Name: Lindsey Berlin
Kids Ages: 2 and 4
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Business: Peapod & Nate
At Peapod & Nate, our goal is to help parents create a warm and unique space for their littlest loves, whether they are at home, on the go or at school. Using the finest hand-selected 100% cottons, each item is lovingly handcrafted in Boulder, Colorado.
What is your favorite thing about your work?
I love getting to work directly with parents to help bring their visions to reality. (Editor’s Note: I can personally endorse! Lindsey just helped me choose fabric and is making the perfect dress for my 1.5yo to wear to a summer wedding.)
What is your least favorite thing about your work?
Because my office is in my home, and it’s not a typical 9-5, I have a hard time cutting it off which is probably my least favorite thing about doing what I do. There is always the pull to always being available, responding right away to customers and getting back into the office to sew.
Imagine you have some free time… what do you like to do?
What is this thing you call free time? HA! I love just relaxing with my husband and kids. Going to the farmers market together or just hanging out in the backyard.
What are your favorite family tradition?
One of my favorite family traditions is probably the simplest – eating dinner together, as a family and talking about our day. Sometimes it doesn’t go all that smooth, but we always make the effort to sit down and enjoy a meal together.
What are your favorite stores/restaurants/places in the Boulder-area?
My favorite baby boutique is Pitter Patter in Louisville. It’s such a dreamy space filled with the best of the best for little ones! Our absolute favorite restaurant is Blackbelly. We often try other restaurants, but always end up back at Blackbelly. The food is always exceptional, service is top notch and the drinks are creative and unique.
What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?
I am currently reading and LOVING this book – You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. I would highly recommend it!
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Paragliding in the Swiss Alps! I had hoped it would be something I would enjoy once I got in the air, but nope not the case. I was glad to have pushed myself to try it, but very very happy to be back on the ground!
Do you have any advice for other moms and/or mom with businesses?
My best advice is go for it! I was so worried about, well everything. How am I going to manage this and still be a present mom? Will this eventually become an income source for my family or just become financial burden? I don’t know anything about running a business! Am I entering into an already saturated baby bedding market? These are all valid and could have stopped me before I even began, but I am so glad I pushed though all those what if’s and did it. It’s definitely not always easy, and it’s always a learning process that is ever evolving but it’s so rewarding. I love that I get to directly work with my customers, be my own boss and most importantly do something that I am passionate about. I love that my kids get to see me building something that I love. So my advice is, take the chance and do it, be bold and take risks.
What is important for you to teach your kids?
This is a tough question, because there are so many things. Kindness is probably the most important thing I hope to ingrain in them from a very early age. I think kindness is important in all aspects of life, personal and professional. I think if you lead with kindness you’ll always be successful.
What have your kids taught you?
The importance of trying new things. It’s always incredible to me how easy it is for them to dive head first into something they have never done before and no, it doesn’t always go well, but they are always willing to try something new. The older I get, the easier it is for me to stay in my comfort zone, but my kids show me on a daily basis how important it is to continue to step outside that comfort zone to try something new, even at the risk of failing. Because the reward could be so worth it!
Thanks to Lindsey for taking the time to share all of this great information and advice with us. I was cruising around her Etsy shop and noticed that she’ll be at the Louisville Farmers Market on July 7th and the Erie Farmers Market on August 16th. Go check it out!
Also, this is the first in a series of features we’re doing on Boulder-area moms who are doing awesome things. If you know a mom that we should feature (maybe you?) send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!