1. So tell us a little bit about yourselves!
L: My name is Liz Choi and I am 34 years old. I’m married to my best friend Alex Choi with whom I just celebrated 10 years together. We have three children, Faith 14, Leilah 10, and Max 5. As you can see my plate is already massively full but Love Wildly Co has elevated our lives in the best way possible! When I first decided to start this business I truly did not expect it to turn into the amazing gift it is now.
M: Hello! My name is Michelle Hanna. I am 34 years old and am married to my husband, Jeremy Hanna. We have been married for 3 years but together a total of 10 crazy years. I am a fur mama to the sweetest Australian Shepherd, Storm and will be a real mama to my first baby named Grayson in January.
So what inspired you to start Love Wildly Co.?
L: Our inspiration came from a personal need to create plus a seen opportunity to use our gifts to build a business for our families. Michelle and I have been best friends for over 18 years and despite what so many told us about the dangers of friends going into business together, we have yet to touch those bounds. We decided early on that business or no business that our friendship would be our priority.Through the founding first years, where things are usually the hardest, we have managed to maintain our promise to each other. Sounds cheesy but we couldn’t have picked a better half to run this business and do life with!
M: At the time, Liz had already created an event planning business called TruEvents Co. She asked me to come on board with her and when we both fully committed to the company and our roles, we decided to rebrand with a fresh new look and business plan. We brainstormed for months to figure out the perfect name for our company and finally after 8 months, Love Wildly Co. was born.
What’s been interesting to learn about each other is how we both bring something so different to the company and clients. I joke around with her and say we are like opposite forces that compliment each other in business. But its true. I feel its rare and feel blessed to be able to do this with her. Don’t get me wrong, we argue and we disagree, but at the end of the day she is my partner and we must work through our differences. There is so much love and passion in Love Wildly Co. and we feel grateful to be where we are. What truly makes this business remarkable and inspiring is the amount of people we meet daily and how our company is privileged enough to be part of all these special moments in their lives.
What are some words you would share with fellow mom-a-prenuers and/or women who want to step out into business?
L: 1. Don’t stop dreaming. We have all been given this gift called life and individually we carry an even greater gift to dream and create even if you feel like you don’t carry a single creative cell in your body, believe me- you do! Don’t let those dreams die bc of the piles of excuses in front of you. Be patiently aggressive and take small steps to get to where you’ve dreamt of being! Time is so valuable, don’t waste it on “tomorrow” do it now...
2. Stop telling yourself you can’t- we are sometimes our worst enemy. We stuff ourselves into a box of “I cants and I’m not good enoughs” we compare ourselves with every other woman around us and let those things dictate how we live. Umm ain’t nobody got time for that! When you finally realize you are more than qualified and start focusing on what you hold vs what you don’t have you will be unstoppable. Start living with the idea of “I can and I will”! It will get you to where you need to be a lot faster.
3. Get your family involved- running a business is hard work! Give them ownership of what you are growing so that everyone is on the same page. Share your struggles, share your victories, and make sure to say thank you often. We should never be in a place where saying I’m sorry is more common than thank you. If it gets there it’s time to take a step back because FAMILY FIRST.
M: Support is huge when you own your own business. There are days when you are barely home because you're working 16 hours a day and your family needs to be able to help or give you a hand. Surround yourself with those people because work/life balance, there is no such thing. It all blends together but there are ways to deal with it. Make sure to set some time away for yourself and your family and pencil it into your calendar.
Don’t forget about confidence. Believe in yourself. Fake it till you make it. Everyone else is doing the same thing. We are all here trying to learn and perfect our skill. Don’t feel like you must be an expert to start your business. It helps to have experience, yes, but that’s the beauty of challenging yourself as a human. When you know you aren’t in your comfort zone, there is something great waiting at the end of that struggle.
Lastly, patience and hard work. It’s not easy when you don’t see immediate gratification after all the hours of work you put into it. But hard work and patience is key. Liz and I are still in the baby stages of our business and we remind ourselves to put in the work now and see the steady progress to have the life we want in the future for us and our families. It also helps that we take ice cream breaks and eat yummy food together!