May 2018

Mompreneurs: A salute to the local moms who literally can do it all.

Author: Special to CH2

A salute to the local moms who literally can do it all.
Raising a family, crushing it at work, and making it look easy.


Jackie Wells-Lindstrom
Too Belles Boutique

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
Not sure there is such a thing! I am a list maker, so when I can, I make lists, keep calendars and start prioritizing the most important things (hint: it’s always family!). You just wake up every day and do your best to wear all the different hats; some days are easier than others.

What was the best advice you ever received? Worst advice?
Best advice: Like the sign in my store reads, “Work hard and be nice.” Anything worth having is worth working hard for, and people will remember the way you treat them—always!
Worst advice: Give up!
Never. If it is worth having, it is worth fighting for!

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. Who are your go-to people/local services?
Behind this mompreneur is an amazing husband, who picks up the slack at every turn so that I can pursue my dreams. I live in a great neighborhood and can always count my neighbors to pick up a child from school or borrow a cup of sugar in a pinch. I am blessed! Gruby’s New York Deli always makes sure I am fed, and the women in this community are wonderful about boosting each other up and giving each other support.

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
Unwinding is super hard for me to do, but I do love sitting on the back porch at night and taking in the marsh life and ocean breeze (often with my neighbors). I also find going to church on Sunday is a great recharge and inspiration for the week.

What’s your favorite date night/vacation spot without your children?
My husband and I are huge Clemson Tiger fans, so any chance we get to travel and see our Tigers play is so much fun! We love to go “home” to Death Valley, but we also love to go to the away games, explore new towns, tailgate and watch some football. We are headed to Houston this fall, and I am counting down the days!

(843) 715-3276
shoptoobelles.com

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Ashley Rhodes
Ashley Rhodes Event Designs
Photography by Donna Von Bruening

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
I try very hard to designate every Monday as a reset day—a time to reset my home, car and office to an organized, clean state—as many of my weekends are spent at events and/or in meetings and not at home. Having everything stocked and in order helps me run my weeks more efficiently.

What was the best advice you ever received?
Someone told me when I was pregnant, “The days are long but the years are short.” No truer words were ever spoken. Daily, I try to remember to slow down and do the little things with my guys: eat family dinner together to talk about our days, take bike rides at sunset, and play baseball games in the backyard.

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. So who are your go-to people/ local services?
My husband! After a decade in business, and now four years as a mom, John is my cheerleader, my support, and truly my best friend. He is super dad and takes care of Jack almost every minute I’m away. We rarely hire a babysitter. If not John, a parent or sibling jumps in. We are blessed to be locals with family here.

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
I take a bubble bath almost every night, even on event days!

What’s your favorite date night/ vacation spot without your children?
Honestly, dinner at home with great tunes and card games. It may sound lame, but that’s our happy. We played our last ‘solo’ hand while I was in the hospital awaiting little Jack.

(843) 368-2554
ashleyrhodes.com
ashley@ashleyrhodes.com
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Jaclyn Orlando
LimeLight by Alcone

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
Staying organized and on a schedule is key. My husband is my biggest supporter! Together we find balance by working as a team. Thankfully, I have the flexibility to work from home, so I focus on my business during school hours, and try to be “present” when the kids are at home.

What was the best advice you ever received? Worst advice?
Dream big, work hard, stay focused and have faith. Believe in yourself. Trust your instincts. As far as bad advice, nothing comes to mind so I must not have listened!

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. Who are your go-to people/local services?
I am traveling and hosting/attending events often, so I need all the help I can get! For help with dinner, I can’t live without the Supper Club offered by Downtown Deli! HH Cleaning Services keeps my house event-ready. My beauty team includes VC & Company Hair Salon, Bluffton Glow and Envision MedSpa.

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
I love meeting my girlfriends for lunch. I enjoy shopping at the outlets, getting a mani/pedi at Cuticles, and exercising at Jiva Yoga. Nothing helps me unwind like a spa day! I love Namaste Spa at the Barony Beach Club.

