Lianne is the Founder of Gemini Naturals. A hair color company that delivers fun vibrant colors without having to bleach and commit to one color! Her color gel formula is specifically created to stand out on DARK hair and will rinse out easily on your next wash day. Switch up your color weekly or you can pull out all the stops for those special occasions. Now you can have colorful healthy hair! Lianne’s husband is in the Air Force and they are currently stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia.
What made you decide this career path? The flexibility! As a former Physician Assistant, it was becoming more difficult to manage my career while raising a family and moving every 2 years, so, what started as a hobby eventually turned into owning and operating my own business. I’m almost 3 years in and I have no regrets!
Where have you lived and what has been your favorite base so far? We have lived in Virginia twice, Florida, Alaska, and Texas. It’s hard to choose a favorite because all of these places bring back such good memories, but, for now, I’ll choose Texas since it’s where we started our family.
What is the biggest challenge of being a military spouse and pursuing your career? The biggest challenge would have to be the frequent moves. In the past 6 years we’ve made 3 major moves (2 of them cross-country) so getting established in a community has been challenging but I’m thankful to have found a tribe of other military spouse entrepreneurs that have been encouraging along the way.
What are your other hobbies? Sleep! I’m only half-way kidding but anything involving “rest” is considered a hobby at this point in my life. I also love photography and just spending time with my family.
What are some benefits of being a military spouse as a business owner? Finding and connecting with other military spouse entrepreneurs has been truly amazing, Since so many of us have lived all over the country, it’s easy to provide resources and foster a relationship with someone who is new to an area that you may be familiar with.
If you could, what advice would you give yourself when you first started your business? I would remind myself to go at my own pace. It’s easy to get caught up with what other people/businesses are doing and feel “behind” if your business isn’t growing as fast as someone else’s. At times, this can lead you into saying yes to too many commitments or jumping into things you aren’t ready for. As military spouses we fill a lot of roles simultaneously so it’s important to not stretch yourself too thin, especially early on.
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