As a stay at home mommy I often wondered…what next?  I was living my “dream”, but I felt like something was missing.  That something was me. The passionate me, the one who loved to make a difference, the one that was good at what she did.  I felt that I had lost her after the first poopy diaper hit the diaper genie. Please don’t get me wrong, I am so blessed that I can stay at home with my three girls. Yet, at the end of the day, I looked at the piles of laundry needed to be folded, the sticky floor that was just mopped, and I felt sad.  There was a time in my life that I was successful. I was the teacher of the year, I traveled to Japan on a Fulbright grant. I felt intellectually fulfilled, and I was making a lasting difference.  When I tried to express how I was feeling, I often got the well meaning response, “You are making a difference for your three girls.”

I struggled with that urge to do something other than mothering, and felt guilty about it. I tried several part time jobs from home and found myself sobbing. I felt that I was not good at anything anymore. I attended the first MomCom on a whim. I did not know a single person. I listened to inspiring stories, and met other mothers that felt just like me. I could feel that little voice in my head reaching out and saying, “Do something big.”  I began writing again, submitted my articles to several magazines, and was published. I can’t really put into words what it felt like to be successful in a public way again. I attended the second MomCom and talked three of my other friends into going as well.

My friends felt that energy, that spark and are now moving toward doing what they are passionate about. MomCom got me thinking.  I wanted to be apart of their mission to inspire mothers and women to not only meet their family’s needs, but their needs as well. The stars somehow aligned and I now find myself working for MomCom, as the first official employee. I feel connected, passionate and as though I am giving back to the conference that inspired me to think big, and “Mom Up”.

Melissa Madole-Kopp is MomCom’s VP of Customer Relationships. Please visit her bio to learn more about her.