Happy Wednesday, millennials!
I hope that you were able to keep busy during my blog hiatus. I’m excited to finally be back and continue sharing the stories of amazing millennials who are bringing their dreams to life!
A little change moving forward: MOAM spotlights will come twice a month, and not the usual four times a month. This way, you’ll have a little more time to get to know each of the amazing millennials featured.
This month’s first Millennial On A Mission is a young lady who loves kids so much, she has created a business to take care of them. Her business, Tiny Treasures Child Care, looks to provide clients with the ultimate child care experience during special events like weddings, parties and other “adult only” gatherings.
I’d like for you to meet Morgan Brown.
Born in Pasadena, California and raised in Northern Virginia, Morgan attended Old Dominion University where she studied political science and women’s studies. “After graduating in May 2014, I received a job at a government contracting company in the Washington D.C. area where I am now a Trade Compliance Specialist,” Morgan says. In March 2015, she launched a vision she has had since senior year of college, Tiny Treasures Child Care.
MOAM: What has inspired you to pursue your choice of career? Who are some individuals you admire in and out of your field of work? What challenges have you faced in building your business/brand, and what have you learned from them?
MB: Prior to graduating, I aspired to work in politics. The summer before my junior year, I was able to land an internship on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. I was excited to be immersed and get a taste of a career that I thought I wanted. By the end of the summer, however, I had a change of mind. So during my final semester in undergrad, I decided it would be in my best interest to become an entrepreneur. In my mind, having my own business would alleviate the stress of succumbing to the gender/race gap in wages that many fall victim to. It also meant that I could creatively have the ability to make a difference. I also wanted to wake up everyday devoting my time, energy, and efforts towards something that I genuinely love, and so Tiny Treasures Child Care was born.
I think my biggest challenge is self-promotion and building my clientele base. I believe I have a excellent company and idea, but it doesn’t mean anything if no one knows about it. So my challenge has been always finding affordable avenues of exposure for Tiny Treasures, ways in which I can get my target clientele to see that I exist, and then get them to use my services. The one thing that I have learned from experiencing these challenges is PATIENCE. Patience is key! Millennials are an instantaneous generation, and in business, instant gratification is hard to come by. You will have the highest of highs and the lowest of lows but at the end of the day, doing what you love is worth it!
There have been a number of women who have set a positive example, given me the tools and confidence to be the woman that I am today. But the biggest person I admire is my sister, Brittany. She is also chasing a “non-conventional” dream, and showed me early on what determination, perseverance, and hard work looks like.
Oprah Winfrey is also another woman I admire greatly While others might look at Oprah and see the money she has earned, I admire her for her heart. I am a firm believer in “to whom much is given, much is required.” I hope that with my success, I am able to do a fraction of the work Oprah has done for the world.
To Morgan, a Millennial On A Mission is an individual who chases passion over profitability. “Millennials On A Mission don’t have barriers or limitations in what it is that they can do,” Morgan says. “They dream BIG.” Her advice for her fellow millennial entrepreneurs? Have faith, believe in yourself and network. “Chasing dreams takes A LOT of courage,” Morgan exclaims. “The key to fulfilling your dream is to believe wholeheartedly. You create space for criticism and opinions, but take them with a grain of salt.” She also believes that it is important for millennials to surround themselves with like-minded people who share similar challenges. “I am always sharing my dreams and passions with others and finding ways to help those who do the same.”