Where do we find inspiration.
Who do we follow.
Who do we consider part of our design tribe.
We love Design Sponge.
Just one of the many fempires we dream about being one day.
Since we are dreaming, let’s pretend we were interviewed by Design Sponge, say for their next edition of IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN.
It could happen.
DS: What did you want to be when you were a child?
IN: (Kimberly) I wanted to be Jacques Cousteau. I loved everything about his life on the ocean with dolphins and whales. I even wanted to dress like him with his french striped sailor shirts and espadrilles.
(Emma) President. Or a Supreme Court Justice. Crazy, I know, but I really did think that I could be anything I wanted to be. I even was on the debate team (or Model UN), and studied Political Science/Economics in college.
DS: What was the best piece of business advice you were given when you were starting out?
IN: (Kimberly) After many many and many more “Don’t do its.” Just be YOU.
And it is true, you learn so much about yourself when you are out there on that limb scared and financially and professionally exposed. Trying to be someone else or what others want you to be just doesn’t work.
(Emma) Be Authentic. People are going to see right through you if you aren’t true to who you are or what your brand is. In fact, I didn’t really receive that advice until last May.
DS: What does success mean to you?
IN: (Kimberly) As I’ve gotten older my ideas about success have changed. It is more about my family and how successful they can be and if I can contribute that is what is important to me. Working with my daughters and granddaughters is success for me.
(Emma) Everyday is a success for me. In fact, I am living my dream; I am in charge of my own destiny and building a FEMPIRE for my girls to follow and take over.
DS: What’s your favorite thing to come home to after a long day of work?
IN: (Kimberly) Well, since I spend all day everyday with my daughter and my granddaughters doing things that inspire me creatively, honestly after a long day a favorite thing is to come home to my bed. A good night’s sleep is high on my list.
(Emma) Well…that’s a tough one, since I am at home with my little chicas (all day long) and my mom…I’d have to say that, since I have started up Pure Barre classes in the evenings, that hour to myself helps me recharge. Or going to bed.
DS: Name a fear or professional challenge that keeps you up at night.
IN: (Kimberly) A career change late in life especially working for yourself is like walking a high wire without a net. Having spent more than 30 years as an oncology nurse I enjoyed the regular work, the respect from the community and camaraderie. Not going to lie, I have night’s when I toss and turn wondering if this is the right thing to do. Thankfully I have the many lessons I’ve learned from my patients as they battled end of life questions, “you only have this one life”.
(Emma) Will we be able to really make it on our own? What will my legacy be for my girls? Its such a big dream to have this idea in your head, and finally carry it out, that I am so fearful that it would end. To me, this is everything. I have worked so hard to make this dream come true, it would kill me if it didn’t work out.
DS: What tool, object, or ritual could you not live without in your workday?
IN: (Kimberly) I need to see outside. I cannot work without a view. From there I would say I have simple needs, although my daughter would probably choke on that and tell you I am quite particular.
(Emma) Aside from the obvious (cell phone), I would have to say the support of my family, and most especially my husband. He usually bothers me with texts throughout the day, checking in, but really I like them (even if I act annoyed). It’s nice knowing that someone really supports what you’re trying to build.
DS: What is your company’s motto?
IN: (Kimberly/Emma) That’s impeccable!