MEET EMILY, "JILL" OF ALL TRADES KILLIN' IT AS A HAIR STYLIST, ONLINE BOUTIQUE OWNER, AND MUSICIAN!
"Hi! I am a mommy to the sweetest, sassiest toddler in all of the land, and I have another little boy on the way. I am the wife to an incredible, kind, hardworking and handsome man. I get to follow my passion during my full time job, of being a hairstylist, but I also run a small online clothing boutique, and play music locally. I enjoy true crime podcasts and documentaries, comedy, dad jokes, running (but only when the weather is perfect) , and cooking."
Connect with her here:Facebook- Hair by Emmy LouInstagram- @working_moms_wardrobeShop- www.hairbyemmylou.com
Tell us about Hair by Emmy Lou, your journey as a hairstylist and entrepreneur, and what led you to create the Working Mom's Wardrobe.
"I started in the salon industry at the age of 16. I am lucky enough to have always known “what I wanted to do when I grew up”. The owner of the salon that I worked for took me under her wing, taught me everything she knew and gave me the opportunity to take classes and learn new techniques all over the country. I am forever grateful for her.After 12 years of working for that salon, I wanted to branch out on my own. Another fantastic salon owner gave me the opportunity to rent space out of her shop, and create my own brand. There, I created “Hair by Emmy Lou”, and two years later, I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made.I love the artistry behind being a stylist, but my favorite part of my job is really getting to know my clients, and making them feel more confident. Over time, getting to know my clients, I noticed a need for busy, on the go women like myself to find easy, comfortable, affordable and professional clothing; so, I decided to expand my business by offering an online clothing boutique (Working Mom’s Wardrobe). I offer limited pieces per season for purchase, but I also use each launch to show my followers ways to style versatile seasonal pieces."
Your son is SO adorable. Tell us how you balance being a mom, and running your two businesses! What advice would you give to your fellow babes in the same/similar situations?
"My son is the light of my life! I have always been a bit of a workaholic, so finding balance between mom life and work life can be a challenge at times. I am fortunate enough to be passionate about my work so, for me, having that work life makes me a better mom. However, as important as my work is to me, family will ALWAYS come first. Putting family at the center and priority of my life, makes everything else fall into place.
My advice for fellow babes who may be considering a family but are nervous about work. Or to the babes thinking about starting a career but are nervous about what that means for their family, you CAN have both."
What are your go-to ways to get out of a funk when you're feeling discouraged?
"Spending time with my family, going for a run, or playing music usually help me to clear my mind when I am in a funk, but, ultimately- I try to intentionally think outside of myself to get out of a funk. It is easy to become self absorbed in our own problems. By counting my blessings, and recognizing that the word is bigger than my current problems, I am normally able to regroup and get back to feeling optimistic."
What are your favorite parts about being a hairstylist and offering your rad clothing, respectively?
"I absolutely love helping people to feel their best by looking their very best! I get to know some pretty amazing people along the way. I consider myself very lucky to be able to do what I love for a living!"
Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur? If so, did you have a plan to achieve that? If not, what motivated you and ultimately led you down this path?
"My father has two business, so grew up in a household where entrepreneurship put food on our table. I have always known the amount of work that goes into entrepreneurship and the reward that comes out of it. Despite this, I can’t say that I have always known for sure that I wanted to be in business for myself. The opportunity to be an independent stylist came to me at a time where I felt as though I had plateaued in my career. Though I was 6 months pregnant at the time, I ran with the opportunity and I haven’t looked back."
Tell us about your goals for Hair by Emmy Lou and Working Mom's Wardrobe- none are too big or too small!
"My main goals for Hair by Emmy Lou and Working Mom’s Wardrobe are both pretty simple. I want to continue to provide quality services and products, and continue to take classes and expand my education to better serve my clients and customers."
Who are your top 5 favorite babes to grab inspiration from?
"@theboldcogirl - obvi. You are such an inspiration and hard worker!@hopeinwaiting - this is actually my sister. She is a super mom, therapist and huge advocate of mental health and self care during motherhood@photosbybrittanylauren - is an incredible photographer who sees and captures the beauty in everything@andreasavage - because I would like to be her when I grow up. She’s hilarious and doesn’t take herself too seriously.@jamielmc6 - my sister in law, who crushes her health and fitness goals all while working full time and raising 4 kiddos!"
If you could tell your pre-entrepreneur self anything, what would it be?
"Stop waiting for the perfect time, it doesn’t exist! Do it now."
What are some of your favorite motivational quotes? What significance does each have to you/why are they your favorite?
"My very favorite quote is the “ Do it Anyway” poem by Mother Teresa. I have it posted by my work desk and tattooed on my foot. It is a constant reminder to do my very best, and be my very best, despite any outside circumstances.
"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.Succeed anyway.If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.Be honest and sincere anyway.What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.Be happy anyway.The good you do today, will often be forgotten.Do good anyway.Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.Give your best anyway.In the final analysis, it is between you and God.It was never between you and them anyway.” "