HEY GIRL, TELL OUR READERS ABOUT YOURSELF:
Hi! My name is Tirsa Vazquez. I am twenty-three years old and I am a mother to a two-year old, currently have served for plus years in the Air Force Reserves, recently graduated college in May with a degree in Digital Forensics, I work full-time in Human Resources, and last but not least I am the founder of V.XX.XV, an all women’s clothing line that I have recently started.
AS A MOM, AIRMAN, STUDENT, AND NOW BUSINESS OWNER, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU’VE FACED AND WHICH HAS BEEN THE HARDEST TO OVERCOME?
Wow this is a tough question… There has been plenty of challenges I had to overcome such as maintaining grades, excelling in my careers, and continuing to tell myself that I can get through all of these things. I would say the hardest to overcome would be to maintain a balance between all of these things while still being a mother first.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT HAVE HELPED TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME YOUR PREVIOUS OR EVEN CURRENT OBSTACLES?
To be honest, the only thing that ever kept me on track was my son, KJ. Every moment I ever had doubting myself, I thought how I couldn’t fail him. It’s funny because I vividly remember taking a PT test for the Air Force last year and I literally had to be my own cheerleader the whole way through! I cheered myself on and would tell myself, “KJ needs to go to school. He can’t go to school if you don’t pass this test. You got this!” I laugh now when I think about it. Lol. But that is literally the way I think when I’m having a tough time.
A MORE PERSONAL QUESTION, BUT BECAUSE YOU ARE SO BUSY, DO YOU EVER FEEL “MOM GUILT”? HOW DO YOU RATIONALIZE, COPE, OR OVERCOME SAID GUILT?
At first, I would feel mom guilt ALL THE TIME! I would feel like I NEEDED to take KJ out on the weekends or any free time I had. If i did something to enjoy myself, for all my efforts, I felt guilty if I didn’t include him. I remember there were times that I felt like if I wasn’t doing anything all my time should be focused on him. Even if I went to the corner store he was right on my hip. Lol I wouldn’t leave him.
After a while,I realized that I shouldn’t feel this way. My son is two now and I have to realize that he doesn’t really retain much or has long-term memory. Not only that, but I know that I need ME TIME to let my hair down and enjoy myself to cope with all the overwhelming feelings I have of maintaining all of these aspects of my life. When I do go out and come back home, my son is so excited to see me. He runs to me with a smile and yells mommy. So that lets me know he isn’t sad when I leave him 🙂
I also feel that my son will be very proud of me when he realizes all the sacrifices I have made and I know he would have wanted me to enjoy myself. What child wouldn’t want that for their mother?
BEING A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER IS HARD WORK, WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU’VE LEARNED ABOUT BEING YOUR OWN BOSS AS WELL AS THE BUSINESS THAT YOU ARE IN?
As a new-found business owner, I learned that you have to take things slowly. Build your solid foundation for your business so that way it will be hard to crumble. I also learned that brand awareness is EVERYTHING. At least to me it is.
I am currently working on building my brand. Brand awareness to me is something I feel is more important because my company’s value is Women Empowerment so not only do I want to be a successful business owner, but I want to make connections and empower women.
FOR MOMS WHO ARE LOOKING TO START A BUSINESS OR A NEW VENTURE BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THEM ABOUT THE JOURNEY OF BECOMING A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER?
Even if you don’t know how or have self-doubt, still DO IT and DO IT NOW! Do not continue to hold it off because why can’t you start right now? Write down what you want to do, research, ask questions, and work at it every single day! You are your only competition so fight yourself to be better than you were yesterday. Always remain positive because you’ll need it!
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT KJ TO TAKE AWAY FROM EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE DOING NOW?
I want KJ to know that the sky’s the limit and that the only thing that can ever hold you back is YOU! I started college at 19 and got pregnant shortly after. By the age of 21 I was a mother, an airman, a full-time worker, and full time student! It was tough, but nothing is impossible.
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