Monday, March 28, 2011

Spotlight on Mommy -- Bonnie Lowell, Author of Maternally Speaking: I Gave Birth to Four Eggs! (One Scrambled, Fried, Over Easy & Sunny Side Up)

Last month I shared a book review from author, Bonnie Lowell. If you missed my review of her book, Maternally Speaking:  I Gave Birth to Four Eggs!  (One Scrambled, Fried, Over Easy and Sunny Side Up), click here to read it now.

Below is my Spotlight on Mommy interview with Bonnie.  If you are looking for a good laugh or a great gift for Mother's Day, I highly suggest picking up Bonnie's book.  It left both my mother and I in stitches!

Name:  Bonnie Lowell
Company Name/Product/Service:  My new book title: Maternally Speaking: I Gave Birth to Four Eggs! (One Scrambled, Fried, Over Easy and Sunny Side Up)
Company Location: Slinger, WI
Company Website:
Facebook URL:  Maternally Speaking Fans Page
Twitter Handle: @ Maternallyspeak
Age of Company:  1 year 
Favorite Inspirational Quotes: "Laughter is some of Life's Best Medicine" - "Try and Try Again" - "It Is, What it is!" 
Favorite Book:  Maternally Speaking: I Gave Birth to Four Eggs! (One Scrambled, Fried, Over Easy & Sunny Side Up) OF COURSE!  It is a fun tribute which celebrates the humorous challenges of womanhood and is a deserving pat-on-the-back for mothers who need a "girl's night" of camaraderie and candid humor.  It is loaded with relatable, comedic and estrogen filled, heart-felt stories.  There's my sales pitch.   

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How many children do you have?  What are their ages? Your hobbies? Etc.:

With 28 years of mothering experience, I have successfully raised 3.5 children so far. The youngest is 11, so we'll see - looks promising though. My pride and joys are 28, 27, 23, and yes, 11.  I enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, games, movies and my 2 grandsons.  

Briefly explain your business.  How did it come about?:

Many years ago I did some stand up comedy.  With young kids at home it became hard to get out to clubs, so as a writer I began compiling my material into stories.  Yearning to find my audience again I persevered to get my book published. I love it that now I can go home with women and bring laughter directly into their homes.  Women are awesome and deserve more recognition!   I have also expanded to motivational speaking to women's groups, which is a thrill that I have come full circle. 

What is a typical work day like?:

After getting through a typical chaotic skitter-scatter morning ritual of getting my son fed, gathered and loaded on the bus, there is a celebratory jumping on the bed, I leave the refrigerator door wide open for a bit, while I drop some crumbs in the living room. Then, it is to my office to get serious.  I'm always actively hunting for opportunities of either speaking presentations or book promotions.  I fulfill my book orders, take phone calls scheduling events, prepare speeches, write alot of letters and send out press kits.      

What has been a struggle while starting up your company?:

I've had to seek out the answers to EVERYTHING!  But, that has also made the journey more satisfying.  I'm a self-taught woman who had to research every facet of publishing, marketing, website building, social networking, etc., with few close people who could advise me.  So, if I can do it - anyone can!      
What did you do in your past work life?:

My first job was putting on an old lady's shoes and socks every morning.  So, it could only go up from there, don't you think?  Sales, Chiropractic Office Manager, Photographer and Realtor.  I've worn many hats, but I think my whole life has been leading up to being an Author and Speaker.  I finally know what I want to BE when I grow up.  Aww!  Do I have to?

What have been some of your major successes?:

I know my mental stability is good, because if I was going to crack up - it would have happened long before now!  Let's see, I'm proud to say I gave birth to 4 babies without pain reducing drugs!  I never allowed myself to get stuck in life by being adaptable.  Being determined to believe so strongly in my potential that I never gave up in following my dreams.  Having my book bring enjoyment to so many people is very satisfying.  I'm so proud that I produced 3.5-4 great kids and it's wonderful seeing what a great mother my own daughter has become.   

What have been some of your major challenges?:

With mothering: having 3 ADD boys.  That's 3/4 of my children!  What are the chances that 75% of my offspring would be Always Daring & Defiant!  I'm telling you that's enough to make any sane woman to go crazy!  But, be careful how you discipline your child, because anything you say or do may end up in their school writing journal one day.  With my business:  Patience!  Like watching children grow - the pace is slow - but sure.   

On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?:

I hang on and look for the light at the end of the tunnel - knowing that eventually all children do grow up (rarely do you see a bed wetter in high school), and I surround myself with good supportive people that encourage the growth of my endeavors.      

What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?: 

Chocolate and Alcohol!  But, remember, everything in moderation.  Love and laughter are my stabling forces.  My motto is: Rejuvenate-Reward-Renew!  I find little ways to rejuvenate and propel a happy outlook.  I reward myself now and then, for a job well done.  Mothering is hard and staying determined and disciplined at our jobs both inside and outside of the home is hard and we deserve a pat on the back, Damn It!  And my renewed spirit means Happy Mom - Happy Home!  I am able to be more focused when I separate or set apart business time from family time.  My family appreciates that too.

What is next for your business?:

To increase the visibility and sales of my book.  (priceless amount of fun for only $15)  I plan to increase the number of book signings and public events I do.  Do more social networking and most importantly pursue more opportunities for motivational speaking.  If you have a group that needs motivating and re-invention, please have them call me. 

Do you have any advice for other mom entrepreneurs that are starting out and struggling, or are on the fence about starting a business?:

While panting and blowing in the birthing room I kept reminding myself of all of the thousands of other women who had done it before me - I sure could do it too!  This is no different.  There is strength in numbers.  Being a mom is a great accomplishment all by itself.  Being a good mom is even sweeter.  And, the thanks will come when they take you in when you are old to wipe your drool and change your diaper!!  But if you feel strongly enough about a business idea and have the drive and determination that it takes, GO FOR IT!

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