Episode 33 - Mom Power with Eryn Vargo
On this episode, we talk with Eryn Vargo founder of Moms Give Back, Shop with a Purpose, and Baby OK on the power of moms in the world. As an amazing woman, mother of four children, wife, and social entrepreneur she is kicking butt in social impact with her three companies all working to improve the lives of others.
Eryn lives by the Gandhi quote Be The Change You Wish
To See In The World; and thus, asked herself “How can I be the change” – Eryn Vargo
Biography of Eryn Vargo
Wife, Social Mompreneur & Catalyst for Change As a social entrepreneur, Eryn is using her empowerment marketing platform to push purpose forward and to broaden further her social goals associated with the volunteer sector in areas of poverty alleviation, health and wellness, child safety and community development. Eryn can support the operational costs of the Diaper Bank of Central Florida and fund the development of Baby OK through Moms Give Back, her marketing & consulting business and her #ShopWithPurpose Market. So when you work with Eryn or shop with Eryn, you are Using Business As A Force For Good too!
Giving Tuesday Information: https://www.givingtuesday.org/
Change Maker at Moms Give Back: www.momsgiveback.com
Founder of The Diaper Bank of Central Florida::diaperbankofcentralflorida.org)
Creator of Baby OK: mybabyok.info
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Jerrid Kalakay 0:09
Welcome to the teaching change podcast where we explore she's a social entrepreneurship, education, and innovation. I'm your host Jerrid Kalakay. Today's episode, we're talking with Eryn Vargo, founder of moms give back social enterprise. Aaron, welcome to the show. Hi, thank you for having me. Great. You're You're most welcome. most welcome. So excited to have you on the show we met about two years ago now, I guess. And you were so gracious to come into one of my classes and serve on a social entrepreneurial panel and kind of talk about your journey into social enterprise work and social enterprise world. But for the benefit of our audience wanting introduce yourself and talk a little bit about what you know, kind of some things you've done and how you found this, this realm, and then how you founded moms give back.
Eryn Vargo 0:52
Okay, perfect. So moms give back is the name that I chose? Because at the time when it all started, I had three children now I have four. And I
Jerrid Kalakay 1:03
have your four kids. I do. Wow. Okay, so that's is that is that the founding of moms get back is just had the four kids, or is it there's another company as well.
Eryn Vargo 1:11
I have technically three companies but moms give back is, you know, the main one that I focus on right now, because that helps to propel the other two forward.
Jerrid Kalakay 1:20
Wow, you're very busy woman. I am. Okay, go ahead. Sorry. I know
Eryn Vargo 1:23
So I was I worked in the corporate world for many years in marketing, PR and did a lot of philanthropy for the company I worked for. And a little project that I started with my local Kiwanis Club was a diaper drive. After sitting on lots of boards around town in Orlando, Food Bank, and numerous others, you know, with the hospitals and things like that, I started this little cornice project and it grew legs and never really knew that there was such thing as diaper need, which just basically means people that come from challenge communities that can't afford diapers. So decided to, you know, break off from my corporate career and start my own little marketing and consulting business around helping other small business owners find their purpose and use purposeful and impactful marketing tactics. So that's really how moms give back was born. There was two focuses of moms gave back when it first happened, a I need to make money because I just gave up, you know, a six figure career to make zero. And be, you know, I decided to start a nonprofit, which is the diaper bank so that I could provide diapers to families in Orange County. But I needed a way to offset the operating costs of that because it's not free. I mean, you have a website, you have marketing, materials, things like that. So I was just doing what I thought was right. You know, with moms get back I had some marketing clients, and I was able to allocate some dollars from each client to keep the diaper Bank of flow without taking a salary or anything no storefront, none of that.
Jerrid Kalakay 2:56
And Eryn, what is what is a diaper bank? Why would a diaper bank be important?
