What if you knew who owned your period company, and what they were like? Well no need to wonder anymore! Meet Abby, one of our Co-Founders.
Q: Tell us a little about your background, where did you grow up?
A: I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma until 7th grade and then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah which is where I live now. I have an older brother, a younger brother and a younger sister and we are all super close. My family has always been very tight knit and I’m so grateful to have them as such an amazing support system!
Q: What is your favorite part about where you live?
A: My favorite part about where I live are the mountains! Salt Lake City sits right at the feet of the beautiful Wasatch mountains. There is so much beauty to explore within those mountains and it is something I will never get tired of. Plus, they’re just a short drive away!
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do?
A: I LOOOOVE to be outside. It’s my favorite thing ever. It brings me so much peace, happiness and joy. If I am feeling stressed or off I know I just need to spend some time in the great outdoors. I never feel happier than when I am outside swimming, hiking, camping, exploring, boating or basically anything outdoors, especially with my friends or family. I have a strong preference for summer because I truly hate being cold but I also enjoy skiing in the winter.
Q: Time to brag, what would you say is something you’re really good at?
A: I’m really good at convincing people to do things. I’ve had many a friend saying they would never do this or that or that they wouldn’t enjoy doing certain things and I have a very high success rate (it’s probably near perfect) of not only convincing them to do those things but also changing their mind about them because they have so much fun. It’s a talent and a weapon.
Q: What made you want to be an entrepreneur?
A: Growing up, my dad was always an entrepreneur as well as some of his siblings and my grandfather. I was always attracted to the freedom to choose your own path and the idea of not having someone telling you what to do haha. I also think entrepreneurship gives you the potential to do something truly impactful and I hope that is something I can accomplish in the future.
Q: What has been your favorite part of working on The Girls Co.?
A: If I had to choose one thing about working on The Girls Co. that is my favorite it’s working with Taimi and Zoia and having them become some of my best friends. I think that the most meaningful part of our lives as humans are the relationships we develop with other people and I think it’s all been worth it just to get to know those amazing fools. I’ve also loved learning new skills and always tackling new problems. It’s really satisfying to build something yourself and know that what you do really makes an impact on what happens. I really believe in what we are doing and that it can help so many people and it has been so rewarding!
Q: What makes you the most excited for the future?
A: I’m excited for the potential of our company! I think it could truly be something great and I can’t wait to see what happens.
Q: What has been the most memorable moment of your last year?
A: One of the most memorable moments of 2020 was picking up our shipment. It was just a surreal moment to unpack all of the product that we had worked so long and hard for. Seeing in physically sitting in front of us was very emotional.
Q: The pandemic has been hard for everyone. What has been the hardest part about it for you? What have you learned from this?
A: I think the real challenge for me has been that I’ve felt a lack of progress for myself in my work, relationships, spirituality, education, and basically everything haha. Not having my normal life that is always going, moving and changing made me feel stagnant. I had to come to look at my life in a different way to see how I am still making progress and also that if I want to be progressing, I need to be deliberate about it.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: I’m not sure this is advice, more of just a statement, but it’s something I think about regularly. One of my professors said one day, “Fear is the antithesis of faith”. I think it’s so important for us to have faith (this can be religious or non religious) that things in our lives will work out and that we can’t be ruled by fear. We have to be willing to try and sometimes things fail and sometimes they don’t but if we don’t try we will never know. In my experience, people have way more regret for the things they don’t try than the things that they do.
Q: Anything else you’d like to say?
A: Go outside! Mother nature is a powerful thing.