What’s your favorite date night/ vacation spot without your children?
There’s nothing like a “staycation” at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa! Sometimes we are so busy with our schedules, we forget to appreciate the gorgeous island where we are so blessed to live.

(843) 422-2891
JaclynOrlando.com
jackie.orlando@hotmail.com
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Michelle Meissen
Palmetto Ocean Conservancy, Founder/CEO

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
I tend to do a lot of intentional activities to create balance by not habitually checking my phone, email and social media accounts, which can become overwhelmingly addictive. Instead, I replace these actions with more physical and outdoor activities such as diving. I try to stay in the present moment, and my kids play a big part in grounding me and helping me make my life balanced. My friends are also key to helping me to achieve these goals. Weekly reflections over cup of coffee or just a few quiet moments bring a sense of what is needed to energize me for the week.

What is the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I received is not to go to bed angry, and to enjoy life with gratitude and passion.

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. Who are your go-to people/local services?
It does take a village to raise kids. Although I am devoted to raising my kids, I tend to ask for help from family and friends when I need it, since recharging my energy—even if it’s getting a pedicure or diving in the ocean—helps me be better at handling motherhood and my passion for Marine Conservation.

What’s your favorite date night/vacation spot without your children?
My favorite date night? It’s been awhile. I’m a single mother. Dinner, dancing, and being with a partner who brings positive energy to the evening with a smile and gestures that create the perfect memories would be ideal.

(816) 352-2781
palmettooceanconservancy.org
michelle@palmettooceanconservancy.org

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Jordan Young
Coastal Rentals, Director of Operations

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
I owe it all to my family and coworkers. As a new mom, it’s been a challenge finding the balance, but I’m fortunate to have a wonderful support system. My team is dependable, hardworking, and I have 100 percent confidence in them. I also have an amazing husband who keeps me grounded and laughing.

What was the best advice you ever received? Worst advice?
Best advice: Keep your date night! Before Sawyer was born, Brad and I always had our Thursday date nights. It may not always be Thursdays, and it may not always involve margaritas, but we do make a point to carve out a date sometime during the week.
Worst advice: Successful women wear suits! I do some of my best work in sandals or flip flops! Also, Southerners are great ice skaters… I’ve got the scar and hardware in my ankle to prove that’s not always the case!

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom in the business world, it must take a huge village. Who are your go-to people/local services?
It absolutely takes a village, and I’m very blessed to have supportive family and friends. Coastal Rentals works closely with the real estate professionals who refer clients with rental properties or tenants looking for a home. Luckily, we’ve been able to refer many of these clients back to the Realtors whenever the homes sell or tenants decide to make a purchase.

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
A bottle of wine and sunset cruise usually does the trick. However, it’s hard to beat rocking Sawyer to sleep and stealing his cuddles!

What’s your favorite date night/ vacation spot without your children?
A boat ride on the river soothes the soul. It’s the perfect spot to unplug, relax and enjoy the Lowcountry. We also love country concerts and try to sneak away as often as we can. What better way to blow off steam than cutting a rug with 15,000 of your closest friends?

(843) 815-7368
coastalrentalshhi.com
Jordan.coastalrentalshhi@gmail.com
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Beth Ann Prince
Prince Law Firm, PC

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
My husband Chris is the greatest. He does a lot, including taking Eliza to school most days. I really think balance is a matter of perspective and priorities. For me, laundry is low on the list. High on my list is taking time to rest and recharge and making sure to do some fun things on the weekends with Chris and Eliza. As a family law attorney, I am reminded regularly how fortunate I am.

What was the best advice you ever received? Worst advice?
Best work advice: Don’t wait too long to hire help. You will need it sooner than you think.
Best “mom” advice: Stop worrying. No child ever started kindergarten still in diapers, holding a binky.
Worst advice: Let’s just say there have been a few times I was glad I decided to follow my own instincts.

