Our readers want to get to know you first, tell us about YOU what is your story?
I am a single mom of six wonderful kids- five girls and one boy! My friends say I am a jack-of-all trades because I juggle many different jobs besides being a full time parent. I work full time as a high school Criminal Justice/Law teacher for a local ISD, and I also teach law classes for an online school. In addition to teaching law, I instruct court appointed courses on substance abuse and battered intervention to those who have been mandated to take these classes by the courts. My biggest accomplishment though has been starting my own Private Investigation-Process Serving company in the DFW metroplex.
When I am not working, I am finishing my graduate degree in Criminal Justice. For fun, other than going to garage sales and second-hand stores, you can find me spending time at my kids’ softball tournaments, volleyball games, track meets, art shows or football games.
Now let’s talk business, what do you do? Have you always wanted to have your own business- what inspired you to go down this journey?
I always hear people say they want to become a private investigator for different reasons. It’s definitely important to understand your ‘why’ in becoming a private investigator and what is the driving force behind what you do, how hard you work, the integrity you have in the profession, and what pushes your through the hard times that come in this occupation.
In short, for me, I decided to open a PI business not only because I find the work exciting and rewarding but to also help me support six kids as a single parent. I also want to model to my children that as a woman anything is possible if you set your mind to it. They, my children, were and still are the motivating reasons why I studied hard for the management exam, I push myself daily, and never settle for defeat in my dream of running a successful business and taking care of them.
What advice do you have for moms who want to start a business?
Life is full of lessons, what has motherhood taught you?
Motherhood has taught me that life isn’t about being easy. If it was easy, it would be dull and non-serving. Being a mom, a parent, is hard work. Just like with owning a company, it takes getting up every morning and putting your best foot forward. It’s not about having the best things or being June Cleaver. As a mom, you’re going to make mistakes; plenty of them. But it’s in the valleys of your life, you learn. You learn a lot about yourself and that God is using your imperfections to mold you into the person and mother He wants you to be. And you got to give yourself credit, even on the hard days. Keep it simple on some days and enjoy the little things. Just like in business, everything isn’t always going to go as planned and that is okay. One of the best parts about children is that they are so loving and forgiving; at the end of the day, unlike customers and clients who expect 100% perfection, your children don’t need perfection. They really do get it. They get that you’re doing your best and that is enough for them!