MomViews: Seize The Opportunity


Finding the right time to go after your dreams might sound nearly impossible when you’re surrounded by task after task. In this MomViews segment, mompreneur Emma Bates shares her thoughts on how she’s been able to make the most of out the opportunities that have come her way.

MomViews: Congrats on all that you’ve accomplished so far. I love that you mentioned not having a college degree. Although I did receive a BA, I’ve always said that college isn’t for everyone, nor is it necessary for a successful life. You hit the nail on the head with this line: “I am creative and driven to achieve my dreams.” What are some of the ways you keep yourself focused on your goals?

Emma Bates: I love to make lists of my goals and break them down into smaller pieces to keep myself moving forward. This year, I created a free Goal Setting Workbook and shared it on my blog so others can work with me. I also started creating a vision board for a visual representation of my goals for the future. It is important to keep looking at the big picture and not get too caught up in the smaller goals.

MV: Although you share your accomplishments on your blog, you also mention your failures. Are there any lessons you’ve learned from the things that might not have gone the way had planned?

EB: So many lessons! Failure is one of the best teachers and I have had my share of failures! One of my biggest lessons has been to just keep moving forward. Don’t let a failure make you give up on your dreams, it might not work out the way you planned but that just means you have to rework your ideas and try something new. I tried to create an online canning supply store and the failure of that lead to my working as a VA and then to start my blog, so it was a good learning experience after all.

MV: What challenges did you face when you first started your VA services?

EB: Finding clients, being confident in my abilities, making sure I had appropriate contracts and pricing… so like everything! I was lucky that my first client was a relative so he cut me a lot of slack as I got things figured out. Now I feel pretty good about what I offer and have had some great clients who I have helped succeed in their own businesses.

MV: How do you define success?

EB: Success is feeling fulfilled in my work. I love helping other people and both my blog and my work as a VA is focused on helping other people build up their businesses.

MV: What tips can you offer other moms who are looking to seize opportunities when they reveal themselves?

EB: Do it scared! Don’t let fear stop you from seizing an opportunity. It is never the right time, you will never be fully ready, so just jump in and get started!

Join me next week for another installment of MomViews, thoughts from moms like you!



  1. Tyler

    November 30, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    I love that they defined success as fulfillment. I think society forgets that too often. Thanks for this interview I got a lot out of it!

    1. Fatima Torres

      November 30, 2016 at 1:52 PM

      You’re welcome. And yes, Emma brought up some really good points about being a self-starter.

    2. Emma | KidsCashandChaos

      November 30, 2016 at 2:12 PM

      I am so glad you got something out of the interview Tyler! You are right, I think many people forget to reach for fulfillment in their lives.

  2. Emma | KidsCashandChaos

    November 30, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Thanks so much for the interview Fatima!

  3. Sandra Crespo`

    November 30, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    This was awesome ty!!! Always go for an opportunity even when we are scared!!! YES YES YES! So true because most people don’t go for an opportunity that is knocking on their door because they let fear take over its so mind blowing to me and sad. Love this keep them coming!

  4. Aish Das-Padihari

    November 30, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    What a great post. I learned so much.

  5. Amber Myers

    November 30, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    This is such a great interview! I agree with just jumping in and getting started.

  6. Jane Porterfield

    November 30, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Fear can stop us in our tracks… But, if you make a good plan and set goals around what scares you the most and take the first leap, you’ll be astonished by what you can accomplish. A few years ago, I didn’t have a clue how to build a list or what a blog was. I learned all that and was even able to author my own first ebook… that was AWESOME! I had to jump in both feet first, keeping my fear in my back pocket and hope at the forefront. Thanks for the great interview.

  7. kimberly C.

    November 30, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Great segment. I so get when she said not to let failure stop you. Love that. Can’t wait till the next segment.

  8. Eleanor

    December 1, 2016 at 12:31 AM

    Lists!! This is something I really really need to do. Every successful person I know uses lists to be more productive and track goals. I’m not a mother but I really admire the support and encouragement you’re giving to them specifically in this post. Really inspirational and informative.

  9. Meeta

    December 1, 2016 at 2:49 AM

    Like Emma’s opening statement – i find making a list of the big goals or tasks and breaking them down very helpful and has made me take leaps forward. Great article!

  10. Laura

    December 1, 2016 at 5:01 AM

    It looks like you enjoy being a VA. It was nice to read more about you.

  11. Sonya Kolodziejska

    December 1, 2016 at 6:18 AM

    Too true, you do not need a degree to be a successful person. Lists are also my saviour, they help me get things done.

  12. Ourfamilyworld

    December 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    I love to read this.. Your blog will help me to gain ideas.. Thank you for sharing this.

  13. Jenni Petrey

    December 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    This is a great post and a wonderful interview.

  14. Elizabeth O.

    December 1, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Being a mom is never the end of the line, we can still pursue our dreams! I think it’s amazing that she never gave up on hers, she’s an inspiration!

  15. ellie

    December 1, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    I have a degree and I certainly didn’t end up doing anything to do with it, I wouldn’t say it helped me as much as the skills I learned from jobs that I had from 16 years old. Still It is good to show that you went for that extra higher level of education, good on a CV/ Resume. I like to make lists of my goals and objectives too. I think the most important thing you can do is just to go for it if the opportunity for something you want is presented to you! Great segment.

  16. Carol Cassara

    December 1, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    I admire mothers who have followed through with their dreams regardless of their busy schedules! There’s really no excuse for anything especially when it comes to reaching for your dreams in life!

  17. Amanda

    December 1, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    what a great interview! Well done!

  18. MJ

    December 1, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Love her tips especially her suggestion to not let fear stop you, so, so true!
    XO, MJ

  19. ohmummymia

    December 1, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Wonderful interview! It’s so nice to read something that can inspire 🙂

  20. CourtneyLynne

    December 1, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Omg love this!!!! I was one of those moms who waited for the right moment… then after a while realized there is no such thing… went for my dream… and now here I am a few years later with my dream job making legit income from it! You just gotta go after things sometimes

    1. Fatima Torres

      December 2, 2016 at 11:44 AM

      Exactly! And you’re doing a fabulous job at it. I love reading your party decor ideas. They’ve helped me get more creative.

  21. Jill Conyers

    December 1, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Why not seize the opportunity! What’s the worst thing that can happen? Go for it!

  22. Ashlea

    December 1, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    What a great interview. I love how she says just do it.

  23. Erin @ Stay at Home Yogi

    December 2, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    Great post! I love her definition of success and how she views failure as a teacher! So wise 🙂

  24. victoria

    December 2, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Sounds like you had a good interview! and such a very informative post

  25. Adrienne

    December 2, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Do it scared….excellent article and terrific advice. Thank you.

  26. Bill S

    December 2, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    What a fun interview! I love to read about other bloggers and how they got their start, and what where they want to go.

  27. Hey Sharonoox

    December 2, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    That’s a lovely interview and inspiring! Can’t wait to see the next segment.

  28. Rosey

    December 3, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    That is wonderful that you had a relative to help in the beginning. I am glad things are going so well!

  29. MJ

    December 4, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Love how so many women are embracing the world of online entrepreneurship and creating ways to work while raising their kids.
    XO, MJ

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