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. Who are your go-to people/local services?
Again, I am lucky. My whole family lives here. My father is very helpful on the business end. My in-laws also live here part time and are a huge help with Eliza. I also have some really great friends who are always there for me!

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
I dabble in lot of artistic pursuits—drawing, painting, jewelry making, and even sewing. Eliza also loves art, so we like to just sit down and create together. Another favorite is to have movie night at home. Eliza turns all the lights off like a theater and makes us special snacks. Luckily, at home, our five dogs can join us for the movie.

What’s your favorite date night/vacation spot without your children?
Chris and I both love Vegas. Eating, gambling, seeing shows, and shopping … what’s not to love?!

(843) 681-9000
www.Bethprincelawfirm.com
bethann@bethprincelawfirm.com
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Brody Kenneweg
Traveling Chic Boutique

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
I think the whole reason I went into business for myself was to be able to be a better and more present mom. Making sure that the time I spend is quality over quantity with Saylor is what I strive to do on a daily basis. Hopefully, I get it right most of the time.

What was the best advice you ever received?
To keep a balanced life. If you don’t put enough into each of the areas of your life that are important, none of them work well.

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. So who are your go-to people/local services?
Currently, Rita’s Italian Ice after school saves my day for about an hour! My gal pal neighbors in the JCC are my own wonderful village, and I am blessed beyond measure to have them. And my super hottie husband—he is a super dad!

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
Driveway wine with my neighbors while the kids play together. Friendships and little kid giggles can cure almost any amount of stress.

What’s your favorite date night/vacation spot without your children?
Pomodori. I think I could eat there five nights a week if I had the time. We love it!

(843) 295-9003
tcbhhi.com
hiltonhead@travelingchicboutique.com
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Kristal Dobbs
Brain Balance Achievement Center

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
​​​​For me there really isn’t such a thing because Brain Balance is truly a family affair. ​A​bout three years ago ​my husband and I ​got the opportunity​ to​ move​ here​ to​ open our ​own ​center and put our children​ (Peyton and Mason)​​ through the program​​. That being said, working with your spouse and having children and family that are so supportive of what we do, sometimes it’s hard to tell where the line is between my home and work life.

What was the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever been given is to ​not take even one season, one week, or one day for granted when it comes to my family and my children. ​

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. Who are your go-to people/local services?
Yes, it definitely does​… there is no way I could do this without help!​ Not only do I have a great family support system, but ​I​ ​also​ ​have several friends who are momprenuers​ as well​ and we all help each other out.

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
Most nights you will find our family at home grilling out, playing games, or on a ball field. Spending quality time with my family​ and friends ​helps me be the best version of myself.

What’s your favorite date night/vacation spot without your children?
My husband and I love date nights​​, but as far as vacations go,​ ​my​ favorite​ is always the one that’s next!

(843) 815-4673
brainbalance.com
bluffton@brainbalancecenters.com
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Sarah Perry & Lauren McAvoy
Branches, Inc.

There is no such thing as a “perfect” mom, but everyone strives to be one. We are certainly no different. With us, family comes first and the business comes second, but it’s always better when we can combine the two.

After growing up in our family’s business, we now love having our children come to work with us. It is truly a family business through and through. Without dads, grandparents, neighbors, and friends, there is no way to keep it all moving by ourselves. It certainly helps that we love what we do, but it’s so important to take the occasional breath and maintain the ability to laugh at those crazy days.

As sisters and moms, we are our biggest support system when it comes to time out of the shop for those school plays, baseball games and doctor appointments.

We marvel at the variety of hats moms wear. We’re always on the go – constantly loading and unloading. Whether picking up kids from school, throwing groceries in with that afternoon’s custom florals, or unloading for a Flower Bar workshop, we often feel like we need a clone!

During downtime, and an occasional much-deserved cocktail time (much to our husbands’ aggravation), we always tend to end up brainstorming about the shop. But they love us, and its all part of being a Mom-preneur.

