SUCCESS.com has partnered with Lifetime Moms to introduce you to some outstanding women. These women are a lot like you—they range from stay-at-home moms to successful career women, entrepreneurs and CEOs of their homes. They all attended Tory Johnson’s Spark & Hustle women’s conference this summer to learn more about growing their small business and found they learned something about themselves. We’ll feature one Lifetime Moms attendee from each city’s stop on the Spark & Hustle conference.
Meet Bonnie Matthews
“If you think you can do a thing or can’t do a thing, you’re right.” -Henry Ford
There’s nothing cuter than a well-dressed child, if you ask Bonnie Matthews. And she would know—her high-end children’s clothing line Blu Pony Vintage has been outfitting little ones since 2010. Inspired by designs from the 1920’s and 30’s, Bonnie created her niche line without previous business or design experience.
“I started this business not knowing anything about the field I am now succeeding in,” Bonnie tells SUCCESS. Her boldness paid off. The line is now in 65 retailers worldwide.
The South Pasadena entrepreneur and wife to artist Jason Matthews has found purpose through her risk-taking. “In the beginning, so much of what we do is by one’s self, and often you have a hard time remembering that what you are doing does have meaning and does have potential to succeed.”
Bonnie attended the Los Angeles stop of Spark & Hustle women’s startup and small biz tour, where she gained a boost of confidence from fellow working women. “Spark & Hustle, with its panel of inspirational speakers, helped me to not doubt what I have. We all question if what we are doing will pay off. Spark & Hustle reminds us that it will!”
Bonnie’s business continues to grow, with the addition of an employee. Her entrepreneurial experience has provided her with a mantra: “Be curious and really believe in what you want. If you do this, success will happen,” she says.