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Meet Melissa, owner and designer of Sweet Water Decor,  an online boutique for all the pretty things! On her shop you can find everything from coffee mugs, apparel, stationary, + more! Melissa is not only a sweetheart, but she is also from Pittsburgh like me, and I just love seeing women kicking ass doing what they love! Here's our interview with this #girlboss babe. 

  1. What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up that helps kick-start your day on the right track?  The first thing I do is get connected with my business and followers. I check all of my email accounts, social media, and the business to see what happened overnight and start responding to emails and more!  I always look forward to having to have my morning decaf coffee to start the day!
  2. Do you have a go-to Motivational Mantra? Everything Happens For A Reason.  If things go the way we don't want them to or something spectactular happens, I always believe everything happens for a reason.  I always tell my friends and family this no matter the situation - there's a reason for it all!

  3. Kicking-ass in your field of expertise can sometimes be a lot of work, how do you stay connected to your center on those inevitable tough days? I try not to let things bother me - in the beginning it was tough and I took everything to heart but you have to remain positive and focus on how much you have accomplished and how many beautiful lives you are touching each day and focus on that instead.

  4. What are your MUST HAVES in your carry-on when you're about to leave town on a big jet plane? I love brining my Glamour Magazine and KIND bar with me on plane rides and long car rides.  My new Eat Well Travel Often tote is also a huge must!  It is perfect for plane rides and car rides to carry the necessities without being too big and bulky!

  5. What is your favorite thing to do when you need some creative inspiration? I live in a beautiful small town that is filled with small businesses and the cutest houses.  When I need inspiration I love going into the local shops and getting inspiration from everything and walking around town - I get ideas out of the blue, which is so great!

  6. What’s your best piece of advice for our younger generation when it comes to following your passion? You know in your heart who you are and what you love.  I always loved design and knew in the 4th grade that I wanted to be a designer someday.  It took me until my late twenties to actually get back on that path after working in the corporate world after college but your heart knows and you need to follow that!  If you have a business spirit follow that!  I have no regrets not doing my business sooner as I needed all of my corporate retail experience to run the business like I do now.  No matter what you are passionate about explore it - shadow someone who works in that field, and always, follow your dreams! 

  7. Favorite yoga pose for chillin’ out? I love down dog.  I know it sounds crazy but when I need to just stretch from sitting so long or need to re-energize, down dog is my pose go-to!  Working at my standing desk, you'll find me in tree pose a lot while working.

  8. What’s the most recent inspirational book that you’ve read? I just read Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso - it is fantastic! I challenge every #GIRLBOSS to read this book!  

  9. Do you have a nightly ritual that helps clear your mind for a restful sleep, creating a productive day to follow? My husband and I love falling asleep watching The Office before we go to bed. It helps us unwind from a crazy day at work and gives us a few laughs before we go to sleep! 

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