(843) 785-2535
branches123@aol.com
branchesdesigns.com
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Deena Paradiso
Modern Barn, Home Decor and Accessories

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
Some weeks are more balanced than others. I try to keep a calendar and lists around, reminding me of what’s going on at home. I have the work thing down. It’s the boys’ schedules that get me frazzled at times. It is a big deal for me that I am able to go to their games and be the one dropping them off and picking them up from school. I am also a huge believer in family dinners every night! I love to cook! So, I do my best every day, and that’s all I can ask of myself. Life is never going to be perfect. You need to learn to just roll with it at times.

t takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. So, who are your go-to people/ local services?
Obviously my husband Tom is always there for me. He owns his own business too, so he has been extremely helpful and supportive. I also turn to local business women and friends to mentor me. Katie Knowles, owner of Cycle Bar, has been a great help through this process. She is a wonderful role model. She operates a successful business, keeps her family life in order and always looks fabulous! I want to be Katie when I grow up (fact: I am much older).

What’s your favorite date night/vacation spot without your children?
I love to eat! So, I really enjoy dinner date nights with my husband. One of my local favorites is Pomodori. They have the best cannoli!

(917) 796-1138
modernbarnhhi.com
modernbarnhhi@gmail.com
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Lauren Loadholt Cirafesi
OMBRA Cucina Italiana

How do you balance work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
Honestly running the entire business side of a restaurant and taking care of six boys is give and take. I try to be Wonder Woman, but in reality, it is about choosing what is most important day by day. The children are always the most important, and everything else is after them. If there is an emergency and I have to fix a computer or something at the restaurant, I just bring them with me and let them play in the kitchen. The thing is that I don’t want to pass up time with my boys while they are young, because they grow up so fast. So, I choose the beach over housework every time. One day they will be grown up, and I will have all of the time in the world to be lonely and fold laundry and work at night; for now, I choose to have fun with my kids and make memories!

What was the best advice you ever received? Worst advice?
The best advice I ever received was from my dad, and he always says to me, “You can only control one person in this world, and that is Lauren. You do what is right and focus on what Lauren needs to do every day, and you don’t worry about anyone else or the rest.”
The worst advice I ever received: “You need to stop holding those babies too much, because it spoils them.” Absolutely a lie! You can never hold or love a baby too much. My youngest Davey is still on my hip all the time!

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
I love playing my piano, listening to loud music while driving, going up to my farm to see my dad in Estill, South Carolina, and shooting guns or riding our Ranger through the fields with the boys. Gardening and growing flowers and plants is extremely rewarding and peaceful to me, and watching the amazing skies from the beach. Also my visits to Cashiers/Highlands North Carolina; I go there to recharge, and then I am completely relaxed and happy. The fresh mountain breezes and smell of rhododendron is soul saving!

Favorite date night/vacation spot without your children?
Hinoki takeout on the beach with a good bottle of champagne. Believe it or not, fried rice and champagne go together like peas and carrots. It’s the little things….

1000 William Hilton Parkway
Village at Wexford
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
ombrahhi.com
(843) 842-5505
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Christina Vicaro and Nicole Smith
Lowcountry Bride and Gown // Make it Pretty
Photo by: Shields Dorsett Smith

My professional career began 25 years ago in child welfare, but when we started our family, I really just wanted to focus on being a mom and spending as much time as possible with my kiddos. Fortunately, my awesome hubby was supportive of putting family first, and I was able to stay home for most of their young years. When we moved to Bluffton in 2011, my daughter was starting kindergarten, and I realized I needed something to do besides keeping the household running and the yard mowed! I needed a new professional focus that would provide schedule flexibility, personal satisfaction, and monetary support to our family.

A few months before school started, I was discussing this with my good friend and neighbor Nicole Smith. She suggested I partner with her as she opened her floral design studio. Opening a bridal boutique was appealing, because I absolutely love meeting new people, and helping a bride shop for her wedding gown is so much fun!

