This is us! Well, us a few years ago. Maybe it's time for some updated pictures!
Sisters, best friends, and now business owners! We both took huge leaps of faith to follow a dream we had keeping us awake at night to do our part in making the world a better place for our kids (and future kids). But before I go on rambling about why...let me tell you a little bit about us since that's what this blog is supposed to be about!
Kristen is the big sister, the super mom to two adorable boys, the girl I always looked up to and wanted to be just like, and the smarty pants who finished her bachelor's degree at 19 years old and went on to become an international lawyer for one of the 20 top firms in the world. Quite a resume huh? Well this woman who could do it all, realized that she can't do it all and still spend the quality time she wants with her family. When I tell you this lady is a super mom...I mean super mom. I've never seen anyone put more time and research into understanding her children and how they develop and how to be the very best mom she can be to her sons and give them the very best and brightest futures possible. On a side note...this is all so convenient for me because when my day comes, I will have her on speed dial for all my questions! So after a lot of dreaming and talking about how we wanted to make positive changes for future generations. While on a walk to the park together, this conversation happens:
"I just can't get this idea for cool dolls for boys off my mind. I know that it's needed, and I know how many moms out there have had the same dead end search I had. I wish I had the time." - Kristen says.
"I could help. In fact, maybe this is exactly what it is I've been looking for! I'm in!" - Me.
We stop and look at each other...and I quit my job less than a month later and have been working full time to launch Boy Story ever since (with Kristen's constant support of course)!
Yes, I quitmy long-term hospitality job last winter. My story? Well, I took the road less traveled on and went to art school. After graduating, I worked for a couple years as an interior designer at a commercial architecture firm, and then decided it wasn't for me. I wanted more creative freedom. I wanted to do something that I really felt like helped people or made a difference. But what? I toyed with the idea of going back to school to do something that allowed me to work with and help kids. I even spent a few weeks following some physical therapists around a hospital to see if that was it for me. But the idea of 7+ more years gone by, and possibly ending up with more debt than I can pay, halted me in my steps. So I did what I knew best, slinging drinks. It payed the bills, and admittedly was fun, but I knew I wasn't living up to my potential nor was I making a positive difference in the world...and that left me feeling a bit broken inside. I wanted to feel like I was growing and contributing and helping. In actuality, the only helping I was doing was helping people forget how bad their dance moves are!
Since I left hospitality for Boy Story full time, my work has been fulfilling, challenging, a fresh start and entirely filled with heart. The phone calls Kristen and I share talking about how we wish we had more time in the day to put towards Boy Story shows truly how much we believe in our mission. I can not even begin to say how grateful I am for a chance to do something good. A chance to make the future a little bit better for generations to come.
This is a happy and exciting time for us as sisters, and we hope that you too will fall in love with Boy Story, our products and what we aim to do.