a lot harder for me to quit knowing I’m not living up to my full potential. It’s not easy to have children, and pursue my goals of being an entrepreneur but it’s a lot harder to raise my children to believe in themselves without believing in myself enough to to do the same. I have down moments, but I refuse to stay down. I have moments where I am afraid, but I think fear is a good thing because that’s how you know you’re about to do something worthwhile. With the support of the village I’ve created over the years and my faith I’ve been able to push through by asking for help when I need it but ultimately learning how much I can depend on me as well.
I’ve learned so many lessons along the way. Most importantly, that anything you are willing to work for is possible. You can’t say what you want without being willing to work for it, and you shouldn’t be working hard without a goal. Begin manifesting. Write down your goal, even if you don’t know exactly how to get there begin to speak that goal into life. There’s power in what we say so we have to speak the things we want. Manifest and do the work. Also, take care of yourself, mind and body. Mental health matters and taking care of yourself is just as important as working hard. Pray and there’s always a way.
I want the world to know that my brand is about every moment of your life being sort of a highlight reel. We all have chapters in our life T’Nai we wouldn’t want read out loud, but everything about our story makes us who we are and should be celebrated. Moms should be celebrated, and when the works doesn’t celebrate us, we should always celebrate ourselves. Love you and you can do anything.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend we visiting I know she would visit during the summer because that’s my time! I would have to ensure we had brunch at Beachside restaurant and bar in Marina del Rey. They have an amazing view of the marina with outside seating and they offer a mimosa flight that comes with a bottle of champagne and four different juices to make mimosas. The French toast is incredible. We’d have to visit Pilot rooftop in DTLA for happy hour drinks and small bites. The calamari in insane. I love the Broad museum, so we would definitely go there. I’m a beach girl, so I would hit my favorite black owned ice cream shop in Inglewood called “Jamz” and head to the beach for a bike ride or just a chill afternoon of sun and listening to the waves. I like to work out, so I might push them to do a hike with me in Palos Verdes, they have beautiful hiking tails with views of the ocean. The last place we must visit is Guy-Kaku because it’s kid-friendly with amazing food and atmosphere. My family lives this place. I love being from Los Angeles, and it would be hard to show my favorite places in one weekend but those would be some of my top places. Hopefully we will have more weekend trips.
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 shout out to my daughters, Aubree and Reign, who have in every way made me the woman I am today. For the way you love me and teach me to love myself, I owe you everything.
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