Important lessons you learn in your first 7 years of business

It’s crazy to think it’s already been 7 years since I decided to take the risk to do what I love and create a life that some doubted would work out. Going through all my photos was a bit nostalgic, I’ve grown personally and professionally through every experience. At year 7, I must say I am the happiest I’ve ever been and am so thankful for every client I get to help and every project I have had the opportunity to take on. The beauty of what I do is that I get to work with many different clients that have different lives and styles. I get to experience fashion shows, speaking engagements, and meeting designers and celebrities I admire. I feel blessed, I am living my dream, my vision, and that dream continually grows…..I like to think big, to create, to collaborate with like minded individuals and make things happen.

Every year there seems to be some sort of theme and this year my theme is to be heard. I’ve already engaged and have set-up more speaking presentations than I’ve ever done and that is new to me. I’m at a point where I want to do video blogs, train other stylists, and reach a larger audience and continue inspiring others to look and feel their best. I can’t wait to see where this year will take me.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a part of this journey!!!

Photo Descriptions from left to right starting at the top: 1. Behind the scenes with my intern Chelsea Finkley using Luly Yang Couture Gowns // 2. Styling my FIRST event at a boutique in Kirkland //3. My first buying trip to New York // 4. Celebrating the 3 year anniversary to my consignment shop in Ballard // 5. DVF styling event in Bellevue Square // 6. Fashion show with the stylist I interned for in college // 7. Red carpet of a Seattle movie premiere // 8. Styling a photo shoot for Seattle Magazine // 9. Meeting Rachel Zoe, my inspiration // 10. Published in NW Mom Magazine // 11. Hosting parties to support local designers // 12. The crowds we brought to our parties in our Ballard space // 13.  Shopping with a Style Member // 14. Taking photos for my blog // 15. Making very special goodie bag giveaways for a fashion show

In 7 years, the top 7 lessons I’ve learned…..

1.) Success is not defined by how much you make, it’s defined by the joy and happiness you bring to others and yourself . The contribution you make to improve the lives of everyone you work with is the most fulfilling experience in the world.

2.) Your energy attracts similar energy. I have enjoyed every single client and am thankful to have met so many amazing people that I enjoy working with and can connect with on a more personal level.

3.) You don’t need to say yes to every opportunity. When I started my business in 2009 I took every project that came my way and in the end felt exhausted, unappreciated, and confused as to why I was feeling drained. I quickly learned that there are negative people and work environments where I don’t feel inspired or don’t feel motivated because they don’t align with my values or vision . I started my business to enjoy what I do and who I work with. Saying no to what doesn’t feel right is ok, if it doesn’t feel right, there’s no reason to commit your time.

4.) I love what I do, but I also love my downtime. I used to work 24/7 and I won’t lie, it was needed the first couple years of business to get ahead. After signing the lease to my new office space in 2009, I had to quickly put my plan in action to get my dream going. Even when I worked hours and hours a day, I did make time to journal, read inspiring books, and exercise.Looking back it’s crazy to think how I somehow made time for caring for myself, but it’s what kept me going. If I didn’t care for myself, I wouldn’t have been able to make it this far. But now I get to have the extra adventures and fun I worked hard for.

5.) Theres no such thing as failure. Every risk is a learning experience and every set back is a time to discover a truth, to learn about yourself, to reevaluate your position in life and in the situation you are in. The right mindset will get you to move to bigger and better things. When I closed my consignment shop after 3 years, it gave me time to continue growing my personal shopping business to the next level and reevaluate what I wanted and why I started. It was eye-opening and I am so happy I even had the opportunity to have a store front.

6.) The details count, they REALLY count. I always tell my clients to look for subtle details in the clothing they buy, even for their basics. To find the beauty in the texture and construction of a garment is  the same way I see my life + business. The extra effort you put in the way you make someone feel or the way you show your loved one how much you care for them. It’s about each moment, it’s about the little things. They add up, appreciate them.

7.) I don’t have any set rules. I’m a sponge when it comes to learning and I’m a total book worm. I read almost on a daily basis, I journal, I make decisions with not only my mind but also with my heart, I keep up with marketing and tech changes, I stay relevant. One reason I’ve stayed in business is I never stop learning, never stop pushing myself. I play with new ideas, if it doesn’t work, I move on, if it goes great we continue. That is the beauty of my profession. The decisions and changes I make are all decided on how they fit into the core values of the business and myself. The few rules I make are sometimes broken, nothing is set in stone. To be successful, you must have an open mind and make changes when necessary. Life is constantly changing and you must adapt when necessary.


Author: seattlestylist

Tannya is best known for her style expertise and personal shopping skills. She can easily combine textures, styles, and trends to produce an effortlessly pulled together look. Clients appreciate her ability to understand and interpret their creative vision yet stay true to her personal aesthetic.

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