Happy March and Women's History Month, Moms! This is an important month as it's also when National Working Moms Day happens!
This month we are honored to introduce you to local mom, Working Moms Day committee member and CEO, Rachael Bush! Read all about this amazing mom in our exclusive 1:1 interview below!
Tell us your name and profession.
Rachael Bush Founder and CEO of Mova Business Solutions
How many kids do you have?
Two boys, Philip 12, and Owen 9
Please tell us a little bit more about you and your family (immediate and/or extended).
Our family makeup is me, my better half Phil Williams, our two sons. Extended family in the Greater Milwaukee Area Moomaw (Rene' Smith maternal grandmother) and Gammy (Teri Williams paternal grandmother) Both ladies are the family heroes and attend all-boys activities and make them feel like the young kings they are. Our village is made up of numerous family friends, a solid group of neighborhood families, and godparents here and in Chicago!
You're on the Working Moms Day Committee. Tell us why.
First, representation matters. Next, I had been a supporter on the outside looking in and I wanted to help any way I could. Committee work is always the first step to change.
What inspired you to start a business?
I had an entrepreneur mentality before I knew what it was. In my career after college, I dived headfirst in food service management. That means longer hours and superior customer service. I continued to picture another way to earn an income and be available when my boys when need me when it came to school or anything. My mom retired from the United States Postal Service after 25 years and she worked hard. But she made it to every game, every track meet, every PTO meeting, every scholarly activity. I know what those sacrifices entailed though... less sleep, long hours on some days but I never had to worry about not seeing my mom in my stands. I knew I wanted to be that mom but without the boss and/or management. I'm the boss and I appreciate every client that allows me to partner with them on each project. I get to help other entrepreneurs build out key systems in their operation to promote efficiency and engagement.
Explain/describe one of your proudest mom moments recently.
The proudest mom moment would be most recently was listening to Philip's teachers compliment his maturity and work ethic in this last quarter of school. He truly stands out because of his positive demeanor and always showing respect to his teachers. And my proudest moment with Owen is daily because he still gives me all the hugs. He just knows when I'm not 100% and I get a hug.
What's the most challenging aspect of your life right now?
Accepting that balance is what you make. I want to become the best version of myself. And that's setting the intention each day with doing the best I can that day. I start and end the day with gratitude and hope I get to see the next day.
What's your advice for moms and maintaining their mental health?
Invest in a gratitude journal and take a few minutes a day to write. When you go back on a rough day and read from a past day, your heart will feel full. Also, sleep is your friend and that helps with my mental health. Finally, get a therapist even when things are feeling alright.
Do you have a favorite place to go in Milwaukee? If so where and why? (Restaurant, park, bar, etc.)
We love to go to South Shore Park as a family. We just went to Safehouse for the first time as a family, and it won't be our last. We love going to Milwaukee Bucks games and I just went to my first play ever at the Milwaukee Rep. It won't be my last. I appreciate a cheeseburger at Sobelman's. And we support Black Businesses so there is too many to list that we appreciate and make up Milwaukee.
What are your plans for Working Moms Day, March 12th?
I will commit to attending the Working Moms Day of Milwaukee Event and my sorority Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Gamma Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Milwaukee will host our annual Youth Symposium event. It is a national initiative to make sure our goal to be relevant in the lives of our youth keeps going. Please watch for that information to be shared with the community.