How does running your own business make you feel?
I feel proud of what I do and how far I have come. I also feel free. I love being my own boss because it lets me be as creative as I want. I’m always dreaming up new ideas.
What are some of the challenges you’ve overcome or are working to overcome as a business owner?
I am working on my work/life balance. When I first started my business, I was working so hard. Now I am trying to work smarter, not harder.
What are your proudest moments?
My proudest moment is definitely the release of my first book, “Queenspotting.” Although I love writing, I never imagined I would become an author. I had the idea for the book and decided to go for it and send it out to some publishers. I heard back from an editor really quickly and it’s been wonderful ever since. I am now working on my third book.
What are the next big plans you have for your business?
My biggest dream is to have my own land so I can create a stable bee sanctuary and educational space. I have partnered with landowners in the past, but nothing has lasted and I never had the freedom to develop the space in the way I wanted. I’d love to create a place where people can come learn about bees on a deeper level. Where they can see real examples of what they can do in their own backyards to help bees and other pollinators.
What are three things that you feel have contributed to your success as a business owner?
I think my artistic and creative talents have been a huge plus for me. I do all my own writing, photography, design, and marketing. It just makes my business really unique.