Inspiring Women: Naomi from My Style Box
This week’s feature for our Inspiring Women Series is my good friend Naomi from My Style Box @msb.mystylebox to tell us all about why she started her business, her typical day-in-the-life, and a piece of advice for women in business.
Why did you start it?
In my teens I went through a rebellious stage. I was hanging around with groups of people that were just not that good for me. I was dressing like a ‘goth’, which included outfits with ripped fishnets and safety pins (hey, it looked good at the time). I had a moment where it became clear that this is not the person I wanted to be, so I went about reinventing myself, and the first port of call was my wardrobe. Immediately I noticed that I loved how these wardrobe changes made me feel like a different person, and the realisation that people look and treat you differently based on your what you wear. I spent a few years working in fashion, from backstage at fashion parades, and in retail, before I decided that I wanted to reinvent myself again to be in a more corporate environment. I must confess, I believe my initial motivation was the want to wear a suit, heels and carry a kick ass bag….. However after many years of style hustling on the side, and having my first son, it was time to take a leap of faith and to focus more on giving people that same feeling of confidence and assurance I had many years earlier, I just knew this was the space I needed to be in.
What does a typical day look like for you?
In one word – madness – but I am working on that. I balance a near full time corporate position with being a mother to my two children, so I take the opportunity to work on My Style Box whenever there are gaps. I usually wake up early, work on the train to work and again after the boys go to bed. It also means packing boxes late at night or working with clients on the weekend. Being organised is key to survival. On Sundays I have a planner/ checklist I have made for myself that sets me up for success through the week. Stay tuned and follow me at mystylebox.com.au and it will be a free tool I will be sharing soon.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to other women in business?
Not sharing anything groundbreaking here, but for me, to be successful, I think it takes a true passion and a clear direction of what you want your life to look like. It takes a lot of hard work and a lot more time and patience than you can ever imagine. So that I don’t feel like I’m hurtling down a hill on a bike without breaks, I having systems in place that keep the house running, my children alive and my sanity in tact (well most weeks)..