As an event planner for 20 years, Liza Millan is accustomed to looking ahead, foreseeing all eventualities, and creating contingency plans. But she could never have foreseen that she would return from a business trip in 2015 to find that her business partner (and ex-husband) had wiped out all the money her business had earned—more than $1 million. “I was devastated. All the money that I was saving for the house that I was planning to purchase was gone. The money for my son’s college tuition had vanished,” she says. She fell into a depression that lasted for years.
Fortunately, she got help from therapists and enrolled in personal-development programs that taught her how to love and trust herself so that she could love and trust others again. With her confidence regained, she had her day in court against her ex-husband and then, in September 2019, she launched her new event company, Masterpiece. “This business is my pride and joy because I started it on my own,” she says.
Flash back to early in her career, when she was 22 years old and a new mom. For the first years of her son’s life she managed to find jobs that allowed her to work at home so she could stay with him. But it wasn’t easy. “I ended up getting a divorce when I was 26 years old, so I was a single mom who had to go through the struggles of raising a son plus everything that has to do with the divorce. One of the things that kept me strong was the thought that my son is still with me, and that I’ve always had the strength to follow my dreams no matter what. I think one thing that most entrepreneurs have is resiliency. We don’t easily give up. We go after our goals despite the odds.”
And that’s her message to other women who might be in her position. “Don’t give up,” she says. “If something happens, whether it’s a failure or a success, continue working, do your best. Everything offers a lesson that will make you stronger in the end.” After all, she is living proof. “Launching Masterpiece is a big win for me, because after going through an almost insurmountable difficulty, I was able to bounce back and was given the chance to start over again.” Reach out to Liza through her website, MasterpieceLM.com or email her at liza@masterpieceLM.com. She’s on Facebook or Instagram @iamlizamillan.
You can also read more about Liza’s journey in the inspiring new book Moms Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic, by Tam Luc, the author, educator, and podcaster dedicated to helping women “boss up.” The book collects 16 interviews with moms who are side hustlers and multitaskers, who faced the uncertainties of the Covid pandemic—and other obstacles—by embracing their strengths and finding their authentic paths. They have so much to share and to teach, and while every story is unique, there is creativity and perseverance at the core of each one. Visit https://bossupbestseller.com to learn about all the women in Moms Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic and find a link to the book. And don’t miss all the dynamic and supportive women from the Women Who Boss Up book series who are scheduled to speak at the upcoming Women Who Boss Up Summit! Details and registration are at www.womenbossupsummit.com
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