Fave Five Fridays | Working Women of Boise

This month we celebrated International Women's Day and it's also Women's history month. We wanted to keep that celebration going strong. It is, after all, Women's History Month too. We love seeing women kill it in whichever field of work they thrive. We are the dreamers, the go-getters, the side hustlers, the working moms, the lady bosses and everyone in between. We bump into, connect online with, and stalk some amazing women in our hometown, Boise. Here's a shout out to our fave five women, who not only are the definition of success, but they bring in their own spice and personality to what they love to do and their stories.

 
 

Shannon Peterson AKA @shynnz

When Shannon walks into a room, I imagine it's a similar feeling to when Marilyn Monroe walked into a room. She radiates classic beauty in a modern way. She tackles mom-hood and shares her stories through her killer Instagram feed and blog. 

What are your biggest struggles as a working woman?
Honestly - everything. Juggling motherhood, being a wife, being a friend, going to the gym, staying healthy, and not letting my anxiety take over. I grew up with a mom who believed she could do it all and always told me that I could too, however my life as a mom does not seem to be following suit. 
I also think being taken seriously - especially as a “professional” blogger. I get a lot of “wait, you get free shit and get paid to post about it?!”, but people have NO idea what all goes into being an online “influencer”. And then money - ohhhh money. I feel like I was always taught that it is such a taboo topic, and asking for it, then asking for more has been SUCH a struggle. My husband reminds me I’m not being greedy - I’m just asking for the salary I set for myself. I know my time is valuable, but being able to actually tell people that is a huge struggle of mine.

What are you biggest wins as a working woman?
I LOVE being able to stay home with my boys, being able to provide awesome experiences, and substantially adding to our once one-income family’s savings. I also love showing all the ins and outs of motherhood with the community. I don’t care what they say about online being full of “trolls”. I have met some of the most incredible people through my community, and being able to connect and relate is amazing. When I get emails and messages from other mothers thanking me for my honesty or openness or whatever it may be - THAT is my biggest win. Helping others feel less alone.

How have your past experiences and jobs helped you do what you do today?  
I don’t know. I mean, I’ve been a secretary, I’ve worked with computers for just about any job I’ve had, and I’ve worked with children a lot. So I used to joke that I’d have this motherhood game down, pat. HA. Joke was on me. 

I think a lot of what I’ve learned since becoming a blogger and a WFH mom has been learned on the fly and with the help of my community, more so than anything previous jobs have.

What’s your main support for your business?
I have a wonderful group of friends that help keep me going. My husband is incredible and always tells me how proud he is of me. And (as much as he can with his insane work schedule), he is more than willing to put the boys down or take them to the store so that I can grab an hour of alone time to work. And my community! I have almost thrown in the towel SO MANY TIMES, but they are so wonderful and so caring and always keep me coming back. 

What do you look for in a mentor?
I look for someone genuine. Who I admire, not only in a professional manner, but in a social and characteristic way too. I look for other women, even better if she is a mom, and even better a mom of more than one who also stays home and works from home! I look for someone who is open and inviting, but who can also light a fire under my ass when the time comes. 

What do you look for in a mentee?
Gosh, this is hard. I wouldn’t say I’ve had any “mentees” yet, but I have helped guide a few people. In my experience, they have to be willing to put in the work. So many will start, then realize all the work involved, and slowly fizzle out. I want to see / hear / feel a DRIVE in them. I want to know their “why”. And they need to be able to open themselves up for disappointment. And to know that everyone fails, but the successful ones are those who learn from their failures and keep moving forward. 

What are you currently working on right now, in life or business?
Working on trying to be more present with my boys when I’m home with them (aka: all day, ha), and trying to figure out a work-from-home schedule that will allow me a few blocks of time each day to get work in.

Where can we follow you online?
MuchMostDarling.com, Instagram.com/Shynnz, Facebook.com/MuchMostDarling, Twitter.com/MuchMostDarling, Pinterest.com/ShPeterson 

 
 

Allie Smith @creativegangsters

We met Allie online and boy was this the best online set up ever. She's is fierce with Instagram and knows her stuff. She's also an expert copy writer which makes sense why her captions are so witty. We love her passion to get out there and go for what she wants. She started traveling to fill her heart with adventure and we could not help but stare in awe. She also used to be an athlete, model and she's knows how to kill a great cup of coffee. 

What are your biggest struggles as a working woman?
Time management is a struggle. With young children in grade school, I often feel like an unpaid Uber driver! :)

What are you biggest wins as a working woman?
I look back at the community I’ve developed and I’m filled with gratitude for this huge win. A sense of community makes the long hours worth it!

How have your past experiences and jobs helped you do what you do today?  
I had a job where I was suddenly plunged into the world of online marketing and although I was overwhelmed at the time, it was an amazing education that helps me where I am now.

What’s your main support for your business?
Coffee and a strong WIFI signal ;)

What do you look for in a mentor?
I look for someone who is passionate about helping their mentees take a quantum leap forward so that they can scale to a sustainable level.

