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#myheirloomstory: Love Wildly Co.

#myheirloomstory: Love Wildly Co.

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!

www.lovewildlyco.com

 

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#myheirloomstory: Inheriting Courage

#myheirloomstory: Inheriting Courage

Katherine Wilson is also known as Mom, Wife, and Dr. Kat. She is blessed to be a mother of three beautiful children, ages 11, 6, and 3. She is married to her best friend and business partner and gets to spend three days a week being a pediatric chiropractor. On most days, you'll find her singing, dancing, and talking about how much she loves chocolate!

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What is a virtue you would like to pass down to the next generation?

There are so many incredible virtues that serve us. If I had to choose just one to pass down to the next generation, it would be courage. I have 3 amazing children and I want them to go after this world with a fierce, courageous spirit. Whether it's the courage to make a new friend, to go to a new school, to interview for a job, or even to stand up for themselves and others ... courage is the foundation. From there, you can grow, explore, and live. You can have the courage to be kind, the courage to love boldly, the courage to say, "I'm sorry." Through courage, anything is possible. As Winston Churchill put it, "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

What is a virtue that you inherited from your mother?

Tenacity. At the young age of 47, my mom became a widow. I was only 14 and about to start my first day of high school. Of course, there were times of sorrow and anger and frustration, but at the forefront was my mother's tenacity not to give up on life, leading the way. Even when she lost her job a year later, she went back to school to learn how to use a computer so she could get a better paying job. If there were setbacks, she only saw them as small obstacles rather than permanent roadblocks. She always moved forward with such tenacity. Even to this day, living alone at the young age of 76, she takes care of a beautiful home, is active with friends and family, and never says, "I can't." She is quite possibly the perfect example of this incredible virtue.

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#myheirloomstory: Inheriting Perseverance

#myheirloomstory: Inheriting Perseverance

Meet Blair:

Born in Southern California, but having lived most of her life in Georgia, Blair can't imagine calling anyplace but Atlanta "home." By God's grace, she married the man of her dreams, David, in 2015. She is a children's ministry pastor at Han Vision Church in Buford, GA and a full-time mommy to their 21-month-old son, Elijah and and newborn dauther, Zoe! 

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#myheirloomstory: Inheriting Authenticity

#myheirloomstory: Inheriting Authenticity

Our next Heirloom Story features Mrs. Chandley, our first born son Arrow's preschool teacher at St. Luke's Presbyterian School.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a mother to two amazing children, 16 and 15 years old, and a wife to my incredible husband of 19 years - we will be celebrating 20 years in July! After taking many years off from being a special education teacher to raise my children, I went back to teaching preschool at St. Luke's Little Saints Preschool. I love being back in the classroom and working part time. It's the perfect job for me to balance what I love; my family and teaching!

What is one virtue you would like to pass down to the next generation and why?

Authenticity. In a world FULL of selfies and phone apps with filters, the next generation needs to know that being true to yourself isn't easy. However, pulling off the "mask" that hides your flaws and living in the fullness of who you are creates a contagion that gives others the courage to do the same.

What is one virtue that you've inherited from your mother?

Kindness. My mother always taught me that there is strength in kindness. A simple gesture such as a smile, a compliment, or a note/text of encouragement could change a moment in time for someone, therefore, potentially changing the world.

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#myheirloomstory: Inheriting Beauty

#myheirloomstory: Inheriting Beauty

Meet Claudia:

Claudia and her husband Tommy live in the Philippines with their beautiful daughter Ariela. This family is truly amazing, and they happen to be our dearest friends. They currently work full time with at risk youth and orphans all around the Philippines bringing a message of hope and restoration. They truly live out "beauty from the inside out". 

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#myheirloomstory: Mom-A-Preneur

#myheirloomstory: Mom-A-Preneur

Why did you decide to start Heirloom Co.?

Honestly I never thought I would start a business, but the idea came after my mother in law spoke to my husband and I about possibly opening an online boutique. We put the idea on the shelf for a while, but when we had our second child we  felt that the time was right for us to begin. Little did we know that this would turn into so much more for us.

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