Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Hall & Anna Lesinski.
Sarah & Anna, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Sarah and I met nearly 12 years ago now. Taking note of our many differences and a handful of similarities, we were intrigued by each other and quickly became close friends. We have supported each other through a lot of different things in our friendship. From marriage and kids to injury and cancer, life always provides hiccups along the way. We recognized how important it is to both of us that we find a way to hold on to a sense of harmony in the midst of it all. As this became sort of a mantra in our lives, the desire to share our experiences with others started to take root, and Hiccups to Harmony was formed. It began as a blog and has evolved to also include our handmade, eco-friendly craft business. Sarah knew from early on in her cancer journey that she would eventually want to get a mastectomy tattoo, not only to cover her scars with beautiful art but also as a reminder of how truly strong she is. The idea to create and sell these eco-friendly items was born out of the need to raise money for that tattoo. Sarah’s mom, Barb, who is a very talented seamstress, was happy to jump on board with our mission and is now an irreplaceable part of our team. Due to all the support, that tattoo fund goal has been met and we are now committed to donating a portion of our profits to support other women through treatment and healing in various ways. Through this experience, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves. What we excel at, what our biggest struggles are, what we are capable of, and how to overcome. When we come together and each do what we do best, incredible things are possible!
This craft business is a goal accomplished for both of us. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our products, stories, thoughts, and passions while hopefully being an encouragement to others.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Has it been a smooth process? Far from it. And yet, that is life and we knew we’d have to be flexible and willing to learn from our experiences. We had never run a business before and there was a lot we did not know (and are still figuring out, honestly!). All that goes into paying taxes as a small business was a big one that felt very overwhelming, but we’ve learned so much and reached out for help so many times.
We have had to learn what is worth investing our time and energy into, because as moms and wives who also have a lot of other things going on in our lives, we have to be intentional about our choices in order to keep the balance and harmony we value.
The product supply chain has been a learning curve. Our whole first year I think we literally made products as we sold them, over and over until we finished out the busy market season. We’ve learned how important rhythm is and how when we each do our part, we can stay on track with more ease.
Being flexible and creative has been imperative to our success. There have been many a work day that has had to be pieced together around kids naps, snacks and meltdowns. We have created this business in the midst of our lives which means that as we pursue our passions, we often do so while actively parenting. Even as I write this, I have two kids and a computer on my lap.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Through our blog we hope to inspire and encourage people by being vulnerable and authentic. Everyone encounters hiccups in their lives. We believe there is power in mindsets and value in finding harmony in the midst of the bumpy road. Knowing you’re not alone and finding community with others is an important part of that. Our business was created from a desire to minimize the amount of single-use items our families uses and to eliminate as much exposure to harmful chemicals as possible. Our reusable snack bags were our very first product and still our most popular. Avoiding storing food in plastic and being intentional about choosing reusable products are important lifestyle choices for us that only became more important after our encounter with health scares and cancer. We began making these products for ourselves before we ever thought of starting a business and making them for others. Our washable cotton round sets were created because we wanted an option that was more sustainable and created less waste. Thinking through how we can choose to reduce/reuse/recycle in our daily lives has led us to create these different items for our own families and yours! We are proud to be able to offer unique, eco-friendly products that are practical and affordable because we understand the value of both. We get so much joy in finding fabric that sparks a smile! Let’s be honest, snacks taste better in a bag with something you love on it (dinosaurs/mermaids/succulents)!
How do you define success?
For us, success is less about an end goal and more about how we enjoy the journey. We have said from the beginning that this is supposed to be fun and if it ever becomes more negative than positive, we stop and reevaluate. Having a growth mindset is at the center of our vision. Often times that means adjustments to our goals are necessary and we are determined to pivot with grace when we must. We are grateful for all of the opportunities we’ve had to learn and cultivate new skills through this adventure. At this point in the life of our young business, we feel like success means we get to cover our operating expenses and have goal-setting meetings while supporting our Mexican food habit!
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