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Featured Mompreneur: The Bohemian Mama- Vivian Brinkman

Moms on a Mission, in collaboration with Newsymom, is pleased to introduce our featured mompreneur of the week, Vivian Brinkman of The Bohemian Mama!

The Bohemian Mama is your home for lovingly hand crafted all natural personal care products and remedies. Made with the finest ingredients to ensure healthy, nourished skin without the use of preservatives, chemicals, toxins, artificial colors, fragrances or fillers.

Each product in our growing line has been created to aid/support the body’s natural healing process with a mineral, herb, or plant based oil. Formulation is guided by our passion of continuously studying botanicals. Each product is made in small batches in Diamond, Ohio finished with a prayer and blessing.

Our mission is to Inspire, Empower, and Equip women to live a more passion filled, purposeful life. We do this by hosting events through out the year to help create connections and educate. We also empower women by giving back a percentage of our profit to local women in need in our community.

Full Interview Transcript

Introduction

Amy: Hello, newsy mom community! My name is Amy and I am a content contributor for Newsymom, the founder of Moms on a Mission and owner of Simplify Me by AT. Moms on a Mission has teamed up with Newsymom to bring you this exciting series featuring local mom owned businesses. With me today, I have the Bohemian Mama Vivian Brinkman! Welcome Vivian! I’m so excited that you’re here with us today!

Vivian: Hi, Amy. Thank you so much for having me here. I’m so excited to share!

Vivian’s Story

Amy: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What made you develop the Bohemian mama?

Vivian: Yeah. Well, so Bohemian mama started off as actually just my Instagram name as I was a stay-at-home mom for 17 years with my two boys.

I would use that Instagram vantage to share my journey with my kids. I have two boys that are college age now, but one of my boys had challenges mentally and emotionally. So I used that page a lot to share some of those challenges that we were going through with him and some of the things that we were using to help him which were a lot of natural remedies, a lot of therapies, a lot of eating right.

When they got to high school, it was time for me to transition into figuring out what I was going to do as a grownup. So I took my passion for caring and loving for my family, and turned it into caring and loving for community around me. That’s where Bohemian mama came from.

The Bohemian Mama Business

Amy: So tell us a little bit more about your business. What type of products do you make? What do you have? You have a whole variety of things. So tell us about some of them.

Vivian: I make things that I like to call them products with a purpose. So everything I do is all natural and it’s made with some kind of mineral or that’s going to enhance your body’s needs in some way, shape, or form.

And again, I came up with that idea because we were all created on purpose for a purpose. And so you’ll see that weaved in, through my whole business and everything that I do.

On the back of my business card, you’ll see a verse, Revelations 22:2 that says, “the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nation.” That was my inspiration for using natural products to support our bodies and help heal a nation.

The first thing that I made, because I couldn’t unlearn what I learned about store-bought deodorants, was an all natural deodorant that has magnesium in it because I’m a huge magnesium advocate.

And you’ll see again, that in a lot of my products, because magnesium is one of the third leading minerals in your body and is responsible for over supporting over 300 different reactions. This was something that helped my son who has ADHD and dyslexia, because it helps promote calmness and focus, and it helps with, anxiety and so many different issues.

So using it as a deodorant where there’s a lot of lymph nodes, helps absorb it into the bloodstream. We also make a magnesium body butter, which is just something that you can use daily from head to toe because whatever you put on your skin will absorb into your bloodstream.

Then I went into my herbal remedies. Arnica magnesium, is a pain reliever that goes down to a muscular level and helps with any kind of pain and inflammation. And if you ever do any research on arnica, you’ll see it was used back in the day for labor.

What I love about arnica is it’s not a masker of pain, but it actually creates blood flow in that muscle tissue to help repair muscle tissue damage. So it’s something that’s actually helping you not hiding the issue.

Challenges

Amy: Yes. As mompreneurs, we face some very unique challenges. What challenges or obstacles have you overcome to get where you are?

Vivian: Yeah, I could spend a lot of time on this one. First and foremost, I think that a lot of women just deal with anyway, is the imposter syndrome.

Okay, who am I to do any of this? Who am I for anybody to pay attention to? Anything that I have to say, who am I to have this opportunity here on with you on Newsymom, to even share my story? Huge obstacle for me to overcome. I got married pretty young. I didn’t go to school. All I knew from a very young age my passion was to take care of people.

I’m a nurture and that’s what I wanted to do. And so I was a young mom and there were a lot of obstacles to overcome with that as far as my identity. Then everybody else was like, well, what else do you do? I’m like, do you understand this full-time job? 

So that, that one was a really big one for me. The other was because I had been doing it for 17 years. My house was running like a well-oiled ship. So when I switched my energy to running a business, it was really hard for my family to adjust. So really finding that balance between running a business, running a household, having relationships, and self care.

I felt like I was failing at life and letting somebody down, which not good place for me. I think it’s something that we’ve all been there at one point or another. It’s really a juggle at times. So yes, that’s where I’m bringing in help for me. I realized right away, as a stay at home mom, how important it was to have a tribe and have a village to help you raise your children.

And that’s not something you’d ever want to do alone. So why would you do that? Running a business alone? So that’s where there were a lot of things that running my household and being a stay at home mom, really helped me be an amazing business owner because I was like, wait, these were tools that I already learned.

