Where to Begin?
Writing this “About” page was almost as hard as starting a cleaning company (just kidding, there’s nothing harder than starting a cleaning company). Truly though, there’s so much I want to tell you so that you understand why I believe what I believe. How do I fit it all on one page?! I guess we should start at the beginning…
I was lucky enough to grow up in a home where my ideas mattered and where I was encouraged to dream.
Once, when I was barely old enough to walk, we got a new refrigerator. My parents took the big, empty box it came in, plopped it on our living room floor, and dragged out markers and crayons and all kinds of crafty stuff. They told my younger sister, Lauren, and me that the box could be anything we imagined and let us have at it. They left it there for us to play with for weeks.
My parents always encouraged our curiosity and creativity.
And while they weren’t entrepreneurs themselves, they say they always knew I was destined to be one.
Aside from the fact that I asked for a cash register for my 6th birthday (if that’s not a sign, what is?), it seemed like every weekend I had a different business idea: making and selling fake nails, a babysitting service, a cafe. And no matter how silly I’m sure some of those ideas were, my parents always empowered me to try to bring them to fruition.
But perhaps the most important thing my parents did for me was teach me it’s okay to fail. Our dinner conversations consisted of everyone going around the table sharing what hadn’t gone well that day, what we learned from those things, and what we would do differently should we ever have to face them again.
My parents taught me to be human. Not perfect.
They taught me that failure is a gift, and that if I could learn to accept it, that gift was the opportunity to grow. They taught me to be resilient. And this, I believe, is what prepared me to be an entrepreneur who relentlessly pushed through when life inevitably pushed back.