Woman of the Week: Terri Kelly says, “Savor the Challenges”

April 2, 2015, In: Features, SAVOR
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Every day, women entrepreneurs are making major impacts in the world through their businesses. Here at Savor, we like to honor them for the amazing work that they do!

This week, meet Terri Kelly: she’s the Founder and CEO of Terri Kelly™, which produces a line of incredibly comfortable and fashionable flip flops that she calls, “Yoga pants for your feet.™”

Terri is a Savor Woman through and through. After developing the idea for TK flip flops, she immediately enrolled in the Manifest Method School and joined a Savor Circle. Since then, she has been balls to the walls productive in building her business from the ground up while #givegiveget-ing with her Savor Sisters, whom she lovingly describes as her “tribe.”

If that wasn’t enough to convince you of her incredible spirit, you should probably know that Terri recently made it through Round 1 and into Round 2 of the CBS show Shark Tank! We are so proud to feature Terri as our current Woman of the Week.

Terri, what’s the toughest challenge you’ve ever had to overcome?
Honestly starting this business with no knowledge of how to start a business, no knowledge of retail, manufacturing or anything has been the toughest thing I have ever done. But I had a dream and a goal and some deep determination. I have pulled myself along this road the hard way all by myself. Then I found Savor. I am a huge observer. I read what everyone writes and I pay attention to what other people are doing. Then I go do it. It’s that simple.

What’s your best productivity tip?
Attack the hardest things on your list as often as you can. Once you get in the flow of doing that, nothing seems hard or impossible anymore and it feels like there is nothing you can’t do.

Do you have a great “get out of debt” story?
We put 6 kids through college without the means to do it but it was my greatest priority in life so I made it happen. It was a mountain I climbed daily. We basically worked as hard as we could and sold every asset that we had to accomplish it. It was worth every cent. We have 6 amazing self-sufficient kids launched. To “get out of debt” we relocated to a much smaller house and a more affordable lifestyle. I now use my resources to build a business instead of building children!

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If you could start your business all over again, what would you do differently?
Absolutely nothing. It was in all my lessons learned that I got to exactly where I am today which is just stepping into the sales flow. My company is still so young, but it is in the struggle and my absolute will that I am finding my strength in business. It is now always by my side and it is priceless.

What’s your favorite quick beauty tip to glam yourself up?
My best beauty tip is some good old fashioned sun on the skin. And a hot shower. It just brings out the inner glow.

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What’s your first memory of a money lesson learned?
It is so much easier to spend it than it is to make it. Actually I am really proud to be working as hard as I am. My kids are raised and my husband goes to work so I am not letting anyone down by working so hard.

How do you combat workaholism?
I don’t have to choose between my work and my family. That right there makes it so much easier. But the downside is I never have to turn work off to take care of my family and this can lead to too much work.

Do you have a great way to turn off your brain at night?
When I feel fried I let myself walk away and go outside and do anything other than work. I let it go. It’s as simple as that. When I am about to tackle the next mountain, then I have that meeting with myself nightly at 3am, but otherwise, I really work on saying, enough for today. I will take it back up first thing in the morning.

Do you have a “guilty pleasure” that helps you get through the week? What is it?
Working out. I LOVE a long hike, or long yoga class. Time is my greatest splurge… taking time that I could be working and instead going outside to be active or going to the studio in the middle of the morning. It is my total guilty pleasure.

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Shulin Chinilson

Shulin Chinilson

Shulin Chinilson is the Director of Programs and Events for Savor the Success. She is also a certified yoga teacher, dog-lover, and passionate about helping women succeed at doing what they love.

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