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Each Monday, we shine a light on a forward-thinking, dynamic woman who is making an impact on our city and beyond. We call the series FACES of Louisville and FACES of the South, because these women are the “faces” of positive change. We ask each of them to give us the words of wisdom that have changed their lives, and their answers are always inspiring. Here are the 47 best pieces of advice from our FACES of 2018. Enjoy!

The Best Advice from Our 2018 FACES

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Mayor Vi Lyles, the first African-American woman to be mayor in Charlotte
What is your best advice?
“Be fearless!”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Kathy Mullen of VIPS | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“When I was a brand-new teacher, I had the opportunity to work with a remarkable lady who was retired military, had earned a Ph.D. and was an elder in her church. She was also a wife and mother. One day, she told a young working mother (me!), that I could be successful as a spouse, mother and educator as long as I kept grounded in my faith. I remind myself of that often when my life feels too busy and frantic. Taking time to pray and have a chat with God helps me every time!”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Jennifer Hancock, President and CEO of Volunteers of America | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“Find the nearest high road, and take it. That doesn’t mean avoid conflict; only find the most diplomatic way to manage it.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Cathe Dykstra of Family Scholar House | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“Fear and faith cannot coexist. You can only choose one.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Meredith McDonough of Actors Theatre | Image: Justin Philalack
What advice do you treasure?
“The point is not to be right, the point is to be helpful.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Denita Arnold of ‘A Woman Like You Foundation’ | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“I cling to Proverbs 3:5-6 as the best advice for me. It reminds me to ‘Trust in the Lord with all my heart and to not lean on my own understanding, in all my way to acknowledge Him and He will make my path straight.’ It has gotten me far in life, and I treasure it. Along with that, have a strong, honest accountability partner.”

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The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Elizabeth Fox & Liza Graves, StyleBlueprint Cofounders | Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography
As owners of a company that has seen plenty of locally owned businesses come and go throughout the near-decade you’ve been in business, what advice would you offer folks looking to start their own business?
Liza: “It’s going to be far harder than you can imagine … make sure you have the fortitude for it and enough saved up as your pay will likely be sporadic, at least at first. Figure out what your mission is and work the numbers to see if your idea is a job, or is it a hobby? And, your business should reflect you. You would never have someone over to your home and not graciously greet them, or make sure the powder room was clean, or say thank you if they bring you a gift. Treat your customers that same way. And, better yet, treat your vendors that same way as well. Expect a lot from everyone around you as only from high expectations will they grow. And, when it comes to bricks and mortar, just as always, location, location, location.” 
Elizabeth: “Pretty simple — once you have a concept nailed down, figure out what the endgame is. Do you want to build a company to give you a nice lifestyle business or build it to sell it? Then, ask the smartest people you know to shoot holes through your concept. Once you’ve vetted your business idea, then spend your money on a top-notch lawyer, accountant and business consultant.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Brent Drew-Wolack, Designer at KMAC Couture | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“‘Yes, and’ — my best friend and roommate is an actress, and she introduced me to an improv tool that has become transformative in all aspects of my life. It has helped me communicate and listen more effectively. It has also become a core part of my creative process and pushes me to expand my designs and design thinking.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is go for a walk.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Laurie Hickson Smith of ‘Trading Spaces’ | Image: Mary Kate Steele
What is your best piece of advice?
“There is a quote by one of my favorite authors, Barbara Brown Taylor, that states, ‘The only real difference between anxiety and excitement is our willingness to let go of fear.’ In my life, I find it is fear that has usually created the most unnecessary stumbles and heartaches. My best piece of advice to eliminate fear is to trust God, for each and everyone of us is created for great purpose!”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Shelby Packer of Cordial Lee | Image: Adele Reding Photography 
What advice do you treasure?
“Compare yourself to no one, and be your own measure of success.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Britni Knable of Headcandi and House of K | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“’Sleep when you’re dead.’ Mama Cat always told me this. My parents Elmer and Mama Cat have given so much advice to me and my siblings over the years. They taught us by one of the best ways possible: they live their advice, teaching the four of us by their actions and not just their words — teaching us to work hard and treat everyone with respect.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Tonya York Dees of York Management, Inc. and Unbridled Eve Derby Gala | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“Just put a little lipstick on and everything will be OK.” — Mom

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Jane Bennett of Peppermint Palm | Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“My parents were always supportive and encouraging with me when I was growing up, and I have treasured being able to pay it forward with my own three children.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Shannon Kessler of Primp Style Lounge | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“I get asked often, ‘How do you balance it all?’ I don’t search for balance as much as I try to make it a work-life blend. If I choose to clock more mom hours, then I stand behind that decision and dial down on my business that day. If it’s a boss day, then I stand in that choice and make the most of my time away from my family. It doesn’t always create ‘balance,’ and that’s OK. I am learning that balance is just a moment, but living in your choices creates clarity in your beautiful, messy life.