And so why am I trying to unlearn them in running a business? So really partnering up with other people that do things just as well or better than you. Find the people that are rock stars at the things that you want to get accomplished and let them do it.

Letting go of doing my bookkeeping. I hired a bookkeeper right away in the beginning of my business and, you know, just asking for help when I needed help like that.

Amy: And that’s so important but so hard to do. To ask for help, because I think we’ve been conditioned to think that we can do it all.

We shouldn’t be doing it all. Like you said, why not get these people that are rock stars of what they do? I started to outsource some things this year too, and it’s just made such a difference what they can get it done in two hours. They excel at it, and it would have taken me weeks to do a simple task because I procrastinate or the kids are interrupting me.

I just don’t have that dedicated time for the desire to do something like that. It’s a great point and I’m so thankful you brought that up.

Vivian: If you had the opportunity to partner with another small business, that’s able to do it, it’s a win-win situation because then you’re just again, supporting each other.

Resources and Advice for Mompreneurs

Amy: Exactly. And that’s what it’s truly all about. We’re in a very unique position as mompreneurs. Do you have any resources that you’ve utilized over the years to help you or, or different things you can recommend to other mompreneurs?

Vivian: Yeah, definitely. In the last few years, one of my girls that helps me behind the scenes, introduced me to an online program or app called Trello.

Do you know about Trello? Trello has been a game changer for me.

So Trello has been huge because my husband, who is also my partner in business, he is a freelance graphic designer. He was able to like make the packaging look so beautiful and to take like the vision that I had inside my head and put it out there.

We have a board for him when something needs redesigned, or we need to make an ad, like we did for Newsymom, or if we’re updating a label or something like that. We have a board for each project that we have going on. It helps keep everything so organized and then you can invite different people onto there.

So that’s something that’s really been huge. Plus I grabbed a couple books. The E-Myth says why most small businesses don’t work and what to do about it.

It’s a book about how you come up with this idea and something that you love to do. Like maybe you love to organize. And so you’re like, let’s turn it into business. A lot of times why that fails because it’s this thing that we love to do. Once it becomes a business, we resent it and it becomes a frustration because we don’t use some of the tools or resources or look at it as a business, but we look at it as a hobby.

And so it really breaks down like how to make that transition it from a hobby to a business really beautifully. So this opened my eyes.

My mission with Bohemia Mama is not just to be a product maker, but my products are more of a bridge to get between me and people that need are in need of something; body, mind, or spirit. 

We do retreats yearly annually called awakening your soul retreats, and we take women away for a weekend. I create a platform for other women to come in and speak on wellness, whether it’s physical, mental, emotional. We’ve had yoga instructors there, functional medicine doctors there, life coaches, and different things like that.

That’s important to me because that just really something magical happens when you take women away from their lives so important to them. The first time I did it in 2017, I thought,  I’m going to teach us to go out, to eat healthy, and we’re going to inspire them. In reality, I was the one that received that weekend. I was one that felt whole and like I was poured into that weekend.

And then there’s also the mission. We’re very mission-minded and giving back. And so I felt like I was creating my own wheel when I started my business.

I felt like there’s no other business like this out there. This doesn’t make sense. I’m scatterbrained. I’m going in too many different directions until I found the book Love Heals by Becca Stevens, the founder of Thistle Farms. Their product lines make all natural personal care products using herbal remedies. They started their business kind of like I did, in the basement.

What they do is they minister and help women that have been in human trafficking. And so they have a nonprofit organization in which human trafficking victims live on their property for three years, work for Thistle Farms and make products. They get free housing, therapy, but you know, like all of this education.

And  I won’t give away too much of the book cause I know it’s not all about Thistle Farms but it gave me a vision for where we’re able to go with this dream of what we’re doing is that we’re not recreating the wheel. We’re never recreating the wheel. There’s always somebody out there doing what we did.

So being able to find this was kind of a roadmap to use and what our future could actually hold for us. So that was really exciting.

There’s lots of podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis that helped me stay focused on my business that are very inspiring. Charlene Johnson, Louis Taos always has the most amazing people that he interviews that are inspiring. Christine Caine has the soulful entrepreneur.

Amy: There’s just so many wonderful podcasts out there. We’re so lucky that, in this age, we’re able to share this information with each other. I’d much rather listen to a podcast than anything on the radio, because it’s the same song over and over and over.

Vivian: Yeah, exactly right. I think it’s just the need to hear other people’s perspectives. Like he said, you know, you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel. I think as women, we overthink things and we make it more complicated than it has to be. 

Conclusion

Amy: Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share your story with our community! So if somebody wants to find your products, how can we find them? so

Vivian: First you can find us at https://thebohemianmama.guru that will take you to our website. We have a shop on there with all of our products are in there. And then if you go to our village page, you’ll also see we have 15 local shops that carry our products. If you go to our event page on the website, you’ll see where I’m popping up. I love doing markets because I love going out there and connecting with our followers and just meeting new people.

So get on that page and just see where we’re going to be next because beause I want to meet you!

We also have a coupon code on the Newsymom website deals page, you can find information on that.

Amy: Vivian, thank you so much for joining us.

Follow Along!

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