I love animals, and as a little girl I dreamed of a career doing what I love, caring for animals as a veterinarian. Today though, I’m not a veterinarian.
Fast forward 30+ years and I find myself the owner of a small business in my hometown and I love my life.
I’ve learned that life isn’t what we plan, it becomes a journey with changes at every turn. I’d planned one career, but it didn’t turn out as I expected. I fell in love, and of course that seldom goes as planned. And then there were surprises, sometimes wonderful ones in the form of unexpected opportunities. My journey has had many UPS and DOWNS and many surprises. Thankfully, what my parents instilled in me was to be true to myself, stay positive and keep an open mind.
As I attended the 1st Women’s Showcase at the Renaissance Theatre last month, I took a moment to reflect on where I have come from, where I am and how I got here.
The women in my small town love to help each other, nurture, and support each other. As a small business owner, you are challenged to be competitive and successful. When you have a strong network, that in my case includes family and friends, as well as many women, anything is possible. I appreciate the fact that I can ask another professional woman for help with an issue in my business or personal life and she will help me or help guide me to the right person to help me. I love the way women nurture and care for each other, and yes it happens in business.
Owning a business can be scary, and it’s nice to know you are not alone. I can also count on my network to remind me to stay mentally and physically healthy. From my observation, women tend to care for others before themselves, often leaving us stressed, depressed, and or anxious.
The Women’s Showcase offered business solutions and opportunities, health and beauty solutions networking, time for us. It was a reason to come together and celebrate our success and share what we do and love! It also helped me realize that I didn’t have to become a veterinarian to find a career that I truly loved.
As I mentioned, I have had many challenges in owning a business and have had a few partners. I hope you can join me November 25, 2015, 8-9a at My Town Partners office at 31 E 4th Street to discuss “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” of Partnerships. As we meet the day before Thanksgiving, I appreciate the fact that we can again be reminded of the network in our community and give thanks!
Mary K. Bolin is Graduate of Lexington High School and North Central State College. She has worked in the staffing industry for 29 years. Mary has two grown children, Alex and Maggie, and a grandson Nash. I love the community and have been involved in many non-profit boards and fundraising events. Currently, Mary is the board President of United Way of Richland County. and the Director of the staffing division at Temp2Higher, of N.E.C.I.C. Mary enjoys reading, golf, the beach and anytime she can be with her family. Her favorite challenge is finding solutions for our community.