Mompreneurs are amazing multi-taskers. As though running a household and running after their toddling kids aren't enough, they run a thriving business too. Miraculove interviews 5 inspirational mompreneurs to find out how these superwomen do it.
In the spotlight we have Pearlyn, watercolour extraordinaire of Pearlyn and Paper, a local wedding stationery label.
Tell me about yourself and your business!A Jewellery Designer and a diamond grader by training before starting Pearlyn and Paper. These days. a wedding stationery designer by day and a mom by night. I mainly watercolour as my medium in designs but I also love the little details and getting to know my clients.
What kind of mom are you?I can’t say exactly what kind of mom I am, but one thing for sure, I know the kind of mom that I do not want to be.
I try not to be overly obsessed with being the “perfect” mom.
I see myself as a free spirited mom than sticking with the tried-and-tested ways. I believe strongly in letting my child grow organically with boundaries. Of course its easier said than done. I like to remind myself this poem once every so often, one which I found and wrote for Rey before she was born.
"I wish you the strength to face challenges with confidence along with the wisdom to chose your battles carefully, an adventure on your journey and may you always stop to help someone along the way, listen to your heart and take risks carefully.”
Every day is a new new experience so I try to take it one step at a time, not to worry about tomorrow because today has enough worries.
When was your business founded? How did the idea come about?Pearlyn and Paper was founded in 2013 when a friend of mine decided to only start preparing her wedding six months before. She panicked and so did I. So I offered assistance, mainly in the stationery part and I soon realised I was enjoying it more than I should and that kickstarted everything. Before I knew it, I was working many late nights and man hours just replying emails.
What are the unique selling points of your business?It’s all about our clients with a touch of Pearlyn and Paper. We try to make it has personalised as possible.
What do you find most challenging about being a mom and juggling motherhood with running a business?Unfortunately being a mom isn’t a nine to five job, it takes up every minute of not being at my desk and finding time to be a wife in between running a business and being a mom is one of the toughest things to do.
Some days you wonder where all the couplehood has gone to and you start worrying that it may be gone for good. Thankfully the husband has been nothing but supportive and it’s a constant journey of working our marriage.
What're your supercharged moments as a mompreneur?Supercharged moments are days when I've done the household chores, read and replied all my emails, when Rey and my husband's needs are met, the house is clean and tidy, the fridge is stocked up and that moment of exhaustion but that sense of accomplishment and satisfaction with happy faces makes me feel like everything done was worthwhile.
And it sure makes me feel like a Superwoman!
What’s the worst thing that had happened so far in this journey?I don’t think anything significantly bad has happened in particular, there are good days and there are bad ones. I remembered two incidents that left me panicking, once when I missed my dateline and the another, a printing mistake.
What do you want to achieve in the next 5 years? i.e. what are your plans?I have been having some interest in children’s illustrations but nothing concrete of now, taking one step at a time☺
What would you say are some of your personal beliefs or philosophy?I strongly believe that integrity and sincerity makes successful business, friendships and relationships.
Thank you Pearlyn for sharing generously about your mommyhood and entrepeneurial journey!
We love how real you are not only about the joys of mommyhood, but the struggles as well. It goes to show how important peer and family support are in the making and success of a mompreneur.
Continue letting your strong morals and convictions guide your inner compass in becoming a better artist, business owner, mother and wife, and we look forward to seeing more spectacular artworks from you (especially in your new business direction of children's illustrations!)
Happy Mother's Day to all ladies who have given life and made the world better!
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