My mission has always been to help other moms pursue their goals and dreams, while still being a great mom (feel good without feeling guilty). So when I first started blogging, I had started a series called Real Moms, Real Talk. The whole purpose behind this series is to have a conversation with real moms from all different walks of life, who are going after what they want in life, and to get some tips on how they’re doing it.
Personally, I get inspired from the different moms I encounter, especially who are on their own entrepreneurial journey. They are amazing women, and they are showing the world that they can be great moms and great business women.
So I’m super excited to bring this monthly series back with one of my favorite moms. I’m blessed to call her friend and she’s just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. For the last five years, Pamela S. Jenkins has been the CEO/Founder of Koils By Nature, an all natural company specializing in hair and skincare. I first met Pam at the 2013 Blogalicious Conference and we immediately clicked. Her beautiful spirit and genuine love is infectious. And her products are simply amazing! Be sure to look out for her special holiday boxes because you don’t want to miss it!
Pam has a blended family of seven with two boys (Deontae 19 & Kendall 7) and three bonus children (Jabari 16, Ashante 15, Naday 10).
What inspired you to start your business and how did you know you discovered your purpose?
Pamela: Since I was a girl I knew I was going to work for myself….I’ve served in the United States Army, worked as a government contractor and employee and I knew I was put on this earth to do more than just be a computer engineer…I went natural in 2007, started looking at ingredients in the EXPENSIVE products I was using and wanted to make something excellent for our hair texture, but affordable!
Being a mompreneur is hard work. What habits or rituals do you do to keep you motivated to keep going?
What are your top 3 favorite productivity tools?
Pamela: My crockpot, my iPhone and HootSuite.
Can you share your best advice to aspiring mompreneurs on getting started or pushing through obstacles?
Pamela: Have a plan, write them down, make your vision clear and plain….vision boards and journals are excellent tools to get the vision “out of your head”. ONLY share your dreams with like minded people who will help you nurture your dreams, NO NAYSAYERS ALLOWED! When you’re starting you can get easily discouraged so don’t tell your dreams to Dream Killers! Try to find something to give to someone else to do. As mommies we tend to want to do it all….but if you can find ONE thing….hire a housekeeper, hire someone to do your laundry…it can make your life a bit easier.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your own business?
What do you love most about what you do?
What’s a fun fact that we won’t find in your bio about you as a woman?
I talk about self-care a lot. How do you make time to take care of yourself with so much on your plate?
Let’s talk products: What are your top products that your customers rave about and what are they best used for?
What do you want your children to say about you and Koils By Nature 30 years from now?
And there you have it! Thank you Pam for sharing your words of wisdom with us for the comeback of Real Moms, Real Talk!
What questions do you have for Pamela about being a mompreneur or about Koils By Nature? What keeps you motivated every day to continue to pursue your goals and dreams?
**All photos provided by Pamela Jenkins, Koils By Nature
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