One of the most important lessons we learned is that our lives and our businesses will teach us along the way. We don’t need to know everything on day one because the challenges we face on day will likely be ones we are already equipped to handle. As we overcome challenges we get better and better and as the challenges increase in difficulty so too does our ability to tackle them.

We asked members of the community that we admire to share important lessons their business or career has taught them and have shared some of those responses below.

Evelyn Coleman | Illustrator

I have always loved studying and drawing plants of different ecosystems. My first job out of college was a naturalist in the California Redwoods. I led hikes through the coastal redwoods and taught school children all about the ecosystem where they live and thrive. When I wanted to learn the plants and leaves I was teaching about, I spent time outside drawing and painting them to commit them to memory. Botanical State of Mind was originally born when my best childhood friend from California was getting married to a man from North Carolina. Read more>>

Kimberly Nerette | Registered Nurse & Fashion Influencer

Providing fashion inspiration for the everyday women all while uplifting, and encouraging women to be comfortable in their skin and being the best version of themselves. Read more>>

Pat Donaldson | Founder/CEO of “Addict Fit”

My though process behind starting my own business was just a reflection of who I am as a person. Even though, I came from humbled beginnings I was an athlete my entire life. I started lifting weight in 2012 but as an adolescent I played football and basketball growing up. Read more>>

Letícia Reis Matheus | Jewelry Designer & Founder

Growing up in Brazil, crystals have always been a part of my life in one way or another. The beauty, the uniqueness, and the spiritualness have positively guided me through me life journey thus far. When I was 8-months pregnant with my first child in the middle of the pandemic in a new country, I had an ah-hah moment on what I wanted to do. I’ve worked since I was 13 years old but with the pregnancy, pandemic, and being new to the US, I was not able to work like I used to so I had to think differently. Read more>>