I had the pleasure to sit with one of my former co-workers last week, Johanna Terry – founder and owner of Johanna Terry Events.
After going to school and getting her accounting degree, being in the oil and gas industry for 14 years, she started her side job as sort of an accident. Realizing her love of decorating parties (not to mention being super good at it), she set out to start her business on the side not knowing exactly how far it would take her. Well, let’s just say it took her to quitting her accounting career to dedicate 100% of her time to her brand and company.
You give Johanna a vision or idea for your wedding or any type of event, rest assured her and her team will make it happen!
Starting off in a small, 1,800 sqft space, her business has grown to relocate to it’s third warehouse which has jumped to 10,000 sqft. She’s grown to hire amazing staff and interns and has a wall dedicated to all her awards. Johanna doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon!
Having some dinner and wine at Helen in The Heights, I had a Q+A with Johanna to gain some insight on her entrepreneur journey and how she incorporates wellness into her busy life.
1. How did Johanna Terry Events come about?
To be honest JTE was something I created to get away from a career I was very unhappy with. I always knew that someday I’d start my own business but took a while to find what that was.
2. What finally made you take the leap to run your own business full time?
JTE was a side hustle for a few years. By the middle of 2015 I knew I could no longer keep up the demands of a full time job and a “side hustle” because at that point JTE was growing into something way bigger than a I could handle part time. When I had two panic attacks in one month I knew I had to give myself 150% to my business because that was what was making me happy.
3. What was your greatest fear?
My only fear was and IS failure. I think any entrepreneur will tell you that. I had to set all the negative thoughts aside and jump in. No matter what happens I know I gave it my all and that is all I can do.
4. How did you conquer it?
Well, I still fight it! But I am passionate about what I’m doing and work hard at it every day. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns all the time but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
5. What is your greatest piece of advice for those who have a passion to start their own business?
F@CK what anyone else says or thinks. GO FOR IT. You will never regret it. It’s all about trial and error and one day it will click. Keep on grinding.
6. How do you incorporate wellness into your busy life?
I try to make time for myself no matter how busy I am. Whether it’s taking a spin class or going for a jog or just sitting down in the morning and relaxing before I head to work. It doesn’t happen every day but it makes such a difference in my day when it does.
7. What’s your favorite song to workout to?
I’m a little obsessed with Maluma right now so anything with him in it is at the top of my playlist.
8. What does “me time” mean to you while running your own business?
It’s not always easy to find “me time” but like I said earlier, even if it’s just 30 minutes I can get to myself makes a difference. Morning time is usually when I get it.
I asked Johanna to end with her favorite quote. If she had to live by only one what would it be? Her answer was:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill