The story behind Two-comma mamas™
Hi, I'm Crystalee! These are my cute kids. And this is my story behind creating the Two-Comma Mamas™ program (and soon-to-be-released book to match!)
After several years in the corporate world, when my first baby came along, I felt so torn. I'd worked hard at my career, earned a master's degree, and won several awards for my work ... but this new precious person was my proudest achievement.
She meant (and still means) the world to me and I refused to miss her babyhood. I arranged to work from home two days a week, but felt I wasn't able to give my best to my baby or my employer.
I grew increasingly stressed, unhappy, and fatigued. Although I enjoyed my work, I felt trapped in the 9-5 schedule. I was the breadwinner for our family at the time and convinced myself quitting wasn't an option. I thought about taking the reigns and starting my own company, but that idea terrified me. Wasn't there a (financially sustainable) way to enjoy both my baby AND my work?
Then the best possible thing that could have happened, DID happen.
I was laid off.
I was 15 weeks pregnant with my second baby (see my cute boy in blue!) at the time, and took almost a whole year to focus on my family. My husband and I were both unemployed, and I grew increasingly uneasy about our family's dwindling bank account numbers.
I would stay up at night, worrying about money.
I felt embarrassed we both had master's degrees, but we were just squeaking by, living on my unemployment checks.
I obsessed about checking our bank accounts, only to see the numbers shrinking.
One day I realized something small but significant: "All we need is another COMMA and we'll be financially free."
I made a quiet but powerful commitment to myself that I'd figure out how to be a two-comma mama. And I decided ENTREPRENEURSHIP would be my avenue to get there.
I got a business license, and the clients almost magically appeared.
About seven months after I made this promise to myself, I attended a conference where I heard this Zig Ziglar quote:
"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want."
In that moment, I knew my journey to become a two-comma mama and enjoy financial freedom was meant to be shared. I felt divine nudges, over and over, "Other moms need to know what you're learning, Crystalee" and "you need to share this." Despite my own self-doubts, I cofounded www.themamaladder.com in 2017 to help other mothers climb after business dreams.
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The greatest effort happens INTERNALLY first before outward actions are possible. I worked hard on chipping away at self-doubt, changing my mindset, and learning from successful mentors. Then I took bold action after action on what I learned.
The past two years my business and babies have grown. I'm using the same skills from my corporate roles and applying them to serving and delighting my own clients. I love what I do. And happy surprise: I make more money working part-time (on my own terms!) than I did in my full-time gig. The best part is I get to enjoy the privilege of motherhood and have fun with my babies every day. I'll never get over how happy that makes me.
It's been a transformative journey for me and my family. It makes my soul sing and I have a deep desire to share the freedom and fulfillment I feel.