Eryn Vargo 3:02
So Good question. A diaper bank operates similar to a food bank, provide a food bank would provide food to people who need a diaper bank provides diapers to people in need. So it started as just a little project where we collected a whole bunch of diapers and then someone from the National diaper bank network reached out to me and said, hey, there's this huge need in Orlando. And I had no idea I knew about the need for food, which is one in four children from my sitting on the board at Second Harvest Food Bank, but I had no idea about the need for diapers and the the light bulb kind of went on. Like, you know, duh, obviously, these people that need food probably need diapers, because with food stamps, and WIC and all these other programs, you can get food. But there's no government programs where you can get diapers, there's, there's no programs anywhere where you can get diapers. So that's kind of how the diaper banks started. And I didn't want like I said before, I didn't want to take a salary I didn't want to store front, I just wanted to be able to provide people with what they need needed. So our garage has housed our diaper bank for going on five years, we've almost distributed 100,000 diapers through our diaper bank. And the reason that I now know and consider myself a social entrepreneur is because of you, I had no idea. That was even such a thing, I was just kind of doing what I thought was right in order to keep the diaper bank afloat without taking grants and government funding and sponsorships and things like that. So moms give back then evolve some more, you know, I had a fourth child and then I added a whole shop with purpose element to moms give back. So I have my marketing clients and my consulting clients. But I can only manage, you know two or three at any given time, because I'm only one person course. So the shop with purpose elements still helps to fund the operational costs of the diaper bank because it is, you know, close to $1,000 a year, it costs to keep it afloat. And if we ever have to purchase diapers, you know, the money has to come from somewhere. So we distributed like 19,000 diapers to Hurricane victims last year, we sent 11,000 to Puerto Rico. And then just last month, we sent you know, over 3500 diapers to the panhandle. So I actually reached out to Mayor Dyer's office a couple weeks ago and and asked for a proclamation for shop with purpose week, which would be like November 20, to the 27th to include Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. And if you guys don't know giving Tuesday's you really need to look into that. It's an amazing thing. So he granted my Proclamation. So it just you know kind of even makes me feel that much better about this social enterprise world that I'm in because people are starting to catch on and believe in it and understanding. But in addition to the diaper bank, that third company is baby Okay, which is also a social enterprise, but we are not 100% live yet. But when we are the idea with it is it's an app that I created to help prevent children from being forgotten in vehicles. The average is 37. Kids are forgotten a year and die. This past year was closer to 50. So and two right here in Orlando on the same day in September. So with our app, our app will be 100%. Free. And then we have a commercial version that for every 25 schools that we have signed up using it will be giving five schools in challenge communities the software for free. So
Jerrid Kalakay 6:39
and what is and what does baby Okay, what will it do as an app you mentioned leaving kids in cars, infants and children and cars, which would shouldn't be an issue. But unfortunately, it's almost an epidemic
Eryn Vargo 6:56
correct. And it's only really gotten attention. The past couple of years, data has been being tracked on this since 1998. It came to light for me the same year, I gave up my career, started the diaper bank and started moms give back because it actually happened in my neighborhood. My mom with five kids, one of them was sick, it was out of her normal routine, it was at my actual pediatricians office, left the baby in the car for an hour and then all hell broke loose. Ambulance police trying to figure out if the baby was even going to survive. The baby survived. She's like almost five years old. Now she's perfect bill of health. But that was like the light bulb moment, oh my gosh, this can really happen. And so I started researching it and looking into it. And there has to be a solution. So the app of baby, okay is for parents, grandparents, caregivers, nannies, anyone that would pick your child up from daycare or what have you. And the whole purpose behind the app is to just become a daily reminder for you, it will get you in the habit of checking for your time. And so I'm sure you guys have seen the memes, you know, all over the internet. You know, if you have to put something important like your phone in the backseat to remember your child, you must be an idiot, you shouldn't have kids. I mean, there's this whole stigma associated with it. However, our lives are moving at such a fast pace. And everything is like go go go all the time. If you think about it, your your downtime in a day is extremely minimal compared to the chaos of your day. Absolutely. And when you have multiple children, or if you're sick and rundown and tired, or you have a newborn, or you're out of your element, or your routine, these things can happen. And science says all the studies 95% of our lives are driven by our subconscious mind. So I do it all the time. I'm driving down 95. And I'm like, oh, wow, here already, you don't even realize because you're about you're on autopilot. You know what to do when you're driving to work. And that's when it really happens. A lot of people are on autopilot.
