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Meet Trailblazer Loraina Talbot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Loraina Talbot.

Loraina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started my MugMama journey by wanting to find a gift for a friend that just got engaged. I thought, well, I could make something and do it my own way! I grabbed the glitter, glue and other goodies, and got started! Once I was finished, I posted it online to show friends and family, and they asked to make some for them. I was in a position at work where I was making less money than usual, so I figured let’s do this, let’s start a business! So then, came The Mug Mama. It has had its ups and downs; the late nights, the constant change in trends, and just finding a way to spread my name. I stayed persistent and here I am. Figuring out who I am and what I want is all a part of the MugMama journey.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has had its moments! The struggles I’ve had along the way developed from the stress of figuring out who I wanted to attract. I’d question myself of: do people like this or how can this be better? Learning and making adjustments are all apart of the process. I think what makes it go smooth is the amazing customers we have encountered! They are the biggest fans and push me through all the rough patches. My advice to other young women is DONT GIVE UP! Set goals and don’t stop till they are accomplished. And once those goals have been met, make new ones! Never stop striving to be the best you.

We’d love to hear more about The Mug Mama.
Known as MugMama, love ALL things Mugs! But I offer so much more from drinkware, hats, totes, tees, can coolers, etc. Drinkware items are our most popular, of course! I create set designs that I have available year-round or seasonal, but I also offer custom designs.

I am most proud of the customer base the business has. It’s so amazing being a part of the customers’ life moments. Making a onesie to announce a new birth, creating mugs for the new bride & her tribe, coming up matching shirts for a family trip, the list goes on and on. I get to be apart of all those special moments and it fills my heart with so much love.

I think what sets me apart from others is me. Constantly showing new designs, new items, and keeping things different. It helps keep the attention!

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well-positioned for?
I believe women can do whatever they set their mind to. Walk into it with confidence and nothing can stop you. Set a goal and get it done girl! We can do anything we set our mind to.

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TMG Photography

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