We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Huddleston and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amanda, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have been considering entrepreneurship off and on for the past decade. I completed my service in the Marine Corps in 2016 and had a few ideas about how to work for myself, but nothing concrete to act on. I was waiting for something that I was passionate about, and where I could continue to feel like I had a positive impact on people’s lives. I had originally tried to start a home organization business a few years ago while we were living in Massachusetts, but it never really took off, and I did not honestly dedicate the amount of time that was needed to get it off the ground. The idea though, had taken root, and when we moved to Texas for my husband’s job, I had the opportunity to try again. I decided to take the leap and start a full time home organization and décor buisness. I knew I could use skills that I had picked up in private industry, local government and my career in the Marine Corps to network and promote my business, and I knew that I had a business idea I was passionate about. Home organization can give peace in a way not many other things can, and there is a need for inner peace now more than ever. The impact spaces can have on your mental health, really keeps me motivated to help individuals with organization and loving their spaces. My thought process behind starting this buisness really is that it allows me to inspire others to be the best version of themselves so that the world is a better place for all of us. For me, this begins in the home.

What should our readers know about your business?
Home organization is something that has recently become more popular with shows like The Home Edit and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo being available on Netflix. While I think it’s great that people are investing in the spaces they spend the most time (their homes and offices), I also know that it can be overwhelming to compare your own home to what you see on television. I created The Tidy Gypsy to be an approachable and welcoming environment. I want clients to feel comfortable talking to me about, what I often hear them describe as a failure, and is typically a space where they are overwhelmed with all the things life can bring. In general, I think women are really hard on themselves and often feel embarrassed about how their home looks, or how their home is making them feel. Keeping a space organized is hard work! I want to take the weight off of my clients shoulders and allow them the mental and physical space that organization can bring. The last thing anyone needs at the end of a busy day is to come home and feel overwhelmed by their space or belongings. I am most proud when I am able to inspire people to live a better day to day life, and feelings like that are contagious. I believe that The Tidy Gypsy embodies a feeling of freedom and lightness that allows people to take pride in themselves and their homes.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Not originally being from Texas, moving to the Fort Worth area has been such an experience. The culture here is so different I love showing the city off to our out of town guests! If you’ve never been to Texas, starting in the Fort Worth Stockyards is such a great way to introduce people to the City, even if its touristy! Plus all the great restaurants and shopping in the area, and of course Billy Bob’s. Cowtown winery is right there, and across the street is Second Rodeo brewing with outdoor live music daily, so you always have entertainment. The water gardens are beautiful as well, and are not far away. Going for a run one of the days by the Trinity River is great, with lots of paved spaces. Lost Oak Winery in Burleson and Wintergrass winery in Cleburne are also two of my favorite spots although a little outside of the city. They aren’t far from each other, so you can make a day of visiting both of them. While in downtown Burleson, don’t miss out on the food at American Revelry and some of the cutest shopping boutiques like the Pink Chandelier. Dwell is a local coffee shop in Burleson that I love as well, they have a small menu, but the coffee is fantastic. The Historic District in Fort Worth is a great place to shop and eat as well on Magnolia Ave. There is a craft cocktail place there called The Usual that is outstanding. As you can see, I love to eat, but the fun part about Fort Worth is that there are different feels to each part of the city. I love walking around and finding new things, that’s always the most exciting for me.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First, I would love to give a Shoutout to my family. My husband was nothing but supportive when I first brought the idea to him. My son is so proud of me, he goes to school with my buisness cards “in case someone needs one”. Without their support, encouragement, and love I could never be where I am now. We have moved a lot, and overcome a lot as a family, and it is the calm we have in our own home that inspires me to go to work everyday, so that I can give that peace to others. To my mum and dad, my sister, and extended family, thanks for always being there. Also, a dear friend of mine, Cathy, for encouraging me to see this dream into reality over one lunch. So many women in my life, too many to name, for being supportive and excited for me as I began this journey as an entrepreneur. Hearing their feedback and suggestions, my friend Meilyn even helped with creating my first few social media posts in her spare time. Nothing can be accomplished on your own, and I am a testament to that. To all of my clients, for allowing me into their homes and into their lives, THANK YOU. My business allows me to see the good in people every day, and for that I am so grateful and humbled.

Website: www.thetidygypsy.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thetidygypsy/

Facebook: https://facebook.com/Thetidygypsy-111384604674184/

Other: thetidygypsy@gmail.com

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