When I Started My Journey As An Entrepreneur

When I started my journey as an entrepreneur, I never imagined how hard things could be. I never thought about the issues that I may be faced with. All I knew was that I was ready and capable of manifesting my dreams. Perhaps the hardest thing I did was start. We are all aware there is no such thing as the perfect time, and so we must make the decision to begin anyway.

I have taught myself to focus my energy on my goals, not on my failures. It wasn’t easy at first. I would take criticism to heart, and if a customer was difficult it would suck the life out of me. I had to learn how to let go. To listen, improve, and keep moving forward. During 2014, I had countless reasons to give up. I was 3 years into business and although I was succeeding, I felt as though everything was an up hill climb. I was exhausted. I knew I could have walked away that year, but I didn’t.  There was nothing else in life that I would rather succeed at or struggle with. I was far more afraid of turning my back on my dreams then I could ever be living them. Looking back now, I see how all those trials helped me create a better business.

I learned to trust myself more and connect with my customers. So now when I have a day that tests me, I choose to look for the lessons and grow.  There is something so magical about the business I have created. Enriching the lives of families everyday keeps me motivated. It’s an incredible feeling. This all came from something as simple as a love of drawing, and a passion to connect with people. I didn’t wait until I had tens of thousands of dollars to start. I didn’t have a loan or business partner, I just had an unwavering faith that this was exactly what I was supposed to do with my life. I don’t believe that these dreams accidentally came to me, and hold myself responsible for bringing them to life.

I encourage everyone to not only believe in their dreams, but to never give up on them. Especially during laborious times. Like me, you may only be steps aways from the end of the up hill climb, but you will never know unless you keep moving forward.

Hannah Perry
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A native of England and current Connecticut resident, I’ve spent my entire career fulfilling my passion; working with children. After earning a degree in childhood education and development, I was a nanny in the private sector for over ten years and published two children’s books (“A New Hat for Mommy” and “Picnics and Puddles: The Adventures of the Giggling Pig & Friends”). In 2006, I founded The Giggling Pig Art and Party Studio to give children the opportunity to be more creative. Compassion, creativity and art are the foundation for my studios (Shelton and Bethel, CT). I love making connections with children through art and helping them to be confident, kind and expressive. We offer art classes for toddlers through adults in our studios along with off-site private parties for adults or children. I recently spoke at the Smart Hustle Small Business Conference 2016 in NYC and was excited to win two silver awards at the 13th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business for two categories; Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Consumer Services and Maverick of the Year. I am looking forward to the launch of Giggles On The Go in 2017. This is an art subscription that will be available nationwide. With a decline in good quality art programs in school, I wanted to focus on reaching as many families as possible with our art lessons. I am also excited about partnering with Chelsea Piers in Stamford, CT to offer corporate and team building paint parties. The Giggling Pig Art & Party Studios are certainly growing and I look forward to seeing what 2017 brings.