We love to highlight moms that are inspiring us through the way that they carry themselves, take care of their children and do their part to make our community of women a welcoming space. This week, we got an opportunity to catch up with Ozie “Hendrix” Smith to chat about her journey as a mother and how she balances parenting with being a full-time entrepreneur.
Smith is a 35-year-old native of Chicago who relocated to Jackson, Mississippi to attend Jackson State University in 2004. She’s the mother of a 12-year-old son, Ji’Vante and 23-month-old daughter, Zho’Nyla. Smith met her husband of two years, Steve, while attending a local music concert featuring musicians SIKA and Slimm Pusha. After talking about their dreams for the future, the two immediately decided they wanted to be married and pursue them together.
Smith has been a full-time entrepreneur for just as long as she has been a mom, which makes for an interesting day to day life. She and her husband co-own Madison county’s first and only black owned tattoo shop. While her husband creates tattoos, she operates her handmade product business, iFamouz Candles. More than likely you’ll find the couple’s daughter in the shop with them. “We don’t have a babysitter so she’s with us all the time, even when we’re working,” she said. “It works for us though because we take an equal part in looking after her when the other is working.”
Like many women who suffer from different health related issues or find themselves childless in their 30s, Smith felt like she’d never be married or have children. Those feelings caused her to go through a very dark period in her life and coupled with health complications, she experienced several miscarriages. Needless to say, when she discovered that she was pregnant at 32, she was ecstatic. After being a “TT” to so many of her friends’ children, she was proud to finally become a mom herself.
“I tried to do everything I could to make sure my daughter stayed with us because I was so used to my babies not holding. She was actually a twin so that added a lot of pressure and concern,” Smith said. Smith worked out a lot and made sure her glucose track record was flawless and although she worked hard to have a healthy pregnancy, she began feeling pain and was unable to sleep about a month before her expected delivery date.
“I went to the doctor and told them I was feeling pain and was unable to sleep for three weeks and they told me I had been in labor for about four days. I had no idea, I just knew I was in pain,” Smith told us.
Smith went on to deliver her daughter Zho’Nyla by emergency c-section and remembered not being able to even see her for an entire day or hold her for a week. “Everyone saw her but me and it made me experience all these emotions that I’ve never experienced in my entire life. I was crying, I was smelling her clothes, I just wanted her to be home.”
In addition to caring for her daughter Smith is also stepmom to their 12-year-old son Ji’Vante. Getting to know her new son was extremely important to her from the beginning of her relationship with her husband. “I really wanted to get to know him because as a step parent, you have to be the best step-in person that they need. I had to transition between him wanting his actual mom and being someone he could call mom.”
When Smith isn’t fulfilling her motherly duties, she operates iFamouz Candles, a company through which she provides products that light up your home in therapeutic ways. To view or purchase those products, click here. As if that wasn’t enough to qualify her as a Supermom, she also is a published author! Her book, Damage, is available for purchase on Amazon.
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