Unconventional Women

I wanted to do something a little different today.  As an aspiring writer, it’s pretty difficult to figure out where I fit.  I am not yet published and struggle daily with the idea that I am just doing this all in vain.  However passionate I am, it is still mentally and emotionally taxing and I’m constantly reminding myself that it’s worth it.  A lot more has gone into what I am doing than what I show on social media.  I do consider myself an open book,  but some of the “work” behind this is not as interesting or fun to read about!  I have to tell myself everyday that something will come of this in the end – I will reach my goal one day!

Until then, however, I thought I would showcase some amazing women in my area that have started businesses of their own and are settling into their respective industries while inspiring others!  Some are in the beginning stages, some are more established but they all have one major in common – NONE of them gave up.  Did they second guess themselves?  Probably a billion times!  Did they have naysayers who caused them to have that extra glass of wine to numb the humiliation?  Most likely more than one.  But, that’s the funny thing about entrepreneurship… it pushes you in more ways than you could ever imagine, but it’s the most rewarding decision you can ever make if you are truly ambitious enough and passionate enough about your idea.

Your one, small, tiny, maybe-this-could-be-something-good idea.  Some of us were working desk jobs, or job hopping.  Some were sitting in a college class thinking, “What the hell am I even doing here!?”  Some of us just needed something to do that made us feel whole.  Something that would help us to grow and better ourselves somehow.

Today – you will meet 4 pretty awesome women who put their blood, sweat and countless tears into what they LOVE and are creating some amazing work.

First I would like to introduce a fellow mommy who I met through Cori’s new day school. bio.pngLauren Venable – owner of Balanced Roots.  I was nervously walking into parent orientation, feeling so out of place and thinking I would never fit in with the moms, when I met her and instantly clicked.  The more I got to know, the more I admired everything about her and how she turned a giant bowl of lemons into a lemonade fit for mermaids and unicorns.  Which is interesting because she claims that her intent was never really to have a product line.  She was coming out of some real mama problems with postpartum depression/anxiety and made a decision to help herself and went to a counselor who was also an energy healer.  This encouraged her to get into energy healing as well and found herself drawn to help other mamas out there. As she began her energy work, she realized she wanted to broaden her reach and cue the bath bombs and delicious smelling potions! Balanced Roots LOVE Bomb.jpg After much trial and error and trying out different ideas, she finally made her first batch of 86 bath bombs and set up at a local farmer’s market and sold out in 2.5 hours!  It only took about 3-4 months for her to be fully up and running, but she never dreamed of where her healing and products would take her!  She is now sold in her dream location locally as well as in California!  Which just goes to show that even in your darkest days, you will see the light.  And if you really find something you’re that passionate about, nothing should stop you.  magic mud stir.jpg

Price Range: $8-18

Website: www.balancedrootsreiki.com 

Etsy Site: www.etsy.com/shop/balancedroots

Where to purchase: Etsy, Maven Womenswear (Lafayette: 201 Settlers Trace Blvd #2021, Lafayette, LA 70508), & The Maven Store (California: 3333 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026)  and recently, Rosebuds in Jennings:  431 N Main St Jennings, LA 70546

Contact Info: lauren@balancedrootsreiki.com 

Wanting support, you can join my private Facebook community here: www.facebook.com/groups/balancedroots

Next, we have my beautiful and talented cousin Morgan Carriere who owns and operatesScreen Shot 2017-09-21 at 9.56.48 AM.png Blended Faces Makeup Artistry.  As long as I can remember, she’s had a passion for this.  I used to watch her study YouTube videos to help recreate looks she liked and it’s honestly art.  Because I try to do the same thing and… it’s just sad.  It really takes true talent and now, here she is, one of those people!  She attended the Aveda Institute to hone her skills and worked to receive all of the necessary certificates.  But, once she graduated, she still struggled with how exactly she wanted to showcase her craft.  Working in a salon wasn’t really her goal, so in the meantime, she helped manage her fiance’s bar and did some freelancing on the side.  Over time, she realized that if she was truly going to make a career for herself, she needed to refocus all of her energy on her brand.  She needed to make a solid plan and build on that.  So she did!  And slowly, over a 3 month period, by word of mouth and social media, she began to gain momentum and finds so much validation in the reactions from her clients.