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Dr. Krysta Manning of Solstice Dental and Aesthetics | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“When I was in college, my dad told me, ‘No decision impacts your life more than the person you choose to marry.’ I took that advice to heart. When I finally settled down with my husband, Ryan, I realized just how right my dad was. I would not be even half as successful without Ryan’s unwavering support.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Seema Sheth, Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual and MOSAIC Award Honoree | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“Coco Chanel said, ‘Dress shabbily, and they remember the dress. Dress impeccably, and they remember the woman.’ And Shel Silverstein wrote, ‘Listen to the mustn’ts child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen very closely child, and listen just to me. Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.’”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Lyn Mabry of Living Spaces by Lyn | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“Be present. Be kind. Tell the truth.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Kobie Jarmon, Captain of the University of Louisville’s national champion Ladybirds dance team | Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography
What advice do you have for readers who are trying to balance multiple responsibilities?
“I would definitely say that it comes down to organization, but also, just don’t be afraid to go out on a limb and try something new. You never want to go through your life saying, ‘What if?’ So if you have the time, or if you can make the time, always try to do what you love and what you want to do.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Emily Digenis, Family Court Judge | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“My parents are Greek immigrants, and ‘service above self’ was always a common motto in our home growing up. They instilled in us a desire to make an impactful difference in our community — to leave the world a bit better than how we found it.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Heidi Fuller, cancer survivor and owner of Awakenings Boutique | Image: Christine Mueller Photography
What is your best piece of advice?
“Find the blessings within the storm. When you start to count your blessings, that’s when you open your heart to a new perspective on life. Also, don’t feel as if you always have to be strong.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Safiyyah Rasool, co-owner and creative director of Safiyyah Dance Company | Image: Christine Mueller Photography
What is your best piece of advice?
“Trust the process. If you can think it, you can achieve it.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Natalia Bishop of Chocolate Box Photography, Story Louisville and Level Up | Image: Christine Mueller Photography
What is the best piece of advice you could give someone?
“Success is when preparation meets opportunity. It’s absolutely true. The people we call lucky have been working at whatever they are working on for years before they get that break. They just have to be ready.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Donna Hopkins, amputee, breast cancer survivor and author
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“A friend of mine told me something like ‘We only get to live this life one time, and we can’t go back and change anything about what has happened. We can only move forward.’ So I think the best advice I’ve heard from somebody is don’t waste time, because you only have one life to live. And I believe that totally, and I don’t want people to go through what I’ve gone through to realize that. I was already doing that, but now I’m really digging into living everyday as if it will be my last day.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Dr. Purvisha Patel of Visha Skincare | Image: Abbey Bratcher
If you could go back 10 years, what advice would you give yourself?
“Happiness comes from the heart — from people and relationships. Keep those who love you close, for one day they will not be there. The people who matter the most only want one thing from you: your time. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind, and drive to always get better. The best thing that ever happened to me is my ailing mother came to live with me for the last 11 years of her life. That time is invaluable to myself and my children.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Sergeant Leigh Maroni of the Louisville Police Department’s Public Integrity Unit | Image: Christine Mueller Photography
What is your best piece of advice?
“Be kind.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Vian Sora, Iraqi-American Artist | Image: Christine Mueller Photography
Do you have any advice to share?
“Travel. Go into places you’re uncomfortable with. Go beyond Trip Advisor. I feel that travel is what shaped my character, but it also made me stronger. It’s something I look forward to, besides art shows.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Ysha Bass, co-owner of MESA, a Collaborative Kitchen and realtor with Bass Group Real Estate | Image: Christine Mueller Photography
What is your best piece of advice?
“If it had to be about anything, I would say forgive others — loving and forgiving each other. It can make a difference in people’s lives. But, if it was about food, I would say my best advice would be to pay attention to what you are eating. The food we put into our bodies is so important.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Shelly Zegart, founder of Kentucky to the World | Image: Christine Mueller Photography
Share your best piece of advice.
“My husband has a saying that really keeps me grounded: If it’s not life threatening, it’s only details.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Laura Schwab, Aston Martin’s First Female President | Image: Aston Martin the America’s
What is your best piece of advice?
“It was advice that my mom gave me; it’s about never compromising who you are. Obviously, I work in a sort of male-dominated industry, but I don’t wear the corporate suit always. I probably don’t have the corporate haircut. I never compromise who I am, how I speak or my approach. I laugh a lot — I have fun with it. Stay true to yourself. I have, and I guess it’s served me alright.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Kalye Beets, Creative Director of Michaelis Events | Image: Gretchen Bell
Do you have any advice?
“It’s important to surround yourself with people who aren’t always going to agree with you. It’s the hardest thing to listen to criticism, but at the end of the day, it’s been the best thing to bring in people who help me grow, and the company as well.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Lauren Coulter of LouVinoUptown Art and Lemonade Day | Image: Adele Reding Photography
What advice do you treasure?
“This one is hard. I really can’t put a finger on an exact line or words of wisdom that I’ve lived by. I’m simplistic, so statements like ‘do good’ resonate with me. Also, growing up, my dad would tell me I could do anything or be anything I set my mind to. I think that has been a constant idea that I have come back to many times over.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Stacy Owen, WFPK‘s Program Director | Image: Gretchen Bell
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Jaclyn Joseph, Executive Pastry Chef at the Falls City Market in the new Omni Hotel in Louisville | Image: Gretchen Bell
What is your best piece of advice?
“Never compare yourself to others, especially those in your same profession. Always compare yourself with how well you did the day before, and seek to be better tomorrow.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Barbara Sexton-Smith, Councilwoman for the Fourth Metro Council District in Louisville | Image: Gretchen Bell
What advice would you like to give?
“Believe in something much bigger than yourself. Define yourself and BE that self before the world does it for you.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Elizabeth Locke of Elizabeth Locke Jewels | Image: Elizabeth Locke Jewels
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
“When I decided to go into the jewelry business 30 years ago, I took a well-known estate jewelry dealer out to lunch and excitedly told him that I was going to become a stone dealer. He told me that I would be eaten alive by the competition and begged me to reconsider my choice. Because of this advice, I changed my plans and instead decided to design jewelry. So although my career plan was mercilessly crushed, he did me an enormous favor!”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Marilyn Osborn Patterson of Norton Commons | Image: Gretchen Bell
What’s your best advice?
“If you had the opportunity to take a risk to do something different, do it. What I do is totally weird and totally outside the box for some of my former [law school] classmates. But it’s extremely fulfilling. If I hadn’t have taken the risk and diversified, I would never have these fulfilling experiences, these interactions with wonderful unique people and planning what I think are some of the most fun events in our area of town. I’m so glad that I did from a mental health standpoint.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Sara Klein Wagner, President and CEO of the Jewish Community of Louisville | Image: Gretchen Bell
What is your best piece of advice?
“Find a good mentor, be a good mentor, be kind, and be a good listener.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Elizabeth McCall, Assistant Master Distiller for Woodford Reserve | Image: Gretchen Bell
Do you have any advice you’d like to share?
“If you have a thought or opinion about your career or life in general, you don’t always have to do what’s laid out in front of you. Be confident in yourself and what you want to do, and speak up about it.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Ashley Baldwin of Soul Cleanse | Image: Gretchen Bell
Do you have any advice you’d like to share?
“You’re so much stronger than you think you are. I’ve been in so many situations when I didn’t know what was going to come next. Also, don’t operate out of a place of fear.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Sarah Stalker of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence | Image: Gretchen Bell
What is your best piece of advice?
“Be open to the possibilities of things — all things. I often hear people say, ‘I can never do that; how do you do that?’ My answer is, ‘I’m willing to try.’ I think you don’t grow as a person if you aren’t willing to put yourself outside of your comfort zone. I think that’s really important.”

