- Entrepreneur/Business Owner
- Design / Marketing
What motivates and inspires you?
Like many of us, I’ve got both internal and external motivators. As a kid, and a young woman, I spent a great deal of time doubting myself, thinking other people were smarter, better, more capable than I was. Once I realized that that was just false, I turned my attention to learning more about what I’m capable of. It’s been amazing and so fulfilling. Yes, I’ve been sorely challenged and have failed at things as well, but I’m motivated by the knowledge that I’m capable of anything and that’s a heck of an inspiration. Externally, it’s both my family and my community which motivate and inspire me. My daughter Tuesday is 16 and my son Cooper is 10. I care about making sure they know that they’re powerful and amazing people. My kids and I inspire each other. And my community is a constant source of motivation. Every kind word about our business, every kudos I receive inspires me to keep pushing myself, challenging myself and extending the borders of my comfort zone.
Who are your sheroes?
I love this question and I’m proud to say that I get to find so many of them right here in Montana. I don’t know that I’ve ever spoken to someone who didn’t have a fascinating story to share, who didn’t face stunning challenges and, win or lose, who didn’t continue to show up and fight the good fight. We all have vision and passion and we all work to shape the world into what we want it to look like. So yeah, pretty much everyone I get to meet I find pretty damn inspiring.
What technology do you love and recommend to others? What about books, ideas or podcasts?
I couldn’t function without my iPad and Google Drive. Seriously. When I’m not at my desk, the iPad goes everywhere with me. I don’t like doing things later when I could do them now and the iPad combined with the online file storage of Google Drive, gives me the ability to knock things off my list wherever I am. The flip side of that is my old school Kindle. I love to read without distraction. The kindle gives me the ability to read whatever I want, wherever I am, without Facebook, email and other online distractions. When I’m on, I’m on and when I’m off, I’m seriously off.
My favorite book of late: Ego vs. EQ by Jen Shirkani. It’s all about putting your own self into context so you can bring your best to every person you touch. It’s designed as a management and leadership book but honestly, aren’t each of us in leadership roles in the context of our own lives? I don’t think you need to be the boss of anything except yourself to find valuable content in this book.
My favorite podcast is usually The Moth. It doesn’t make me better at what I do but it’s a beautiful glimpse into individuals and their stories. It touches the heart, makes me laugh, sometimes makes me cry and totally makes me want to get up on a Moth stage and tell stories, too.
How do you reboot?
A reboot for me is time with the people I love, both the family I have and the family of friends that I’ve made. Sometimes it means being out in the world, sharing adventures and making memories and sometimes it means shutting the whole world out and allowing myself a little bit of time to fill my own cup back up. I wasn’t always good about recognizing that I needed this but I do and I’m grateful for the time I can make for myself.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
My husband and I have created two businesses in Butte which we run simultaneously. We’ve created almost 30 jobs, many of which are full time and come with benefits. Nearly 30 people show up every day and do amazing work, work they’re damn proud of, because John and I believed in ourselves and believed that we could be successful. We run companies that we’re proud of and we run them with a focus on making our community a better place. So yeah, I’m sharing the credit. For my part, I never gave up, never doubted what we could accomplish together and what I brought to that equation. It was powerful when we were getting started and it’s equally powerful every single day.
What is the mark you hope to leave on the world?
When all is said and done, when I’m gone and someone’s running the numbers on my life, I want the world to be just a tiny bit better for me having been in it. I have no delusions of grandeur, just a goal that my presence and my efforts left the world, left the people I’ve touched, just a little bit better for the experience.
Words of wisdom you want to share with Montana women?
Leave it all on the field. We each get one shot at life. Make yours the one you’re most proud of.