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Danielle Hatch

Long gone are Danielle Hatch’s days at Wellesley College. Today, the brand-new Texas transplant is the lone woman out, surrounded by Tonka trucks and LEGOS, settling into her role as a “boy mom” to 6-year-old Mac, 4-year-old Hamilton and 3-year-old Lachlan. “It’s a completely male-dominated home at this point,” the Coppell mom says, “which makes for an adventurous lifestyle!”
 
Daily adventures with her three boys and husband Cameron, a consultant for Deloitte, keep 31-year-old Danielle hopping. But somehow, in between romps through the park and daily LEGO-building sessions, she found time to launch Georgie Wear, a line of activewear-inspired dresses and skirts. “[It] sprang out of me needing to have some sort of creative outlet,” explains Danielle, who has a background in fine art. She adds that the idea was also inspired by her own desire for a workout alternative to yoga pants. “My husband would get home at 10pm at night and I’d still be in my workout clothes!”
 
We recently caught up with Danielle to pick her brain on parenting boys and see how she’s settling in to North Texas. (Spoiler alert: She loves it.)
 
Did you always want to be a mom?
I did. I grew up as an only child for a long time. I wanted my children to have siblings. In my mind it was like Little Women. But once you have three boys … It was a whirlwind, but I love it. It’s been wonderful and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. But I’m grateful I get to be a mom to these boys. They each have such unique, goofy personalities.
 
What’s it like being a boy mom?
It’s non-stop trucks and running around outside and getting dirty. It’s exhausting, but I love getting outside with my boys. We try to let them physically exhaust themselves every day.
 
How do you balance being a mom with launching a business?
It’s the eternal question. Reading is a huge help to me — just reading other women’s stories. It is a constant struggle of trying to fill up your kids’ tanks, so they feel that they’re getting everything they need and you’re getting everything you need. If I can just carve out one hour, at least, of one-on-one time with them, it really does help them feel good and I’m able to go do the work I need to do without feeling guilty. But it’s a daily struggle. I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to spend time with them. Starting a business yourself is so much work, but you also have the flexibility to make it work for your schedule.
 
How has being a mom changed your perspective on things?
It’s allowed me to be more flexible with my expectations of life. You have to totally change your parenting style with each child. It’s this constant realization that I have to be open to moving where the wind takes me. It’s been that way creatively too. Being a mom has taught me to seek opportunities where you can get them and be flexible with your expectations. It can lead you down a new path, if you’re flexible enough to embrace the path it’s going to take you down.
 
What else do you think you might be doing career-wise if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now?
I started out planning to go to law school. I took an architectural history class and that’s what led me down a creative path. I still have times where I’ll think, “Should I have gone to law school?” But, no. If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be doing architecture or studio art. I could be doing both of those things and it would be fulfilling as well.
 
How are you liking Dallas-Fort Worth?
We love it. The community of Coppell is amazing. I’ve been flabbergasted. It’s a great place to raise kids, so that’s been a great realization. I love all the art that’s in the area. We’ve gone down to the Kimbell. I love the architecture of the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. We’ve done the bike loop around White Rock Lake — that’s probably our favorite spot so far.
 
Any bad habits of yours you hope the kids don’t pick up? 
I have a propensity to dive in head first to things. This has led to some moments of feeling overwhelmed, so I’m always trying to remind myself to take a more measured and thoughtful approach to things.
 
Good quality you’d be happy to pass on?
The confidence to move forward with your ideas. I’m grateful for my mom; that’s something she instilled in me. If you believe in it, give it everything you’ve got. Sometimes it will work out, sometimes it won’t. The courage to move forward with your ideas is what I want to instill in them.