I am so excited to feature Lorin Van Zandt on the Tiny Talks today! Lorin and her husband Kyle are the founders and owners of Missio a hair care line with a purpose- to help stop human trafficking. If you aren’t familiar with their brand and all that it stands for I strongly urge you to head over to their website (linked here) and learn more about what Missio is.
Lorin is truly an inspirational woman to me. It is so awesome to see not only females, but also Moms out there following their dreams and fighting hard for them! I was so honored that she was willing to take some time and sit down with me to share about how she does it all. Added bonus, she gave me one amazing blow out while we talked all things boss babe!
LVZ: It was through a number of experiences that led my husband and me to pursue this vision! As a hair stylist I realized there was a huge potential to make an impact in the lives of others- from the stylist’s chair to BEYOND the chair. Years ago I began volunteering my services and giving haircuts, manicures, pedicures and facials to women in need/transition. These were homeless shelters, drug rehab centers and recovery homes. I eventually began working with victims of human trafficking and as I heard their stories it inspired me to do something about this issue. I realized there was a role the beauty industry could play in making a difference and I became very passionate about the idea of a purpose-driven hair product. Then after much time, prayer, creative brainstorming and advice from mentors MISSIO was born!
LVZ: Paper-based check lists on a clipboard. I have a million lists, and I LOVE to check off to-dos. Somehow it helps me manage to stay afloat!
ADG: What is the best advice you have ever received and from whom?
LVZ: One piece of advice that I love is from my client and friend Ashley. She has overcome a significant challenge in her life and there is one thing she shared with me that I will always remember. She says that
“Sometimes being BRAVE does not always mean you feel like a roaring lion. Sometimes being brave means you are very afraid, but you still take the next step in front of you.”
A lot of times when pursuing a passion and something new, working with women who have been through a lot of hardship, and building a business from scratch, I have to exhibit a lot of courage. I love remembering Ashley’s quote that reminds me it’s all about just being willing to take the next step.
LVZ: Oh my, ha! TIME. It’s such a precious gift and as a person who is so relational, it’s hard to say no to people and things. Sometimes in a busy season of life, however, it’s important to say no to the good, so you can say YES to the best. Things that are necessary, constructive and precious. Like personal and professional goals, rest, kiddos, community and family!
“Sometimes things that aren’t perfect still get the job done…and GRACE offered to others and YOURSELF is so necessary.”
ADG: How do you balance work life and motherhood?
LVZ: I just try to do a really good job wherever I am… and to be present with those around me. If it’s leading a business meeting one hour, and then heading home to get down on the floor and play barbies or take my girls to the park, I just try to do my best to be fully present right then and there. I also have lots of to do lists, but I never check them all off… and I have had to be okay with items “floating” to the next day when there is dinner to be made and snuggles to be had!
LVZ: Next is continuing to steward this vision forward at work- making more meaningful connections and partnerships with stylists, salons and individuals who love the idea of making a difference together through the platform of a product line. I also am working HARD toward launching some new fun products this year! This is all while loving those around me well… particularly my amazing husband…. and two little girls who are in the PRIME of precious KID memory-making time.
ADG: What is your tiny essential, professionally, personally and as a mama?
LVZ: Honestly, DRY SHAMPOO. Might sound funny, or obvious, that I say that… but honestly its such a game changer for time saving. Its been so much fun to design and bring to market an all-natural version of my own! Hopefully it is saving others time as well and serving a greater purpose!
How inspired are you after this amazing chat with Lorin to go out and take on the world? Also side note Missio dry shampoo is totally game changer, as a working Mama on the go I use it so much!