It started as off-hand comments in conversation. How I could turn an idea into a full fledged to do list and business plan. After I started my blog I added social media to my list of things I'm proficient at (and enjoy). Â I'd always written but the blog made me "official". Â So, it was only a matter of time before things took shape.
And this is the reason I'm glad I was let go last September. Because that was probably the biggest blessing I'd received though things haven't exactly been easy. It propelled me forward to create a vision after I had a chance to breathe, grieve and rejoice. Â Out of these months of introspection, chatter with a lot of you, constant prayer with the Almighty and quality time with the frog princess, I have taken the plunge.
It hasn't been easy and it has been a long time in coming but, it is right on time. Â In a few short days I will be launching Mami Ink Media. Â My second baby. Â I will be offering some of these services that you may
already know about. Â But, I will be expanding on some of the services as well.
I wanted to tell you about the name. Originally, it was set to be Mami Inc Media. Â After setting up my FB page in advance of sending in my documents to register as a limited liability company (note: never do that!) it turns out I couldn't have the letters INC in the name of a company that's not a corporation. Sure, it makes perfect sense after I said that but before then, it had not even crossed my mind.
I rushed to get the name changed knowing that Lynne had already worked on the logo and would surely kill me. Â She didn't. As a matter of fact, she got to work on it as soon as I let her know the issue. Â Fast forward to maybe 10 days later. I am having lunch with my girl Regina and we are on Pinterest on my mamiPad (don't judge). Â She sees the original logo and compliments me on it. And there I go on a
rant about the name and how it had to be changed. Â Without batting an eye this woman says "oh man, too bad you didn't just change the C to a K! It would make sense to have it say Ink since you write and it would tie in to your services". Again: why did I not think of this?!?
I want this to serve as a reminder that sometimes we are too close to see the obvious (what is it that they say about forests and trees?). Â So off I went to buy my THIRD domain name and write to the powers that be explaining that I wanted a name change (and throwing in a check to prove I was serious).
I have Regina to thank for the name. I kicked myself a million times because if you've been following me for any extended period of time, that phrase "Mami Ink" may seem familiar since I wrote a post with the same name (several, actually) when I got my tattoo done at the beginning of the year. Â See, how things work sometimes?
I have no idea where this will take me. Â No clue as to how things will work out. But I know that I have to try. Make a concerted effort to live out my own dreams while helping others achieve theirs.
There will be all kinds of announcements, tweets, posts, etc when I launch this week but I just wanted to share the story of how this came to be. Â Because whether you realize it or not, you played a big part in getting me to this road that I am on. Â And I wanted to say thank you.
And if you need me to help you make your mark in the world, now you'll know where to find me.