Jerrid Kalakay 8:56
Yeah, no, absolutely. I mean, and if you've ever been in the car, or ever been in your commute in general, and all of a sudden you get your arrive to wherever you're going and you don't remember anything that happened. That's what we're talking about. It's absolutely autopilot. And especially when you know as a as a parent myself, you it's hard to understand or hard to believe that that could ever really happen. But at the same time, if I think about my daily life, and the things that I'm responsible for the things that I do, it makes sense. It makes perfect sense. Yeah, I mean, one of the things that my wife Deanna does, is she typically takes our daughter to school. And yesterday, she had an early meeting, and so forth. And so I was the one to take our daughter to school. And even when I pulled out of our neighborhood, I pulled the wrong direction, because I'm used to going the other way. My daughter's school, and she and my daughter is in the backseat, and she goes Daddy, you go the wrong way is Oh, shoot, you know. And so we go and kind of on autopilot. And especially, you know, we talked about grandparents and caregivers and daycare workers and all of the rest where they have, you know, 1015 2030 kids to watch, you start to think you know, this is really needed.
Eryn Vargo 10:07
But even in your situation, imagine if she was one. And she didn't talk and she fell asleep. This is how the majority of these accidents are happening. The beauty of the app is let's let's just pretend she was one and she fell asleep and you came to work. When you got out of the car, your the app would notify you you're out of the car, you need to acknowledge you've gotten her out of the car. If you didn't, Deanna would have received a text message that said he didn't take her out of the car. She could then call you and within 90 seconds, you would be at the car getting her out as opposed to an eight hour workday or even four hours going in for your lunch break and realizing Oh my God, I just made a terrible mistake.
Jerrid Kalakay 10:46
Oh, yeah. I mean, a horrible I mean, absolutely horrible tragedy would be. And so that's in development. Right now,
Eryn Vargo 10:53
we are going live with our beta testing on February 1. So we have a list of beta two, we actually need more, I'd like to have about 1000 testers right now, we only have about 200. So the more people that test the app, the more we can work through the Kingson functionality issues. Hopefully there aren't that many. And then the commercial version, it would act the same way. We're a daycare, right now if if your older kids, you take him to school for the day, God forbid something happened, they get taken from the front of the school, they could decide to skip or whatever, you have no idea. So the end of the day that they weren't even there. Absolutely. Yeah. So this is preventing things like that from happening. And our commercial version is set to go into our pilot program in June. Okay, we'll probably pilot that for about three months with a few schools and then go live for the school year. That's girl anyway,
Jerrid Kalakay 11:46
that's great. Well, we'll put all the contact information and how to sign up for to become one of the beta test Josie amazing in the in the show notes so that way, maybe we maybe audience can help you out with the beta testing. Now, do they have to be local? Or they have to be in the United States or Canada anywhere? They can be anywhere? Okay, great. Yeah. So let's, let's see if we can, let's see if we can get that number higher. A closer to that 1000. level, that'd be great. And so let's, um, so one of the things you said was shop with purpose, can you explain kind of what that is? And what you're doing with that? Absolutely.
Eryn Vargo 12:15
So part of moms give back. Obviously, I'm a mom, and I'm trying to rally other moms to look at our community and say, What can I do to make a difference in the lives of others, I think most people get, or I'll speak for moms, because I think I'm on point when I say this, we get so wrapped up in work, and kids and cooking and just all the responsibilities of mom life. But we want to do more. And we want to give more, we just don't know how to incorporate that into our lives, especially when you have older kids that are involved in sports and other activities and whatnot. So things that you would normally shop for gifts, skincare, makeup, even things for your kids, your husband, you can try and there's meaning behind it. It's impactful, but it's if you shop with the things that are listed on mom's get back website, what I do is any money that's made from those purchases goes directly towards offsetting those operational costs that I spoke of earlier. Just like baby, okay, I've put thousands upon thousands upon thousands of dollars into this, and it comes right out of my pocket. Yeah, so by having this shop with purpose element, and really helps me be able to still contribute to our family, but also to keep propelling the diaper bank and baby Okay, forward part of moms give back, I wanted to make sure that there was this advocacy piece to it too. And just thoughtful collaboration with other businesses and other people in the community. And just being able to be a resource for moms that want to do good with, they just don't really know where to begin. So we've done a few workshops locally just to get moms talking about how to give back, engaging in local community events, getting their kids involved. So the shop with purpose element is really, it's all you can get holiday gifts, things you would normally use, but you're making an impact with your purpose as opposed to just going to target I love target, not knocking target, on target, but I love target. But you know, you're not necessarily impacting the community when you purchase something. So that's how that came to be just to be like another resource for moms that maybe can't physically go do a community give back night at the food bank or host a diaper drive or clean up the park. You know what I'm saying? Because that's a huge time commitment that a lot of moms don't have.
