Hi! Starting this week, I will be publishing a special guest interview of the most powerful, influential women I know. So look out each Wednesday morning for a new interview!
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Christy! She is currently an independent retailer for LuLaRoe! Christy and I met a few years ago and actually worked together for a bit! She truly is one of the most feisty, beautiful people I know and it was an honor to have her for my very first interview!
So let’s started! 😚
1. Tell us about your business? What’s your day to day look like?
I’m an independent retailer for LuLaRoe. I help women find their confidence by matching them up with clothing that is comfortable, unique, and stylish. The great thing about my particular business is that I can fit it around my lifestyle instead of the other way around. I’m a mom first and foremost so I work on invoicing while Maggie (my toddler) eats breakfast, or take photographs of new inventory after she is asleep. Sometimes, I’m sitting on the playroom floor creating graphics on my phone while she builds Legos.
2. Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I love to travel and am always saving money for my next trip even if it isn’t planned yet. So far, I’ve been to 3 continents, 16 countries and 34 states but there are a LOT more places on my list!
3. When did you start your business?
I launched my business in January of 2017.
4. What inspired you to start your business?
After a long battle with postpartum depression, I realized that I needed something to help me respect myself again. Starting this business gave me a reason to talk to adults, to get out of the house, to take care of myself, and basically to help rebuild my own confidence. It’s allows me to be the best version of myself so that I can teach my daughter and the women around me how to be the best version of themselves.
5. How do you handle having a family and working full time?
I really only work my business part time but I have two or three items in each area of my life that are absolute musts and I focus on making sure I get those right every time and allow myself to let the other things go if I have to. So, for my business I focus on great customer service but don’t worry about packaging each item with bows and tissue paper and packets of unicorn poop, or posting constantly on every social media platform in existence. As a mom, I focus on having a happy healthy kid and let my house be “clean enough” (which it isn’t always but it’s not one of my main priorities so I don’t stress about it)…. it’s about knowing what is REALLY important to you and spending your time & energy there.
6. How do you handle leading a healthy lifestyle and still working your business?
Like everything else, good enough is good enough; I focus on being better instead of perfect. I try to make it easier for myself to make healthy choices (like using a grocery pick-up service so I don’t have to wander past all the junk, or doubling a recipe and freezing half so I have an easy healthy dinner ready in the future).
7. Have you had any set backs? How did you overcome them?
Sure, things happen but I don’t believe this business (or life in general) is about finding THE right answer but rather about finding THE NEXT right answer. Setbacks just give me the kick in the pants that I need to try something new!
8. What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?
Every time a customer tells me how amazing or confident she feels in her new clothes, my heart swells. It’s amazing to see someone’s face light up when they look at themselves in the mirror, especially when shopping is usually a source of stress for them.
9. What would tell other woman about starting their own business?
Find your own lane. It’s easy to get caught in the comparison trap and feel like you have to “keep up” with everyone else. If driving 90mph in the left lane isn’t your thing (or takes too much time from your other priorities), then go 60mph in the right lane instead. As long as you keep moving, you will get there eventually just the same!
10. What woman do you aspire to be more like?
J.K. Rowling. She doesn’t give up, she’s creative, a philanthropist, an activist, and wickedly clever to boot.
11. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“We’re all stories in the end.” I heard the quote on Doctor Who and it resonated so much with me that I actually have it tattooed on my wrist!
If you’d like to know more about Christy or her business, you can check her out on Facebook @LulaRoe Christy Pino
Here’s a cute pic of her and her ladies! 😍