How Buddha Babe’s Founder Stands for Working Moms
Motherhood is all about balance. Philly mom turned entrepreneur Tina Dixon Spence has fully embraced the juggling act by taking things into her own hands – literally. As the founder of Buddha Babe, a line of sustainable pieces for little ones, she’s found a way to combine style and comfort as well as her own goals with the demands of being a mama. Here she shares why she’s taken a stand for families by perusing her dream.
Being a full time mom and entrepreneur is no easy feat, how do you do it all?
I love being independent. It’s important to me to contribute to my family’s bottom line. Creating a stylish product with my own hands for other mothers so that they can feel comfortable and discreet and shameless while feeding their babies in public is meaningful work to me. This is feminism at work in my daily life.
You’ve dropped our FWord (feminism), are there others that you identify with?
Fierce. To me, being Fierce means being fearless. Jumping first and asking for a parachute later. Standing up for what you desire, what you believe and standing behind your successes and failures.
Agreed! How do you bring this fierceness home and take steps towards gender equality?
Trying to reach gender equality begins in my own home. The thought that my work is just as important, the understanding that my schedule and deadlines are real, and childcare and home care are shared responsibilities. I have heard so many stories from other “mompreneurs” about being devalued and having their work considered arbitrary. Cancelling appointments and changing schedules and bartering over childcare responsibilities. I am trying to break through those barriers in my own life, so that I can be an inspiration to others one day.
Speaking of inspiration…who inspires you?
I am forever inspired and guided by the words of Audre Lorde: “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” I am also a member of a Philadelphia-area networking group called “Bizzy Mamas.” We are all female entrepreneurs – attorneys, artists, designers, photographers. I admire these women because individually and collectively they demonstrate courage, tenacity and leadership. The group is a constant source of advice, support – we collaborate on projects and celebrate our successes while consoling on those down days that we all face from time to time.
Any last pieces of advice you can share with our followers?
Be authentic. Take the time to find out who you are and what makes you unique instead of conforming. Define yourself for yourself.