We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Semien and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
The work life balance has always been difficult for me, especially now that I have a two year old and a new baby at home. Prior to having kids, I worked constantly and had no balance because I was on the grind to building my business. I struggled with knowing when to stop working and how to set boundaries with work. After I had my son, I started to understand how important the balance was but still struggled with knowing when to stop and enjoy what I have built. With the second baby comes even more knowledge and growth and I have embraced that I don’t have to work constantly to feel validated in my industry, I can be a mom, a wife, and a business owner and be the best I can be. My goal is everyday to be the best I can at all of my roles and I do that by having balance. Trust me, it’s not a perfect balance by any means and I still struggle but this baby has taught me to slow down and enjoy how far I have come personally and how far my business has come as well. We still have lots to accomplish though!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an aesthetic nurse practitioner, I have the opportunity to be creative while also practicing medicine. I would say the number one thing I practice in my business is natural results and the restoration of one’s natural beauty. I came up with Restorative Injectables because I never wanted to create results that didn’t match who the person was, I only wanted to restore the natural beauty that each person has because everyone has unique features that make them perfect. I really do not think anything comes easy these days with starting a business and trying to grow, but there’s beauty in the struggle. I learned at an early stage to embrace the challenges and roll with it, which is typical of my personality. I think all we see is where people are at now, but never truly know what it took to get there and I would say to everyone that the amount of time that goes into this is unexplainable to the average person and I am proud of myself and my team, as well as the people who have supported me because we put in the work everyday.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A perfect day in Denver for me would consist of heading to cherry creek for coffee at Aviano and sitting on the patio, one of my favorite things to do, great people watching and then some shopping. Lunch at milk market because there are so many options and its such a fun venue to walk around. I would then hit up Hydrate IV bar in Cherry Creek for a little hydration before we head to happy hour at Quality Italian for an aperol spritz and sit on the patio. My favorite spots for dinner are Cru on Larimer, El camino in the highlands, Postino. I obviously would bring her to Restorative Injectables for a facial and the ultimate treatment for skin. I love Rachel at the four seasons spa for a massage.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh man! I couldn’t even begin to shout out all the people who have motivated, mentored, and guided me along this crazy process of owning a business! I have read a ton of books that pushed me to open my eyes to possibilities and what I could actually do. I would say at this current stage in my life I am most motivated by my two people who are crushing the girl boss stage, Kelsey Sheehan, she owns the Sweat Den here in Denver. I started training with her two years ago and we were in similar stages of life with our businesses…not necessarily trying to grow bigger but working on growing with the community we had. We would bounce ideas off each other and just always understood the struggle of what we were doing, even though to everyone else it may seem like a highlight reel. Since I have taken a step back with things and been occupied with my new bundle of joy, I have found that by watching her crush it right now I am starting to find more motivation and working on being the best I can be no matter what that looks like. Also, my main mentor and knowledge of all things, Amy Grote (owner of Live Love Lash and co-owner of Hydrate IV bar). She literally got me through quarantine with her business savvy knowledge and perspective on life. She has taught me so much and I am so thankful that I was able to connect with her several years ago. If you haven’t had the chance to meet either of these women, you are truly missing out not just on business with them, but life.
Esther Lee Leach at Cherry Creek Fashion.