Jerrid Kalakay 14:32
Yeah, I mean, absolutely. And you know, and moms are normally going, you know, and dads as well, but normally going in a million different directions. And there's a lot of one of the things that I think there's a lot of is talent drain and and and what I mean by that is like, you know, we have a lot of moms and a lot of dads that are doing really amazing things within their households. But they have other talents that could be utilized, that we don't as a community, we typically don't utilize, I agree, and it's kind of wasted, wasted talent in a lot of ways. You know, and I saw, I think it was a meme, or maybe it was a story where they added up all of the skills that it takes to be a mom. And like, and and then compare that with like job descriptions, and fortune 500 CEOs, and like they would be, you know, the average mom would be like, the best CEO in the world, you
Eryn Vargo 15:23
know, her salary would be through
Jerrid Kalakay 15:24
the roof. It would be crazy. You know, and and yeah, and that's just a man, you know, it's just amazing when you think about it. And so yeah, really, like really love the shop with with purpose. And the idea of that I think a lot of people are getting into that, in general, and are becoming much more conscientious about where they're spending their money, how they're spending their money. You know, and I think that's where we see a lot of a lot of movement, you know, whether it be fair trade or you know, shops like 10,000 villages and Winter Park and in Florida and also nationally International. So that's really it's really neat. Aaron How did so you you were in corporate America, you making you'd mentioned six figures, you know, probably living the American quote unquote dream, right. And you got involved with was diaper diaper bank, coming a diaper bank
Eryn Vargo 16:19
feed, right, it was a diaper drive to start overdrive evolved into the diaper Bianca.
Jerrid Kalakay 16:22
I gotta, I gotta imagine that was a difficult decision to go, I've got this secure job, I'm doing well. I've got I've won accolades. In my profession, I'm making six figures, I'm going to leave this and fill this community need, especially since you didn't you at the time, you didn't even know about social entrepreneurship, which is the ability to do well, for yourself. And also do good, you know, we only model that you probably knew of which is a model that a lot of people know about is the traditional nonprofit where basically you live in squalor, right in order to do really good for other people. And so you, you're married at the time, and still married. But at the time, you're married, you've got a family, you've got this really good job and you go, you know what I'm going to go and raise diapers to give to people in need. That had to have been a scary prospect.
Eryn Vargo 17:17
So I wasn't scared until it actually happened. Okay. So I decided in December, I had done the diaper drive in November, I decided in December that I needed to take what I created my corporate job and apply that to smaller businesses and my I love the Gandhi, quote, Be the change you wish to see in the world. It's kind of been like, what drove me into philanthropy and be the change has just always been what I'm about how can I be the change, you have to put your money where your mouth isn't actually physically do something? So yes, I sat on tons of nonprofit boards, I got involved in tons of community events, you know, I did this awesome diaper drive. But then I was like, there has to be more. I loved my job. best job ever. Sometimes think about wishing I could go back or have them as a client, even though I don't really think there's that that's possible. But I loved it because I was involved in so much philanthropy, but it wasn't mine. Yeah, yeah. So did the diaper drive in November, and it was wildly successful. In December, I said to my husband, I'm gonna resign from my position. And he was like, are you effing crazy? What are you talking about?
