We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Dollard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea for my business started with longing and pain in my own life. It started long before I ever considered starting a business. I was a young new mom and I was deeply struggling. Not just with motherhood, but LIFE. I could get all the expert advice I wanted (and even a lot I didn’t want) on how to parent my daughter. How to feed her, how to get her to sleep and grow and be healthy. But then, I started to lean into how to help her become emotionally, mentally, and socially healthy. I realized that I lacked many of those things myself. How could I give her something I didn’t have? I started to see that while there was support and experts for parenting- there was a gap in the fact that so many parents ourselves were struggling. Mothers are the gateway to health. So, if we want the kids and the family to be healthy- we have to start with the mother. As I healed, I was able to show up in better, healthier ways for her. The more I got support and learned healthy tools for myself- the more I had to give not only to parenting, but my marriage, and my communities. The more I worked with and connected with moms, the more I learned it wasn’t just me. Moms were struggling. Deeply. And it wasn’t for lack of love or trying, moms were sacrificing everything to show up. I had learned tools that took me from barely surviving in life to truly thrive even in the hard seasons. When I began investing in coaching for myself, I knew I had found what I wanted to do. From there, the more I invested in me- the more I had to give, and eventually, it got to where I was at a place where I could help others. I knew I could help moms grow in HEALTH. I wanted to teach them the very tools that had changed everything for me. At the beginning of the pandemic, I was about to launch in-person groups for moms. I instantly pivoted and created the same community online. Moms needed connection and support and they needed it now. So, while the original idea was to have in person (and I will still have that aspect) what I created has been better than I could have imagined. It’s so accessible for moms being online right now. It gives them a space to get support and encouragement when they need it most.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’m most proud of seeing the moms I work with making progress. Seeing moms who are burnt out and discouraged start to feel more confident and capable. Seeing her find more of who she is and what she wants in life and creating it with her practical plans and tools that get her there with grace. I have always loved helping others and so to get to support other women in their dreams and life is incredibly fulfilling to me. The process of starting and growing a business has not been anywhere close to easy, but it has been worth it. Not only did I have the typical stress and enormous learning curve of creating a business from the ground up, but I also wasn’t selling a product. I don’t sell something that most people know they want or need, yet. Life coaching and mentorship is beginning to grow as an industry and I couldn’t be more thrilled. But still, many have never heard of it or experienced its value. Most people know the instant reward of buying something, many have yet to experience the not only instant but long term reward that comes in investing in your mental/emotional health and your personal growth and support. The thing that helped me overcome all these challenges in both life and business is investing in coaching and mentorship the whole way. My business can only be as successful as I am. I’m not willing to risk my personal or family health to help others grow theirs, so I invest in support for me and what I’m building. The same work that helped me get healthy and loving my life, is the same kind of work that has helped me in business. The thing I want moms to know most about my brand and story is that it’s not just a business. This truly is ME showing up fully in who I am and inviting them to do the same. I learned these tools and invested in myself and learned to stop living on empty and from my brokenness. I’ve told myself from the beginning that my goal in business is not to sell myself or my coaching, but to sell women on themselves. If they can buy into themselves, I’ve been successful.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The incredible thing about Colorado, is that it’s best experienced outside! Northern Colorado has some of the best parks ever for kids, so we would have to stop at one of the fun parks so my kids could play. Dinner at one of our many local amazing breweries like Lonesome Buck would be a must. I can”t wait for summer nights spent on a patio at Coyotes or Cables! I don’t think I could have a friend from out of state come to visit without going to the mountains. From Greeley, we would have to stop to get lunch with the kids at Bulldog Deli. Their food is yummy, but the atmosphere is SO FUN. Then we would of course get some iced coffee from BlueMug or Human Bean and then drive up to the mountains to spend the day hiking or kayaking in Red Feather. It’d be so fun to do a girls’ night or date night and go get dinner in downtown Loveland at the Pour House and then go rent a booth and play ski ball all night at Flip Sides.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
While I could list so many personal people like my husband, my family (both mine and in-laws), and all my incredible friends- I think it is really valuable to acknowledge the community I found when I looked for it, asked for it, and invested in it. I am extremely blessed in the personal support department. So, if I still struggled so hard, I can’t imagine how it is for moms who don’t have a good support system. It was the biggest factor in having group coaching and not just one-one in my business. Moms need connection and community to thrive. When I look at who deserves recognition outside my people, it would have to be the support I found and invested in. Once I decided to start a business coaching and mentoring moms, I knew I wanted to find someone to walk and help me through it. Not just as a business, but for my life. I wasn’t willing to sacrifice this new health or my family for a business or burnout trying to serve others. I hired Ash McDonald as my mentor and it was the best investment I have ever made. Working with her not only helped give my dream some legs, but she helped me to set up my life, relationships, and habits to be aligned to what mattered most even while adding more. The other group is a mastermind with Sarah Monares and the We Spot. Those women have sat and supported me, cheered me on, and reminded me who I was. Not only were they practical support when I was stuck, but they became close friends and an important lifeline in my life while starting a business and managing the chaos that Spring 2020 brought to all our lives. Paying for and investing in support in these two ways changed so much for me. It is powerful to have such intention and investment behind the support you are getting in life. One of the most powerful things I have learned is that ASKING people for support is the best way to find community. I have met so many incredible women simply by putting myself “out there” and saying hey this is me, this is what I’m doing and asking for their help. It turns out women are the best cheerleaders and we love a new friend to support and cheer on.