Our readers want to get to know you first, tell us about YOU what is your story?
I’m a lover of extremes and that is deeply ingrained into who I am and the developments of my life. You see, I am just as much of a daydreamer as I am a realist; I am as creative as I am analytical; I need extreme organization or an absolute mess; I prefer big cities or farms over any other living situation; and I cherish digital freedom with the absence of devices as much as I do cyber connectivity and the capabilities of a high-tech world.
The bones of my story are no different, teetering on the cusp of an epic trilogy and a feminist self-help book. I am a work-from-home mom, quasi homesteader, digital nerd, business go-getter, and published author of a wild game smoking and grilling cookbook.
After a stint in Florida and 10 years in Portland, Oregon I moved back to my home state of Montana, where I live in an underground house (yes, like the hobbit) with two beautiful, smart, hilarious, wild, loving daughters and a real catch of a husband. We have animals—lots of animals—but I always want more. We are mostly self-sustaining, growing, hunting, raising, and foraging our own food. Together, we head to the river or the mountains any chance we get or wind down in front of a good movie. We also love to entertain and throw legendary gatherings for family and friends on our 6.5-acre plot.
Now lets talk business, what do you do? Have you always wanted to have your own business- what inspired you to go down this journey?
I’m an incredible, hands-on mama with two businesses: What the Cluck Farm and FreeLantz Digital Marketing and SEO Writing but owning my own business was never part of my plan. Instead, I set out to run the marketing department for other businesses.
As I worked my way through two degrees (Marketing and Advertising Management), I moved up the ranks at a popular catering company and gourmet market in the Portland Metro. Upon graduation, I took on 15% ownership and the role of Marketing Director. From there, I held other Marketing Director positions for creative agencies before packing my family up and moving to Montana. It was only then that I realized that the work-life-balance, for me, was far more important than an impressive title. So I shifted directions and started not one, but two businesses, where I could focus on all of the aspects of my life and career I enjoy the most.
What advice do you have for moms who want to start a business?
Life is full of lessons, what has this quarantine taught you?
The consequential lessons this situation has spawned are countless. I’ve learned that I am not only a doer, but also a pretty amazing teacher. I’ve begun to recognize my own strength. I can breastfeed a baby, teach reading, take a bike ride, do a science experiment, feed my family delicious and healthy meals, and still deliver exceptional client work on time. So what if I do it all in sweats with the messiest of messy buns.
Maybe the most important lesson, though, is to show myself grace. I allow myself to take a nap with my baby or soak in a hot bath with a glass of wine when I need it. Oh yeah, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that listening to audiobooks really isn’t cheating.