Introduction! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Jamie, I’m a mom of two – Easton sparrow, who is 4 and Alice Poppy, who turns 1 on March 5! I am married to an incredibly hardworking and dedicated father, Jeff, who started his own landscape design/build business last Spring. I grew up in Dundas, spent most of my young adult life in the Locke Street area until Jeff and moved to Ancaster a year and a half ago to settle into suburbia and parenthood.
How did you find the world of entrepreneurship? / Why did you start Mindfully Momming?
My journey to and through motherhood has been met with several challenges and in addition to the two living children I have been blessed with, I have 7 babies that never made it earth-side. Finding and adopting a mindfulness practice has really helped me through some immense grief and to stay focused on my blessings and the beauty in my life even when times have been dark. Sharing this quest for and practice of mindful motherhood with others has become a passion of mine and lead me to create Mindfully Momming. Being an entrepreneur is something I have always dreamed of, being able to create something from my heart and give back to the world in some way, whether that be through service, connection or both. I’m still not entirely sure where Mindfully Momming will take me, but I am excited to be living the journey.
What advice would you like to give to today’s women?
I think as women and especially mothers, we tend to put the needs of everyone else ahead of our own. It’s ok to have dreams and to take care of ourselves too. We deserve the same love from ourselves that we continuously give to others. There’s a real shift happening with “mom-preneurs” – mothers who are starting their own businesses in order to contribute to the family finances, but also have the flexibility that parenting demands of us. My advice would be; take care of yourself, nurture your spirit and it’s never too late to jump into something you’ve always wanted, especially if it allows you the time and/or freedom to be present for your family.
How would define the word success?
Maya Angelou had famously explained that “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – this resonates deeply with me. If what you are doing feels true to your values and keeps you authentic, you are successful.
What do you love most about being apart of the Hamilton Community?
I love Hamilton and it’s vibrancy, the restoration of so many downtown buildings, the food-culture, the support for local artists & businesses through art crawl and the dozens of festivals in so many different communities within the city. It feels inclusive and welcoming, what more could we ask for in a city?
Favourite Place in Hamilton?
I love Locke street and the Kirkendall community. Having lived there for so many years it still feels like home. I love going to dinner at Mattson & Co., picking up a gluten free donut and a latte at Democracy, or a bowl of soup to-go from The Burnt Tongue; browsing shops like Lulu & Lavigne & Citizen Kid and hanging out at the HAAA park with the kids.