I am a bilingual school psychologist living in the United States.
Part of my personal story includes harnessing the power of the internet as an online marketplace in order to help to financially support my family.......
By tapping into my computer and graphic design skills I created an online store and embarked on a journey of small business ownership. My (very small!) businesses focused on celebrating international adoption and embracing multicultural families. The impetus to start my company was the desire to fill a unique void that I discovered as a new parent......I wanted my daughter to have personal items bearing her Chinese name and I wanted her siblings and cousins to become more familiar with the Chinese language. I began by producing baby products embroidered with Chinese characters and then expanded to embroidering Chinese character items for family members. Eventually, in response to requests for an increased variety of products, I began working with another online retailer that could provide screen-printed products using Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and English language multicultural family focused designs that I had created.
My online business ventures helped to lessen the financial strain of raising a family on one income. Once my children were of school age, however, I returned to my career as a school psychologist and have since then been unable to continue to focus on these ventures. Nonetheless, I thought I would share my experience as a small business owner because, as the saying goes "If I could do it...so can you!" I truly believe in the power of self-determination.
Looking back on my experience...almost 13 years later, I am amazed by how much more advanced technology is now and how the portability and ease of use offered by ios and android tablets have exponentially increased access to the web for individuals and communities world wide.
As a bilingual (Spanish) school psychologist and advocate for individuals in need of mental health support, I envision a future wherein more women, men, mothers, fathers and teens will take advantage of this increased access in order to become familiar with what the internet has to offer (the good, the bad and the ugly) so that they may more confidently use the internet as a tool to improve their lives. At the most basic level, I would like clients to more confidently look to the internet as a tool to educate themselves about medical conditions, learning difficulties and mental health issues, and to broaden their understanding of the options that are available to them in times of need, including community based assistance and online peer support groups.