Please join us in welcoming Dana Rose Lee as our featured guests for this week’s Women in Business! Dana is, as she writes on her beautiful blog, an essential oil lover living and sharing the natural life as well as a portrait photographer specializing in children and families. See our Q&A with her below!
- How do you juggle your work and home life?
When building a business (2 for me!), a lot of hours go into your work online a 9 to 5 job. Juggling work and home life is definitely a work in progress for me. I am a night owl and not a morning person, so I am navigating how to put my phone down and be present when my husband is home. In 2017, I have decided to focus more on my essential oil business, which will make me more available for family time during the weekends and holidays, as I won’t be behind my camera and in front of my computer as much.
- Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I went to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and studied Sociology. While I knew I wanted to be a photographer, I wanted to get a liberal arts degree to have and I am thankful I did.
- What words of advice would you say to a younger version of yourself?
Always try to be positive even when you are going through tough times. Know that you can get through anything, as hard as it seems at the time, and you will come out stronger than before.
- How did you get to where you are today?
Lori Greiner said “entrepreneurs are the only people who will work 80 hour weeks to avoid working 40 hour weeks” and I fully believe that this is true. I work hard. I probably work too many hours at times, but I want to grow my business and I want to grow it quickly. If you treat your job as a hobby, it will only be a hobby, but if you treat your job as a business, you will reap the benefits so that is what I am doing.
I began my journey with Young Living because my Mom passed away of a non-smokers lung cancer, never smoking a day in her life. She attributed her stroke of bad luck to art chemicals, as she was a very talented artist. After she passed away, I wanted to rid my home of as many chemicals as possible. I was on a mission to lead a more healthy lifestyle and at the time I had had many, many surgeries. Losing a parent is a huge wakeup call, but losing a Mom who is your best friend makes things a million times harder. I wanted to ensure that 30 years down the road, my children wouldn’t have to experience what I went through. I truly believe that I got to where I am today because of my Mom’s passing, which fuels my drive for wellness, for not only my family but for everyone.
For my photography business, I owe my creativity to my Mom. I grew up in a creative environment, where my Father was an avid art collector and my Mom was an artist who dabbled in every medium. Once I picked my camera up in 10th grade, I knew that I would be documenting life as a profession. I have invested a lot of time and money into my photography business but it has all been worthwhile.
- What is your dream?
My dream is to continue educating the world on wellness. I want people to understand self care vs. health care. I have spent WAY TOO MUCH time and money in the healthcare system and I am completely over it. Instead of relying on modern medicine, I rely on powerful bottles of essential oils that come from the ground and work through your bloodstream within minutes. Everyone needs to have essential oils in their home and that is a dream of mine as well as Young Living’s.
For my other business, I want to continue photographing families because it is a creative outlet of mine. My biggest regret is I don’t have more photos of my Mom and me together, especially after I graduated from college. So I always urge my clients to get in photos with their children and I will do the same once we have childcare. I want to continue traveling the world and experiencing life outside of the home bubble. At the same time, I also want to spend more time at home with the people I love.