We had the good fortune of connecting with Tasha Rogers and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tasha, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’m a Sagittarius so I love taking risks. After graduating college in 2011, I packed up my car and moved from Washington State to Texas, where I only knew one person, to pursue a career in the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG). That career bounced me from San Antonio to San Angelo and finally to Houston to be an enlisted aircrew member. I grew up in a small town, so moving to Houston was scary for me, but I knew it would open so many doors and offer me amazing opportunities as long as I put in the work. After several years, in 2017, I decided to go back to school to study Diagnostic Medical Sonography to. become an Ultrasound Technologist. I graduated at the top of my class, became registered and started working at one of the best hospitals in Houston’s Medical Center, while still working part time for the TXANG. I remember thinking, “I made it,” but that girl “risk” came knocking on my door again. Summer of 2019, I was offered to deploy as a civilian contractor doing the same job I do for the TXANG. I spent 14 months over the next two years overseas. It was a grind, but I loved it. If it weren’t for that job, I would have never been able to finally pursue my biggest risk of all… starting my boutique, Peony and Poppy.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Peony and Poppy is an online women’s clothing and accessory boutique created with YOU in mind. My goal is to elevate women’s lives by evolving with them. I want to help women bloom into their best versions of themselves. Just as the seasons change, our lives go through seasons of their own. Our styles change and our bodies change. Peony and Poppy carries styles from classy to casually cute, from sweet to sexy, and carries sizes XS-3X.

I’m mostly proud of just doing it. Starting was the scariest part for me, I have always wanted to be a boutique owner but I never thought it was possible. Getting to this point was not easy. I work full time as an Ultrasound Technologist and part time as an enlisted aircrew member in the Texas Air National Guard, so every second of my free time was dedicated to Peony and Poppy. Since I am a small business and just starting out, I do it all. I’m the buyer, photographer, content creator, etc. I was able to overcome challenges and obstacles through my friends and family, a Facebook group with other small business boutique owners, a very detailed planner and a lot of coffee.

I have learned so much along the way. A lot goes on behind the scenes of opening and running a business. But the most important thing I have learned is to love and be patient with myself.

I want people to know that everything Peony and Poppy is and stands for is a part of me. The name, the logo, the clothes, all of it. I want women to feel confident, to glow as they grow, and to support other women, no matter what their clothing size is or what stage of their life they are in, I want women to bloom into their best versions of themselves.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This actually happened over Memorial Day Weekend. Six of my best girlfriends came to visit me in Houston. We did it all. The first day we had a girl’s night, drinking Ranch Waters and cooking Mexican food. Day two was a “Texas” themed day… we started our morning at NASA, made our way over to the Kemah Boardwalk for lunch and rollercoasters, and ended our night laughing and two-stepping at a country bar. Day three was more of a fancy vibe. We started at the Post Oak Hotel for brunch at Bloom and Bee, took some photos in our Peony and Poppy outfits at Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, and grabbed some fresh pressed juice and coffee at POST Houston. We ended the day having a backyard BBQ and binge watching Candy on Hulu. Day four was a mixed theme. We started the day walking around the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park, which ended up being the most memorable. We were trying to find someone to take a group picture of us in our matching pink heart sunglasses. We found a nice couple. The guy was taking our photos while the woman was hyping us up. Afterwards, they ask me to take their photo. I remember thinking, “how crazy would it be if he proposed…” HE PROPOSED! I got so many photos, my best friends got videos! It was literally meant to be, the woman thought her man had planned us to be there because of our glasses, but in reality he had been waiting for over an hour to find the perfect group to capture their special moment, and he picked us! Anyway, this was our last night together, so we all got dressed up one last time for a nice dinner at Rosalie at the C.Baldwin Hotel. It was the perfect end to our little girl’s vacation.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My older sister, Tamaira. She has encouraged me throughout all my careers, but the love, support and advice she has given me when I started Peony and Poppy has been endless. She is also a small business owner, Vega Lily Jewelry, on top of doing amazing at her 9-5, being a wife and mother of two, so she gets how the whole process can be. Thank you, Tamaira, love you!

Website: www.peonypoppy.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peonypoppyboutique

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeonyPoppyBoutique

Other: https://TikTok.com/peonypoppyboutique

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