Six years later, Nicole and I are still good friends, neighbors and business “partners,” and I think we have a great thing going. A bride can find her gown, bridesmaid dresses, and accessories and have her floral design vision come to life, all in one place. We both love what we do, so our customers get the very best care and commitment, and they enjoy their experience as much as we do. Thanks Bluffton, Hilton Head Island (and surrounding areas) for making the past six years such a success for us!

Lowcountry Bride and Gown
59 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite B
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 338-0206
lowcountrybrideandgown.com

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I’ve always loved flowers! When I did my first wedding in 2010, it was for a friend. The very next morning, I flew to Texas on a two-week business trip for my “real” job as a sales representatives covering 15 states for NILS Skiwear. I knew on that flight that somehow I had to give Make it Pretty a real shot as a career.

I remembered the best advice I’ve ever heard: “Do the things you want to do now. Time passes no matter what; spend it doing what you love.” So that is what I did—traveling for work and learning the flower business when I was home. Juggling everything.

I could not have done any of it without my husband Edward and my son Dorsey. In 2013, a storefront came available, and I decided to open. All three of us painted and built and installed the flooring. If only I could find someone to share the space. One evening, I was discussing my plan with my friend and neighbor, Christina Vicaro. We hatched a fabulous plan!

Make It Pretty
59 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite B
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 247-3411
makeitprettyweddings.com


Shannon Ford, Tara Annunziata & Kirstin Powers
BellaDae Medical Spa
Photo by: Photo Gibbys

Shannon Ford
I moved here from California in 2003 where I was raised by my mother who was a VP of Max Factor and who inspired my love for skin care and beauty products. I opened BellaDae in 2014 and wanted a place that offered all services—a “one-stop” where people could take a break and relax and come out looking and feeling better than when they came in. I’ve been very blessed to end up with strong, highly trained women that make my amazing team. I’ve also had the constant love and support of my husband and sweet daughter who have supported and cheered me on.

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Tara Annunziata, DC
When my husband and I were ready to leave Atlanta in 2001, we knew we wanted to live somewhere beautiful and safe to raise a family. Most of my husband’s family had already migrated here from NY. When it was time to decide where to move, it seemed like a no-brainer to come to Hilton Head.

We have been on the island for almost 18 years. Both of our wonderful children were born at Hilton Head Hospital (true locals). Through the years, I have practiced chiropractic in a couple of different offices but finding Shannon and BellaDae Spa seems to fit perfectly!

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Kirstin Powers, CIDESCO Esthetician
I am a CIDESCO Master Esthetician, driven by a desire to help people feel good inside and out, as well as look their best. Originally from South Africa, 14 years’ experience in the spa industry in London and Paris afforded me a global understanding of the beauty industry. I feel fortunate to have a profession that is a passion. I specialize in advanced facial and aesthetic services at Bella Dae Med Spa. My five-year-old and 18-month-old twins are my greatest accomplishment and my heart.

BellaDae Medical Spa
37 New Orleans Rd
Hilton Head, SC 29928
(843) 715-9770
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Shelby Sharp Basciano
Street Meet The American Tavern & Shelby Sharp Fitness

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
I would love to say how balanced I am, but anyone who knows me would call me out! I try to integrate leisure activities with work-related activities, for example I listen to my favorite podcast while I’m entering daily sales for the restaurant. Or, I watch Netflix while I’m on the treadmill. Any mom will talk about how much time you spend in your car. I try to make it a time when the girls can play their music and we can discuss how disturbing some of it is! Ha!

What was the best advice you ever received? Worst advice?
I think one great piece of advice was to “try to maximize the benefits of ownership.” I took that to mean that our net isn’t the only representation of how successful our business is doing. Do I get to spend time with my kids, go to their games and school functions? Am I a contributing member of my community and my church? Street Meet (and training at Beach City Health and Fitness) both allow me the flexibility to answer yes.

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom in business, it must take a huge village. Who are your go-to people/ local services?
SCORE and the SBA really helped us get started—namely Brian Carmines of Hudson’s. We have been lucky to have great mentorship from people who have been there before us. My clients at the gym are some of the smartest, most successful business men and women in the country. I’m lucky to get to ask their advice.

