At MommiesFirst we believe in moms helping moms!
We also believe in debunking myths. So lets wipe out Super Mom and replace her with Happy Mom! And in support of Happy Mom, we’re launching the Help Mama series, which is dedicated to introducing our community of moms to companies whose sole purpose is to ……. yes, you’ve got it – help mama.
This week, we are sharing a company called LPH Illustrations founded by Laura Page-Hamelin…
Can you tell us a bit about your entrepreneurial story?
I have always had entrepreneurial flair, it started as a young person and babysitting, I had quite the successful little referral system happening and was booked almost every weekend. Even during college I was planning my first business venture and left for Montreal the day after I graduated to pursue it. I dabbled in many different ventures before returning back to my one true love – art. I love illustrating, and I especially love doing it for the benefit of children. Then I discovered I also love writing! So double bonus.
How do you feel your helping moms (and dads!) most?
Any parent with a child who has a soother attachment will benefit from this book. They will love this book as a tool that helps their child rid of their soother in a positive and rewarding way instead of potentially hurting them emotionally in the process. Children actually get excited about the Soother Fairy coming, they look forward to putting it in the magic sac that comes with the book and they don’t turn back – because if they put another soother in their mouth, Susy will come back and take away their gift. There is a lot at stake for the child, motivation for them to keep soother free.
What (or who) inspires you when it comes to creating a business committed to helping moms (and/or babies)?
My girls are my motivation for sure. They are my pride and joy, they are my source of inspiration. They are definitely what makes me keep striving to grow my business. There is a pride associated personal achievement, something I want to teach my girls, and I would love to show them through demonstration.
What are some exciting new developments for your business?
Susy the Soother Fairy will be available for sale this December which is very exciting. I am going to be doing 3 book readings this December for my book and am hopefully teaming up with the Oakville Parent Child Centre in the new year to help them in fundraising for their centres. I am working on an App and ebook as well, and have coordinated with a local musician to create a song about Susy as well.
Also, my blog www.lphillustrations.blogspot.ca is getting a lot of traffic which is very exciting too! Most recently, I have been asked to guest blog as well, which is a huge step for anyone starting blogging. A lot of new and exciting things happening in a very short time, I really feel like I am following a path that fits my lifestyle and my goals, and it is all coming together really nicely.
The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you’d impart to about being an entrepreneur?
First – being an entrepreneur means a lot of dedication and perseverance. Nothing happens overnight. The term overnight success is really just a term – the truth behind any successful entrepreneur is effort and consistency.
Second – your first business may not be your last business. Most of the time it takes a few takes at finding your “true love” in entrepreneurship. But the fact of the matter is, if the passion is in you, you will make it happen.
Some more information about Laura:
My favorite part about LPH Illustrations is…the endless opportunities it has. This business has many different avenues for success, and that keeps it interesting.
When parents find out what I do, they often say: “sounds like you are very passionate about what you do” – and they are 100% right.
In my free time, I love to… play! We travel as a family, we ski, we cottage and we just plain love life.
The last book I read was… the Hunger Game series – LOVED IT!
I’m dreaming of… travelling with my family to far off places and seeing some of the most beautiful things the world has to offer!
With love and care,