A sea change is a transformation or seemingly magical change. Tis the season of change here for Fort Collins Housewives. As we close out a fabulous 2017 and prepare for 2018, I can not wait to see what this next year has in store for the continued growth and excitement that comes along with Fort Collins Housewives. This inclusive community continues to grow and flourish throughout our community and I love watching the relationships and connections turn into partnerships and friendships.
I am a connector personality and love watching how strangers have become friends, family and business partners. It fuels energy and excitement inside of me to see such connections being made. This is exactly what I have had the privilege of watching occur in our community since we first launched in 2016. It is exciting to think about the growth businesses and individuals have made and will continue to make. "If you build it they will come" and we are not done building.
In 2018, I am going to get to experience this is a different capacity. I brought Fort Collins Housewives to life here in 2016 and am so happy that I did. However, with changes in my personal life and family I have come to a point where I needed to evaluate my commitments. This decision was not made lightly and I am filled with such a mix of emotions as I prepare to transition Fort Collins Housewives to a couple of amazing women. I will remain involved as an attendee and look forward to supporting this in a new capacity. This community is just getting started so watch out Fort Collins- the sea change in 2018 is going to knock your socks off!
I was honored to get a chance to connect with and learn more about the fabulous Quinn Morgan! She is the owner and idea behind Wink the Lash Lounge and Salon, Fort Collins newest Lash Boutique.
Stop in to say Hi and get your brows waxed, lash extensions, lash lifts and more! Even enjoy some HOT TEA from Golden Poppy a local store in town.
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today. (how did you get the courage to open your own store, what motivated you, how many hours you put in, how you keep a positive outlook, etc)
Wink The Lash Lounge is an upscale eyelash and brow salon. I decided to open Wink when I realized the lack of comfortable eyelash extension and waxing bars. Eyelash extensions and eyelash lifts can sometimes be as or more expensive than getting your hair done. So, why didn't other lash salon environments reflect that? Upon realizing I may have found a hole in the market, I began to write a business plan. I was in a job where I was under appreciated and under paid and decided to take control of my life and my future. Opening a business can be stressful and scary! Surrounding myself with a positive, loving, encouraging support system is how I keep motivated and confident!
Describe yourself in three words:
Driven , compassionate , loud
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
My greatest professional achievement thus far is opening Wink!
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
My goals for the next six months are to have a full schedule of clients daily and to add 2 more girls to my staff.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Honestly, the only job I would ever want is being a business owner. I have worked in every job industry there is. The beauty industry and owning a salon is where I belong!
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I try my hardest to balance work and personal life. I currently have one day off a week which is Sunday. I make sure to do everything I can that day to fill my gas tank back up. Hiking, skiing, biking are some of the things I do to prepare myself for another busy work week.
What websites do you visit every day?
Everyday I visit www.acuityscheduling.com and www.winkthelashlounge.com!
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Since I live in beautiful Fort Collins, CO my favorite thing to do it ride bikes around town and up small mountains. I also love to hike Horsetooth Mountain! When I need to really relax with friends and family I enjoy all the local breweries or Coppermuse Distillery.
What is your goal for retirement?
For retirement, I would love to live on a small (or large) ranch with a mountain view here in Colorado. I love mountains and animals - perfect!
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
My advice for women who want to start their own company is to crunch the numbers and make sure you have enough money to support the company for a couple years and enough money to support your employees. It's rare to start making the big bucks immediately, so its crucial to have the means to keep the business on its feet.
Any final comments?
If you always wanted to open your own business - do it! There is no better time than now. Just be sure to do your research and look closely at your budget and be sure it's realistic.
We had our Holiday Bash on Nov. 29th at The Summit in Windsor and it was a fantastic evening! Great connections were made by all who attended and we collected some awesome donations for 96.1 KISS FM's 15th annual KISSMAS WISHES. If you have not experienced one of our events yet I want you to ask yourself, why? The energy at these events is infectious! Attendees are looking to connect with others and build relationships. It is ALL INCLUSIVE and you feel that way when you are at the event. New in town or new to networking? Come on out. These events will welcome you with open arms! This was our last event for the year but keep your eyes peeled as the 2018 calendar begins to book up!!
We had an awesome line up of businesses at this event! Thank you to the businesses, photographer, attendees and the host venue, The Summit Windsor for a fabulous evening! Below you will find all the businesses who were present. They would love to connect with you! Check out the great photos captured by Flash House Photography, here!
Hi! I am Lisa Downer, married mother of 3 girls and a 20+ year resident of NOCO! I was introduced to HITC in January 2018 and fell in love with the concept of not only networking with local women in business but promoting/sharing them and what they do!
We have such a unique mission and it is right inline with my personal business passions! Come be a part of our amazing group of supportive women and learn how to build your Tribe right here in your own market! with me!