We had the good fortune of connecting with Monica and Brady and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monica, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When we first started MC Shave Gear, both of us were still working for others full-time. Brady has since retired from his corporate job, but I still work full-time for a Houston law firm. Running a small business, especially when you’re the makers, the schedulers, the drivers, the set-up and tear-down crew, the managers, the salespersons, the accountants, and the ones responsible for marketing, advertising, and wholesale accounts, doesn’t leave a lot of time for anything else. The key is making time for the work life balance. We go non-stop between September and a day or two before Christmas. By the time December 25th rolls around, we’re exhausted and looking forward to a break. January and February are pretty quiet, so we take time off, rebuild our inventory, spend time with family and friends, and sleep in. By Spring, we’re back on the road doing shows, and then we know Summer is going to quiet down again. Our son is a teacher and has the summers off, so we plan family weekends on the river, days at water parks, and long weekends in the Texas Hill Country with picnics and barbeques. By September, we’re back on the road. We love what we do, and we love meeting all kinds of people from all kinds of communities, which makes it all worth it. Our work life balance may not happen every day, but we know the fairly reliable cycle, and can plan our down time around our busy time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We’re a men’s grooming company that offers handmade razors turned from domestic and exotic hardwoods, as well as deer antler. We also developed a complete line of beard care, shaving products, and body care.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Our customers deserve all the credit and recognition. Without them coming out to see us, and believing in us and our product, we couldn’t do what we love doing.