We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsie Blair and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Truthfully, I never intended to start a business. It was just a hobby at first, I thought I would create things and then maybe sell a few things. Slowly, overtime and lots of creating I realized it wasn’t a hobby anymore and I started treating it like the business that it had become. There were ample mistakes along the way and so, so much learning but I realized I enjoyed the business side of things as well as the creating. In the beginning, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to say I wanted to start a business. I have no business degree, actually I have no college degree. But I’m 8 years into this business, still learning and growing. I love encouraging other women find the courage to step out of their comfort zones and get started in a small business doing something they love even if they don’t have a business degree or knowledge.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a mom of 4 as well as an artist and business owner. For a long time I’ve tried to balance it all, family life, creativity, growing a business. I read something from author Jon Acuff on balance. He says, “Balance isn’t the goal.” Once I learned this, that there are seasons that some things will get more focused and that’s okay, things changed for me. There are times where I feel very creative and can focus more on making new art. Other seasons where I focus on growing the business and less on creating. There are seasons where the business may be very busy and family time is less than I want, but when things slow down I can let the business sit for a bit and function at a normal capacity and focus on family all the more. I don’t try to do it all, it’s ok to set a ball down here and there, that doesn’t mean I won’t pick it up again down the road.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Breakfast, coffee, hiking and food trucks would be maximized. Breakfast at Urban Egg, I always get my breakfast their with their amazing Carrot Ginger Juice and I’ve been anxious to try breakfast Denver Biscuit Company. I’m sure hiking would include hikes at Garden of the Gods, the Incline, Red Rock Canyon and Section 16. Fuel up with coffee at Wayfinder likely with a side of Avocado Toast and later in the week a breve and blueberry oat bar from 1979 Coffee. Oh and Campfire Coffee’s Lumberjack Breve is pretty amazing. Of course we’d track down Mira Sol food truck for some amazing tacos and at some point find Lucy I’m Home’s food truck for a Cuban.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
All those who share their stories of struggle and failure before their success, their stories keep me reaching for more and help me not to quit when I get discouraged.