Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadine Bubeck.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Nadine. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My background is in TV. Spent 7+ years as a reporter and anchor in San Diego and Phoenix. It was great… even waking up at 2:30 in the morning for my early newscast shift. However, after my first son was born, my heart shifted gears.
My first pregnancy was rocky. I was on bed rest, hospitalized and birthed a preemie. Upon having my 4 pound Nicholas, I was overcome with the beautiful magnitude of motherhood, so it only seemed fitting to explore working from home.
Fast forward to now… I’m a proud boy mom of three: Nicholas (almost 5), Zachary (3), and Alexander (9 months). I love being surrounded by guys. They’re my heart. My soul. And my purpose.
However, I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so I’ve since embraced fulfilling myself both professionally and personally.
I am the owner of Mama B. Designs – apparel aimed at stylishly spreading prematurity awareness. Nicholas spent a relatively short time in the NICU, but our journey still took quite a toll on me, and I’ve been forever touched by our experience. Our Miracle Line, all original in design, directly benefits March of Dimes; 50% of each item goes to the foundation. Out clothing is meant to inspire. In addition, we offer playful, fun tops fit for pairing with jeans or leggings. (As well as twinning options for moms and sons, because surely, I’m boy biased).
How did I get started? You know the phrase: act now, think later? Well, that’s me. I’m just a mom not knowing what I’m doing, but having fun trying.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There’s no such thing as a smooth road. The struggle is real, mama! It’s hard balancing jobs, running a business and being a mom. I’m often 10 minutes late to preschool drop-off and I barely get dinner on the table (I suck at cooking). I volunteer at my kids’ preschool between conference calls and answer emails all day and all night. However, I’m stimulated. I enjoy the challenge. It keeps my fire burning. So, to me, the struggle is fun.
When my days doing TV News ended, I was somewhat scared. There, I was – a mom of a newborn- pouring my heart into mothering… however, I knew there was a piece of me that needed to be fueled… an entrepreneurial fire. And so, I started doing things… I published my pregnancy journal, I began freelance writing and even got a work at home job doing PR. However, I’m the kind of person who gets more accomplished when there’s more on my plate, so I dove right in, eager to create and launch Mama B. Designs.
The whole “diving in” part was exciting. Challenging, yes. But invigorating, even more so. I invested my time, energy and funding into myself- my clothing company- determined to see it through and see what could happen. Besides, if you don’t try, you never know what could be.
It’s still a work in progress and I still struggle every day. However, I enjoy it. I enjoy the balancing act – or lack thereof. I enjoy showing my boys that mom can wear many hats; more so, instilling in them the drive to find and fulfill a passion, and pay it forward.
What is my advice? Try. Take risks. Be smart. Be tactful. Network. Ask for help. Be a shameless self-promoter. Have tough skin. Prep for rejection. Have fun. And finally – determine your own meaning of success.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Mama B. Designs story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m known for being a little crazy- HA! (Normal is boring, right?!)
I cannot answer what sets me apart because I’ve made friends with so many mompreneurs all doing big things… creating businesses and being creative. The mom boss movement is quite energetic and addicting – I admire the many women kicking butt working while mothering. Such mom hustlers have made it “OK” to do work with screaming kids in the background- heck, I bring my kids to meetings! There is such a unifying support system for working moms, and we live in a wonderful time when women feel empowered to both creative work and parent.
With that being said, you ask what I’m most proud of. And I suppose, my answer is simple: that I still have a fire burning. I’m proud that I’m still going- still dreaming up new ideas and new projects in the middle of the night. I’m proud that I have created a company that, while small, has a purpose. And I’m also proud that I continue to challenge myself both professionally and emotionally. Such things stimulate me, so I’m proud I have yet to surrender my spirit.
For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
There are many opportunities for women. I actually feel media puts such an emphasis on male versus female, in some ways, turning us against one another. To me, it’s a great time to be a working mother; there’s such a mom-movement going on, and I think women feel empowered to pursue their passions now more than ever.
As a mom of three boys, I find it important to show my kids that mom can do many things… but I also want THEM to know that they can, too. With all the “dream big, princess” stuff going on, I find it just as essential to reinforce confidence in our little boys- future husbands and fathers. I want my boys to believe they can do anything- whether it be playing sports or play music. I want to fuel their inner superhero to the best of my ability, without enforcing gender bias.
Maybe I’m on a tangent, but I don’t think we’re necessarily in a time when women aren’t short of opportunity. I think women feel stronger than ever – and that’s a very beautiful, motivating thing.
Media says and does a lot… but really, it’s up to us as individuals to follow our hearts, trust our guts, and go for it. Boy, girl, whatever… we all have the capacity to turn our dreams into a reality or at the very least, try.
- Website: www.mamabdesigns.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @mamabdesigns
- Facebook: @mamabdesigns
- Twitter: @nadinebubeck
- Other: nadinebubeck.com
Orchid Bloom Photography, Danielle Z Photography