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Meet Trailblazer Monique Clark

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Clark.

Monique, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The passion behind The Makings Of Mo comes from my mother, the late Rhonda Clark. She was a wonderful cook. Between her inviting personality and delicious recipes, just about everyone became connected to her. Cooking was our “thing”. It felt natural. We would spend quality time in the kitchen, dancing and snapping our fingers while tackling dish after dish. When my mother became terminally ill with Breast Cancer, I then had a chance to impress the Chef. During that difficult time, I put my own twist on every recipe that she taught me. When my mother died, I slipped into a very dark place. My life would never be the same without her. One Sunday morning, I found myself sitting at her kitchen table staring at her obituary. I turned on the radio and begin to cook my heart out. At that point, I realized cooking was my way of reliving the memories that my beautiful mother and I shared. The magic of cooking started with my great-grandmother, the late Hattie Brimage. Through her hands, recipes were passed down generation after generation and the Makings of Mo was born. Cooking is my therapy, it’s my happy place. It makes me overjoyed to see people eating and melting over my food, asking for Mo’!  It has been extremely difficult trying to manage working my full time day job as a Physician’s Assistant, handle “MOM” responsibilities, and build my the brand for my catering business. I did not want to leave my job for this is how I take care of my family. One day while scrolling through my Facebook news-feed, I came across a video of Steve Harvey – you have to jump to be successful. I felt like he was talking directly to me. The next day, my job announced that they have sold the practice. I sat in silence. All of my co-workers were upset and most of them cried, but I took the situation for what it was,  A SIGN! This was the perfect time to work on my business.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Most of my struggles would probably be trying to find a balance between work, motherhood, and trying to start my business. I read motivational quotes daily. No matter how terrible things may seem, I will never give up. I need my children to know that I am doing this for them. It is important to find what you love to do and go after it, because you will never truly be happy living out someone else’s dream. A strong support system is absolutely everything! My faith in God and trust in timing keeps me grounded.

We’d love to hear more about The Makings Of Mo.
I cook! I absolutely love to satisfy the taste buds of as many people as possible. I am extremely proud of the mother that I had, and the mother that I’ve become, which made me put a lot of thought into my logo. The Makings of Mo (MOM).

Our food is made with love and soul. I feel that what a business thrive, the recipes change and become somewhat dilute. We provided quality delicious food and our recipes will never change!

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
Book: Anatomy of a business plan, The Alchemist.

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Nicole Sweeney

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