BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW WITH: Donna McRae, Jewelry Designer, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master

BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW WITH: Donna McRae, Jewelry Designer, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master

What is your name and occupation?

Donna McRae, Jewelry Designer, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master

How long have you been a Boston Business Women’s Member?

Less than a year

What is your instagram handle?

@LaughingLotusBoutique

Were you born and raised in Boston? If not, what brought you here?

I was born and raised in Boston, but I moved to NYC with an internship thru college and stayed for 15 years. I moved back to raise my family.

Tell us more about your job or company and what led you to your career?

My career has built upon its self over the years, every step building on the prior. At the core- has always been a passion to surround myself and others with beauty. I started as an intern/assistant buyer for a Federated department store and became a buyer/product developer for Ann Taylor in NYC. After a buy out- I took a position as VP of merchandising for a prominent dress company. On the day my husband proposed to me, I left NYC and took a job as VP of Merchandising with Sara Campbell to be closer to my family and raise my 2 children. I took a few years off to be home with my kids, and opened a clothing store in Wellesley at Laughing Dog Yoga. I also became a yoga teacher and a jewelry designer focusing on crystals and their properties. When my last child left for school, I closed the store to focus more on my jewelry and curated pop-up shops. Now that my youngest child left home for for college, I am getting ready delve back into the business with gusto! I am launching a wholesale collection and a new web site under the Laughing Lotus Boutique Label.

What would your clients say about you and your company?

Here are a few quotes from reviews: ``Donna brought LaLo to my company’s open house event in December. The pieces she brought were exquisite and having her at the event helped set a warm, inviting ambiance. Our guests enjoyed shopping and chatting with Donna as they sipped wine and networked. Everyone raved about the jewelry, clothing and gifts and Donna’s presence. I highly recommend including a LaLo pop-up shop at your next event.`` -------- ``My favorite place to find the perfect gift or something special for myself. Donna makes or selects everything with tremendous thought and love.`` -------- ``In Donna's presence, we become graced with community.``

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Follow your heart and trust in the universe. And know that the only constant is change.

What is your favorite book?

Eat, Pray, Love

What is your secret weapon? An app, a tool, a organization method, anything?! (Can be a personal or professional life tool)

My third eye. I have deep intuition. It has served me well in making decisions. I believe this is a quality that can be cultivated in every one by deep listening.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don't be afraid - everything will turn out fine.

How do you enjoy your free time?

Doing yoga outside, listening to the wind in the trees, connecting with nature, and shopping!

What is something that not many people know about you?

I was my high school prom queen.

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