Turn trials into triumphs
Courtesy, Nikki Thompson Frazier Nikki Thompson Frazier of Lansing, Michigan, turned the challenge of having two daughters diagnosed with various food allergies into a business opportunity. “I’ve always loved cooking and baking, so the transition into starting my own bakery was a natural one,” she says. Founding Sweet Encounter Bakery gives Thompson Frazier the flexibility to be a mom, an entrepreneur, and a baker. “Being a mom is as much a part of my job as being a baker. I create desserts with my kids in mind and with the mindset of a mom whose kids have food allergies,” Frazier notes. When it comes to striking out on your own, she underscores the importance of taking risks. “You will be amazed by where your passion can take you. When you try, when you step out on faith, you can live your life with no regrets and that’s the best way to live!”
Revive a childhood interest
Courtesy, Jen Russel Since she was a little girl, Jen Russell of Glenwood, Indiana, has always had a passion for clothes, shoes, and fabrics. “I was never afraid to try different things or to always dress to impress,” she says. “I would learn tricks to help clothes fit my body better and pass those tips on to friends.” Though her friends told her she needed to own her own store, she felt locked in a hospitality job she’d had for 13 years. At some point, after helping dress a woman who felt bad about her post-baby body, Russell knew she’d found her calling. After talking to her husband, she decided to open her own clothing store. “It’s about teaching women of all sizes to dress for their shape and to love themselves,” she says. Russell, who now owns JenDaisy Boutique, is logging more hours than ever. “When your passion turns into a career, you will work harder and more hours than you ever have for anyone else,” she says. And the best part? It doesn’t feel like work.