Did you leave a job to become an Entrepreneur?
No, I did not.
What is the name of your current project / company?
Gabby’s Space Adventure!
Please describe for us in 1 sentence your current project.
Gabby’s Space Adventure is a picture book about a hippo that wants to go to space and won’t let anyone tell her she can’t do it!
Where did the idea of your current project come from?
I think it’s important for kids to go for their wildest dreams and believe in themselves, even when the odds are against them.
Why do you do what you do?
I’m a mom, and although my children are almost all grown up, I still love to tell stories that teach little ones important values in life.
What’s the one thing you wish you could go back and tell your younger self?
Education is key! Listen and learn. Does this sound a bit cliché? It may, but this is what I would tell my younger self. Look, whether it be traditional college or a different avenue, you must gain knowledge by learning. I feel I should have listened more instead of jumping first. I have learned certain skills and knowledge because I learned to listen then act on the information I received. Be creative in learning, don’t just be that classroom student. Be that person that takes initiative and seeks other ways of hands on learning. Make those connections that will teach you something in real time. Also, please use your common sense in life (hoping you have common sense). Please forgive me if I sound rude. Your knowledge and common sense gives you the upper hand in life; It really does! Last, be creative don’t be that rule follower. I understand there may be certain times you must follow the rules but hell, please think differently by being creative. What you learn is something you can always pass on to another person; please do so.
What’s the most important piece of advice would you give to someone just starting?
Be persistent and detailed oriented. Also, have a hawk’s eye when viewing your work. Then have someone else look at your work that has the ability to see what you may have missed. I write children’s books. In the process, I know I have to be patient, detailed-oriented, creative and have a great imagination. I know I have all the skills but being patient is lacking, lol… Find help! Writing a children’s book is a long process and thensome. If you have the idea of a book in your head, start writing your worlds, no matter if it’s a scattered mess or spot-on. Write the words! Trust me, you will make changes up till the last image is complete. It may be a word, a sentence or a tweak on color, etc.