Laura Wallace is the Owner and Creative Director at Worx Graphic Design. In 2007 while expecting her son, Kandon, she took a risk to start a new business. Nearly 7 years later, her business is an award winning design studio with 3 employees. Laura married her high school sweet heart, AJ and will be celebrating their 15th anniversary this year. She has a new love for running, reading inspirational books and soaking up the great outdoors. Something interesting? Laura has a strawberry colored birthmark that runs up her left hand and arm.
Over the years, how have you learned to balance career and motherhood?
I feel like this is an ongoing art. The balance of taking care of your kids, your business and yourself is nothing short of difficult. Its hard to be everything to everyone when youre being pulled in so many directions. Im working on being more in the moment. When Im playing with my son, he has my undivided attention. When Im working, I dont let dishes distract me. When Im doing something for me, Im not answering emails. Not saying its an easy thing to do, but Im working on it.
Is there one particular parenting lesson youve learned about raising kids?
Talk. A lot. From the time Kandon was a baby, we found that communicating with him made a huge difference in how he acted. When hed do something he wasnt supposed to, hed have a short time out, wed sit and talk about what happened and how he could make a better choice for next time. Now that hes in Kindergarten, everyday when he gets home we talk about what his favorite part of the day was. Each night before bed, we each talk about one thing were grateful for. We talk about everything and I believe that will keep our relationship strong.
Battling stress? Any advice?
Im a risk taker, a mother, a wife, and an aspiring runner, manage employees, care for my siblings, serve on a few boards and am crafting a new adventure. Of course Im stressed. Ive got a few coping methods I try to incorporate into my week In the past year, Ive learned that I love to run, read and be outside. Three things I never thought Id say. But each of those things fill my soul back up and give me the energy I need to move forward. My best coping method? Laying on the couch in yoga pants and no bra. Yep, I said it. Doing nothing is my ultimate come back. It gives me time to rest and turn my brain off.
Tools or products you cant live without?
I wish it wasnt so, but that damn iPhone. Its like a technical version of my brain. If I dont have it, I dont have my brain.
Do you have an inspirational quote, motto or philosophy you can share with us?
I have a motto that I live by: If an idea doesnt scare me, it isnt a good one. There are two kinds of scares one is the gut feeling something doesnt feel right. The other one is that uneasy butterfly feeling of the unknown. Those are the scares I love. Not acting on an idea is more detrimental to me than acting on it and having it fail.
Favorite resources, books, or website?
Valorie Burton is my hero. Shes a life coach and author that empowers women to be the best woman, mother, wife and business owner you can be. Her books are incredibly powerful and give me the encouragement I need to move forward.
What are you passionate about?
My son and husband are my #1 passion. They are the first to snuggle on the couch and the first to stand on the sidelines cheering me on. I fight for what we have because of them. Im passionate about my business. I get to be part of bringing other entrepreneurs visions to life every day. I get to be creative in an environment that empowers me with a team of women that are just as passionate as I am. Were able to raise our children while we do what we were called here to do. Some days I have to pinch myself. But then I remember that I worked to get here. Bringing passions to life doesnt happen accidently. Youre capable of crafting your future!
What is on the horizon for you? Anything new and exciting?
Our latest adventure is called The Green Couch Project. Its all about risk takers spilling their gutsy. Being a risk taker can be a lonely place The Green Couch Project is a way for us to bring stories and experiences from entrepreneurs just like you to you. Youre not alone. Facebook and Instagram are filled with inspiring quotes to keep you moving forward. Our pinky promise form is available on the website and is a way for you to make a public commitment to yourself. Its a community of like-minded individuals that are busting their humps every day to bring their ideas to life.
Connect with her:
LinkedIn: Laura Wallace