We think listening has become a lost art. Life is so busy we often don’t take the time to listen to our kids, friends, family or even ourselves! Practicing is hard. But SO worth it. We wanted to practice listening to one another along with the amazing people we find along the way as we try to make the best apparel we can.
Questions are our best tools to focus on others and get to know them and divert our attention away from ourselves. PEOPLE WHO SHAPE US is a blog series to showcase exactly that. The people. All ages, countries, walks of life.
VOL 2 | MICHELE FRAZIER | CO-FOUNDER OF AGE TO COME | PORTLAND, OREGON
Michele grew up in Pennsylvania, USA. She is married to Nate Frazier and has 3 children Luca (5) and Evangeline(3) and Florentia (1). We wanted to ask her a few questions to find out a little bit more about one of our co-founders.
1. What led you to co-found AGE TO COME?
Linsey and I were on a walk with our kids in strollers, and she told me she had an idea and asked me what I thought of it. We dreamed and schemed for a couple hours. I said yes to being in, and that’s where it began.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a pediatrician. When college came around, I opted to become a registered nurse first then work my way to med school (so I thought). But it didn’t take long, working as a nurse, before I realized I loved it and no longer wanted to pursue medicine.
3. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
If I said a job that was a professional athlete or something like that…would it make me instantly in shape? If so, then for sure that. Otherwise Hmmm that’s a good question, currently I think I would like to be a midwife for the day.
4. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Probably their eyes and smile, it’s more noticing their demeanor, like if they’re happy or sad or have more going on then what meets the eye. I’ve always been perceptive to people’s emotions even as a child, and I notice that quality in my oldest son now.
5. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Oh I don’t know, I guess it depends who you ask. I ran a marathon before and a couple of half marathons. I love sushi. I used to travel a lot before I had kids with a volunteer team doing heart surgeries on kids with congenital heart defects and Mongolia will forever be one of my favorite places.
6. Who in your life has influenced you the most? How did they do it?
Well I’ve definitely been fortunate to have many wonderful influencers throughout my life. But the one who stands out to me the most, especially as it relates to this business, is my grandmother, Ann. She was a master seamstress in her younger years. And she taught me all I know about pattern making, construction, fabrics, and fashion in general. She either made her own clothes or bought very high quality items. My sister and I used to be mesmerized by how our grandmother could be more fashionable than us. I could go on forever about her but more than her sewing skills, I hope to be the kind of person she was. She was disciplined and organized so she had the freedom to be completely spontaneous. She was very intentional about how she spent her time and she always had time for me. She lived her life gracefully with a whole lot of class.
7. What motivates you?
I would say my family and my faith are my biggest motivators. I think each of us has a special purpose for the life we live and I really desire to make the most of mine. My husband, Nate, and three kids-Luca, Evangeline, & Florentia, they motivate me every day. I love that my kids are able to see me being a woman, a mom, and good at what I do for work. I don’t think it has to be one or the other. As far as they know for now at their ages, I help sick kids get better and I make awesome clothes they love. I hope I inspire them to pursue their dreams. I hope my daughters know they are capable of being strong successful women, however that looks for them.