Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Mosaidis.
Elizabeth, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I enjoy hiking and being outdoors, so I joined a hiking Meetup group, and that’s how I met my husband. On one of my first hikes with the group, we went hiking at Papago Park, and I noticed him right away. He struck up a conversation with me and we just clicked. I spent a few months getting to know him (and falling in love with him) before I met his daughter. We dated for a year and a half before he proposed to me on top of South mountain on Valentine’s Day. We had been training for a half marathon at the time, so we planned our wedding on our long training runs. Since neither one of us wanted a big wedding, we decided to get married less than three weeks later. We ran the Phoenix Half Marathon on a Saturday and then tied the knot on a Tuesday evening at Papago Park, the same place where we had met.
The first year of marriage was tough for all of us. I was figuring out my role as a stepmom and as a wife, while my husband and stepdaughter were adjusting to me filling these new roles. However, I was too ashamed to tell anyone I was struggling that first year because I felt like I should be successful. I approached my stepmom role much like I do everything in life- headfirst, dive right in. I was successful in other areas of my life. I had a good job, a healthy social life, and I had met the love of my life, so why wouldn’t the stepmom role come naturally to me? I didn’t know how complex the role of a stepmom is until I became one.
Now I know that building stepfamily relationships takes time and patience. Researchers estimate it takes about four to seven years for stepfamilies to bond. Every year after the first has gotten easier, although new challenges come up as my stepdaughter is growing up. When I was struggling in my first year, I looked for stepfamily resources, but I had a hard time finding them. That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I went to New York and studied with one of the premier experts in stepfamilies, Dr. Jeannette Lofas, the founder of the Stepfamily Foundation. I learned about the unique dynamics that comprise stepfamilies and learned why typical advice for biological families doesn’t work for stepfamilies. I became a certified Stepfamily Foundation coach. I wrote my first book, The Stepmom Project: A 30-Day Personalized Journey, an interactive book with an action-oriented approach, to help stepmoms navigate their difficult role. While every situation is unique, there are some commonalities and simply knowing someone else is feeling the same way or has been through some of the same struggles can lift the burden of guilty feelings. With this in mind, I wrote my second book, Stepmom Bootcamp: A 21-Day Day Challenge. I intend that these books will help stepmoms find inner peace and transform their stepfamily life.
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?
The biggest struggle for me has been balancing everything- my career, family life, social life, and hobbies. When I was writing my books, I had to be intentional about setting aside time to write. Fortunately, my family is very understanding, and they knew that I needed that solitary time for writing, but I also had to carve out time to spend with them. Sometimes it felt like a balancing act.
I also wanted to do everything in the beginning- events, book signings, and meetups. I would try to fit everything into my schedule. Now I am more discerning about when I say “yes.” I only say “yes” to the things I want to do.
Tell us more about the business.
The Stepmom Project started in January 2017 with the release of my first book. Based on the positive response from the book, I knew I needed to expand and provide an inclusive support system for stepmoms. The Stepmom Project includes two books, designed to help stepmoms navigate their role, as well as workshops and one-on-one coaching packages. The main objective of The Stepmom Project is to educate and empower stepmoms. I specialize in supporting childless stepmoms.
I am proud of the countless stepmoms that The Stepmom Project has helped. I believe that with stronger marriages and families, we can change our communities. With that in mind, I planned a Stepfamily Appreciation Night in honor of Stepfamily Day at JesterZ Improv, a local comedy club. I also run an annual Mother’s Day project for stepmoms. Since stepmoms are often forgotten on Mother’s Day, I send out handmade cards to stepmoms around the world. I believe we can change the stigma surrounding stepmoms by opening up dialogues about stepfamilies in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t think luck has played a role in my life or business. Through hard work and passion for my mission to empower stepmoms, I built my business into what it is today. I love what I do, and it is fulfilling. I am fortunate to be able to work with so many incredible stepmoms and help them on their journey.
- Coaching Package (Two 45-minute sessions for $100)
- Workshops (Check website for upcoming dates) $54
- The Stepmom Project: A 30-Day Personalized Journey $10.95
- Stepmom Bootcamp: A 21-Day Challenge $11.95 paperback; $7.95 Kindle
- Website: http://www.thestepmomproject.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestepmomproject/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestepmomproject/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/stepmomproject