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
Believe it or not, I go to Street Meet sometimes—sometimes by myself or with friends. Neil Beatty, the bartender, plays really good music, or sometimes The Chiggers will be playing.

What’s your favorite date night/ vacation spot without your children?
Anywhere we can hang out with friends and family and have a good laugh.

(843) 290 1147
streetmeethhi.com
shelbysb@hargray.com
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Heather Nix
Realtor -The Alliance Realty Group

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
Our house is pretty much always cluttered, the laundry is never done, and we eat out a lot! In the famous words of Dr. Tim Sharp, “The pursuit of balance is overrated!

What was the best advice you ever received? Worst advice?
The best advice was probably to surround myself with people who share my values. The worst advice was being told to always be practical and not take chances. I’m not friends with that person anymore.

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. So who are your go-to people/ local services?
I have an amazing network of people in my life. They’re all extremely trustworthy and reliable. Life’s biggest challenges would be ridiculously hard to overcome without a loving village.

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
Unwind? Recharge? What’s that?

What’s your favorite date night/ vacation spot without your children?
We have a lot of friends who own local area restaurants. We like to support small business, so a date night at Hogshead, Sage Room or Saigon Cafe never, ever disappoints. As far as vacations, my husband could take me to any city, and my heart would be happy!

(843) 384-4769
heathernixhhi.com
heathernixhhi@gmail.com
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Jennifer Switak
The Eye Site of Bluffton

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
It is hard, as life and work are constantly changing. My boys are young, so I work four days a week, which is the right balance for me at this time. It allows me to be fully involved in the office and still have quality family time. Plus, my office family is amazing.

What was the best advice you ever received?
Best: From my dad, “Always do your best!” And to “follow your gut.”

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. So who are your go-to people/local services?
I rely on my family and friends, St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, The Island Rec Center, and of course, my wonderful husband!

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
I love to cook and try new recipes. I also like to curl up with a nice glass of wine and a few gossip magazines.

hat’s your favorite date night/vacation spot without your children?
Palmetto Bluff is our go-to for local date nights. My husband and I recently took a vacation to Canada. Lake Louise is simply breathtaking!

(843) 757-9588
theeyesiteofbluffton@gmail.com
www.theeyesiteofbluffton.com
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Kristy Gonzalez
era evergreen real estate company

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
Take things step by step. Real Estate and parenting are both a process. As much as we want to jump to the finish line, that is not how it works. You have to trust the process and know that little wins lead to big successes.

What was the best advice you received?
Best advice: “If you don’t have problems, you aren’t selling Real Estate.” Real Estate would be easy if you didn’t have any bumps in the road or obstacles to overcome. But how would you learn if everything always came easy? Same with parenting. Be grateful for your children and business (and the “problems” that come along with them).

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom in business, it must take a huge village. Who are your go-to people/ local services?
Being a parent and Realtor, you often feel like you need to be in multiple places at once. Closings, inspections, doctor appointments, school meetings … the list feels endless. Having a great support system in work and family life is a must. I’m very grateful for family, friends, teachers, co-workers and clients who keep me going.

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
Buying or selling a house can be a very stressful process. The last thing a client needs is a stressed out real estate agent. I enjoy yoga and spinning. They are great ways to disconnect for a short amount of time and do something good for myself.

What’s your favorite date night/ vacation spot without your children?
Traveling internationally with my husband, Michael. We have been to some exciting places together like China, Brazil, Russia, Central America, Virgin Islands and the Mediterranean. We are a great travel pair, because Michael likes to plan, and I like to show up. My everyday life is full of scheduling, so when I’m on vacation, I just like to go with the flow.

