Inspirational Women Wednesday #IWW | Shari Williams | Stylist, Beauty & Event Planner

Today’s Inspirational Women Wednesday feature is highlighting Ms. Shari Williams, owner of an amazing  full-service beauty and event company based in South Florida called Pink Wasabi. I’ve known Shari for a short time now but I feel like I’ve known her for so much longer! She has a great spirit and the gift of making you feel “right at home”. Shari inspires me because she has found a way to take all of her talents and interests, and use them to feed one initiative of serving others and making them feel their very best. I am excited to share her interview with you and I am also looking forward to working with her on future projects! I hope that you enjoy! 🙂

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YOUR NAME AND PROFESSION

Shari L. Williams, Stylist, Beauty & Event Planner

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT YOU DO, AND YOUR BUSINESS.

I’m a New York native, raised in Central New Jersey and rarely claim either. I moved to South Florida in 2003 and never quite looked back. I’ve created a life here that I love wholeheartedly and I’m a bit obsessed with self improvement (on the inside and out). My fiancé and I spend most of our time working and any free time is spent traveling together so we never really lose sight of each other. I plan and coordinate weddings, events, beauty/wellness services and style clients whenever asked.

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WHAT PUSHED YOU TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS? WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH YOUR BUSINESS?

At first I started selling accessories as a hobby while I was in college (getting a degree in psychology no-less) and somewhere between then and now I began coordinating a networking event called #WasabiWednesdays and everything kind of took off from there. I began coordinating beauty services for brides and their bridal parties and connecting with venue coordinators when they had clients who needed a full service planner and that’s the current state of Pink Wasabi. Basically, whatever you need us to do… 9.5 times out of 10, we can do it. I’m always asked about the name Pink Wasabi and the “Pink” refers to my dearly departed pound puppy, Sushi, and Wasabi is her adopted brother from another puppy mother. Yep, I named by business after my dogs. 🙂
Although, there are no other businesses quite like Pink Wasabi in South Florida (I’m not sure about the rest of the country) I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, I just want to make the wheel better. It makes my heart skip a beat when my clients are pleased with our work or when they tell us that they’re so happy to have found us. Making people smile is a great accomplishment in my book. I would love to make those Pink Wasabi smiles happen nationwide!

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? ON DAYS WHEN THINGS SEEM TOO STRESSFUL, WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?

The vision I have for my future, my family & friends, travel and Pinterest inspire me. When work and life feel like they have a strangle hold on me I turn to my acupuncture doctor, wine and a workout (not necessarily in that order).

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WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE INTERESTED IN STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS, OR INTERESTED IN PURSUING THEIR BUSINESS FULL TIME?

Understand that your business is YOUR BUSINESS. It’s like giving birth to a baby and spending sleepless nights nurturing your baby until it can stand up and survive with less and less of your immediate supervision. What my business started out as and where we are today is like night and day, it has evolved and I have let it. Any opportunities to learn and grow, I’ve accepted them with open arms. Mind your physical and emotional health. Don’t talk too much, listen more (to experts). Don’t listen or talk too much to the people that doubt you. Seek out the opinions that come from knowledge and experience, and are based on logic. Then push forward!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

Do what you love and follow your natural talents. I really love having this bachelor degree I never use except in conversation. Oh and beware of opportunists!!

BONUS: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RECENT ENGAGEMENT! WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN ASSISTING OTHERS IN PLANNING THEIR WEDDINGS AS COMPARES TO PLANNING YOUR OWN?

Thank you!! The biggest difference in planning my wedding compared to my clients is that everything is to my taste. It’s very exciting to be my own client and genuinely love everything we’re choosing. When planning someone else’s wedding, you don’t always love their taste or vision, but it’s their day so you make it happen for them.

WHERE CAN OUR READERS FIND YOU?

If you’d like to learn more about Pink Wasabi and the services we offer, visit www.PinkWasabiShop.com

Instagram: @pink__wasabi

Twitter: @pink__wasabi

Facebook: facebook.com/pinkwasabishop

If you care to find me on Instagram it’s: @sharicakes

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THANKS SO MUCH, SHARI!

*If you are or if you know a young female entrepreneur who would be perfect for an INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN WEDNESDAY feature, please email lbornephotography@gmail.com.

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