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Mothers Doing What Mothers Do: Connect2Mums AusMumpreneur Conference

In August, I attended the annual Connect 2 Mums AusMumpreneurs Awards Conference.  There was somehing  that struck me about the conference and it’s taken me a while to work it out.  Then, it came to me: It’s about mothers doing what mothers do. It’s all about mothers loving their families whilst being creative, intuitive and resourceful. I was like “YES” this is what mothers do (all mothers that is).  We love our families, we meet needs, we are creative, intuitive and resourceful. We are mothers.

Many women I met at the conference left high profile jobs and traded a lower income for the opportunity to work around their family.  Some created products out of need and grew their business from there. Others were looking for a creative outlet from their regular work. They all had something in common: they sparkled when they talked because of the love for their family. Over and over, I heard the same message and it wasn’t “you can have it all” but rather “I love my family”.

I had the opportunity to chat to the 2010 AusMumpreneur winner, Antonette Golikidis (founder of Little Innoscents) and she told me of her desire to raise her children the way she was.  Her parents ran a small home business and, although home life was busy, they were together.  Antonette remembered thinking her childhood was rather boring; however, when she became a parent, she found herself wanting to recapture the togetherness of how she was raised, for her own children.

“So I work from home, and I get to look out my backyard window where the kids are digging up dirt and getting up to mischief – and I feel like I’m there with them – that’s exactly where I want to be and it’s probably one of the best things about what I do.”   – Antonette Golikidis

I encourage you to browse the businesses below (find more here) before you look elsewhere because you’re not just buying a product or service, you are buying passion and love. You’re not funding big company profits, you are supporting a family.

AusMumpreneur Awards in photos

1. Karen from Travel Managers  2. Shelly from Twist-id products  3. Lana from Aroma Play

4. Kelly from Be A Fun Mum  5.  Sally from Strawberry Jam Designs 6. Vicki from Lunalei 

7. Lisa from Koolaman Designs  8. Kim from Robinvale Estate  9. Carmen from InkPink Designs

10. Stacey from Koolaman Designs 11.  Alycia from Bookzkeeper  12. Kim from Swap Kids Clothes

13. Jo from The Toy Bug  14. Leisa from Bush Babies  15. Susan from Agoo

16. Marie from Secret Mummys Intuition  17.  Jodie from Kids Learning is Fun

8. Claudette from Connect 2 Mums  19. Cath from SquiggleMum 

20. Joh from Strawberry Communications 21. Liz from Latoriana 

22. Antonette from Little Innocents  23. Alina (PR for Little Innocents)

24. Katy from Connect 2 Mums  25. Nicole from Nicole Grant Occupational Therapy  

26. Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products  27. Wendy from Jazslings 

28. Monique from Your Cheeky Monkey 29. Peace from Connect 2 Mums 

30.  Hon. Karen Struthers MP Qld Minister for women Last photo: taken by Tanya of Love Bytes

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14 Comments

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    SquiggleMum
    September 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I love that last photo of us Kell. Tea, my friend? xx

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      September 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      Me too Cath, me too.

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      Louisa
      June 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      That photo is fantastic as is this whole post. You are so right Kel, Mothers doing what they do! love it!!

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    Katherine
    September 20, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    You look so gorgeous!

    Happy days and sunshine 🙂

    K xx

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    Peace Mitchell
    September 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    “There was something that struck me about the conference and it’s taken me a while to work it out. Then, it came to me: It’s about mothers doing what mothers do. It’s all about mothers loving their families whilst being creative, intuitive and resourceful. I was like “YES” this is what mothers (all mothers that is). We love our families, we meet needs, we are creative, intuitive and resourceful. We are mothers.”

    Kelly you are so right! Mums are amazing they live their lives with passion and with love! Thank you so much for this gorgeous post about our conference we loved having you there and your photos have captured the wonderful warm buzzing feeling that was in the room!
    Love Peace xx

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      September 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      You’re welcome. It’s all true! It was such a wonderful time… I loved it!

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    shelly
    September 20, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Wow what a great article and pictures! This community of mums is so supportive I loved getting to meet everyone and enjoy staying in touch. Thanks Kelly.

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    Susan
    September 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    You summed up the atmosphere so well Kelly.
    I was unable to find the words other than to say that I don’t think I have ever felt more supported or comfortable in a room of just women before.
    Thank you for your generosity in sharing this post and your time, and like you, I shop with my fellow mums before I spend my money elsewhere.
    You are a kind and sweet mum as well as a fun one! x

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      September 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

      Thanks honey… It was so lovely to meet you. You are beautiful, inside and out.

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