What do you look for in a mentee?
I look for someone who is both passionate about learning and who vibes with my way of communication.

What are you currently working on right now, in life or business?
#AllTheThings I’m working on a book, a new brand and somehow trying to raise healthy happy kids at the same time...

Where can we follow you online?
#AllThePlaces! www.CreativeGangsters.com Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest  | Facebook

 
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Amanda Antilla @hellocherie.designs

We've been a obsessed with Amanda's prints since we first came across them at a local stationary store. Then we discovered she was a local so we became even more obsessed. Her designs speaks to our hearts and we love seeing her amazing photography on Instagram. Her work is outstanding to say the least. 

What are you biggest struggles as a working woman? 
Probably just learning to find balance so I don't work 24/7! When you own your own businesses its easy to be thinking about it all the time! Like answering that email at the dinner table or put the finishing touches on a design, etc. Although, that might feel productive it definitely doesn't ever give my mind a chance to relax or focus on something different. I have to be intentional about planning things that don't involve work so I can get out of my bubble. When I allow myself to get fresh air or take the time to go out with a friend I can practice being present and really enjoying moment and people I am with instead of giving my energy and worries to something that is out of my control for the time being. That's why I try and stick to office hours! There is a time and place for work, and for play. 

What are you biggest wins as a working woman? 
All that being said above, the freedom to create my own schedule! Its nice knowing I can work as little or as much as I'd like. If I want to plan something in the afternoon, I can. If I want to take the day off early, its doable! I can take a sick day or I can work from my bed and drink wine! haha I am also a total list-person! Writing down my goals, even just for the day helps me not to get overwhelmed. Sometimes my goals are as little as responding to one email, or editing an entire shoot in a day. The ebb and flow of being self employed is inevitable - I experience days where I'm just NOT feelin' it and days where I have a fire in my soul and an unstoppable force of boss babe productivity! It takes patience and perseverance to go with that flow of "good" and "bad" days. So worth it though!

How have your past experiences and jobs helped you do what you do today?  
I developed a love for what I do early on, I always knew I wanted to work for myself doing something creative all day every day. Its my passion. In the past I've done internships and worked for other companies - I gave it my all with an open mind but at the end of the day, I concluded the same way every time; which was that I would rather work for myself and make my personal dreams come true rather than be a small part of the big picture for someone else. Its so fun seeing my hard work pay off and working towards my own goals!

What’s your main support for your business? 
Definitely my parents and my friends. My friends just simply trust me without blinking an eye. They wholeheartedly believe in me and where I'm going. It's nice knowing you will always have those people to cheer you on no matter what! My parents are 100% always there for me. They give me good advice, they listen to my crazy ideas, encourage me when I'm feeling low and most importantly they have never once inhibited my goals. They have ALWAYS pushed me in the direction of my dreams and do what they can to support me. I love my parents, they are and will always be my number 1 fans. 

What do you look for in a mentor? 
Someone who is doing what I aspire to do or be. Not necessarily someone who's going to tell me all their secrets, but will encourage and push me in the right direction. I am a figure it out on my own type of person, I learn BEST by doing. But I love taking advice from people I trust. Sometimes hearing someone else talk about their personal business practices can open my mind to a new way of doing things and help me get thru the rut I'm in, or past the struggle I keep dealing with, etc. My mind is blown when I realize there's a different way to doing something, it never hurts to ask or look to someone you look up to for advice. Learning can be hard, but its what will push you and your business to reach new potentials!

What do you look for a in a mentee? 
If and when I look to have a mentee I would definitely look for someone who is already ambitious and has their own goals. I love sharing about what I do and I love being able to teach people my craft. But you have to apply it to what you already have going, or take bits and pieces. I wouldn't be looking for someone to just straight up copy what I do, or mimic my exact work.  My inspiration and style has been curated for over 10 years, along with being mostly self-taught. Its been hard work getting to where I am today. It's all apart of your journey and how authentic you want to be! There is something to be said about someone who can develop their own personal style and totally run with it! That's what makes us all unique and what makes people want to follow you.

What are you currently working on right now, in life or business? 
I am always looking for new opportunities and ways to grow my business! I love pushing the envelope a little and trying to find ways to put an extra edge to anything I create and do. Lots of fun shoots and new design work coming, so follow along on Instagram to keep up :)

Where can we follow you online? 
@amandacheriephoto + @hellocherie.designs

 
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Tina Rickets @tinarickettsphotography

Tina rocks her side hustle as a wedding photographer. Her passion to immerse herself in the creative world inspires us every day. We love seeing her works on Instagram and all over town. We love catching up with her over lattes and most times wine. 

What are your biggest struggles as a working woman? 
I think for me it's all about fitting everything in: My full-time day job, my side hustle, my 11-year marriage, my bible study group, family, managing a house, etc. It can be overwhelming at times. 
 
What are you biggest WINS as a working woman? 
I think that the fact that I get a choice to do it all, is a WIN in and of itself. I realize there are people out there who don't have or get the opportunities I have had. I also consider it a WIN to have met so many amazing women in my journey - those that encourage and uplift me, and give me a good kick in the butt when I need it! 
 
