As a Women-Owned and Operated Business, it's no surprise that International Women's Day is a pretty big deal around our virtual office. To honor and celebrate this important day, we asked our 100% female team some empowering (and pretty tough) questions. Here's what they said...
"Starting a family while building a career. When I was pregnant, I felt very capable and uninhibited. At work, I felt like I was being treated with caution that I did not feel I needed. After my son was born and I was back from maternity leave, I felt like I was expected to be back to normal, but did not feel normal. I went on my first overnight business trip when my son was 4 months old. I was nervous to say anything as I felt like if I did I would be seen as not being career driven. I watched male co-workers un-afraid to ask for no travel the first 6 months after their child was born. As women, we need to be less afraid to ask for what we need." -Emily, Director of Product
"Find your passion and go for it." - Georgina, Operations Data Analyst
"I’ve always been inspired by Amelia Earhart, the pilot. Her smile captivated me and told me a million stories of a life lived to the fullest, of courage and adventure. How many times was she told she couldn’t do what she dreamed because she was a woman? How many times did she prove that wrong?" - Wendy, Customer Service Superstar
"Tenacity, she has both soft and tough power." - Crystal, Graphic Designer
What advice would you give to a woman who wanted to forge her own path, but didn't know where to start?
"The advice that I would offer to any woman who is courageously choosing her own path is to realize that the forge begins on the inside through reflection. Here are three questions to reflect on- the answers will guide you in a direction that is true and epic for you.
1. When was a time when you felt fully witnessed, seen, heard? A time when you felt fully alive and aligned -
Who did you become as a result of that experience?
2. What are you learning right now about what it means to be you in the world? What lessons / wisdom are emerging?
3. What is your story of transformation one year from now?
What do need to let go of to becoming the truest version of yourself?
Who have you become as a result of stepping into your full power and potential?" - Mitzi, Owner & CEO
Why is it important for women-owned businesses to rise right now?
"We have an opportunity to model an alternative approach to the traditional patriarchal business practices- which stifles the possibilities and success of folx and businesses who don’t fit the mold. At Livie & Luca for example, we wouldn’t have made it very far if we solely adapted traditional practices because our values and purpose would have died on the vine. Instead, we crafted our own eclectic way that continues to be iterated by the voices of our team, customers, and community. As a result, one of my greatest joys is seeing our team bringing their whole selves to work- the sad, the scared, the leader, the lover, the quirky, the brilliant, and everything in between. Our belief is that it provides for a more honest, safe, creative and dazzling environment that models what we wish for our larger community - especially for the women and children that we serve. May we all rise in our own unique and spirited way." - Mitzi, Owner & CEO