Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
It doesn’t always feel quite balanced but I have learned that for me, having a daily routine and also boundaries works best. I usually get to work on the business during the day when my littlest naps and my oldest is at school and then again some nights, when I pack orders after their bedtime routine. I try and put the phone and laptop away when I am with the kids to give them my full attention, knowing that whatever business matter feels urgent can most likely wait until nighttime. It’s a work in progress, as I love both being with my family and I love working on Little Wild & Green, but at the end of the day, for me family always comes first, especially while the kids are so little and need us so much.
The drive: What challenges have you overcome?
There are many hurdles when you start any business, from creating just the right products, technical issues with launching a website or not being able to work the printer to print packing labels (that’s me!). A lot of hurdles have felt like they are too big to overcome at the time, but then when I look back, I really just needed to give myself permission to learn and grow. Sometimes, the challenges are mental and I need to remind myself to be patient and that when you are passionate about something and work really hard, good things will come your way eventually.
For better or worse: What are the pros and cons of running your own business?
I love being able to make my own decisions – about the products, the designs and packaging, the pictures. I follow my gut feeling a lot and if something doesn’t feel right, I don’t do it. I love the freedom that comes with running my own business, the flexibility and the opportunity to contribute to something positive and to see all my inspirations and visions come to live.
Sometimes, things do get frustrating and when I have made a wrong decision, I can only blame myself. But I see having this business as an opportunity to grow and develop and that just takes time and experience, so I’m not too hard on myself when things do go wrong.
Hopes and dreams: What next?
I’m hoping to keep sharing our products with families and to be able to expand our range further. We are always on the hunt for unique, eco-friendly, ethically made and high-quality products for babies and children and have lots of ideas and inspirations. We are also open to collaborate with other small business owners and share their handmade and eco-friendly products if they align with our values. Ultimately, I just want to keep growing that community of like-minded people who care for our planet and the future of the next generation.