Boss Babes Interview With Ariel Panowicz Creative

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I had the honor of being part of this wonderful project started by Ariel of Ariel Panowicz Creative.  Her mission, to highlight, encourage, and empower women entrepreneurs, artists, change makers and community leaders.

“I’ve been so inspired by each and every one of them so far. Their words are so encouraging, honest, and often just what I need to hear. With each one, I am reminded that we are all in this together, and how truly important it is to lift each other up in any way that we can.

Next up is Abby Massey of Wee Vintage Baby. Abby is a hilarious, straight forward, genuinely kind human being. She creates THEE most adorable clothing for little ones, and is a fierce supporter of other women. So much of what she says below, are things that I think we all need to be reminded of.” – Ariel

// What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

“I wake up to my youngest yelling, “MOOOOOOOM!” I make him breakfast on the couch and start a cartoon. After that, I check email and orders. On the glorious mornings where I’m not rudely awoken by a child, I’ll scroll through Instagram. There are occasions where I do wake up early to catch up on orders. More rare than often, I’ll work out. I have a spin bike in my basement or I do a quick Tracy Anderson video.”

// What’s the best part about being a business owner?

“Happy return customers. I have the cutest and sweetest little shoppers!”

// If you could give one piece of advice to all women, what would it be?

“Keep your eyes on your own paper. You would think that as you get older it would get easier. I think Motherhood (parenthood) can feel like a very judgmental place sometimes. When you are running a business at home, with little ones, it’s hard to find a rhythm. It doesn’t help when there is this feeling that you aren’t doing it the “right way.” We as women, need to be less hard on one another. We are all in it together. It may not look exactly like your way, her way, or their way, but its motherhood none-the-less.

Outside of motherhood, we live in a pretty tough world of comparison. Social media has changed that. At the same time, comparison was around pre-Instagram. We had commercials, magazines, and music videos. I think we all need to be more responsible as a consumer of social media. Figure out your healthy dose. Don’t blame social media. Take responsibility. I’m not perfect, I definitely fall in the comparison trap. Especially when it comes to other women owned businesses that have started around the same time as I did. This year, I really decided to change those thoughts. Comparison isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Without comparison how would we evolve? It doesn’t have to be negative. Use it as fuel. Instead, I would rather celebrate these women. They work hard. They have bad days too. They struggle with the same things as you and I.”

// If you could talk to your 20 year old self, what would you tell them?

“I would say explore/travel more. Take more naps. Put the bikini on and rock it because things change baby girl.”

// What’s the biggest thing you’ve had to overcome thus far as a woman business owner?

“Finding a rhythm between business and motherhood. Both jobs, mother and business owner, require flexibility. The stages of early childhood to elementary school age kids and flexing with those changes. It always feels like you get a new routine down and something changes with one of the kids and you have to switch it up. With that also comes the juggle of every day life, errands, doctor appointments, play dates, friends & family, and let’s not forget YO’SELF! With the business picking up lately, I’ve had to take a real simple approach. Kids and family first, business second. My daily has become more so about mornings with Leo and afternoons with Perry. If a big chunk of the weekend isn’t needed for sewing, it is a priority to spend it with family first. The business comes in between those moments. I’ll add that I do get big chunks of sewing done by going to my parents house. I sew in the basement of their home and they watch the kids.

Runner up hurdle would be the Nay-sayers and negativity. Other people’s bullshit (can I say that?) Also a curse of social media, I think people have this idea that they can say whatever they want, whenever they want, without repercussion.”

// Why is it important to support and empower women?

“I’d like to just share one of my favorite quotes from Lindy West, as she says it better:
“We’re all building our world, right now, in real time.
Let’s build it better.”
I think we as collective women have a beautiful opportunity to build one another up, rather than tear each other down.”

All photos by Ariel Panowicz Creative

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