Jerrid Kalakay 18:35
I could only imagine that conversation. Right, right. And it wasn't, I'm thinking,
Eryn Vargo 18:39
Oh, no, it was it was I'm going to Yeah, so this is my problem. I'm not. I'm definitely alpha female, I make up my mind and stick to something and there's really not a very small chance you're going to talk me out of it. My mom thought I was a lunatic. Most of my friends were like, You're crazy. But that just kind of fuels my fire even more to prove people wrong. Don't get me wrong. When I said I'm leaving, and then I put in my resignation, I gave like three months. So I could transition the next person train the next person. And then I had the diaper bank go live. And then when the day came, March 20 2014. I was like, holy, I probably shouldn't curse. But you know, holy, my done. It was like my first day of freedom. And it was really scary. And I was like, I can't undo this now. So it's full throttle. Yeah. So you know,
Jerrid Kalakay 19:34
you basically jumped out the plane out of the plane, and I'm building the parachute on the way down, you're on the way down. Yeah. And then you realize, oh, wow, what did I do? Right? This is crazy.
Eryn Vargo 19:45
Especially because I didn't want to turn the diaper bank into a typical nonprofit where you have to go fundraise, and then pay a salary and then find a storefront that is just like the most exhausting thought ever. So the consulting and marketing business was really where the bread and butter was going to be. But in the beginning, I had five clients. And I was like, What am I doing? I'm making peanuts compared to what I was doing before. And I'm working five times harder. This is insanity. Yeah, so I kind of paired that back, that's when the shop with purpose element was added. Because it it really did help with offsetting those operational costs. And then I could not stretch myself so thin and be able to carry two or three marketing clients at any given time.
Jerrid Kalakay 20:26
So have you gotten to the point? And I'm hoping you say yes, but if not that, like, be honest. Okay. Have you gotten to the point now, where all of those people in your family go? Okay, I get it. Aaron, you weren't crazy? Or is that moment not quite happened yet.
Eryn Vargo 20:40
So they're all proud of me, they still think I'm a lunatic. Because I don't make anywhere near what I made. However, I can put my head on my pillow every night, knowing that I am having an impact in the world. And that makes me happy. And I'm showing my children, you can impact the world. It's not always about money. Yeah. And I think the problem with society and just the way things are headed right now, celebrities and football player, like, there are kids idols and they shouldn't be, don't get me wrong, they do amazing things. However, I think our focus is in the wrong place. And Money, money, money always seems to be on people's mind, when you can still make a decent living, help other people have an impactful role in the world. I don't think enough people are trying to use their talents to impact the world in a positive way.
Jerrid Kalakay 21:32
Yeah, well, I absolutely. I couldn't agree more. I mean, there's so many people that are that are in the the grind, just because that's the only thing they know,
Eryn Vargo 21:40
right? And you have to be willing to take risks. And it is scary, but very scary. And the problem is like my husband's the complete opposite of me, he would never jump out of the plane unless he had three parachutes. You know what I mean? And I'm over here, like, I'll just build this thing on my way. Now. We're just so opposite. Yeah. And this kind of it just doesn't scare me. So I look every failure because I've had tons of them during this whole entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship process. But they're stepping stone to greatness. And I just keep telling myself that absolutely. Because it's led me from one idea to the next and, and it's taking a lot of time, but they are evolving into something meaningful, and bigger than I even ever thought. So I embrace my journey in social entrepreneurship. It is scary. There have been times where I'm like, What am I doing, but at the end of the day, like, I don't think I would change it for anything.
Jerrid Kalakay 22:32
That's awesome. And and, you know, you mentioned your husband being kind of the exact opposite, we need that balance, don't we? We do. I mean, I think if you talk to any social entrepreneur, there's a, especially people that are engaged in this type of work, there's a there's an element of almost insanity, you know that to to create something out of nothing. And then to do it in a way that no one's ever heard of, is wild. And we need people to help us be grounded and and to be that stability, to help us continue the path and also not to get really in trouble right now. Because that could happen as well, it could run off the rails pretty quickly. Absolutely. So we need that we need that balance. One of the things that I really appreciate about your story is that you've you've done all of this. And still being a wife, being a mother, being a new mom, again, you know, and and all of these things, right? Like, if you can do it, there's absolutely no reason why anyone else can do it. Anybody
Eryn Vargo 23:34
can do it. The problem is fear usually gets in the way. And that doubt and what if and the negative self talk and then all the people saying, Oh my god, are you crazy? Because that's what they do. Yeah, of course, even though it's coming from a loving place. I just look at things you know that the acronym for fear, face everything in rise, fear everything and run. I just always keep that at the forefront. What am I going to do?