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It truly makes all of the long hours, learning to use a camera and edit/compile videos, and the many social media outlets all worth it!  Morgan also offers spray tanning in her studio or on-site.  I truly admire her drive, open mind and heart.  It takes a lot of courage to take a leap of faith like this and that coupled with her incredible talent is what solidified her special little place on this post.

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Follow her on Instagram @blendedfacesmua and subscribe to her YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNIS_GqEF2vGVwO46UuAN-A

to see more of what she has to offer!

Contact her at blendedfacesmua@gmail.com for any questions or to schedule with her!  

Now I will take you to Lauren Myers with Angled Woodwork – who has made some of the20170925_151502.png most gorgeous wood pieces that I cannot WAIT to get in my house!  Her growing business started as a personal project for her own home.  She wanted a large-scale statement piece for her living room that wasn’t something generic and mass-produced that everyone else owned.  She wasn’t sure where to begin, so she started with a pencil and paper, then asked her step-dad to teach her how to properly use the power tools in his garage and voila!  Something sparked for her and I know everyone who owns one of her pieces is thankful for it, because her work is unique and clearly made with care and quality. It took about a month for her to get enough work completed to sell and began simply posting to Facebook’s marketplace.

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She noted that sharing her ideas and projects publicly, held her accountable and pushed her to keep working and not get discouraged.  Because of this, she was contacted by a couple who wanted to purchase one of her pieces to gift to a person they rented a cabin from in Colorado.  The idea that her work would be displayed in a state far from where she lives was surreal, but incredibly validating.  Now she has an Etsy account that continues to allow her a creative outlet that she refers to as “free therapy” haha!  I really wanted to include her today because I know all too well the struggle of trying to gain a following and knowing your work is great, but just need that one right person, or people to find you and I think her natural talent for this deserves to be shared!

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Her prices range from → $65(1×1 ft) – $295 (2x4ft)

She offers free shipping anywhere in the United States. She also will be giving locals a discounted price from the one that is listed on Etsy (because she will hand deliver it and won’t have to pay for shipping fees.)

 

Check out her Etsy shop and follow her on Instagram to see what she’s working on!  And for you locals out there, she is working towards art markets, but not involved just yet.

www.etsy.com/shop/AngledWoodwork or https://www.instagram.com/angledwoodwork

Contact info→ angledwoodworking@gmail.com

 

And then we have the lovely Brooke Roy who created Arion & Jack, a clothing and Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 8.22.26 PM.pngaccessory boutique.  Her idea was inspired by a big drafty white horse she used to ride, and her son, Hunter’s pony.  Riding horses was something she and her son did together when he was younger and she found that the experience with those horses taught her a lot about herself – whether she liked what she learned or not!  She began with an idea of designing her own saddle pads, and six months later, her brand and business was born!  Brooke joked about the difficulty small business owners have about actually making money.  Again with the whole trial and error!  She had a brick and mortar that she learned could be fairly challenging, especially with the online competition.  Shark .pngSo, she decided to go back to strictly selling her merchandise online and through well thought out pop up shops.  Her biggest piece of advice for anyone out there thinking about starting their own business is to BE PREPARED.  LSU & Beaded Wrap.jpegPlan and know what capitol you’ll need and what kind of approach will be the best for your brand, this can ultimately make or break your success.  She loves the creative aspect of what she does and thrives off of the positive feedback she gets from customers (which speaking from experience, she goes out of her way to put a smile on their face – and I’m actually wearing one of her pieces in my photo above!).

 

Her kind spirit, the meaning behind what she does and her gorgeous and functional pieces made me desperate to include her today.  This wasn’t just a passion of hers, it’s part of her story and a beautiful one at that!

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You can check out her website www.arionandjack.com 

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arionandjack/  

or 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arionandjack/

 

 

As you can see, the running theme with all of these women is the refusal to settle for less than their full potential.  They listened to that little voice in their head with the big idea, and along the way, learning where to evolve and where to stick to their guns.  Their selflessness and determination is what separates them from the rest and I admire SO much the idea that what they do comes not only just because of their passion to do what they love, but that they get to make other people feel good as well.  That’s the true beauty in this and why I know their success will only continue to rise.