Where are you from?
What do you do at MINNA?
I started out as our retail manager, and while I still do the buying and other general shop tasks, I have also shifted over to working on our marketing initiatives. I think everyone's day to day tasks have shifted a lot this year, but it's been fun to bring our "store world" and online world together a bit more.
How did you get started with MINNA?
When I moved to Hudson I had been working from home for a little over a year, and I was starting to go a little stir crazy. My cabin fever peaked around the same time that MINNA needed someone new, so it worked out kind of serendipitously!
What does working ethically mean to you?
To me, working ethically means starting from the ground up and always checking in along the way.
You can’t expect the end product to be done right if you don’t put the same care and attention into every step along the way, which to me looks like starting the conversation at “home” whatever that may mean to you - instead of asking yourself what you’re doing wrong, ask yourself if what you’re doing is checking all the boxes.
An unexpected day off looks like…
Sleeping in late, coffee and a walk, reading for a while and then getting at least one house related chore done.
I’m double jointed which isn't really a talent but was always my "ice breaker" topic in elementary school. Beyond that I'd say I'm pretty good with animals which has resulted in a very full dog watching schedule that I'm really not mad at.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? The best piece of advice you give?
Received: “Get a glass of water". My mom has always been a big fan of this one.
Whether you’re sick, crying, screaming, or just upset. You’d be surprised how many solutions you can find in the time it takes you to drink a glass of water.
Given: I’m not sure if it's exactly advice, but I'm definitely a believer in giving your brain a few breaks throughout the day, so my most recent motto has been "if you’re going to waste time, waste it on something at least half as interesting as the last thing you learned.” - I recently found out Ina Garten worked in The White House Office of Management and Budget, so that’s my current yardstick.