MOM BOSS FEATURE: ORANGE TRUNK

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My name is Heather Johnston.  I’m originally from East Coast Canada, but have lived in Calgary, Alberta with my husband Jamey, and four sons, Campbell, Hunter, Ryder & Scout, for the past ten years.  I love a good vintage hunt, designing, and time spent with my family.

WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS AND WHAT LEAD YOU TO START IT?

Orange Trunk Vintage Styling & Rentals. I adored life as a stay at home mom, getting to spend a lot of time volunteering at my children’s elementary school for years, but my love for planning children’s birthday parties, and creating brought me to build my business of Vintage Styling & Rentals.  Through my work, I began using styled shoots to help advertise my business, which grew into creating a styled shoot workshop that I host for other wedding and event industry professionals to share my insight into building your business using styled shoots. It is called The Open Trunk Workshop Series.

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

There are many people in my life that inspire me, but mostly my family.  Professionaly, I’m inspired by local industry friends, designers & entrepreneurs and co workers.

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WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR TIPS TO MAINTAIN A WORK-LIFE BALANCE?

A work life balance is hard to maintain! Some days are filled with meetings and correspondence, others we are busy delivering, setting up, and creating events for clients.  I’m very blessed to have a supportive husband! It is a little easier now that my children are more self sufficient, and they can often be found helping out not only for Orange Trunk, but also around the house.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER MOMS WANTING TO START A BUSINESS?

I truly believe that you must do something that brings you joy and a sense of accomplishment.  I began this business with a friend as a simple hobby, and it quickly became a business...that I love!  Having never been interested in running my own business, I have been on a serious learning curve since day one, and have enjoyed becoming an entrepreneur!!

IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA HOUR TODAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT?

This is easy...I would snuggle my boys!  

GET TO KNOW HEATHER

Website: www.orangetrunk.ca and www.theopentrunkyyc.com

Email: heather@orangetrunk.ca

Instagram: @orangetrunk @theopentrunkworkshop

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orangetrunk/ and https://www.facebook.com/theopentrunkyyc/