MOM BOSS MONDAY
As mothers, how many times does the thought of being unable to conceive cross our minds? To be honest, for me, hardly ever. Until I met this amazing woman along my motherhood journey. When I asked to feature Ann, I found out that she had yet to have children and is on a journey of her own. She has opened my eyes and made me even more aware of one of the many struggles women have to face, not to mention one of the most difficult. I have since become more appreciative of those who continue trying to conceive no matter how difficult the journey becomes. The motivation, love, and commitment you have is the foundation of motherhood. I have the utmost respect for those that are trying to conceive, and I want to thank them for being a constant reminder to never take my family for granted. Just because Ann does not have her bundle of joy yet does not make her any less of a MOM BOSS, so thank you, Ann, for sharing your story with us.
Ann Rocha the Mom Boss behind Simply Love YYC
I started my business as a distraction. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for two years now and I started up Simply Love in an effort to create a distraction. When you are trying to have a baby everyone tells you to relax, take a holiday, forget about it because it will “happen” when you least expect it. To be honest, in our situation, it will not be able to just “happen”. Unfortunately, in January I had to have surgery to remove one of my tubes and some endometriosis. Following that we started IVF.
In my true nature, I love to be busy!!! I had been working on my business for a while and I thought there was no better time than the present. Most people would not choose to start a business with all of that going on, however, for myself I felt like life had to go on and things are always going to come up and why should it stop me from following my dream.
I have always been able to sew. I took lessons as a young teen and followed fashion through high school, at one point I wanted to go to design school. I didn’t go to design school, however I continued to enjoy sewing and designing. I have made grad dresses, flower girl dresses and gowns for all occasions, plus just about any project I could get my hands on. I have made them with patterns and designed my own. I have always wanted to start up my own company and I thought why not start up a company doing something I love. Simply Love is all about Baby Clothing. I use organic knit fabrics created with low impact dyes. I chose to use organic fabrics with low impact dyes because I feel strongly about what you put next to a babies skin. I feel with all the pollutants out in the world we should be most cautious about what we are putting right next to the delicate skin of a child. I chose baby clothing because….well babies are cute!
Ann’s pregnancy struggle
As I mentioned above we have been struggling for over two years now. We have had surgery and we have unsuccessfully completed a round of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). We have unfortunately not overcome infertility and unfortunately many people struggle with this. In the United States 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility and in Alberta (where I am from) 1 in 6 struggle with some form of infertility. Infertility is more common that people think, its just not something people talk about.
We have been very open with our story because we feel that it is something that is not openly discussed and wanted to bring some light to the area. The great thing about being open is we have lots of love and support from family and friends, the downside is it hurts. People don’t understand about infertility and are uncomfortable with it, they often say things that are meant to be nice and helpful but they are really hurtful. My best advice for people who know someone struggling with infertility is to listen, it helps to have someone just listen and not give any advice and be there for when it gets hard.
Ann’s tip for those with Motherhood goals
Enjoy the journey…not always as easy as it seems, but enjoy every moment of your life and live it to the fullest. I honestly believe everything happens for a reason and we are not given things we cannot handle. It may not seem easy or fair all the time, however, we need to have faith that it will work out. You have to have a positive outlook. Not every day will be easy or sunshine and rainbows, however you will make it through. Pick yourself up and continue on your journey.
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