I left my 6-figure corporate job to start a company. I didn't realize it'd make me a better mom.

 Growing up, I had always been inspired by my entrepreneurial father and knew that I had endless career possibilities. However, it wasn't until I became a mother that I found the courage to pursue my entrepreneurial aspirations. In 2020, I was working in corporate marketing, a field I had been in since graduating from college 13 years earlier. 

Balancing my corporate job while trying to start my own company left me feeling miserable, especially as a working mom to an infant. The demands of the commute, sleepless nights, and long hours took a toll on me. I struggled to prove to myself and others that I could handle everything, not wanting to lose my ambitions in the journey of motherhood. As the pandemic loomed, I reflected on who I wanted to be and how I wanted my daughters to see me in the world. It became clear that I needed to leave my six-figure corporate job to focus on my new venture, Color Vision, empowering women to improve equity in creative industries. Little did I know that this decision would not only make me a better entrepreneur but also a better mom. Here's how I built a seven-figure business, quadrupled my income, and enhanced my journey through motherhood.  

Mia Davis sitting behind a camera
Mia Davis

First, I defined a vision and purpose for my life

I knew that I needed to get clear on my purpose as an entrepreneur to create the life I also needed as a mom. For instance, my purpose is to empower women to gain fairness in the spaces that they occupy. With that in mind, I knew I needed to be fair to myself and my family. It informs how I build out my schedule: never working on Mondays; never going more than five days on the road; never missing dance recitals; and ensuring we go on at least one family vacation per year so my daughter can see the breadth of the world. My clarity of purpose became my guiding light.

Then I focused on building a supportive network

Leaving the structured environment of corporate America felt daunting, so I knew I needed help making the leap to work for myself. I decided to surround myself with a supportive network of fellow female entrepreneurs, mentors, family, and friends to guide me in the rigorous process of scaling a business — a task that, at first, seemed nearly impossible and scary. Their advice, experiences, and encouragement bolstered my confidence when I started to weather under the pressure of being an entrepreneur, which will inevitably happen, and they provided invaluable insights as I navigated this new path.

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Mia Davis is flanked by the 2023 Creator Award Winners in Atlanta, Ga. 
Color Vision

I prioritized a family financial plan and budget

My husband and I sat down and discussed our family budget, cash flow needs, and what we would need to feel financially secure before I left my job. We wanted to be sure we weren't causing a ripple effect of anxiety when I started to focus on my dreams. For the last few months of my corporate job, I also focused aggressively on saving to have a financial safety net to sustain my family during the transition and in the early stages of my business just in case I wasn't immediately successful.

I didn't completely throw away my corporate experience

Although I was leaving my 9-5 job, I knew that my experience in the corporate world equipped me with an invaluable skill set. In my decades of experience in marketing, I learned project management, strategic planning, communication, and team leadership skills that helped me excel in my new entrepreneurial venture of creating a community-centered organization. The transferable skills I acquired proved to be a great asset. Those same skills also improved my motherhood journey as I navigated being a bonus mom to a teenager and a mom to a toddler at the same time.

A teenager holding a baby
Mia Davis' daughters, Mackenzie and Izzy. 
Mia Davis

As a young girl, I admired my father's success as an entrepreneur and knew that the world held countless opportunities for my own career. However, it wasn't until I became a mother that I found the courage to pursue my entrepreneurial aspirations. In 2020, despite working in corporate marketing for 13 years since graduation, I struggled to balance my career with launching my own business. The demands of being a working mom to an infant became overwhelming, and I felt like I was losing myself in the process.

Fearing that I would sacrifice my ambitions, I reflected on the person I aspired to be and the example I wanted to set for my daughters. Realizing that I needed to leave my six-figure corporate job to focus on my organization, Color Vision, which aims to empower women and improve equity in creative industries, was a significant turning point. This decision not only made me a better entrepreneur but also unexpectedly enhanced my journey as a mother.

By aligning my business with my passions, I transitioned from exhaustion to exuding joy, transforming into a mom who was more patient, energetic, and present for her daughters. It also bolstered my confidence, drive, and belief in my abilities, traits I'm proud to impart to my girls. Celebrating my first year of entrepreneurship, I've learned that setting aside fears allows me to achieve anything, all while prioritizing passion and parenthood at the core of my life.  

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