We had the good fortune of connecting with Maile Healey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maile, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson we have learned, is that you never really stop learning!
Each experience and/or event presents something new you can learn from. That doesn’t necessarily have to have a negative connotation; it can be a positive one too. And in truth, a person or team should never really stop learning.
Having the willingness to observe, learn, take responsibility and execute the actions of your job properly and well, are really the key components to making a business work smoothly and successfully. And if you’re lucky, you might even enjoy it!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We pride ourselves in the fact that the majority of our rentals are handcrafted by us (my husband, Caleb). He hand built all of our farmhouse trestle tables, the white rowboat, cedar strip canoe, rustic bars, vintage photo booth stand, etc.
This company literally would not exist if it weren’t for Caleb. It continues to grow with the addition of Wedding Planning Packages and Floral Packages, which I created and added to the catalogue, along with some of my favorite vintage finds.
Rustic Rentals L.A. was kind of accidentally created after we planned our own wedding and built everything for it. It then took a natural turn into becoming a rental/planning business.
Was it easy? Um…nope! Did you read that whole list of builds? That wasn’t even everything on the list, hahaha. Together we made games, I designed the programs, the décor, the florals, etc. We went all in, for our wedding, but we gained a lot from it and now we get to share those amazing builds with other couples! And that’s so much fun!
I think the most important things I have learned are:
1) Don’t be afraid to try something new!
2) Don’t be afraid to step up (RRLA is now solely my company – woman owned)
3) Put that hard work in, it’ll pay off!
4) Never stop learning!
5) Find that balance!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oooof LA County is huuuuuuge!
We are currently in The Antelope Valley, so I’ll stick to that!
I’m a total outdoors buff, so I’d take my friend camping the entire week. I know to some, that would not be ideal,
so let’s say I was just touring them all around the A.V.
Let’s go to:
– Jawbone in Mojave – it’s amazing for off-roading, dirt bikes and camping a few days 😉
– The Blvd in Lancaster is great for Antelope Valley food/drinks – I love the Lemon Leaf Cafe – be sure to try their fettuccini and frozen lemonade, sooo good!
– The Poppy fields in Lancaster – it’s probably my favorite spot when in bloom
– Bloom Ranch in Acton – is a hidden gem to check out
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly? My husband, Caleb.
Sometimes, it’s a rough time mentally…physically, too…but mostly mentally.
It’s figuring out the balance of ALL THINGS WORK vs the FAMILY LIFE…or the shock of losing so much work due to the PANDEMIC. Many people understand this, I know. It ain’t easy! But again, it’s coming back to FINDING THAT BALANCE.
My husband has a great way of helping me keep my head on straight; whether it’s just telling me to put work away (because it’s after hours), helping the company out with deliveries, setup/breakdowns or taking me to the beach because it’s my happy place. He really does go above and beyond to help me reach my goals (work-wise, family-wise…and honestly happiness-wise).
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