I rarely use this space for self-promotion, but I'm so excited about some new developments at MochaManual.com, I couldn't help myself.
Kimberly Seals Allers: This week, MochaManual.com goes daily! And I'm one proud mama. That means fresh stories and new content every day for African-American moms covering everything from preconception to preschool. Plus, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we're launching new features for Latina moms -- starting with my amazing interview with media dynamo Nely Galan, who also appeared on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice."
All through October and beyond, we're featuring inspiring Latina mompreneurs, topical parenting content, and the best Latina bloggers on the web. I'm also launching new daily features such as: Mompreneur Mondays, where we feature kick-butt business owners (know any? Email me!); my Divorce Diary every Tuesday, chronicling my life in the D-lane (buckle up!); Toddler Tuesdays, with great parenting advice for tots; plus new content on Wednesdays for Single Moms. Plus, you'll still get all the pregnancy info, new baby tips, and the celebrity mom interviews you love from MochaManual.com.
More importantly, like any working mom juggling my career and my children, I struggle with the sheer amount of time it takes to build my business. I am often guilt-ridden and wondering why I've chosen this journey. But to see my business grow from maternity tee shirts and one Mocha Manual book to three books, an online magazine, and now daily content is one of those proud moments that make it all feel somewhat worth the late-night work sessions and sleep deprivation.
I often call my business my third baby and, just as I get all warm and fuzzy thinking about Kayla's and Michael's milestones, I'm feeling somewhat tingly over this MochaManual milestone. I've birthed two children and one business, and all three hurt like hell. But you know how you forget the 14 hours, the striking pains, and the dulling aches of labor once they put your beautiful baby in your arms? Well, it's usually nothing like that with a business. I tend to remember every pain and push -- and so does my increasing count of gray hairs. But today those pains seem worth it. And I'll be seeing my hairdresser this week about the gray hairs!
But I hope you will have a look, tell other moms about it, and let me know what you would like to see more of at Mocha Manual. I may have birthed this baby, but I need your help to make it grow!
|Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning business journalist and founder and editor-in-chief of MochaManual.com, a weekly online magazine for moms of color. She is the author of "The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy" and "The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit." Kimberly is a divorcing mother of two and lives on Long Island, NY.|