The Story Behind TIKKO:
My son Dorian was the inspiration to my becoming an entrepreneur. At the age of 9 (in 2013) Dorian, who lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder, decided to send his plush polar bear Tikko™ out into the world to raise autism awareness. Since then Tikko’s travelled to over 54 countries, met celebrities, and touched the lives of many. Before early intervention, Dorian was aggressive with us; was kicked out of three pre-school daycares; had hour-long meltdowns throughout the day; lived in fear (of everything) and barely slept. After 4 years working with teachers, EA’s, specialists (we all had to be on the same page in regard to “strategies”) I was seeing a new Dorian – compassionate, funny, sweet and very loving. I thought of other families struggling at the beginning of their journey. By supporting Dorian’s campaign, I was also supporting them. Dorian’s dream to help other kids like him is inspiring… it touches all of us who know what it’s like to live with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Christine’s Words of Advice for Other Women Thinking of Starting a Business:
I often coach women on finding their “Divine Life Purpose”; their reason for “being”. For many, it’s “fear” holding them back from their dreams. Letting go of “fear”; envisioning success and believing it’s already a reality is the first step needed to embrace one’s true passion.
Having support and honesty from those around you is most important. You’ll be challenged along the way; you will make mistakes. Learn from them! You need those in your corner who are more frank than tactful; those who will push you out of your comfort zone in a supportive way. True friends see true potential. You are in the driver’s seat. Don’t rely on others to do the work for you. You are the one to make things happen!
If you’re a mom, take time to sit down with your husband and children. Explain what you’re trying to accomplish; how your success is their success. Many hours will be invested in starting your new business. Never say, “I’m doing this for you”. If it’s your dream; your passion, you’re doing it for yourself. Take time to listen; appreciating how your success can also benefit and enrich their lives. Include them; make it a team effort so no one feels neglected or less important.
Create a vision board and keep it in a place where you can view it each day with gratitude. Say affirmations.
“Thank you for making my business a success; allowing me “quality” time with my family in the process.”
Join us on March 3/4 in Toronto for The 2017 National Mompreneurs Conference, where we will announce all of our 2017 Mompreneur Award winners – LIVE at the event!