International Women's Day: Words to the Wise
As a female-led company, International Women's Day is something to celebrate. Today and every day, we celebrate the powerful and talented women that make up our team. We also celebrate the women that raised us, the women that support us, and all the women we meet along the way. In order to continue seeing progress, we think it is imperative as women to lift each other up. We all come from different experiences and backgrounds but when it comes down to it, we all go through similar feelings and emotions. That’s why we'd like to share some hard worked wisdom from the ladies of MZ.
We asked each person on our staff and artisan team one question:
“What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self or a younger woman?”
The responses were beautiful and diverse - we’re so excited to share them with you!
Shelley, Founder & CEO
Give yourself a break and don’t be so self critical. Take things a little slower and easier, and don't expect so much of yourself so quickly. I eventually grew to be more comfortable in my shoes and roles that I took on, but I would have been happier much earlier had I given myself more time to grow.
Liz, Executive Director & Head of Operations
Never stop learning. Whether it's continued education, reading, workshops, informal classes or gatherings. Continue to grow and expand. Always.
Hannah, Creative & Marketing Director
Put in the work but trust the process; everything happens in its own right time. Spend less time talking about other people, comparing yourself to other people, and caring about what other people think. Wear sunscreen, a sun hat, and don't scrimp on dental care!
Gisela, Director of Sales
Always trust your instincts, use your words wisely, be kind to yourself, and don't make assumptions.
Ana Cris, Design & Production Manager
Don't be afraid. If something makes you nervous remember to firmly believe in yourself. Your energy and your center are there for you always, unconditionally. Trust your strength.
Jenna, Marketing Intern
Always follow your passions and your own bliss, don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Let go of the things and people that don’t match or support that...if they're meant to be in your life, they will catch up later on!
Malena, Master Artisan
You have a voice; use it. Be confident in expressing what you want but always be respectful in how you do that.
Rocío, Master Artisan
Your life has value, simply by being a woman. Take care of your life and always remember where you came from and the values you were raised with.
Antonia, Master Artisan
Respect is the most important foundation we have in this life. As women, we have to respect each other; no matter your age. Respect what others say, do, believe and choose to wear.
Ludivina, Master Artisan
Keep learning and choose to study. Take advantage of every opportunity you are given and make an effort.
We believe every woman has power and value to share with the world. So we want to know what advice would you add? We would love to hear in the comments below!