Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcie DeVoogd.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 2015, my three daughters and I had just escaped a very toxic and emotionally abusive situation. I was now a single mother, and life looked grim. I made a choice to not let my girls down. I wanted to show them a NEW standard. I wanted my daughters to know that crappy things happen, but it is possible to pick yourself up and create a beautiful life. I completed my master’s degree and started a new job. In my new job, I met my now husband and we were married in 2016. We welcomed our baby boy in 2017 and I quickly fell into postpartum depression. I was frantically searching for something to save my sanity. I started One Grateful Mother as that outlet. As I looked at my life, I could not help but be so grateful for the people, and safety and the beautiful life my daughters and husband and I created. Today, I am sharing the life of a mother. Sharing that mothers are more than just moms, we are powerful women who own our lives. Mothers aren’t wearing pearl necklaces and vacuuming. We are entrepreneurs, we are strong, we have taken control of our futures and decided that WE get to decide. We get to write our stories. Today, I share the things I love and a little bit of (maybe wanted, may be unwanted) advice about motherhood, fashion, and fitness. I love to share how motherhood did not ruin my life. I am so grateful for the richness motherhood has brought to my life. I am grateful for a platform to share a little peek into what motherhood can be like. I am grateful for my business and my opportunities.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This road had not been smooth. But so it is with all things that are worthwhile. Smooth roads never lead to strength and experience. The struggles used to tear me apart. Until I found resources like Jen Sincero and Rachel Hollis who (through sharing their journeys) taught me that the gold is in the struggle. The challenges and obstacles are the fires that forged me into the strong woman that I am. The dead ends helped me learn that some roads are not for me. Choosing to walk away from relationships that were toxic (even when I felt like a pariah) taught me that only I know what is best for my life, after all, I would live with the consequences of my choices. I leaned into my obstacles and fears and found my strength. This is an everyday practice, but worth every minute.
To the young women out there starting out, I want to say be you. 100%, unedited, pure and genuinely you. Your unique gifts, talents, and ideas are something this world needs to experience. Don’t let fear shut you down. Fail forward and never stop.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about One Grateful Mother – what should we know?
I am a MaskCara Beauty artist and Fashion and lifestyle blogger. I share the magic of 3D makeup (or highlighting and contouring as many know it as). I share how I keep such a close relationship with my teen, tween and toddler children. I share what life is like being the mother of three daughters. I share how being a mom isn’t the end of your life. It just enhances life and brings a deeper meaning to it.
As a brand, I am most proud and get most excited when I get to share how bad A motherhood is. I am pumped UP when I get to teach a fellow mom how to highlight and contour. When I get the emails and DMs from moms who say things like “I’m tired of looking like a troll, please help.” I love to help them see the beauty inside themselves, then let that beauty radiate outward. Then decorate their outward beauty with a fas, affordable and amazing makeup routine. I am proud to show what motherhood can look like. I am proud to show it is more than just sweat pants and messy buns. I am proud that I get to work with a large supportive group of moms in my company that shares the same growth mindset and I am proud that I have the opportunity to share all of this with others.
I have a unique story that sets me apart from most other people. This unique story gives me eyes that see the world in a different way. My shortcomings and mistakes give me deep compassion for anyone who screws up. It’s taught me to never judge. My failings have taught me what not to do and so much more. My ability to embrace my weirdness has taught me to be funny, and laugh. Most of all, my attitude sets me apart, I am always upbeat and ready for the amazing things the universe or God have to grant me.
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Finding a mentor in the business world these days is the easiest of all. With the availability of social media, audio books and conferences at every turn there is never a shortage of gurus that are overly willing to give you their tricks and tips and five ways to kick butt. I have always lived in a more remote area that is not highly populated. This hasn’t stopped me. I have sought out the teaching of the experts from Oprah to Nicole Walters and Jenna Kutcher.
I love to attend business conferences alone. If my team is in attendance I will sit away from them, just so I can network. At my most recent conference. I did just this. I ended up in Nashville, TN sitting next to an author who was engaged to a man from my home town. Her fiance’s mother and my mother also happened to teach music together at the same school. We became fast friends and still keep in contact today. Although our particular business is very much opposites we found ways to help and serve each other.
Another networking trick I have found to be very useful is social media. I obviously cannot attend every business conference there is, but I can through hashtags. I find a conference such as Create and Cultivate. I then sear that hashtag, I have met many people from all over the United States and beyond through connecting with social media.
- Website: onegratefulmother.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/one.grateful.mother
- Facebook: Facebook.com/onegratefulmother
Marcie DeVoogd, Jake DeVoogd