I was so fortunate and flattered that the YEG BOSS BABES asked to feature myself and JORDYN LEAH SWIM in their monthly Mad Love Monday's Blog Post! Take a look at the article below! You can also read it on their website at:
WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS AND WHY THAT FIELD?
JORDYN LEAH SWIM is a sustainable, ethical, fully biodegradable, born-in-Canada swimwear label for wanderlusting souls who want gorgeous pieces they can not just look fabulous in, but also feel great about wearing and supporting. Made by women for women, with so much love.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
I’ve loved creating and designing my entire life - colouring, drawing, paging through fashion magazines and evolving into creating my own clothing as I grew up, which began to develop my love of designing fashion. I went to fashion design school to pursue this dream and about two years before I graduated from my program, I knew that I wanted to go beyond just designing fashion, I wanted to create my own label.
A big part of my inspiration to completely direct my own career path has come from my father who owned his own business and he’s really inspired me to follow in those footsteps for the huge rewards and freedoms that come from the intense work something like that requires.
DO YOU HAVE A GO-TO QUOTE/MOTTO?
My absolute favourite quote is by a man who I’m sure almost everyone has at least heard of and it has been my favorite since I was little!
'TODAY YOU ARE YOU, THAT IS TRUER THAN TRUE. THERE IS NO ONE ALIVE WHO IS YOUER THAN YOU.' —DR. SEUSS
This quote expresses so well my deep belief in honoring the uniqueness and individuality of each person that touches my life and whose life I might touch. This grounding belief is something I seek to incorporate into the fabric of my swimwear label; I have a vision to create the pieces in my label for every beautiful body and soul.
WHAT’S A PERSONAL GOAL OF YOURS TO ACCOMPLISH? TIME FRAME?
A big personal goal of mine that I’m currently working on is to build more confidence to be the face of my brand, which has been challenging for me in the past. I’ve always been a very private person with my personal and professional life but I know it’s very important to connect on a personal level with my customers.
I’m sure they want to know more about me just as I want to know more about them. I hope to accomplish this by the end of the year!
DO YOU HAVE A PROFESSIONAL GOAL SET OR SET OF GOALS FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
Wow, where to begin?
I have such a long list of goals I want to achieve in my life, but of course, we all have only 24 hours in each day and so I’ve listened to the advice of already successful entrepreneurs and have organized the goals that are most important to me into a short, medium, and long-term plan.
We don’t have to sacrifice fashion and quality for sustainability and we don’t need to riot against fashion; we just want fashion to be more mindful. One of my immediate goals that I’m focusing a lot of attention on this year is to give my label a voice for the promotion of ethical, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly fashion.
THE FASHION INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF POLLUTION - IN FACT, THE INDUSTRY IS THE SECOND LARGEST POLLUTER IN THE WORLD! - AND AWARENESS OF THIS REALITY IS GROWING BUT ANSWERS AND CHANGE ARE SLOW IN COMING.
I believe that small, sustainable changes in practices by both producers and consumers are the way to build the ripple effect that will slow the fast fashion practice that’s created so much waste and harm in its wake. We don’t have to sacrifice fashion and quality for sustainability and we don’t need to riot against fashion; we just want fashion to be more mindful.
WHY DO YOU LOVE BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?
There is no satisfaction quite like there is in growing a successful business. To take an idea and bring it to life is incredible. When that idea also positively impacts those around you, that is a rewarding feeling.
I love that I get to design and create whatever I want, I get to direct photo shoots and work alongside some of the most amazing, talented people, and I get to meet a lot of like-minded individuals.
Oh yeah, and I get to travel!
As an entrepreneur, you are completely accountable for your performance, too. It motivates me to do the best work I’m capable of, and continually strive to improve not only professionally but personally.
DID YOU EVER HAVE A TIME WHERE YOU WANTED TO GIVE UP? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THAT FEELING?
