Today we’d like to introduce you to Ally Milligan.
Ally, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I went to graduate school for visual communications (photography and video) and then worked as a video producer at a Boston college for 2 years. I’ve always been passionate about healthy eating but I struggled to find time to prepare meals for the work week. I’d end up eating whatever was easiest (like breakfast bars while sitting in traffic) instead of food that actually made me feel good.
I began experimenting with meal prep and it kind of changed my life. I realized that salads (or “bowl meals”) were the perfect prep-ahead lunch – I’d prepare a bunch of components (a protein, healthy dressing, grain, toppings) and then throw them together throughout the week. Because I’m a photographer, I began photographing my recipes and blogging about my meal prep system… and Loveleaf Co. was born. I now work on Loveleaf Co. full time – and eat a lot of salads!
Has it been a smooth road?
There are daily struggles with starting and owning a small business – but the key is to know that and to accept it as part of the entrepreneurial journey. I was part of the Babson WIN Lab, which is a year-long accelerator program for female entrepreneurs. That program gave me so much business knowledge and – most importantly – a community of incredible women I constantly turn to for advice and support when I’m struggling with something.
I think one of hardest things about being an entrepreneur is having to balance the excitement of big aspirations and goals (and wanting it all to happen now!) with patience and commitment to daily hard work. It’s important to dream, but equally as important to set goals and actually do the work that will get you to that dream. It definitely doesn’t happen overnight.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Loveleaf Co. – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Loveleaf Co. is on a mission to make healthy eating simple. We specialize in easy, veggie-full salad and bowl recipes that you can prep-ahead. We have a monthly subscription box, where we mail our subscribers four prep-ahead recipes and four special ingredients to use in the recipes along with organized shopping lists and weekly meal planners. Our boxes are curated to inspire our subscribers to easily try new recipes and ingredients on a weekly basis.
Our box bridges the gap between traditional meal kits and simply looking a recipe on Pinterest (and then never making it!). We send our subscribers the recipes, shopping lists, and the harder-to-find ingredients so they can easily try new meals at home. Since we don’t mail perishable food, our subscribers have the freedom and flexibility to shop where they like to shop and aren’t sent staple ingredients they already have as they would be with traditional meal kits.
I’m most proud of the community I’ve built around Loveleaf Co. My business is constantly evolving based on the feedback I get from my audience and I’m so thankful to have that relationship with them.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I moved to Portland, but not because I didn’t love Boston. Boston is a great city. What I love most about it is that everybody has something going on – there are so many interesting, smart people doing things that are literally changing the world. And there are so many resources for entrepreneurs. And the food! Dairy-free ice cream at FoMu, anything at Sofra or Sarma, Toro… I could go on forever. What I liked least about Boston was dealing with the space-savers after a snowstorm in Southie!
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