Aug. 16, 2017

Co-Founding a Business and a Home

It's 2 am in the morning. My middle kid just woke up screaming and, because I can tell one cry from another, I run with him to the bathroom, and he throws up his dinner. An hour prior, my older kid threw up all over the bedroom's hallway, and a little bit in the guest room, where we currently have guests staying. The baby is also sick, and woke up at the same time, screaming. It took me over an hour to put him back to bed, clean everything up, calm the older kid, bathe him and put him back to bed. I went to bed at 3 am, with all the kids sleeping in my bedroom, since they're sick and needy. No biggie. This could be the description of every other mom's daily life.

Except that in two days I'm launching the startup I'm co-founding. I had the idea for it coming back from the one-month appointment of my youngest kid. He just turned one a week ago, and this also marked a year of craziness, where I raised three energetic little boys and turned my idea into a business. This year I barely slept, I potty trained, I taught a kid how to read in two languages, I played Mario Kart more times than I can count, I was the Yellow (Power) Ranger, I sang lullabies, I told Bible stories, and I traveled abroad by myself with three kids. This year I also wrote a business plan, raised capital, learned my way around UX and wireframes, designed websites, made marketing campaigns, and became an entrepreneur.

How I did it all

I'm co-founding a business and a home. It's impossible to separate one from another. And it would also be absolutely impossible for me to do it, if it wasn't for the "co" in "co-founder." You see, this little word means that I didn't do it by myself. Co-founding my home without my awesome husband would be impossible. To start off, if it wasn't for him, the kids and I wouldn't have a roof over our heads, or food to eat while I embarked on this crazy "work all day, earn nothing" startup journey. But he's also my partner, the super-hero dad, the hard worker and the consultant for pretty much every thing I didn't know about when building my startup.

As for building City Catt, I had the honor and privilege of having my family buying the idea and joining me as Co-Founders. My ever restless aunt Lis with an entrepreneurial soul joined in. My all-in, committed, hard-working, trooper cousin Anna, who's been by my side working day and night while listening to screaming kids and crying babies. My cousin Louie, who's been an unbelievable ambassador for our brand, attending many entrepreneurial meet-ups and being a true voice for City Catt. Not to mention my mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and cousin Denise, who all played a vital role in the beginning stages, brainstorming, giving valuable inputs, insights, ideas, and imagining together what we could build.

 

All that to say that maybe you can't have it all when trying to do it yourself. But I dare say that if you find people to buy your crazy ideas, be them raising awesome kids or building a great business, yes, you can have it all. I found supporters for these dreams of mine. Now, on the 18th, City Catt will be officially born to the world, and we aim to upgrade vacations all over the globe. When it comes to this dream, I already found hundreds of Catts willing to join me, and I'm counting on reach thousands more. And because I have them, I believe I can fly, but I also know that every little thing is gonna be all right.

 

Lizia is the Idea maker and Co-Founder of City Catt. She's also a wife, a mom of three little boys, and a journalist. She loves road trips, exploring cities, traveling, and spending fun and meaningful times with loved ones. 

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