Meet Sabrina, Founder of Mommies, Meetings & Mimosas, but most importantly momma of Baby B
Name: Sabrina Chapman
Kid(s): Brighton (aka Baby B!)
Official work title and company: Owner, Perspective Marketing. Founder of Mommies, Meetings & Mimosas, a radio show, podcast, and blog.
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Tell us more about your company/the company you work for? (How you got started, where
did the idea come from, how it has grown to the success it is today, etc.)
I’ve been in marketing and journalism for over 10 years. About 2 years ago, I was inspired to start my own marketing business Perspective Marketing because I was tired of the 9-5 grind and wanted more flexibility to travel. Two weeks a year just wasn’t cutting it. We started with 1 client and have grown to a successful team, working on projects from Las Vegas, Scottsdale, LA, NYC, and the Hamptons. I founded the show Mommies, Meetings & Mimosas because I wanted to connect with other like-minded working moms and hear and share their stories.
What has been your biggest challenge as a working mom? Your biggest reward?
Loneliness and overcoming the stigma. We’ve come a long way since Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, but there are definitely still stereotypes and misconceptions. I have been in client pitch meetings and had clients not want to work with us because I’m a single working mom. But then I’ve had clients, usually, other working moms, such as Molly O’Bryant who owns A Touch of Lash in Las Vegas, who are my best clients and I literally love working on their accounts.
My biggest reward of being a mom - how could I name just one! Baby B’s big beautiful eyes looking up at me the first time he tried mango and his smile when he reaches milestones, such as crawling or pushing himself up all by himself. Unconditional love as a mom is the best feeling in the world.
Where do you think working mom guilt comes from and how can women overcome it?
Mom guilt comes from this unrealistic mindset that many people in our country are in and the judgment of moms. We never talk about “dad guilt” or would even think it’s a thing really. I feel mom guilt, I feel it all the time. My postpartum has definitely been challenging emotionally. But for me, I overcome it because I know that if I don’t work, well Brighton wouldn’t have a place to live or food to eat. If I don’t do things to take care of myself, such as yoga, meditation, the occasional spa visit, I won’t be in my best mindset to give my best to my baby, my business and my clients. As moms, working or stay-at-home, we are so hard on ourselves and it’s important to practice self-love, self-care and give ourselves a break.
What would be your time-saving tip for your fellow working moms?
Lashes - I get my lashes done every 2-3 weeks. The process takes an hour, but it saves me hours during the week because I spend 5 mins or less on make-up in the morning and it’s out the door.
Who or what gives you your daily dose of inspiration?
I started my own radio show Mommies, Meetings & Mimosas so I could connect with like-minded working moms. It’s been the best therapy to hear that I’m not alone, that there are other women going through similar struggles, stigmas, and rollercoasters, and feel empowered by their successes. On the show, we’ve had Lindsay Pinchuk, founder of Bump Club & Beyond, Emmy Kasten Editor-in-Chief of Vegas Magazine, and the very own Melissa & Brittany of Chaotic Commute!
What was the best advice a momma mentor in your life gave you?
You do you, unapologetically. My biggest momma mentor has been our client Molly. She has two beautiful daughters and is a working entrepreneurial mom owning one of the most successful lash businesses in Vegas. We signed her when I was eight months pregnant. I brought Brighton to our meetings when he was 4 weeks old and from then on. This doesn’t work with every client, of course, but it helped me with the mindset of yes, I can do this, I’m proud to be a working mom.
If you go back in time and give one piece of advice to yourself as a young mother, what would it be?
If I could send a message to myself I would say… I love you and I'm proud of you. You grew another human and birthed him. How amazing is that? Take a deep breath, I know you are constantly worried about if he is breathing, if he is happy, if he is healthy, wondering if your stomach will ever bounce back. I see the tears that stream down your face after he's been crying for hours on the 90th day when you’ve not had more than 2 consecutive hours of sleep. I feel the moment you are like I have poo in my fingernails, milk stains on my shirt... will I make it?! You will and they are beyond worth it, because this is raw, unedited real life. Breathe in and savor it because it will pass and you may miss the beauty of his gorgeous little smiles, his first tooth, and so much more. There will be times, maybe many times that you feel like you arebarely getting by, drowning even, you aren't, you are killing it. Find your breath and continue to believe in yourself.
If you could have a theme song for a “day in your life” what would it be?
I open the show with Fatboy Slim’s Praise You… “ We've come a long, long way together Through the hard times and the good I have to celebrate you, baby.” And it’s something that I always have in the back of my mind. It’s hard to not get caught up in the fatigue, the drama, the anger I still have with his father not being involved, the anger of friends who I thought were my friends, but when I really needed them weren’t there. But then I’m like you know what, these moments are too precious and fleeting. We are going to celebrate this journey.