(843) 298-3808
KristyGonzalez.com
Kristy@ERAEvergreen.com
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Kelly Ogden
Orangetheory Fitness Hilton Head

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
It’s a different kind of work/home life balance now, because there’s only the two of us. Our two older daughters are out of school and on their own, and our youngest graduates college in May. My husband is busy running our businesses and travels to Chicago a lot, and I’m opening Orangetheory Fitness Hilton Head. We treat dinner the same as we did when the kids were still home and busy with their activities. We try to sit down to a meal at home and share our day with each other, but let’s face it, we go out to dinner a lot more now!

What was the best advice you ever received? Worst advice?
The best advice I ever received was don’t listen to negative people; trust your gut and live with integrity. The worst advice I ever received was … whatever it was, I didn’t listen to it!

It takes a village for any woman, but for a woman starting a business, it must take a huge village. Who are your go-to people/local services?
Living on the island for 25 years, there are so many people and places that are my go-tos. Between the building of the studio and Orangetheory membership presales, our two dogs, Coach and Helga, spend a lot of time at Southpaw Pet Resort. They love it there and the girls there are so wonderful! Also, our daughter Lyndsay manages the Orangetheory Fitness studio in Mt. Pleasant; she and her team are so helpful answering all my questions and giving me advice. She came down to help me with my Orangetheory tent at the Hilton Head Marathon and a day of presales. Helping me keep going are massages from the fabulous Paula Biondo at Hilton Head Spa & Wellness.

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
Believe it or not, my husband and I like to recharge by working out and really look forward to the studio opening in June! We love to meet after we’re both finished for the day and unwind at Fish Camp, Wise Guys, Skull Creek Boathouse or our own backyard, watching the sunset over the marsh.

What’s your favorite date night/vacation spot without your children?
We love going to the movies, but it’s rare these days that we have the chance to do that. Our backyard with the sunset is still a favorite. Nantucket is a favorite place to visit, but since the girls are all scattered, we love Christmas when they come home and we’re all together. We’re so lucky to live on this beautiful island that is a favorite spot for people to vacation, so I guess, in a way, we’re on a “vacation” every day.

430 William Hilton Parkway
Sea Turtle Marketplace
(843) 473-4505
hilton-head.orangetheoryfitness.com studio0935@orangetheoryfitness.com
Presales location at Sea Turtle between Pet Smart and West Marine, M-Th 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fr 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Joey Doyle
Realtor with Charter One Realty

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
Balance!? What’s that? Just kidding. It’s always family first. By starting my career in real estate, I do have flexibility with my schedule, and it allows me to sub in as a soccer coach once in a while, or be there to watch my daughter Reagan practice her balance beam routine. My husband, who is my biggest cheerleader, helps too. He is super hands-on with our kiddos, which allows me to be a great working mom.

What was the best advice you ever received? Worst advice?
Starting a new career a couple of years ago was extremely intimidating. I get to help people find their dream home, which has been so rewarding. Words that come to mind: “You’ll never know if you don’t try” and “Whatever you are be a good one.” I also tell my kids, “Never say you can’t do something.” Setting a good example and being a working mom is important to me. It shows my daughter that you can have both a family and a successful career.

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. So who are your go-to people/ local services?
I have a wonderful support system! I have teamed up with a great partner here at Charter One Realty, Richard MacDonald, who has also raised kids. Having a business partner who understands that family comes first is an absolute blessing to me and my family. Charter One provides its agents with an exceptional support staff, and for that I am grateful. We have so many supporters of our business; marketing is the key to our success, and having a great photographer on call makes all the difference.

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
There is nothing that a good beach day can’t fix!

What’s your favorite date night/ vacation spot without your children?
We are just a golf cart ride away from downtown Bluffton, so that is our go-to spot. With so many great restaurants, it’s hard to pick just one! My husband Chad and I know the importance of date night and try to sneak away when we can.

(843) 290-5055
CharterOneRealty.com
JoeyDoyle@CharterOneRealty.com
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Sarah Stone
Edward Jones; Financial Advisor

We are household of girls: myself, my niece Willow, and our two pups Sadie and Petra. Willow and I became a team when she came to live with me just before she started kindergarten. It’s almost impossible to believe that she is going to be a fourth-grader in just a few months. Becoming a single mom, quite literally overnight, came with a steep learning curve and required major modifications in my life, to be sure. But it has also brought me unimaginable fulfillment and happiness. I am a better person because of Willow.

