Today we’d like to introduce you to Holly Wolcott.
Holly, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My name is Holly and I come from a small town in Lake County, Florida. I am a wife to my best friend and a mother to three beautiful little girls. I attended the University of Central Florida and have a Bachelor’s in Sport and Exercise Science. I always envisioned myself to be a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant, but little did I know, my true dream started from becoming a mother. I have always had a strong determination to excel in everything I set my mind to. So I knew I wanted to end up staying home and not missing a moment with my children, but the drive-in me also pushed me to find ways to make an income while doing so. I started working from home as an ESL teacher. Then when I become pregnant with my third child, during a pandemic while also caring for my father, I knew I had to find other ways to find my “purpose.” You can get lost staying home as a mother and caring for everyone around you. You forget about yourself. ESPECIALLY during a pandemic.
I started dabbling into the blogging world and not only did I find ways of income, I have made so many connections with so many amazing people! From supporting small businesses, collaborating with people and brands I never in a million years thought I would ever do, and making friendships all over with like-minded people. If I had constantly listened to the voice in my head, “Holly, no one really cares what you have to share, don’t embarrassed yourself.” I would have never been where I am today. I stay home with three children and have found something I truly LOVE. I am upfront, blunt and honest in sharing my life on social media. I am unapologetically me and it has helped me get out of my barrier I created. I share my life with things that I truly believe in while supporting other small businesses helping others in that way. After having one parent go through a brain aneurysm and another having a life-altering stroke, it opened up my eyes to not let life pass you by. You are capable of finding the positive in things if you have the right mindset. The pandemic took a toll on people and I was able to look at it in a different aspect.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road but I would not have had it any other way. It has made me the person I am today. If you fail, get back up. That’s the only way you learn. If there is a bump in the road, get ready to gas that baby up and get some speed behind you to make that jump. Juggling children and while also taking care of my father after his stroke and working full time was no easy task. My mother, little brother, husband and I were such an amazing team in aiding my father back to where he is today. My mother in law also did not hesitate to jump in and help with other necessities we needed as well! Watching my mother recover from a brain aneurism and my father recover from a stroke, it created a mindset in me that there is no obstacle you can’t overcome. I owe it to my parents for giving me that mindset and drive today.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I started blogging and sharing my life in August of 2020. When I first started, I started it out just for fun. Taking cute pictures of my children. I needed an outlet and a way to start a hobby since I was home all the time. I always tried to get that “perfect” picture or video. Let me tell you, trying to get the perfect video, picture, review, or whatever it is you are trying to do is extremely hard with little kids. I tried to and it wasn’t realistic for me and my life. So, I just made it work around my life as it is. It became more authentic that way anyways. I feel like people appreciate the “realness” in sharing my story. Some days you see me with my hair done and make-up on point but most of the time, I’m sharing with my hair covered in dry shampoo for the 6th day in a row and a shirt covered in spit-up or old food. I think I am as real as it could get as a wife and mother and that’s how I create genuine connections with people and brands.
Who else deserves credit in your story?
My parents have and will always be my biggest supporters. My dad was an award-winning salesman in advertising when I was growing up so when I started this. It is pretty much modern-day advertising. My father loved watching me find a passion that was so similar to his. We had so much fun behind the scenes with bloopers and 738328 retakes of a picture or video. My mother LOVED had so much fun taking part in some of my collaborations and even helped make some of them! My husband will always support anything and everything I truly want to do. If tomorrow I said, “Babe, I want to be an anthropologist.” He would start finding ways to help me in my direction. I am truly blessed to have amazing people behind me.
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