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The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Sarah Hays Coomer, author of Physical Disobedience | Image: Molly Peach Photography
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received, and from whom?
“My mom always used to say, ‘Slow and steady wins the race,’ which is an Aesop’s Fable. I find that to be true in writing, in fitness, in politics and in relationships. It applies across the board.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Nichelle Thurston of Seafood Lady | Image: Gretchen Bell
What’s your best advice?
“Have a dream, believe in it, and stay the course.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Lynn Rippy of YouthBuild Louisville | Image: Gretchen Bell
What is your best advice?
“Do something every single day that will help make someone better. Do something every single day that will improve your outlook on life. Be as honest as possible and as helpful as possible.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Jessica N. Turner of The Mom Creative | Image: Molly Peach Photography
What is the best piece of advice you have received, and from whom?
“I don’t know who said it, but I once heard, if it isn’t a hell yes, it is a no. That is my litmus test for everything. Is this something I really want to do? If not, then I politely decline. I’ve learned that you never regret a no, but you might regret a yes, so I give those yeses out sparingly.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Sara Bradley of “Top Chef Kentucky” | Image: Innovations Branding House
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received, and who was it from?
“’You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you find, you get what you need.’ My father, via Mick Jagger. It’s our family’s anthem. We would play it and dance around the kitchen while my mother cooked since I was young.”

The Best Advice From Our FACES of Louisville

Tina and Sue Zhao of Half-Peach Bakery & Cafe | Image: Gretchen Bell
What’s your best advice?
Tina: “Be aware of what you know and what you don’t know.” 
Sue: “Know what you’re going to do, but make a good plan first.”

A HUGE thank you to all of these incredible women and their wealth of advice!

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