This week's INSPIRE guest is one HARD working woman!! Not only does she run her own boutique, but she does it while also teaching full-time!
Since my mom is a teacher, I've seen how exhausting the job can be ( + after a few visits to her school, I quickly knew teaching would not be for me). When I saw that Taylor was opening up her own boutique, I was shocked because I knew she was already teaching, but I knew if anyone could pull it off, it would be her!
If you are out there running a small business while working a full-time job, PROPS TO YOU!!! I wish I could interview every single one of you. I truly don't think you guys get the credit you deserve!
Whether you're in this same position or you're considering starting a little side hustle, keep reading to learn more about Taylor's story and get some awesome advice!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do
My name is Taylor Turchi and I am 25 years old. I was born and raised in Small Town USA, quite literally. I grew up with a farm field in my front yard and not one stoplight in town. I studied Elementary Education at Indiana State University and graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in 2017. I am currently a 3rd Grade teacher and owner of Taylor’s Trends Boutique.
2. What is at the top of your bucket list?
Wow, this is tough. I have so many dreams and aspirations. I have always dreamed of traveling to Italy and Hawaii, just traveling and exploring in general is a huge goal of mine. Ultimately, the thing that has always been at the top of my list is starting a family of my own. When the time comes, God willing, I would LOVE to be a mom one day.
3. What are some of your hobbies that aren’t related to your work?
I absolutely LOVE working out. I was a three sport athlete in high school, so physical fitness has always been a part of my life. It wasn’t until I entered the real world, that I appreciated being active and appreciated what it does for me mentally and physically. Life as an adult can be overwhelming and stressful, I truly rely on exercising as a way to distress.
4. Explain your journey of starting your online boutique while also teaching full-time and how you manage to do both at a young age.
I knew from an early age that I adored children, I wanted to follow a career path that involved kiddos. That led me to my education degree. With teaching, comes summers off. I knew I would never be able to sit at home, relax, and enjoy the time off. That’s just not my personality. Part of me just didn’t feel like I was reaching my full potential. I loved the thought of being an entrepreneur. I always go back to the words “if not now, when?” I put my fears behind me and started my boutique from the ground up. I was absolutely clueless and terrified. I spent many hours researching and watching YouTube videos. I started doubting myself and my decision to open an online boutique. I reached out to Hunter McGraw (owner of HG’s Closet) and she was truly amazing. She helped me so much with all the tedious questions and concerns. From there, I just kind of hit the ground running. I now take the mobile boutique to multiple festivals a year, one including the Covered Bridge Festival in Parke County. I am thankful I am able to pursue both passions of mine. I have been asked many times why I don’t choose one or the other. I am extremely passionate about teaching and owning a boutique, and appreciate the challenges and happiness they both bring.
5. If someone reading this was also wanting to start a small business/side hustle while working a full-time job, what is something you think they should know?
This is a tough one. I will always encourage someone to pursue their dreams, but I won’t sugarcoat things. Owning a business while working full time is really hard. From the outside looking in, we tend to see someone becoming successful and think “that looks easy." I think the combination of being a teacher and business owner makes it all the more challenging. Unless you are a teacher yourself, it’s hard to explain the level of exhaustion after a full day of teaching. There were many times I wanted to quit one or the other, times I was so mentally and physically drained, but I kept pushing, and I am glad I did. There are a lot of late nights and early mornings. You have to prioritize your day, every day. For me, that includes working out at 5 am when school is in session because I know after work, I don’t have time to do that and the boutique work. Whatever you do, give all of you and keep grinding day after day until your dreams become a reality.
6. What has been the hardest part of your journey?
Balance. Balance. Balance. How in the world was I supposed to balance teaching, owning a boutique, my social life, relationships, Jesus, my family, working out, and so much more? It all just seemed like too much. But you know what? I can guarantee you there is someone out there with more on their plate. There are people out there working harder than you. I constantly had to keep that mindset. With that being said, I learned that you can’t do it all, all the time. Self-care is so crucial. Allow yourself time to relax, and find an outlet that is good for your mental health.
7. If you could give one piece of advice to girls in their twenties, what would it be?
Shoot for the dang stars, sister! Life is too short to do anything other than what makes you happy. Want to open a business? DO IT. Want to move across the country? DO IT. Whatever burning passion you have, GO FOR IT. Don’t be afraid of failure, and don’t you dare doubt yourself. We all have to fail to succeed. If you get knocked down, get right back up time and time again. Keep following those dreams and aspirations.
8. Where can people find you and Taylor’s Trends?
Facebook Group: Taylor’s Trends Boutique:
Even though Taylor gives SO many good pieces of advice, one of my absolute favorite parts of this interview has to be Taylor reaching out to Hunter McGraw (a past INSPIRE girl!) for help. Here's why:
#1 It shows that everyone starts somewhere. You're never going to be completely ready. You aren't going to figure it out on your own. Reach out to people! Research! People out there actually want to help you.
#2 Hunter could have easily given her a cold shoulder and not helped. She could have seen Taylor as competition and not have helped her, but she didn't!! She helped Taylor because she had been in the same position herself. No matter what you're doing in life, ALWAYS give a hand to the people doing similar things to you.
Now go out there, shop local, and check out Taylor's Trends! :)