How have your past experiences and jobs helped you do what you do today? 
I've always been a "motivated" person and odd-ball in my family. I randomly decided I wanted to run for the Miss Oregon Pageant in my early teens (I got top 20!), run for regional chapter VP of DECA - a high School business association, after winning first place in a business competition, and moved to the Bay Area in CA when I was 18, by myself, to go to college. I always had a desire to be successful, and try new things. Ultimately, I believe there is an Orchestrator of it all, while some would consider it luck. I also believe people come in our lives for a season, a reason, or a lifetime and each has helped shaped my experiences and opportunities. 
 
What’s your main support for your business?
My two biggest supporters are my husband Isaac, he's always there to wipe the tears, and my Nina (Godmother) whose always there cheering me on on social media. In fact, I'm pretty sure 90% of my engagement score on my facebook business page is from her!! 

What do you look for in a mentor? 
Someone who has had significant life experiences (the good, the bad, and the ugly).  I'm a huge fan of those who've been told "you can't" and who ultimately prove and show the nay sayer's "YES they CAN"!! (and secretly give a middle finger!!) 
 
What do you look for an in a mentee? 
Someone who doesn't pretend to know it all. Someone willing to roll up their sleeves. Someone who is a fighter!
 
What are you currently working on right now, in life or business? 
I'm currently working on launching the Senior Photography portion of my business. 
 
Who do you love to follow on social media?
I adore @katelynjames with Katelyn James Photography - a heart of gold! I also love @jennakutcher and the way she gives a voice to women struggling with their personal image, a message and voice needed in today's world.  I also love @garyvee when I need a hard dose of reality or some tough love,
@dennistheprescott for meal inspiration, and @fashionedchicstyling for a style pick me up! 
 
Where can we follow you online? 
@tinarickettsphotography (both Instagram and facebook business page) and www.tinaricketts.com/blog

 
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Ali Smith @atyourlipservicebyali

Ali is a rock star in everything she does, so when she started her Lipsence career, it skyrocketed. Her hustle built her team to over 600 women who want to do the same. She uplifts anyone she comes across and we're glad we have her to keep us motivated.

What are your biggest struggles as a working woman? 
Probably the same thing as most...BALANCE! It is such a tricky thing trying to keep our balance wheel rounded and functioning properly. Between kids, activities, relationships, work and health, it's amazing that any of us are able to get anything done with only 24 hours in our day!

What are you biggest WINS as a working woman? 
My overall biggest win has been growing my confidence. When I began my journey I was so scared. Scared of failure. Scared of what people would think of me. Scared of disappointing myself or others. Over time I've been able to truly see what I am capable of and I've had the incredible opportunity to help hundreds of other women find their confidence and see what they are capable of as well. That fills my cup to the absolute brim.

How have your past experiences and jobs helped you do what you do today? 
Honestly? I don't feel that much of anything I have done in the past prepared me for what I currently do! I went into my current industry with NO experience, NO degree, no clue about what I was doing and really no self-esteem, even...and yet that's the beauty of entrepreneurship...anyone has the power and ability to have success. If they're willing to work for it, that is.  

Who or what is your biggest support inside and outside your business? 
I don't know that I could say I have just one biggest support within my business because I am so fortunate to have so many incredible leaders and mentors within this company and they all offer different types of support. Outside of my business, I would say my biggest support comes from my best friends. They are the ones that cheer me on every step of the way, help me believe in myself when I really have nothing left and they are the ones who push me to the next level.

What do you look for in a mentor? 
When I look for a mentor, I have the most success when that person is at a level I aspire to be at. In doing so, I'm able to envision where I want to be, what it will look like, how I will get there...because they are paving the way and showing me through their own success. 

What do you look for an in a mentee?
When someone asks me to mentor them, I truly take my time to evaluate it before accepting. Of course I wish I could help everyone everywhere, but that's just not realistic. I tend to look for people who are in similar positions to where I was when I started. Single moms who are struggling or have little experience. Those are the people I feel I can not only help, but whom I can truly impact and inspire.

What are you currently working on right now, in life or business?
Right now I am currently devoting a lot of my time to expanding into Mexico! Our company has plans of opening up in Mexico and I'm looking for just a small handful of business partners who can see the vision through what I've built here in the United States (a team who has done almost $3.8 MILLION in sales volume in just a year and a half) and be among the first in their entire country to bring these products and this opportunity. So exciting!

Who do you love to follow on social media?
Honestly, I can't say that I spend a ton of time on social media other than working my own business and just keeping up with friends and family! I do LOVE networking with other business-minded women who inspire me. One that come to mind is Angie Lee and her "Rich Bitch" podcast. If you haven't taken a listen, go check it out!

Where can we follow you online? 
You can join my beauty group on Facebook group where I do live tutorials, fun giveaways and it's just a group of over 1,500 fun and supportive women who love to lift each other up. And you can find me on Instagram @atyourlipservicebyali

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