Misty Morning Lake, sounds like a 70's folk song. With a name like that, it is no surprise that Misty has a relaxed since of cool, eclectic style and artistic talents. I sat down with Misty in her quaint Airbnb, tucked in the back of her 1925 Spanish Bungalow, filled with local art and vintage treasures. We chatted about the hustle and what drives her.
I've always admired your style and creativity. What has inspired you?
It started with my Dad, he was an artist and we were raised on an artist salary. He wasn't trendy whatsoever. He instilled in us a passion for art, art theory, color, line and texture. You could tell that was his profession, he branded himself that way. He made himself so eclectic and strange looking, people recognized him as that, an artist.
He is old school, a sign painter, and does a lot of woodwork. He is working on a huge totem pole right now. My Dad says he is retired but is making more money than he ever has. It is almost boutique now.
Where did you grow up?
Palm Valley, FL, same property but different houses. My folks didn't have a ton of money, they bought the property first, put a double wide trailer on it, and started making payments on the property. When my Dad's business started taking off, they built a house on it.
What would you call your style?
I always hit up the thrift stores. My wardrobe is eclectic, budgeted and experimental. I was always into fashion, but in my 30's, I started to really experiment and wasn't worried I was going to be judged for it.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
Well my favorite child...Cherry... (Cherry spying from the closet)
I have 2 girls, 10 and 4. My 10 year old is my lefty ukulele player. As Cherry busted out some dance moves, she chimed in, "my little sis is an artist". Little Pepper will sit and draw for hours. My husband, Ed, is a chef. We met at a restaurant where we both worked.
Since we met in a restaurant years ago, so much has changed. You and your husband now own an amazing food truck, Streaming the Bullet. How has taking the plunge into being an entrepreneur been? Have you ever looked back?
What started all of it, was how demanding my husband's career was. The hours spent in the kitchen instead of being home with the kids. I was a stay-at-home Mom, while he was working 60-80 hours a week. There came a point where we knew we had to transition out, but we didn't know how. We didn't want to be stuck in this cycle. Our initial goal was to open a brick-and-mortar. We had gone to multiple investors that had offered to help, but when it came down to the nitty gritty, nothing seemed to come into fruition. We didn't want to be let down anymore so we decided to do it ourselves. With a little help from our folks and what savings we had, we dumped it into our 1971 vintage Airstream. Got the build out done and hit the ground running.
Looking back, I would have liked to take a little more time to think it through with the menu and design, but I don't think anybody can be 100% ready. You just have to go, trust your gut and adjust. As far as being a business owner, you discover so many things about yourself you never knew. I think at this point, we could never go back to working for "the man".
You also converted your back room into an artistic, eclectic Airbnb. Was that an idea that you had after you purchased your home?
It started after we became entrepreneurs, you are kind of rolling with the punches, figuring out what needs to be done. At the time, I was a stay-at-home Mom and I knew I wanted to help bring in some sort of supplementary income. I knew the Airbnb was something I could do, our house is older and compartmentalized, so it was an easy switch to close it off.
What's on your nightstand?
A bunch of clutter...I'm actually reading a book called Bad Feminist. It's about feminism but in a non-stereotypical, grow your armpit hairs out, kind of way. I think us women are tired of being treated second. Women supporting women, it's an amazing shift that is happening.
What nourishes you?
Ed does most of the cooking, it's whatever he wants to make. I feel like I eat like a king.
You are a crafty one. What are some of your favorite projects you have done?
Pottery, it is so tactile and serious meditation. You can just zone out and not get overwhelmed with your thoughts. It's therapeutic. I like designing homes, so it was something that I could make to decorate.
Wall Art created by Misty
What Mom advice do you have for young creatives?
Loaded question! Not to underestimate yourself. When you grow up and enter adulthood, you have an idea of your strengths deep down inside, but they tend to get squashed a little with these expectations from your parents and yourself. Questioning...Is this a safe route? So stay true to yourself and go with it.
Salt and Sol's mission is to be raw and transparent. Can you share any tough struggle and how you overcame?
Launching a business has been crazy, lots of ups and downs, and way more stress than I could ever imagine or anticipate. All while having these gratifying moments. Having a strong partner, or whoever you are embarking on this endeavor with, is definitely important. Being transparent and being able to communicate. Universal ideals can work in any tough situation, commit and roll with the punches. If one thing isn't working, you have to be creative and figure out a way to fix that. Learning along the way and being honest with yourself.
What does living the Sol Experience mean to you?
Being vulnerable. Being okay with putting yourself out there. Being honest.
For me, my number one is to be true and genuine. Not only to yourself but to the people around you.
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