After leaving her job at AOL, Kara was overweight, had low energy, and was suffering from adult acne. Even though she changed her diet and worked out a lot, she still had a hard time losing her weight, and then she realized that her addiction to diet soda was the problem.
She quit drinking soda and tried drinking plain water, but she hated how bland it tasted so she began cutting up fruit and throwing it in pitchers of water. And this little experiment not only helped her to continue drinking water but led to her starting her business.
While she was trying to build her company, she was introduced to someone who was pretty senior at Coca Cola who said her idea was terrible, and told her, “Sweetie, Americans love sweets.”
Kara proved him wrong, and fourteen years later, she grew Hint into a $100 million company, and also raised 4 children during this time.
Kara didn’t let her circumstances or the situation she was in limit her possibilities or her future. When she was a student at Arizona State University, the kind of companies she may be interested in working for didn’t come to recruit the students on campus.
Instead of complaining or being upset like most people in these situations would, Kara utilized her part time job as a waitress at a Mexican restaurant to meet many different people and ended up getting 60 job offers.
Kara’s mother was an art teacher and decided to change her career into fashion when she was 45-years-old, and worked until she was 80-years-old in the fashion industry. Seeing how her mother had the courage to pursue her own dream had a huge impact on Kara becoming an entrepreneur.
And now as the mother of four children herself, Kara teaches her own children, how to pursue their dreams, by showing them through her own actions.
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