I've been trying to post this blog for the past two weeks and I have felt terrible about not finding time to do so. Then, I read Hope's post. Thank you, Hope for sharing your heart with us! I immediately gave myself grace and realized that the most important thing we can do as people is to be present in the moment.
With that, I'm thrilled to introduce you to a fellow #girlboss, Hope Caldwell. Hope and I met through a local nonprofit in town and immediately hit it off. She invited me to attend a Hatch Tribe meeting and made me believe that I was an entrepreneur, not just a mom trying to freelance from home.
She is intelligent, strong and a brilliant creative. Just one hour in her office brainstorming an event and she can inspire you to dream beyond anything you thought possible. Hope is a mom, wife, entrepreneur, nonprofit extraordinaire. She is also someone I am honored to call a friend. Meet Hope.
Name: Hope Caldwell
Hometown: Candia, New Hampshire
Occupation: Event Producer + Nonprofit executive
How has God called you to start a business and a nonprofit? During my first mission trip to Africa I bore witness to the magnitude of needs worldwide. I was so conflicted when I came home but one thing became very clear to me. Inaction would not yield change. This realization, coupled with just having become a mother to a son born in my heart, caused me pause. I turned to the only book that could guide me; my Bible. Within the love letters of the New Testament I found words of encouragement from the book of Matthew, specifically Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” and Matthew 4:18 “Come, follow me and I will teach you how to become fishers of men”.
KLH Group is a meeting + event management resource, specializing in integrating socially responsible events within in the luxury event market.
Doors to Dream brings people together to build clubhouses, communities and hope; seeking to put God’s love into action. [Editor's Note: Hope is amazing at taking what would be a normal, chicken dinner + really doing deep with her clients to bring out the purpose + passion behind the event. Plus, each event is unique and breathtaking in its own way.]
How has being a mom shaped how you go about your work? As a working mother I have honed in on my efficiency at work. I am able to get more done knowing that time at work is time away from Liam, my 4 year old son. I’ve also worked hard on being present in everything I do. When I’m at the office, I’m present to what’s going on there. And when I’m home, I plug my phone up and am present with Liam & Ken. This is certainly a work in progress but I’ve felt the Holy Spirit nudging me towards this more and more.
Being a working mother has also given me perspective and appreciation for other working moms. It’s allowed me to connect with my clients on a deeper level (those with kids) and has also shown me respect for those who stay at home with their little’s, which in my opinion is the hardest job out there! [Editor's Note: I love that! We have to stop believing in the do it all, have it all mentally and just be present wherever we are at. You go girl!]
Work – life balance, does such a thing exist? How do you manage it all? I’m not huge on balance because I know inevitably everyday something or someone is going to need more of your time than something or someone else. I give myself a break and try to remove the “mommy guilt” when I need to be at work late. The best practice I put in place for myself, as mentioned above, is presence. No matter what I’m working on I try hard to be all in. Something is always going to suffer and I try hard to make sure it’s not my family but often times it can be depending on the season. Thankfully my husband is a champ and pulls up his boot straps during these times. It is important for me to show my son what it looks like for a woman to work and we talk openly about “mommy’s job”.
One of the best things about owning my own business is incorporating my family into it. On event setup days I try to invite Ken + Liam to the setup to help out. Liam loves flowers and enjoys being up in the florists grill (they don’t mind either ☺ ).
What’s your favorite tradition since becoming a mom? I’ll be honest, I haven’t thought a lot about traditions. When Liam first joined our family I felt like I was drinking from a fire hose, and at times still do. Therefore, traditions haven’t been huge in our family. But I believe we are starting to make some.
Sundays, for instance, are a lot of fun for the family. We love going to church together and witness Liam grow in his faith. He loves Jesus something fierce. Later in the day we meal prep and include Liam in making muffins for the week or chopping vegetables. He’s been into that lately.
We have started a tradition of celebrating his Chinese heritage by introducing the Chinese Moon Festival + the Chinese New Year. We read story books about each, make (buy) moon pies, light candles, hang lanterns and openly talk with Liam about his adoption story and Chinese heritage. [Editor's Note: Drinking from a firehose is quite possibly the best description of motherhood I have ever read! Thank you for sharing!]