Bobbi Wright is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Ontario, and founder of Blue Whale Moon Publishing. She is the author of the children’s book “The Princess and The Whale”, a story about Princess Hannah who gets lost and strays far from home. Princess Hannah is like all of us; lonely, afraid, stuck. There are 4 characters that come to her aid that represent the voices we all hear in those difficult moments; the voices that tell us we are too much, not enough, too small,or too big. There are multiple layers of lessons in this story that are good for all of us to be reminded of. We are honoured to share Bobbi’s Success Story!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Oh this is a long but good story! I actually wrote these stories years ago and they got lost for about 10 years; out of sight and out of mind. A series of events occurred, starting with a dream, which turned into a painting, which then landed in a massive “Aha moment” when the stories were rediscovered. The similarities between the dream, the painting, and the story The Princess and The Whale were so full of synchronicity, it couldn’t be ignored; I knew I had to publish. Regular publishing deals are few and far between these days, so I did my research and decided to self publish.
What is your “WHY” behind your business/being an entrepreneur?
When I write, or am creating something, it’s when I feel my most authentic self. When this story reappeared after so many years of being completely gone, I was feeling lost and alone and very small, and had no idea what to do with my life. The path I was on to become a holistic nutritionist was no longer ringing true for me. Discovering the stories (Princess Madison and the Land of Nohitum is coming this year!) and putting this book together made me feel the most alive I’d felt in years… and holding the finished book in my hands? Priceless.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The flexibility and balance are pretty cool at the moment. And I own the story – in a typical publishing deal a publisher would have more rights to make changes, which could change the vision I have for the book.
Can you describe a typical day?
It’s early days yet for me. There is still so much to be done and more trade show venues to be tapped into. On a trade show day, its about setting up and telling people the story behind the story. People love a good story, and while the story of The Princess and The Whale is fantastic and getting great reviews from those who have bought and read it, it’s often the story behind the story that gets people to actually buy it.
Who do you count on for help?
Both of my daughters are older now (18 and 19) and are pretty good about helping me out when needed. And I have a great community of friends that jump in when I need an extra hand.
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at home for work? Or vice versa?
My time on Social Media has increased significantly and after being a stay at home mom for so many years, it has sometimes been hard for my kids to understand why my nose is in my phone all the time.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
A day off usually means a hike for me. Being out on the trail helps ground me and reduces stress.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
Well I don’t have a Magic 8 Ball, but I have every reason to believe that the book will continue to sell because it has a beautiful and authentic message for girls, and for everyone really. Princess Hannah has taught me that a moment of bravery changes everything, so every time I start to fear, her story helps me step past that and believe in what I’ve done with her story. The whale reminds me that I’m bigger than I think I am and can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
Any tips for women thinking of starting a business?
Make sure whatever drives you into business is something that you are passionate about and truly believe in; that it fits with your vision for your life, and meshes well with your values which are different for everyone. It’s the only way you’ll be able to get out of bed in the morning to tackle what needs to be done for it everyday.