Tell us about yourself.
I’m a Jersey girl living in an Arizona world. I’ve never been married and I have no children. A slogan I am known for is “work hard, play harder.” I am a retired math teacher who loves road trips. I own an RV and love the open road!
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work or business?
My hobbies are playing sports, watching sports, watching movies, hiking, reading, personal development, working out and traveling.
Tell us about your business.
In my 33 years of teaching, I never had a window in my classroom. I love the outdoors, being creative and listening to people laugh. I combined all of these and started my t-shirt company. I design funny t-shirts, usually with pets, wine or something fun. The shirts are high quality and make great gifts.
When I first started my t-shirt company, my goal was to do outdoor festivals and listen to my potential clients laugh. My favorite festivals are either wine, beer, tequila, music or street festivals.
Since I love the open road, I bought a trailer for my t-shirts, hooked it up to my RV and took off! Most of my festivals have been out of state.
Due to the pandemic, my sales are now on-line.
Where do you find the most inspiration?
I am inspired by my family and friends. I love seeing people close to me become successful. I also get inspired by listening to music, the ocean, hiking and traveling in nature and hitting the open road with my RV.
I like being a sponge and observing and learning.
What would you consider your greatest accomplishment(s)?
When I was a kid, I was the first girl to play little league and then Babe Ruth baseball. I was also the girl athlete of the year for the state of New Jersey.
As I got older, I still played a lot of coed softball with the guys from major league baseball.
When I taught, I also coached, sharing my passion with my students. I am still friends with my favorite softball team that I coached. I love watching them grow into the adults they are today.
What is the best business or career advice you can give the women in the 50Something Women’s Network?
Here's my advice to women over 50 who are in business or just starting a business:
Never stop learning, ask lots of questions, and don’t try to do everything by yourself.
You do not have to be a master at everything to get started, but you have to get started to become a master at your business.
Not everybody will or needs to be your client.
No one manages your business but you.
Don’t do it for the money. The money will come.
Make sure you have emotional support.
Don’t sell yourself short.
Don’t allow friends to push you towards friend discounts. They should want you to succeed.
People buy from you because they personally like you.
Get lots and lots of personal development.
How has your involvement in the 50Something Women’s Network supported your personal or business life?
I was a co-author of my very first book, Becoming 50Something. To be part of this amazing project with seven other amazing ladies was amazing!
Cheryl Garrison and I started a Wednesday morning Virtual Coffee talk. It’s at 9:30 am Arizona time. We have a few ladies from the 50Something network who have joined us. I would like to personally invite YOU to join us. There is no specific topic. We talk about family, politics, business, the pandemic, whatever! There is no agenda. It’s a great way to get to know other 50Something ladies on a personal level. Check the 50Something Women’s Network Facebook group for details.
Why did you join the network?
I joined the 50something network to learn from all these amazing women!
How can members support you?
You can shop and share my website. You will find quality t-shirts for adults, kids and even infants. Check them all out by going to www.yinyangthreads.com
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