Female Founder Feature with Chomp Supply Inc.

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We're excited to introduce you to Savanna Mehrad, the founder of Chomp Supply Inc. and Femme Wares. Chomp Supply Inc. is an exceptional teething and craft supply shop for today's modern maker that she's grown over the past few years. Femme Wares is her newest endeavour where she brings together a curated collection of products from female founded brands all with a focus on self-care. Two incredible businesses and such an amazing entrepreneurial journey. We asked Savanna a few questions about her life an as entrepreneur and know you're going to love all that she has to share. Enjoy!

Female Founder Feature, Chomp Supply, Savannah Mehrad
What would you say is the #1 thing it takes to be successful?
    • In my experience, the number one contributing factor to success is showing up. Your successes are simply an accumulation of what you do every single day; in other words, be consistent and the rest will come.
What's one thing you do everyday that contributes to your success?
    • Does drinking coffee count??? Starting this year, one of the things I've been incorporating into my daily routine has been making a list of 3 attainable tasks for the day that will help move my business in a forward direction. This has been huge for streamlining priorities and feeling like I actually accomplished something in my day instead of constantly spinning my wheels. Late last year, I also started meditating regularly and that has completely changed my entire perspective on a lot of things in life & business.
What's one book that's contributed to your business success?
    • Since I have two young girls under 4, reading is not something that fits into this season of my life, unfortunately (although I did pick up the book 'Light is the New Black' by Rebecca Campbell just the other night - stay tuned for updates!). Instead, I prefer to gain my business knowledge through podcasts & audio courses. My favourite podcasts when I was first starting out were Jenna Kutcher's Goal Digger Podcast, Amy Porterfield's Online Marketing Made Easy and Business Therapy from Alison Faulkner.
What is your favourite productivity tip?
    • Work when the passion strikes. Seriously! Even if it's as simple as writing everything in your head onto the closest piece of scrap anything - do it!! I've been inspired at the most random times on my entrepreneurial journey and have the crazy ideas scribbled on cardboard boxes to prove it. Using the Notes App on your phone is another really great to keep all of your ideas and future plans organized as well.
What inspired you to start your business?
    • The birth of our first daughter, Annabelle. Shortly after her birth, I was reminded that babies like to grab ALL THE THINGS and that jewelry was no longer part of my daily routine because of it. I started looking into baby-friendly alternatives and stumbled upon the world of silicone teething necklaces. It was love at first sight! As a child, my parents worked all the time and I had lofty dreams of being a stay at home for my own children because of it. I instantly wondered if creating baby-friendly jewelry would be a career alternative and started researching suppliers for the beads and pendants. This proved to be a hard feat at the time as there were only 2-3 notable North American suppliers in 2016 and none of them were really doing a great job at advertising (they were all pretty small shops at that point in time). I saw the opportunity to start selling the silicone beads, pendants and supplies needed to make your own DIY teething necklaces and accessories and decided to run with it. What started as a small shelf in our guest-room has now grown into Chomp Supply Inc. being housed in it's very own 3600 sq ft flagship store!! Whoa! It's been a whirlwind 3.5 years and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for our business!
Do you have a morning routine that you swear by? What is it and why does it contribute to your success?
    • I don't but it's something that I am trying to implement this year. As our girls are starting to get older and are settling into better sleep routines, one of my goals for 2020 is to start waking about 45 minutes earlier so that I can meditate, be mindful of my internal physical and mental state, journal and practice gratitude for all of the wonderful things that have been brought into our lives. Now, if someone can tell me how to get my toddler to not wake at 5:30am, that would be a great first step towards making this goal more attainable ;)
Do you have a favourite business podcast? Why do you love it?
    • As I mentioned in my alternative book answer, podcasts have been my go-to source for business knowledge throughout my entrepreneurial journey. In addition to the three wonderful podcasts I listed above, I also enjoy listening to The Papaya Podcast by Sarah Nicole Landry, a fellow Canadian woman who is crushing her career goals while being open, honest and transparent about the entire process. I also really enjoy the Awesome with Alison Podcast, another by the talented Alison Faulkner. This one has more of a personal growth focus on it - she has really wonderful "quick-fix" episodes that include mantras and affirmations for when you're having a crummy day, tips on quickly flipping your mindset and lots of uplifting energy.
How do you relax and recharge?
    • Carving out time for myself is something that I recently realized I had been ignoring. As a mom, wife, entrepreneur, woman, human being...sometimes wearing all of the hats can be overwhelming and it can be easy to fall into the trap of being the matriarch. Of trying to please everyone around us, instead of having strong, healthy boundaries that also include taking time for ourselves. Being more intentional with my self-care is my main focus of 2020. By trying to bring more relaxation and self-care into my own life, I realized that this was something that most women struggle with and, as a result of this discovery, decided to do something about it! In a fun twist of the universe, selfcare has somehow grown into an off-shoot retail brand called Femme Wares that we now house within the Chomp Supply flagship location. Femme Wares is a curated collective of female-founded brands, products and services that intended to help you go #selfcareyourself. It houses over 70 female founded brands, included products that range from skincare, beauty, apparel, empowerment, journals and more and also offers a variety of community focused workshops. The store is selfishly my happy place but it is becoming that for everyone who steps foot in it and it truly is the most heartwarming feeling ever.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in business?
    • Don't get caught up with what everyone else around you is doing. Be true to yourself, your passions and stay in your own lane. When you truly learn how to shut out the distractions of comparison, the most incredible things will start to happen in your business. Stop trying to make things work out how you THINK they are SUPPOSED to go and start letting things fall into place as they were always meant to be.
How do you maintain a positive mindset in business and life when those inevitable challenges arise?
    • This is a tough one and is something I struggle with daily. On a personal level, I am someone who has struggled with mental health conditions my whole life. Depression, anxiety and borderline personality traits are something I work through daily. And it's hard - I will not sugar coat it for one second - but there is power in doing hard things, in speaking up about things that affect your life and business and creating a safe space for others to share and see themselves in similar experiences. I am VERY vocal about my struggles with mental health and my community has shown up for it. They have blown me away with their support and have shared their own stories of their journeys and struggles. It has bonded us in more ways than I can ever explain and has really helped to bring a "human" aspect to our business. So, that being said, it's okay to not have a positive mindset in your business all the time. In fact, it's normal! When things get tough though, having a community that supports you makes all of the difference. Whether this community is your customers, fellow entrepreneurs, friends, family or whomever - FIND YOUR COMMUNITY!! They are what will help you through your challenges, no matter how big or small they may be.
Female Founder Feature, Chomp Supply, Savannah Mehrad

Thank you so much to Savanna for sharing some of her greatest lessons learned, productivity tips and general business advice. What an inspiration for us all! 

Check out Chomp Supply Inc. and Femme Wares.

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