If you've been following the blog for a while you know the story behind Hip Mountain Mama as we have done a few updates here to talk about what is happening in our own lives. To celebrate our second anniversary we decided to give you another update.
Suzy was a stay at home mom who rarely stayed at home. She became an Attachment Parenting Leader and founded a local Attachment Parenting Group among many other activities to stay busy. In the summer of 2008 Suzy decided that she wanted to follow her dreams of making the world a better place through promoting natural, organic, and handmade products. She approached her husband, who was a commercial loan officer at a bank, with her idea. Andy had been trained to assess small business risk but just thought this was another one of Suzy's wild ideas. Luckily, Andy had always had a dream of owning a small business and decided to let Suzy give it a shot.
Suzy began calling companies that she knew and started building a website. Within two weeks of deciding that she was going to go for it. The LLC was set up, a logo was drawn, the website was live, and boxes of inventory started piling up in the basement. Suzy sent a basic email out to about 40 friends and family members announcing the opening of her company and her dream of selling quality natural products came to life.
As friends told friends, we learned to use social media sites, and we experimented with some advertising the business started to grow and grow. Andy continued to work his 40 hours per week at the bank and then would stay up at night doing the accounting, inventory, and whatever else to help ease the strain on Suzy who still kept her children as the primary focus of her day.
A few times the work became too much for one person and Suzy called Andy at the bank and said, "I can't do this. It's too much work". Andy knew that Hip Mountain Mama had a lot of potential because it had a leader who was passionate about natural products and with an honorable mission of truly helping the earth by promoting green products and helping other small businesses succeed, it was too important to give up.
While Andy's mother was proud when he reached the title of Vice President, it never meant anything to him because it wasn't his dream. His dream had always been to own a small family business. Andy quit the bank in November 2009 and Hip Mountain Mama because a true family business.
Since then, it's been the time of our lives. This summer we have enjoyed camping, hiking, playing in the river, water slides, music festivals, and lazy days at the pool. We work hard but we structure the day so that we can play even harder. Having mom and dad work at home has been wonderful for our daughters. They can usually talk one of us into taking a pool break or we may all choose to spend a Tuesday at the river together.
Now don't get me wrong, there are times where we wonder if we are doing the right thing. Every month or so we talk about one of us looking for a job, even a part time job, just in case. But when you are chasing your dream and having a blast you can't give it all up for the security of working for someone else.
Honestly, in August of 2008 we never thought we would be celebrating a two year anniversary at the end of the best summer of our lives. This is all so much more that we could have asked for and we couldn't have done it without such great friends, fans, and customers.
We know we have succeeded because we have inspired others to live greener lives through our One Small Change Project, helped many small businesses including stay at home moms by selling their products, and we have met so many awesome people.
Thanks again and stay tuned as we've got some even bigger plans for next year!
Andy & Suzy
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