How my parents’ deaths lead me here

“I was devastated…and still am if I allow my mind to think about it. Only 34, a Mom of a 1 & 3 year old, and now had no parents. Not exactly the way you imagine this stage in life going.”
How my parents’ deaths lead me here

   I’m  so excited I can hardly contain myself. Opening an online clothing store has been something I’ve dreamed about for the last year. My journey started shortly after both my parents died in 2019. Mom from pancreatic cancer and dad had many chronic health problems and died in his sleep 2 months after mom died. I was devastated…and still am if I allow my mind to think about it. Only 34, a Mom of a 1 & 3 year old, and now had no parents. Not exactly the way you imagine this stage in life going. I had the support of my wonderful husband which helped, but I was devastated beyond what another person could cure. I started my YouTube channel as a distraction from my deep grief. A project to take up space in my mind. 

 People often ask me where I came up with the name Mousy Leigh. It’s not my real name, and there are plenty of creepers on the internet to keep me from using my real name. You see, Mousy Leigh was a nickname both my parents called me as a kid. They are the only ones who ever called me that, so it has very special meaning to me. In fact I’m crying just typing this. Seeing this “Mousy Leigh Thing” flourish makes me both happy and sad knowing how proud my parents would be, but also knowing they didn’t live to see it. 

The Mousy Leigh YouTube channel started out without a clear direction and evolved into an affordable fashion channel. Growing up we were very poor and couldn’t afford to have name brand clothes. This was before they actually had trendy items at Walmart. As a young adult I learned how to put together an outfit without spending a fortune and while there is certainly justification for spending more on quality if you like, not everyone can afford it or maybe they can and that just isn’t their priority in life. This resonated with many watching my channel. 
I’ve learned in this journey there is way more business going on behind these social media accounts than people realize. It really can be a full time job. One step led to another and another and now here we are launching an online boutique. I’ve learned entrepreneurship can often start out in one direction and little by little take you to bigger achievements than you started out imagining. 
 I am new to this e-commerce space and have a lot to learn. I’m sure there will be many problems to solve and kinks to “work out”, but I hope I can serve all of my customers well and pick some really cute, affordable pieces for you. 
Also, this is my very first blog post. Might as well add that to the mix. I’ll warn you ahead of time I am dyslexic and am sure to have many typos if you stick around long enough. 
I hope you have a great day and somehow my journey inspires you to take a tiny step toward your goals even if they seem crazy to others, because one step leads to another and another and before you know it you’ve climbed a mountain that seemed impossible when you first started. 
-Mousy Leigh 

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