ABQ Mom is a website that is a local resource for Mom’s in the Albuquerque area, and is led by entrepreneur Vanessa Bush.
“My kids are older now, but when my two oldest boys were babies, I was a really lonely Mom,” said Vanessa. “It was a tough transition into motherhood, and I didn’t have a lot of friends that were on the same path that I was at that point in time. We don’t want any Mom to feel lonely in Albuquerque.”
“We knew this was going to be long term, but I feel like New Mexico is a hidden gem people don’t know about. The outdoors are wonderful, the culture is very special and unique, and a decade later I’m running a parenting website!”
Since then, ABQ MOM has grown to over 30 contributors, and is chock full of resources and guides for Moms in the region.
“ABQ MOM is the desire to bring Moms together and provide parenting perspectives, written by parents living here in Albuquerque,” said Vanessa. “When I moved here from South Florida, I was lucky – we knew no one, and my neighborhood had a group that, for me, was very life giving.”
Vanessa had been an online English teacher for years, but also knew South Florida wasn’t going to be the forever home for her family.
“When I got to Albuquerque, I decided to put down roots, invest in relationships and people. This is my place.” said Vanessa. “We knew this was going to be long term, but I feel like New Mexico is a hidden gem people don’t know about. The outdoors are wonderful, the culture is very special and unique, and a decade later I’m running a parenting website!”
Because of people going through different seasons in life, Vanessa said she and the team are always looking for new writers. (Any ladies interested, look here: Write for ABQ MOM).
Going through the site, there are guides on all kinds of relevant topics, from Health & Wellness, choosing a preschool, traveling with toddlers, and even giving birth.
In addition to providing Moms with relevant news and ideas, Vanessa has larger plans. “I love and care so much about New Mexico’s economy,” she said. “We serve as a conduit for local businesses to connect directly with local Moms, and keep money in our local economy. For the most part, we work with local businesses and have a personal connection. Local businesses know that, unlike ‘Influencers’ on social media, our readers actually live here, and are supporting our home town brands”
Like many of us, the Coronavirus has slowed down Vanessa’s plans, but she is excited about the future. “We’re looking at large types of events in 2021, and as one example, we might be able to host drive in movies for families in the future.”
Coronavirus notwithstanding, the future is bright for ABQ Moms, and Vanessa knows it. “We’re all figuring this out as we go, but I love New Mexico, love all the Moms and families we have connected with, and I’m optimistic for our future!”