We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Galbraith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, how do you think about risk?
I have always had an overachiever, perfectionist mentality. Reflecting back on it, there have been many, MANY times I haven’t taken risks because my thoughts immediately went to “what if I fail”. My fears of failing and rejection often took over any ambitious ideas I wanted to pursue. If I didn’t think I would be perfect at something, I often let it go. “Take a risk and start a business?! Forget it! Especially knowing that most businesses fail. Nope, I am not going to be a part of that statistic!” These were the beliefs I had in my head… I will probably fail, so why even risk it.
2020 was a huge turning point in my life. With all of the sadness and uncertainty happening in the world, I realized that life is not guaranteed. My life could be turned upside down in an instant, so why was I allowing my fear of failing dictate how I lived my life? I decided to take the risk of starting my own business. I put my tunnel vision on, and before letting my thoughts and fears take over, I just dove in. Just by doing that, just by turning the fear switch off, I was able to launch my online store in December 2020, 2 1/2 months after I dove in.
I am still afraid of failing, but it looks very different than it did in the past, because at this point, I did it. I created a small business that I am proud of, that I believe in, and to even get to that point to a huge leap of faith in myself. I am my own website builder, my own photographer and social media marketer, my own shipping and customer service departments. And guess what? Maybe I am not great at every aspect, but I am finally ok with that. I started treating myself with kindness and forgiveness. I am learning to let my perfectionism be a part of my past. If I make a mistake running this business, it’s all a lesson. I have better ways of using my energy than through the fear of taking a risk.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My career was spent in the fashion industry in numerous roles. The older I got, the more conflicted I became with what my career entailed and how I was trying to live my life. Over the past few years, I really wanted to build something that I felt was a champion of women. My idea took many shapes, and it wasn’t until fall of 2020 that it all made sense, and I decided to take the biggest risk of my life.
Something Good Market was launched in December 2020. It is dedicated to supporting the talented women who’s brands inspire me, not only through their products, but their own personal journeys to get where they are now. The products in the market are carefully curated. They are eco-friendly, cruelty-free, majority US-made, and vegan (if they are not, I am sure to note!). I support local, small-batch, and shopping small.
As with self-care, the business is always a work in progress. I am currently online only, but have so many dreams and ambitions with a goal of growing to give back. I can only grow by staying humble, being kind, and listening.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Anyone who visits knows there will be a LOT of eating involved! We would definitely hit up some of my favorite places for vegan food- Gracias Madre, Monty’s Good Burger, Magpies, Just What I Kneaded, Shojin, Pura Vita, Leela Thai, Village Bakery and Dune. You also can’t visit without hitting up a bunch of the gorgeous rooftop bars across the city for some day drinking! And late night Dance Yourself Clean parties.
I am a sucker for Cinespia at the cemetery, it’s been one of my favorite things to do in LA since moving here 15 years ago.
Definitely a trip to The Broad and LACMA.
Hitting golf balls in K-town, going to the Channel Islands for a day (but make sure they don’t get sea sick first!), wine tasting up in Santa Ynez. And no trip is complete without a day at the Korean spa!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to Ece Yildirok for nominating me to be featured here! She’s such a badass illustrator that you have to check out (www.so-ece.com) .
I also have to acknowledge every single amazing woman creator and designer that I have had the honor of carrying in my shop. They all listened to my story and vision, many before my actual launch, and trusted me to carry their brand in a way that upholds their beliefs. These are all women I look up to and inspire to be as successful as.
And I have met so many incredible women through social media that are doing their thing, standing up for what they believe in, and sharing their stories, that they all deserve a shoutout. It’s been absolutely amazing to be welcomed in and have beautiful conversations with them all. Having them cheering me on is definitely the sunshine on those cloudy days.
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