Women We Love Wednesday - Hillary Barney
I strongly believe that it is very important for a woman to find a mentor to look up to and learn from when she is starting her career. Even when you don't know what you want to do, it's important to find people that will become a positive part of your tribe. For me, I've had many amazing women influence me while I was on my journey to finding my career. One of those women is Hillary Barney. She is a graphic designer for an awesome company called Petite Lemon, and a mom to two gorgeous girls. I had the honor of working for Hillary as her nanny. During my time as Hillary's employee, I got to see Hillary's creative spirit and was in awe of her ability to balance motherhood and being a working mom. When I think of strong and creative women, Hillary is among the first people to come to mind. And I am so excited that she is our Women We Love Wednesday Spotlight!!!
(Hillary with her hubby Caleb)
1.) What is your definition of Girl Power?
Girl Power to me is having self confidence. Being confident in what you are doing and having the will to follow through. It's never judging others and helping bring others up when they are down.
2.) What do you look for in a female mentor? Who are some women that inspire you?
I look for a woman who is real. Someone who has been through the good and bad. Someone who knows how to treat people and get things done. My mom inspires me because she is always positive. Michelle Obama is a great inspiration to me. I love how she carries herself and her confidence. I love Emma Watson. I have loved watching her grow up and hearing her take a stand for gender equality.
3.) What is your favorite part of your job?
I love being creative, learning new things and watching our company grow. It's exciting!
(Some of Hillary's stunning designs)
4.) What do you think every young professional woman should know when they start in their career?
Don't be afraid. We are all in this together. Don't let your insecurities get in the way. Embrace them. Embrace yourself. You are going to have ups and downs. Learn from all of your experiences. It's okay to break down and cry for an hour. It's okay to laugh and have fun. Connect with people, be interested in their stories and learn what you can from everyone.
5.) What do YOU think has been your best accomplishment?
This is hard one. I think raising kind-hearted and willful girls is my BEST accomplishment. I love when my oldest goes on a playdate, hearing all of the wonderful things people have to say about her. I just know the younger one will learn so much from her. My second best accomplishment is being a part of a growing company. We have grown so much as a company and I have grown so much as a person because of it.
(Hillary's daughters Lily and June wearing Petite Lemon shirts)
You can check out HIllary's awesome designs on her Instagram: @hillarydesigner
You can also check out Petite Lemon and their adorable products here: http://www.petitelemon.com/
- Arielle Boardman