Julie Merriman Wray of Olivine’s secret to integrating work and family

The #MotherlyMakers series highlights inspiring women who are remaking our world.

Julie Merriman Wray of Olivine’s secret to integrating work and family

We caught up with entrepreneur and mama Julie Merriman Wray to chat about her perfume line, Olivine and how it combines two of her longtime passions, beauty and retail. Her background is in creating beautiful things: Clothing stores, aromatherapy boutiques and perfume and beauty products. We love Olivine’s mission to help women feel beautiful from the inside out—and their insight (so crucial for mamas!) that “self love is the way to absolute happiness.” Julie, we’re in.


Motherly: Was there a moment when you realized that you knew you needed to start Olivine? What clicked for you?

Julie: I was in Hawaii on vacation with my family and I just knew it was time to create this line. I had a vision of what I wanted my life to look like and so the business was born!

Motherly: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Julie: I am a chronic multi-preneur, and I’ve never been able to do just one business at a time. I had a coaching session with Danielle Laporte and she said to me, “Julie, quit doing everything else and just make perfume.” It took me four years to listen to her advice!

Motherly: How has motherhood transformed your career? What’s your secret to integrating work and family?

Julie: It has definitely kept me aware of what my actual priorities are! My secret is outsourcing everything that I am not an absolute expert at to people that are amazing at those tasks.

Motherly: What keeps you inspired and excited every day?

Julie: I love to create, so as long as I am creating then I am excited about my business. Being in nature and with my family is what always inspires me.

Motherly: What are your words of wisdom for other mothers wanting to turn their passion into a business?

Julie: Not everyone is cut out to own their own business, and that is a beautiful thing. The part to remember though is that if you never actually try it then you will never know! It can be a big, scary leap, but you’ve gotta close your eyes and jump every once in a while!

Motherly: What are your big dreams for Olivine?

Julie: I am living my dreams for Olivine right now!

Motherly: Who is your #momcrush?

Julie: Jennifer Shea from Trophy Cupcakes!

Motherly: What does “Motherly” mean to you?

Julie: Nurturing - myself, my child and everyone I love!

The #MotherlyMakers series highlights inspiring women who are remaking our world.

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