Minneapolis-based Anna Vig is the mother of a three-year-old (Wesley) and an infant (Miles), plus she works full time in a career that requires she looks like a million bucks every time she sets foot out the door—she’s a “Star Stylist” representing Stella & Dot, a boutique-style jewelry and accessories company. Not only does she run in-home trunk shows, she also coaches and mentors other stylists within the company. —Kathleen Stoehr
Sounds like you have a fairly heavy workload with in-home trunk shows and supervising other stylists. How do you manage to balance your work life and your family life?
Life is definitely busy with a husband [Andrew], two little kids, and doing my Stella & Dot business ...but they are all things I love so I am willing to make it work! Balance is key. My husband and I typically sit down on Sunday and look at the week ahead and what needs to done to make sure the kids are taken care of. Having open communication and understanding with your partner has been the key aspect of holding things together during busy times.
You must meet a lot of other career-oriented parents through your work. What advice might you have for them as they navigate the waters of parenting, as well as being successful on the job?
Navigating both a career and parenting is very tricky and I think the most important thing is to cut yourself some slack and never be too hard on yourself. The reality is, you can't do it all and some things might fall through the cracks or not be done to the best of your ability...that’s life! I think it is essential to be there for your kids when they need you the most, to support your partner in what he or she does, and to make yourself happy. Everyone needs fulfillment—and for many women, that includes their job, friends, family, and so much more. Let it be okay to be away from home and then be completely present when with your family. Life is complicated, busy, fun, and full of love, and that is what is so beautiful about it!
Has your oldest child taken any interest in your business?
[Wesley] loves playing with my jewelry, and you know what? Playing dress up and having fun with jewels is a good time no matter what your age or gender.
What's your on-the-go wardrobe essential for the active mom in the upcoming season?
My on-the-go wardrobe essentials are simple...I love a great pair of leggings or skinny jeans, a loose top that is easy to throw on—and off if spit ups happen. Top it off with a basic pair of studs, a gorgeous statement necklace, or a wrist stacked with bracelets to add a fun pop of color. This look is casual, but still put together!