There are days that are just overwhelming, and I think everyone who’s stepped into the uncertainty of an entrepreneurial venture has experienced times of conflict about whether it’s worth it to keep going, and I’m no different.
There are times I just sit and think, “What the hell am I doing? Why am I even doing all of this?”
I get through these times by reminding myself of the point of it all, of the reasons I first started this dream, and what the impact of it is when I make it into the success I envision.
I TELL MYSELF THAT I BECAME AN ENTREPRENEUR FOR A REASON - BECAUSE I WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, BECAUSE I HAD A GREAT IDEA, AND BECAUSE I HAVE A PASSION FOR PURSUING THIS IDEA.
Personally, I surround myself with other entrepreneurs or like-minded people, I really find this helps me quite a bit. I’m so lucky and grateful to have some really close friends and a partner who own their own successful businesses and one phone call or glass of wine with them completely changes my attitude.
Having a strong support system that includes others on the same journey as you are, who understand the unique challenges and struggles of it, is so valuable and I can’t recommend strongly enough to others building a business that they connect with a good business community where they can find support and encouragement, as well as give it to others in return.
And you know? A bit of pressure is not a bad thing! I actually find that I tap into my most creative and innovative core when I’m under some pressure.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST BOSS BABE MOMENT? THE FIRST MOMENT OF REASSURANCE.
My best Boss Babe moment so far was the absolute sweetest thing. I’m lucky enough to receive some amazing feedback from my customers but one day I got a direct message on the JORDYN LEAH SWIM Instagram account that really stood out from such a kind soul.
She told me that 2 years ago she would have never worn one of my suits but that she decided that her body gets to wear whatever it wants even if it’s not social media’s ideal body. She then told me how confident and sexy my suits made her feel and that was the cherry on top.
Swimwear for a lot of women is one of the most intimidating pieces of clothing they will ever own. I promote real beauty - the skin you’re in right now is perfect right now and I want to support you in your journey to self-acceptance and self-love.
IN FACT, MANY OF THE IMAGES ON THE WEBSITE SHOW WOMEN WHO ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL MODELS - THEY’RE OUR FRIENDS, SISTERS, FAMILY, AND SUPPORTERS. EACH A BEAUTIFUL BODY AND SOUL EXACTLY AS SHE IS RIGHT NOW.
WHAT PLATFORM DO YOU FIND MOST SUCCESS FROM?
I find that Instagram is where I receive the most success and interactions from my business right now. Instagram is such a huge platform for brands like mine and it’s heavily based around businesses, bloggers, and influencers.
It’s also a great visual platform to help you form a more personal connection with your customers. People want to see what you’re up to, what you’re discussing/designing for future collections and styles and love looking at beautiful images. Give the people what they want!
WORK-LIFE BALANCE: WHAT DO YOU DO TO DESTRESS? WHAT IS YOUR MUST-HAVE MOMENT OF THE DAY?
When I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed it’s a MUST to destress and have an hour or two to myself.
I really enjoy fitness because it does help immensely with my mental health. I could go to the gym feeling run down mentally and emotionally and leave an hour later in a completely different mood. When you get your blood flowing and your body moving, you release endorphins that combat stress.
Friends and family are really important to me as well. If I get the chance to hang out on the couch with my best friends or have an evening with my partner, it makes all the difference. Not discussing work during those times when you’re relaxing and taking personal time to yourself is also very crucial to a healthy, happy brain.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING TO LEARN FROM OTHER YEGBOSSBABES IN THE COMMUNITY?
I always have an open mind and I love learning and listening to other Boss Babes in my community!
As entrepreneurs, we are always educating ourselves, no matter how long we’ve been in business or how much we think we have perfected our craft. I think it’s so important we come together to support our local #BossBabe community and share our experiences with one another.
I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN CO-OPETITION, NOT COMPETITION, AND A VERY INTELLIGENT BUSINESSWOMAN TAUGHT ME THAT.
I can’t wait to meet more amazing and inspiring women and hope to have the opportunity to collaborate more with them!