Feature Friday - Mckenzie Bauer, Co-Founder of Thread Wallets
YOU GUYS! I am so stoked about this Feature Friday because it by far my FAVORITE human. She is the person who inspired me to start this podcast. We would not be here without her! Drum roll please.... Mckenzie Bauer : CO-founder of Thread Wallets!
We are beyond excited to have Mckenzie be on our panel guests for our Live Podcast at our Re-Brand event. Before the event, we wanted to give a little preview into her life! SO let's get started.
1. Tell us about yourself!
Hi, I am McKenzie Bauer. I'm a wife, mom and business owner. I graduated from Brigham Young University Hawaii with a degree in International Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Peace-building but I now spend my days running a business with my husband (and changing diapers). We started Thread Wallets while we were dating and continued to pursue it after we got married. Because of the positive response we saw and how quickly the idea was gaining traction, we quit our jobs and dove in full-time. Until giving birth to my daughter Rae, building a business with my husband had been the most fulfilling venture of my life! It's so fun to see something grow and see an idea you built influence people's lives. With that being said, being a mom beats any business success 100-fold. I currently devote most of my time to my baby but I still continue to play an active role in the business day-to-day. I love being active, traveling, going to the gym, and getting to know new people. Life is so, so good!
2. Here at Munchin With Moguls, we consider everyone a mogul! Why do you think you are a mogul or influential person?
Oh goodness, I don't consider myself very influential! I think today it can be hard to recognize our individual potential because of all the "influential" people we see on social media. However, I think it's really important to recognize the influence we each have for good through small and simple things. Picking up a piece of trash on the side of the road, holding the door open for a stranger, sending a text to a friend you haven't talked to in a while -- these are all little things that can make a BIG difference. I've recognized that as I have become a mom. Somedays it feels as though I accomplish very little but if I look back on all the times I kissed my daughter's cheeks, held her hand, the fact that I called my mom to thank her for babysitting or if gave my next door neighbor a hug when I saw her outside, those are all small victories that can change someone's day (and in my daughter's case, her life).
3. How do you define success?
Success = happiness. I'm happiest when I have worked out, eaten healthy, spent time with my family, nourished my spirit through religion and accomplished goals I set for myself in our business. Do all these things happen each day? No! But I think success comes from working towards establishing a level of consistent happiness in your life by setting and reaching goals. This means, cutting out all the "fluff" we add to our to-do lists to be busy and focusing on the moments that make you smile. Focusing on being present and grateful helps me recognize the successful moments I have throughout the day -- no matter how big or small.
4. If you could give one word of advice to someone who is trying to reach their goals, what would it be?
If you don't have clear goals everything will feel unattainable. Small goals that help you reach the bigger goals are the best kind. Once you know your goal, find someone to hold you accountable and talk about your successes and failures with them. Everyone needs a cheerleader for their successes and an ally for moments of weakness or failure. If you don't have someone you can trust to hold you accountable, find someone who needs you! Good things come to those who help others.
5.What is your favorite munch?
I take my food VERY seriously. Like, one of the happiest days of my life was when I reached Yelp Elite status. I have so many favorites but I love me a good pizza! Pizza never gets old. How could it? It's the perfect combo of two of my favorite foods -- cheese and bread!
6. Who are some of your favorite influencers / influential people to follow and why? Blogs, authors, podcasts, etc.
To be honest, I don't follow many people on social media (on my personal account) who I don't have a personal relationship with -- it's mostly family and friends but they are some of the most inspirational people I know! And also, I don't read as much as I should.
I love the podcast, How I Built this (who doesn't?) and if you are a business builder yourself, the Shopify Masters podcast is gold for a variety of reasons. I also love listening to NPR's Planet Money -- this is a good one if you are wanting to simply learn something new. If you want a good read, The Anatomy of Peace is a quick, easy read and will make you think about the relationships you have with those around you. My all-time favorite book is Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frank. It documents his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II and how he found purpose and meaning through his suffering. Read it. Your mind will be blown and your heart will feel so much light. And lastly, if you are a mama, Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother by Beth Ann Fennlly is beautiful and an absolute must-read.