Jerrid Kalakay 24:00
Yeah, absolutely. That's perfect. I love that. I've never heard that actually before. Yeah, I've never heard I've never heard the two Anyway, I've heard I heard the first one. But not not the second one. That's, that's pretty. It's pretty cool. Yeah, it's, um, I think a lot of times, I mean, you know, I work with students, primarily, most most of my days are spent in academia. And whenever I'm not working with social entrepreneurs, and you know, that they're trying to figure everything out. And it's funny, because yes, just yesterday in class, I was talking to them about how, as complicated as their life is right now,
Eryn Vargo 24:32
it is vastly less complicated than it will be next year, or the year after or five years from now. And they just, I mean, they just couldn't they didn't understand it. They're like, Oh, wait, no, no, it's going to get better. Like, no, it gets better, but it's not going to get less complicated. It gets more calm, it gets better, more complicated, harder, more fulfilling. Absolutely. Yeah. It grows in all the ways. But remember, when you're a kid, and you're like, Oh, I can't wait to be a grown up. So no one can tell me what to do. And then it's like, now, okay, somebody tell me what to do. They don't think that concept, you know?
Jerrid Kalakay 25:05
Yeah. Well, that's, that's really funny. Because, you know, a lot of entrepreneurs, they, you know, people look at entrepreneurs, especially, like, I think social entrepreneurs with with all Wow, they get to set their own schedule. Wow, they don't have someone telling them what to do. They don't work a typical nine to five, you know, and but most entrepreneurs are working way more than a nine to five, and they're never not really working. Yes, they get to set their own schedule. But they're always on the grind. Ali and I had a professor back in business school, many, many moons ago. That used to say, you know, most of most of my work, and most of the people I've worked with would rather work 16 hours a day for themselves and work 18 for some or work eight for someone else. I agree 100%. And that, and there's a freedom in that. There's also a lot of pressure in that though.
Eryn Vargo 25:51
I mean, everything you have to be very disciplined. And you have I'm one of those crazy list makers. I probably have 10 different lists in my purse right now.
Jerrid Kalakay 25:59
I have for mole skins right now in my bag. You have to do it. Yeah, it's wild. It's wild. So Aaron, a year, let's say a year from now. Everything goes exactly the way you want it to go. What would you What would you share is your biggest success over this last year? with us? What would it be
Eryn Vargo 26:17
from this previous year?
Jerrid Kalakay 26:19
Yeah. So a year from now, you come down and you're and you're you're telling us about the great success you've had,
Eryn Vargo 26:25
oh, this is going to be good. Okay. So success. Number one, shop with purpose becomes a national thing. I'm trademarking that. I love it. Number two, the diaper bang hits 100,000 diapers distributed by February 14 2019. And then hopefully, we can continue our track record of an additional 15,000. Ok. And then baby. Okay, we have both versions live 100%. And we reduce the statistic of 37 children a year, dying from being forgotten. This is actually a worldwide epidemic. So year two of baby, okay is tackle international right now, I just been trying to focus on us. I don't even know what the international numbers look like. But it happens all the time I get I get alerts, it's until the point where I don't even want to read the alerts anymore. So this next year is going to be huge.
Jerrid Kalakay 27:22
Awesome. That's very cool. And then lastly, I'd love to ask you if if there's a young young woman or young man listening or an older man, older women listening, and they're, they've always had an idea in the back of their head to do something good. But they just have never gotten the guts to do it. What would you What would you tell them?
