Hannah Payne (Cont.)
How has becoming a mom changed you as an entrepreneur?

HP: Becoming a Mother has made me a fearless entrepreneur. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis shortly after I moved to Denver from New York. My boyfriend became my husband, and we were told that if we wanted to have a child, we needed to do it right away.

At the same time I was creating Luba, I also struggled through many infertility challenges. We finally got pregnant about 6 months after Luba’s official launch and I could not have been happier!

As the pregnancy progressed the doctors discovered a serious complication with my pregnancy that would not allow me travel for work. Travelling is crucial to having a fashion business in Colorado. They also told me the most positive outcome for my child would be an induced labor at 34 weeks.

This was a serious ‘pause moment’ for me. I really had to think about if I should close down my brand new company or try to put it on hold. Due to all the challenges I had faced when starting the company and all of the challenges I knew I would face in the future, I decided to put it on hold rather than closing it. I knew if I completely stopped, I would never do it again because I knew how hard it was going to be to start from scratch.

My daughter was born at 32 weeks via emergency C-Section on March 23rd, 2016. One year and one month to the day from the Launch of Luba. She was in the hospital for 5 weeks, and Luba really gave me an outlet. I could be in control, while at the same time I had no control of what was happening to my daughter.

I am not sure if it was because I was an inexperienced entrepreneur when I first launched, or if it was because I became a mother but I feel fearless now. I always think to myself, ‘If I could make Luba happen during the hardest time in my life, I can make it happen now.’ Thankfully, I have a mini-me watching my every move, and if I could pass something down to her, it would be my fearless attitude in all her life pursuits.