Meet Leta Hamilton. She is an author, radio show host and motivational speaker. Read about what drove her to start her business, the challenges she faces and her advice to moms who are interested in starting her own business.
Tell us about your business and the service that you provide.
Through the platform of radio, I provide real maintenance tools for real moms. I am a mom to three little boys who are currently 1,3 and 5 years old. I went from being an Executive Assistant of a CEO in Private Equity to downsizing my life to a part time job after the birth of my first child. I truly went from the business suit to comfy sweat pants and I completely had to reevaluate how I measured my self-esteem now that I was no longer bringing in any income. I started reading every self-help/personal empowerment book I could check out from the library or listen to on tape (I would go through the used books on tape in the thrift stores to save money). However, these books were by and large written by men and none of them with a 1 and 3 year old child to attend to. I thought, “there has to be a better way”. I made the conscious decision to start paying more attention to my kids from a spiritual perspective to see what lessons they could be teaching me for the keys to inner peace and greater fulfillment. After all, I was spending so much time with them anyway. It seemed like a great way to enrich my spiritual quest and be mentally “present” with my kids while we carried out the daily tasks of living. I put the laptop up on the kitchen counter and, literally, with baby attached to breast, started writing down everything they were teaching me. After a move and a new baby, I began the process of looking for a publisher. Once the book was published, I began marketing myself as a public speaker. I also started doing many local radio show interviews. I was offered the position of host on one of the shows on which I was interviewed and accepted. Now I network, market and promote my book, speak at events and host my radio show. I help moms write their own Mission Statement for Motherhood and have a D-I-A-P-E-R for Life Strategy I teach. My radio show goes out to 1.3 million listeners and is called “The Way of the Toddler Hour.” I am privileged to be a part of the I’m Thankful Network, which sponsors my show. I blog about the spiritual lessons I am learning all the time from my kids. It really is the ultimate in work/life balance because my kids provide me with the material for my career as author, radio show host and motivational speaker.
How did you decide to get started?
How have you been able to manage your time between work and your family?
It is an ebb and flow. Some weeks are better than others. I always make time to write every day no matter what. When I am with my kids I stop thinking about everything that needs to be done and stay focused on being in the present with them. I pray ceaselessly, giving all my worries and concerns over to a higher power. I practice humility. I strive for patience. I remind myself constantly that life is a journey, not an end goal. I am grateful for each and every thing that happens, even the “bad” or frustrating stuff, because everything is an opportunity to learn and to face, ultimately conquering, my fears. Also, trust is key. Without it, I am lost before I even start.
What has been the most effective way for you to promote yourself?
Networking is a HUGE part of what I do. The more I network, the easier promoting myself becomes.
What does your “Milk Money” provide for you and your family?
My “Milk Money” provides self-esteem, a sense of accomplishment and a feeling that I am fulfilling my potential and purpose as a human being on this planet. For my children, they see me loving my life, loving what I do, living in joy and embracing and valueing authentic power. Likewise for my husband. As a newly established business entity what I earn is quickly reinvested into the growth and expansion of this message to which I am deeply committed for my sake, my children’s sake and the sake of mothers and their children all across the world.