Eryn Vargo 27:40
Do it? Don't be afraid, write it down, make a plan. And go for it. You only live once. Do you want to let you want to be 80 years old lying on your deathbed going on? Man, I wish I would have done this. I can't imagine myself doing that. Which is why when everybody thought I was crazy, too bad that I'm going for it. Yeah, don't be that person that wishes you would have done something, go for it. And if you fail, you're going to learn some valuable lessons along the way, take notes, and then go for it again.
Jerrid Kalakay 28:13
Well, yeah, and that's I mean, especially in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, you fail more often than not sure, you know, it's funny, because I tell my students all the time, you only become a serial entrepreneur, when you become successful. Before that, you're just, you're just a failure. But it's not really those failures, those are learning moments. Absolutely. And it's iterations of you refining your idea and so forth. Right. And, and, and embracing those mistakes. I think that's really what separates successful people from unsuccessful people, is a successful people don't succeed more often per se, or less, but they just they just keep at the grind. They just keep going. And they and they learn from those mistakes.
Eryn Vargo 28:52
Absolutely. If you don't learn from your mistakes, then you've got a problem. Probably, yeah, stop what you're doing. But you know, my mom, counting down the days until she was going to retire and what when I say counted down, like we would get text messages. 232 days left, like I told her, you live a miserable life. And I could never be that person. I just don't be that person. enjoy every moment because you never know when it's going to go away. Oh, absolutely. So if you have an idea, Can I say one more thing I've had, I can't tell you the amount of ideas that I've had. And I've never been able to fulfill them. because money is always an obstacle. The thing with baby, okay, this has been years in the making money is always been the challenge. But so many of the ideas that I've had other people came up with it and are doing it and are wildly successful. And I'm like, Okay, I'm not a moron. Obviously, my ideas are worth something, you just got to continue to act on them and move forward. And even if it takes three or four years to finally come to fruition, that's just part of your journey, you need to embrace it.
Jerrid Kalakay 29:57
Absolutely. Yeah, absolutely. And you guys get it out there. And, you know, one of the things I think is great about So, so wonderful about your story is that so often as human beings, we wait for the perfect moment. You know, we, you know, it's kind of like the story of your mom who was counting down the days, you know, she will start her life sort of speak when she retires. You know, and and so many people wait for the exactly the right moment to then do whatever it is that they need to do, right, whether it's go back to school, whether it's to get a higher degree, whether it's to start a business, whether whatever, you know, as so many people and regardless of what age group or what, what generation are, where they are in their life. So many people just wait for that next, you know, thing, whatever it is, when this happens, then I will do X, Y, Z, right? And you can and the kids leave the house, that's when we're going to travel right when you know the kids get into high school, that's when we'll buy, you know, whatever that's, you know, whatever, whatever, whatever. And, unfortunately, in doing that, you're postponing life. Absolutely. And so many people unfortunately, don't know when that's going to be when none of us know when it's going to be right. And so many people that are postponing life never get to that life because things happen.
Eryn Vargo 31:12
Absolutely. I I my mom already retired. And guess what? She had a major curveball thrown at her. And guess what she's doing now? not living your best life? Yeah. So don't, don't count down the days. Just try it. Make it your side hustle to start, you know what I mean? Like, yeah, go for it. bits and pieces. You don't have to, you know, quit your job and be that crazy person unless you have you know, a husband who thinks you're nuts but to willing to support you.
Jerrid Kalakay 31:38
Which is super important. Yeah.
Husbands, and wives and partners and so forth that are there to do
Eryn Vargo 31:44
that. Absolutely. Absolutely. But don't, don't wait. I my advice would be just
go for it. Just do
it. Just do it. Nike had it right. Just do it.
Jerrid Kalakay 31:55
Absolutely. Well, thank you so much, Aaron. This has been it's been a lot of fun.
Eryn Vargo 31:59
Thank you for having me. Absolutely.
Unknown Speaker 32:01
You are listening to the teaching change podcast where we explore issues of social entrepreneurship, education and innovation. I'm your host Jerrid Kalakay. Okay, On today's episode, we've been speaking with Eryn Vargo, founder of moms give back Orlando diaper bank shop with purpose and a bunch of other really cool things including baby Okay, till next time, be nice and change some stuff.