I wear many hats in this life, I always have. I am a wife to an awesome man, a mother to two sassy twin toddlers, a cook, or shall a say a slow cooker specialist, a house cleaner (debatable), a student (right now I am on a break until next semester to continue my prerequisites so I can work towards my nursing degree), an actress to my children that sometimes need a bit of extra in their lives… and more. For some reason that just wasn’t enough so I most recently started a small business, so add business owner to that list.
I never understood how people at a young age know exactly what to study, what career to follow, or just know what their purpose in life is. How is it possible that at 33 years old I just found it and how exactly am I going to juggle all of these roles at the same time, without loosing the importance of being a good wife and mother, getting good grades at school and creating a successful business? Naturally when I sit down to think about it I get upset that I wasted so much time, but only one thing gives me peace, and that is knowing how could I have started all of this before when my purpose wasn’t revealed to me until after having my kids.
So why start a business? I’ll tell you… After having the twins and with all of Eva’s medical issues, I realized that people were first intimidated by her, and it makes sense because so was I! As she got older and around more people, I started to notice an unusual look people would give her and I didn’t understand. But one day a very young girl, at a Barnes and Nobles came up to Eva and myself and asked, “whats wrong with her?” That comment confirmed my suspicion that people see her differently. ***Sidenote, to us she looks “normal” and beautiful obviously because she is our baby grrr.** The only thing I could think of that may get peoples attention would be her webbed neck, which is part of her syndrome. Well, I was so livid that the little girls mom said nothing so I went off to cry with her in my arms in between an empty rows of books. I was sad and confused not understanding how a parent could not correct their child. I now know that people don’t always know what to say, or do and I get it. Especially because you will get different answers from many parents that have children with special needs, but if you ask me I would say, just ask in a polite manner because staring is not appropriate in any situation. I must admit, I am now grateful to have that experience because I knew something had to change. It made me realize that I will not always be able to protect my daughter, but I can raise her to be a strong woman and help many people understand that everyone is different, some just don’t hide it and to me, that is enchanting.
My business, peculiarly perfect, is a clothing line with a purpose. It was created to bridge the gap between children with special needs and curious minds. I started with just two shirts, one for all kids and another is for kids that have a g-tube. I have two more designs coming out next month and much more to follow. I will have shirts for kids that have special needs with a clever design proclaiming their differences, instead of hiding what unique qualities they have. There will also be shirts for all kids to show support. More importantly I will be educating the public with a tab on my website called, spotlight child! This is where there will be a child’s story featured quarterly, along with information on their condition so kids and adults can become educated and eventually get more comfortable with people who are different than they are.
Will I be busier than before? Yes. Do I think its worth it? ABSOLUTELY! I thank God I have some direction….. if only there were 48 hr days, instead of 24.