Alright, I know that I’ve shared these fabulous entrepreneurs on Facebook, but I am all about giving love to the entrepreneurs in my life. Growing up the daughter of one of the world’s great entrepreneurs, (as well as the sister to a girl that once sold rocks in our front yard and will likely be another great), I have always deeply admired people that take risks to create financial independence.
Heck, I have even tried unsuccessfully myself, (wedding videography/documentary maker anyone?!), so I definitely know the spirit when I see it and strive to continue chasing it through my writing. Soon enough, I will also be married to an entrepreneur again, as Alex is imminently headed back to real estate. Which reminds me, does anyone want to buy or sell a house? Oh, wait, that’s a different post!
Back to the point, it seems like I am surrounded by inspiring entrepreneurs. Here are a few recent inspirations in my life, thank you ladies for reminding me to be brave and take risks!
1. Shaka Soaps
My husband’s cousin recently launched her own home business making all-natural soaps and spa products in Hawaii. Not only are the ingredients wonderful, but the products are stylish. Jessica followed her heart to take the risk to move her family to Hawaii and has not looked back. I admire the guts! Her home business is experiencing great success, including the use of her products by celebrities. Doesn’t get much better than that!
2. Tanya Leigh
My dear friend Tanya is blessed with the courage to pursue her creative endeavors. She has sold gorgeous wedding veils, fabulous dresses, and handsome silk neck ties. As a design major at UC Davis, she kept us all on our toes in her various fashion shows, (excuse the rhyming!). Currently, she blogs for Style Bistro and does amazing freelance fashion illustrations. I truly cannot wait to see what she does next!
3. Botany Factory
Apparently UC Davis is just a hotbed of creativity, because another lovely friend from college, Katie, is a designer for Old Navy as well as the owner of Botany Factory, a quirky cute company that creates terrariums and offers occasional terrarium-making classes set to live Blue Grass music in the Mission in SF. Katie has also received press attention for her terrariums, and I cannot wait to buy one!
4. Flock & Farm
Staying at my aunt Colleen’s house was always the biggest treat when I was growing up. She has been an entrepreneur longer than I have been alive, and her house was always abuzz with her pursuits. Whether I was pouring through the blue prints for her contracting jobs or chasing around baby chicks for her pet store, I was always in kid heaven. The best of course, was when she had baby sheep that I could bottle feed and cuddle. I can still remember the wooly softness of a baby sheep hug! Now, Colleen turns the wool from her sheep into gorgeous blankets for her business Flock & Farm. With baby sheep season upon us, I think I may have to go visit sometime soon!