When I started my budget travel blog, I had grand visions of having endless hours to dedicate to writing inspiring posts to share with my readers. As many of you likely know, the reality did not quite match up with my optimistic expectations! Between tackling assignments and projects for my master’s program and simply keeping up with everyday life, finding time to write has been challenging. However, now that I have graduated, I have some free time on my hands! Woohoo!
Today is American Business Women’s Day. On September 22, 1949, the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) was formed. The ABWA's mission is "to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition" (Wikipedia, retrieved August 28, 2023, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Business_Women's_Day).
In honor of my grad school accomplishment, starting two businesses (ReNew Language Tutoring and Eat, Drink, and be Melly), and American Business Women’s Day, I wanted to take some time to reflect on my journey as a female business owner and entrepreneur. While being a solopreneur certainly has its difficulties, it is also tremendously rewarding. For me, the ability to build something from the ground up that connects with readers and followers who find value in my content brings me joy.
Interacting with and learning from other female founders and solo business owners through Beautiful Boss Queens, a Facebook group, has shown me that while entrepreneurship is not an easy path, it is one that can lead to great success and fulfillment. Some of the best advice I have received has been to start before you feel ready, build resilience in the face of failures or setbacks, and never stop learning and improving your craft.
On this American Business Women’s Day, I want to encourage any women out there with dreams of starting their own business to take that first step. While it will certainly be challenging, it can also be incredibly empowering and help you achieve a level of independence and freedom that traditional employment may not offer. Celebrate the women in your life who have started their own businesses. And if you’re a business owner yourself, I hope you’ll join me in recognizing how far you’ve come and using that as motivation to continue growing and achieving your goals.
I’m proud of the two businesses I have built so far and excited to see where they lead in the coming years. Thank you for supporting me by reading my blogs and liking my social media posts. Please continue to support me by sharing my social posts and blog posts, sharing my Thatch guides, offering suggestions for my blog, social media, Thatch website, purchasing Thatch guides and checking out my Koji store with printables.
Here’s to all the female founders and girl bosses out there making their mark on the world! You inspire me each and every day!
Eat, Drink, and be Melly