You guys are going to love this interview with Belinda from Happy Camper Cocktail Company out of Seattle, WA. I started following Belinda on “the Gram” and I love, love, love her adore mobile bar, ya’ll it’s an RV (said with cousin Eddie inflection).It’s so stinking cute.
We hit so many topics in our conversation and I will warn you right now that this is a podcast for moms, you’re going to hear her sweet little guys in the background from time to time and that is A-okay by me and purposefully not edited out because as women, especially mamas, we are pursuing these passions in addition to all our other roles as; wife, mom, employee, daughter, care-taker, educator, the list goes on and on. And while I want to create the best soundings shows for you all, I also want it to be authentic and real. Belinda is running a company while being a full-time, stay at home mom, and I think it’s important to let that shine through.
Belinda left her job at Microsoft after she saw a need for really great happy hour service after not being able to find one. Belinda married her love of hospitality and her desire to fill a need for both the community and her family. Bringing her idea of a mobile cocktail service came to life.
Business and Dreams Take Time
Belinda’s slow transition from working full-time to part-time allowed her to grow HCCC while she worked from home.
I think this is so important for those of us with a dream in our heart and idea in our head. Growth, especially a business, takes time. If you’re anything like me it is so easy to rush off to your next big thing and jump in head first but sometimes we need a slow transition and time for that passion, dream or big idea to grow. It makes me think of the verse in Zechariah that says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” (Zechariah 4:10 NLT)
When to Say Yes and When to Say No
One of the hardest parts of pursing our passion is deciding on how much time and energy to put into it. In order to make it a priority it is imperative that we say no, so we can say yes to other things.
In the beginning of her business, Belinda said yes to just about everything. Her approach the first year was to say yes to everything, to saturate the market, and take on all those little jobs that didn’t yield anything that day but brought something further down the line. But as her company grew she is now trying to learn to be ruthless as a business owner. She thinks through before saying yes. She asks; do I really need to do this? As women pursuing our passion, I think we can ask ourselves the same thing.
Belinda understood this concept as she sowed seeds, built relationships and made connections that didn’t yield her a crop immediately. Instead she invest early so later she wouldn’t have to work so hard. I think this is an invaluable lesson for anyone growing a business today.
The Best Advice
When I asked Belinda what the biggest lesson she had learned in launching and running HCCC thus far was, her response was the very best advice I’ve heard. She said,
“Eat the elephant one bite at a time. You don’t have to know it all in order to take that next step, probably the people that you think have it all figured out don’t have the answers either. You are smarter than you think you are. And the internet has a lot of answers.Take one bite at a time.”
I love it! So much wisdom. Listen, we all think that the people we see on social media and even at the grocery store have it all figured out, and spoiler, they don’t! You don’t have to have it all figured out in order to pursue your dream or even like Belinda, start a business. You can figure it out. How? Just like Belinda said, one bite at a time and a little help from the internet!
That wasn’t the only nugget of wisdom Belinda dropped during our conversation. You’ll want to make sure to go listen to her two-part answer when I asked her: “What advice she would give to other women who are pursuing their passion, and are just beginning or stuck or unsure of whether the risk is worth it?” You guys, her response is SO good!!
I just adore Belinda and the company she’s created! Go follow her on instagram and check out her website: