Every Day’s A Miracle For Long Island Mom
What did you accomplish in 2004?
Business has exploded! Whoever said dot com's were dead
hasn't met this work at home mom (WAHM) with a passion
for business. Sales are up more than 200% over last year
and continues to grow at an astounding rate. Passion,
drive and a love for babies has turned a small online
baby shop into a full fledged baby superstore!
How did you do it?
After suffering from infertility and several losses, my
miracle baby, Jillian Nicole was born and with that birth
came a whole new life. Having also lost my job in a difficult
economy and inspired by my love for anything baby related,
I launched a small clothing site with about 50 products.
Now, just 3 years later, business has exploded and the
site now offers 2,600 items including bargain clearance
items as well as upscale boutique ensembles and everything
What were the major obstacles that you
I was an only child and mom raised me by herself. We laughed
that when we got together for dinner it was a "family
reunion." She passed away recently at just 57 years
old. My original thinking had been that if I could pull
this off, she would know longer have to do the 10 hour/6
day a week grind. I never thought for a second she wouldn't
be here. Sometimes I don't think I can do this another
day with out her and sometimes the only reason I am doing
this is because of her. I miss her so much that I ache.
What was the result?
Honestly, the pace of the business is what keeps me going
as I figure out how to live without her. I think if I
didn't feel so "obligated to succeed" in her
memory, I probably would have a tough time just lifting
my head off the pillow. Her death has profoundly impacted
my world. Her death has also made failure simply not an
option for me.
What are your goals for 2005?
I am in an interesting place; outgrowing my current space
but not quite in a financial position to take it to the
next level which would require moving to a new location.
So managing the explosive growth and not letting it get
away from me is the biggest challenge. Its not a bad position
to be in.
Comments that readers have made about
Well said Donna. I think she drives the point across
that success is passion plus action!
Lori Ramsey - Heber Springs, AR 72543
Donna's passion is evident and her business
is an inspirational motivator for others who want to
start their own business and still be available for
Lesley Spencer - HBWM.com - Austin TX USA
As one of Donna's designers, I can honestly
say that she is an amazing business woman. Customer
service is her number one priority and that commitment
is reflected in everything she does. As a result of
her dedication to detail and her desire to offer the
best possible product to her buyers, she has been rewarded
with a flourishing website offering incredible quality
products at surprising prices. I have designed and shipped
several products in record time at Donna's request in
order to make sure that a customer has their desired
items in time for that special occasion. We truly do
go the extra mile to make sure that our customers are
well taken care of. Donna is a joy to work with and
is always very gracious and encouraging. I am so happy
in my partnership with her! Donna, I am so proud of
the growth you have experienced with mymiraclebaby.com.
You certainly deserve it! Warm regards, Rebecca Cleary
www.mymiraclebaby.com hair accessory designer
Rebecca - Malibu, California USA
Dear Donna, I so enjoyed reading about
your life and your successful business venture in the
internet business. You have given me hope and encouragement
that I maybe like you with my babyscrubs one of these
days. I am also 57 years old, like your mom, and my
heart goes out to you on the loss of your her. There
isn't anyone more special that a mom.
Beckie McCuen - Lawrenceville, GA USA
Not only am I a satisfied customer, but
a close friend who has seen how Donna's hard work and
dedication has succeeded in making her dream become
reality. She offers a large selection of beautifully
distinct baby gifts, and stands behind her products.
That is one of many reasons why her company is so unique.
Keep up the good work Donna!!!!
Lynn Martinek - lake grove, new york usa
I have been in contact with Donna from
day one of her business startup. She has not changed.
Hard working and determined as ever. Always ready to
help and to give the best advise. We have shared the
worst of times together and she has always been supportive.
Best of luck to a great business person!
Marian Stephens - Griffin, Ga. USA
I work with Donna on a daily basis, and
have been with her from the start. Building her site
has been a joy and seeing it's growth has been an even
greater inspiration! I couldn't ask for a better friend
or client. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who
wonders if it can be done - because she does it every
Bec Mueller, PCS - Kensington, Kansas, US
A leader in home based e-commerce!
Barbara Krueger - Kissimmee, FL