Plan. Grow. Protect. That is my vision for my new business and for my family. We need to plan and grow for the future we hope to realize, prepare for the unexpected, and protect those we love. I am so fortunate that I can do this for Willow and the clients I now serve as a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Just like raising a well-rounded healthy happy child, building a business with integrity and with clients’ best interest at its cornerstone takes constant effort and hard work. I feel very blessed by the sometimes overwhelming support I have to cultivate, nurture and balance the things I value most: Willow and my clients.

I can’t underscore enough the importance of planning for the future. But be willing for the plan to change. And in some cases, it is those unexpected events that provide us with the greatest gifts and opportunities for growth.

878 Fording Island Rd, Suite 16
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-3770
s.stone@edwardjones.com
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Dana Taylor
Cabi, Stylist

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
By having priorities and a clear family vision. My husband and I daily check our priorities of God first, each other second, and our children third. It’s hard to put your spouse before your children sometimes, but a healthy marriage creates healthy kids. We aren’t perfect, and we have to constantly keep this in check when it gets out of order.

What was the best advice you ever received?
I’m from the South (born and raised in South Carolina), and we have funny sayings that are real life lessons. One that my parents always said was: “They put their pants on the same way you do.” In other words, race, gender, wealth and status don’t matter. We are all created the same, so don’t be intimidated to think someone can do something you can’t.

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. Who are your go-to people/local services?
My husband and I work as a team. We have to communicate on our calendars and when we are working so the other can handle the kids. As for local services, Instacart is a game-changer for me! I grocery shop while in the carpool line.

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
I take a bath every night. Also, as much as I love sales and being a clothing stylist, I am also an introvert. In order to recharge, I need time alone every once in a while.

What’s your favorite date night/vacation spot without your children?
Favorite date night: FARM in the promenade—delish!
Vacay: Last summer we took a trip to Blackberry Farm in Tennessee—to describe in one word: AMAZING!

Cabi business: I am a clothing stylist representing a women’s clothing company based in LA. I schedule personal shopping appointments with my clients and their friends. I love empowering women by making them feel good about themselves and providing an alternative shopping experience.

(843) 415-3399
Danataylor.cabionline.com
dtaylorcarolina@gmail.com
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Dr. Andrea Grant Guess
THE NEW RIVER DENTAL CENTER, PC

How do you balance your work/home life, or is there even such a thing?
I balance my work and home life by “trying” to stay as organized as possible. The positive of owning my own business is that I can be there for my children when I can. I have gone on school field trips and certain days I am able to pick them up from school,which they love. It is important to me to have independent time with my children.

What was the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I have ever received was from my dad. He instilled in me the importance of setting goals. Place a due date by them. Going back to those goals and evaluating them and modifying if needed.

It takes a village for any mom, but for a mom starting her own business, it must take a huge village. So who are your go-to people/ local services?
It certainly takes a village, as a native islander the foundation for us is our home church, Queen Chapel AME. My children sing in the choir there; my husband and I are active parishioners as well. My parents being local helps as well; they are business owners of Grants Mini Mart and Exxon, where I learned the value of a good work ethic. With them being close, my children are able to get off the school bus at their home and have a nice home-cooked meal waiting for them. The Island Rec Center offers many recreational activities that they participate in as well from, tennis to track, golf and swimming. They have no excuse for being “bored.”

What do you do to unwind and recharge?
To relax and unwind, I enjoy a good spa, massage, nail day (hint,hint). Local movie theater for family movie night.

What’s your favorite date night/ vacation spot without your children?
My husband and I really enjoy Las Vegas. I can attend continuing education courses there and there is enough entertainment that you could see a different show or performance every time you go.

(843) 208-2888
www.newriverdentist.com
newriverdental@gmail.com

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