TWA Entrepreneur Spotlight #2: Cherlyn Tan & Claris Lew | Daun&Petals
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It’s always been in our hearts and minds to do more than what we do on a daily basis. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE our clients and designing beautifully handcrafted and comfortable shoes for all of them makes us super happy and fulfilled! But more than just business, we desire to also give back and add more value to our community- our beloved customers, social media fans and followers, friends and you, who have stumbled upon our humble little blog space here.
And so we have officially started our initiative by interviewing 10 inspiring female entrepreneurs from the local wedding industry in conjunction with International Women’s Day. These ladies come from different walks of life and all have different stories on how they have started and sustained their wedding businesses. You may even be familiar with most of their names!
We will be featuring all of their interviews here throughout the month of March, and we hope you’ll be blessed and inspired.
Entrepreneur Spotlight #2: Cherlyn Tan & Claris Lew
Co-Founders and Floral Designers and Stylists of Daun&Petals, Mom of One
Can you share with us a little about yourself and how you started your Daun&Petals journey?
Daun&Petals was officially launched on Instagram in July 2016. All these while, we have always had a preference for ‘not only roses’ bouquet and modern arrangement (probably due to the fact that I was a designer and tend to fall for things that are unique!), and we found them a little hard to get in Malaysia. So the idea of "Why not?” and “Let's do it!" began buzzing me. After months of research and preparation, we decided to get on with this business which we are really passionate about.
What keeps you going when you encounter tough times in your life and business?
Cherlyn: Laughing crazy hard, and having an amazing time with family and friends who have the ability to turn my whole day around.
Claris: Family, family, family! Family is the backbone and pillar that drive me moving forward when I experience tough times in business.
What is the one value that you hold on to the most in your entrepreneurial journey?
We believe that nothing is new under the sun, the only different angle you have is your experience because no one elsegets to live your life, and that is the added value throughout the entrepreneurial journey.
What is your favourite quote/motto in life and business?
Cherlyn: “With God, all things are possible” - Mathew 19:26
Claris: “Consistency is the key to success”
Why do you think it’s important that women support women?
Supporting one another does not mean it diminishes ourselves. Supporting one another means we make each other stronger. We make each other wiser. We make each other exceptionally greater. And we need to do more of it. It is important to support each other because we were made to connect.
Are you proud to be a woman? If yes, why?
Cherlyn: Of course a yes! I am always grateful to be a mother to a son, a wife to a loving husband, a daughter, a sister, and a floral enthusiast to Daun&Petals.
Claris: Yes, it is a blessing to be able to enjoy modern day female privilleges- the fact that we are able to voice our beliefs and have the freedom to speak our minds.
One advice for every aspiring female entrepreneur.
If we could, we would shout out loud about the importance of self-care! It is important every single day of anyone's life, but it is even more important to take care of yourself during the harder times. However self-care looks like for you, do it, and don't stop even when you just "don't feel like it" because your mood isn't there. It will help you stay connected to yourself and feel good. For us, practicing self-care can be eating our favourite Asam Laksa, reading a good book, watching comedy on Netflix or going for a girls date. Dive into whatever it is that helps you de-stress and care for yourself!
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