397 MINISODE Mimi Johnson: Beautiful Timing
Women Innovating Networking Growing Scaling – that’s WINGS … I’m Melinda Wittstock, my mission is to help women take flight to soar to the success of our dreams in business and in life– and create and grow businesses in alignment with our passion and purpose.
On this special Mentoring Minisode of Wings of Inspired Business … we talk about how founders must free themselves from the busy work to leverage their own unique genius in business (rather than busy-ness) … why there is never a “perfect time” to launch a business or a product … and how we must stop putting fear in front of our desires.
Here with us today to provide her insights and inspiration is …
Mimi Johnson is the founder of the beauty boutique The Glamatory – and a growing online community and subscription box called Grind Pretty. With a social media following of more than 50,000, Mimi’s work is seen on TV networks Bravo and VH1, Instyle and Essence Magazines, and her high profile clients include Kenya Moore and Angela Simmons.
Mimi Johnson will be here with her advice in just a moment on our Mentoring Minisode and first …
And now to the inspiring Mimi Johnson.
Mimi founded the Glamatory and the subscription beauty box Grind Pretty after an “emancipation of Mimi” party back in 2011. She left her corporate job and launched a
vegan- and cruelty-free makeup line and a powerhouse lineup of some of the most exciting talent in the industry. Her Atlanta-based Glamatory is a laboratory-themed beauty boutique features luxurious makeup, beauty education and upscale services – attracting some of the entertainment industry’s hottest stars.
As part of Mimi’s mission to support all women, The Glamatory also provides opportunities for makeup artists to share their talents and passions with the world.
Melinda Wittstock: Mimi, welcome to Wings.
Mimi Johnson: Thank you so much for having me. I'm excited.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh, me too. Well, I'm excited to talk to somebody who is a beauty influencer and has such a huge social media following. It's so exciting. I have lots of questions about that. But first, what's inspiring you right now?
Mimi Johnson: I mean, seeing a sea of women of entrepreneurs rise up against the adversities and injustices is so powerful to me. It's such an inspiration to see so many women succeeding. I think there are a lot of true superwomen out there that are taking care of home and business, and that's so inspiring to me.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh gosh, it's true, right? Although, we can't fall into the trap of thinking we have to do it all to have it all.
Mimi Johnson: Correct. [crosstalk [spp-timestamp time="00:01:02"]
Melinda Wittstock: It's true, I know. It's one of my missions to change that, to say how can we turn time into a quantum resource rather than a scarce one. My theory is just like doubling down on the things that you love to do, and hiring the rest.
Mimi Johnson: Absolutely, yeah. I saw this clip from Diddy, and he was talking to his team. He was like, “I have so much genius in my head. This is why I'm paying you so that I can get out what's in my head and you do the work, and I enjoy life.”
Melinda Wittstock: Yeah.
Mimi Johnson: Those are goals.
Melinda Wittstock: That's right. Okay, that's exactly how to live. Well said. It's of course challenging to get there, and it's business. Generally, entrepreneurship is challenging in lots of different ways. I like to de-stigmatize that challenge, so what are some of yours?
Mimi Johnson: Oh gosh. I mean, just what we kind of touched on, is taking on everything because we don't in the beginning as entrepreneurs have the resources to do everything, or the team to do everything. It's like a balancing act that can be difficult. On a bigger scale, I still see frustrations of the injustices of equal pay based on gender. I really, really hate that that's still a thing, but I do love that women are making their own today and things are changing. I just hate that it still exists.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh, gosh. No, it's really, really true. You've, undoubtedly, learned a lot of things along the way given your success. What are your top three go-to piece of advice for women in business?
Mimi Johnson: Sure. Don't wait for the perfect time. Just go for it now. If you procrastinate, guess what, the next person can come out with what you want to do and you're like oh my God, that was my idea. I think the other one will be kind along the same lines, is you never know until you try. I think we become our own enemies. We stop ourselves. We get in our own way. We put our doubts and fears in front of our ideas. I think that kind of goes hand in hand with the first tip that I gave. You've just got to try. You never know until you try.
The last one I think is, don't let your business consume every aspect of your life. Make time for yourself. I think we all get engulfed into our goals and what we want to accomplish, and we don't celebrate the little victories and truly take time to enjoy each step of the process.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh, beautifully said. Mimi, how can people find you and work with you?
Mimi Johnson: Sure, you can find me allthings@mimijonline, M-I-M-I-J online. I also own The Glamatory, and Grind Pretty, but if you go to mimijonline, you'll find portals to everything I do.
Melinda Wittstock: Wonderful. Well, thank you so much for putting on your wings and flying with us.
Mimi Johnson: Thank you so much for having me. I am so excited.