Liz Spratlin’s career shift from politics and public relations to successful retail owner might not have been the most obvious path, but when it came time for a change, she did what so many are too intimidated to do: jumped in with both feet. We are so proud to have her experience – and style – on our Advisory Panel.

Where are you from?
LS: I grew up in Biloxi but went to high school at an all-girls boarding school in Virginia. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made as it opened my eyes to the much bigger world out there.

What was your college major? Do you use it in your current career?
LS: I graduated from SMU in Dallas with a Journalism major and an Art History minor. Writing is something you can use no matter what field you go into, so yes, I use my major. A little.

What was your first job?
LS: My first job was for my dad’s company, and I quickly learned that my dad really didn’t like it when I was late for work!

What’s the best professional advice you’ve ever received?
LS: Go with your gut, which I always do.

What’s the trick to managing the personal and professional parts of life?
LS: I don’t think I have a trick! You just do it. My life is pretty hectic right now – my husband, three sons, running my own business, some volunteer work, and all that goes with those things. Of course there are days when I could have given a little more to one or the other, but for the most part, it’s just fast-paced and action-packed, and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?
LS: Don’t stress about the future; just work hard at it and make it happen. You never know how it may turn out, and it could possibly be better than you imagined.

What is the proudest moment of your career:
LS: When women tell me that they love and enjoy wearing the things they get at Blithe & Vine, and that they wear them over and over again and get tons of compliments. This makes me feel like I did what I set out to do, which was to establish a unique, sophisticated yet approachable store in Jackson with brands from all over the world.

What’s your favorite item in your office?
LS: The calendar app on my iPhone – if it’s not on that calendar, chances are it won’t get done!

How do you stay motivated?
LS: I love what I do so it’s easy to stay motivated. I love clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry, gifts and art, and I thrive on bringing new brands and products to our state. I get inspiration from travel, my friends, reading and research.

What is something not many people know about you?
LS: My email inbox is a never-ending black hole!!!

Why did you agree to be a part of The Source’s Advisory Panel?
LS: I was so honored to be asked to join the Advisory Panel, and wanted to help in any way I could. I have loved getting to know so many hard-working, inspirational women!

Liz ‘s story is a reminder to always go with your gut, even when it might seem like the path less traveled. The Source is honored to have her as a leader in our network, and we hope her experience inspires each of our members.