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Conversations with Ryan Youngstrom

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Youngstrom.

Hi Ryan, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
In 2016, after my son at 9 months old received a diagnosis of Loey’s Dietz Syndrome, I picked up my paintbrush and started my first piece of refinished furniture.

He required (and still does) a lot of therapies, doctor’s appointments and care which lead me to be a stay at home mama. I loved and still do love every bit of the time I get with him and now my daughter as well! ❤️ But sometimes when you spend so much time caring for others, you lose sight of YOU. So, as a way to cope with stress and express myself in a way that kept me ME, I painted! And thus began my business Lemonade Creative.

Besides marrying my wonderful and VERY supportive husband, the decisions to stay at home and to pick up a paintbrush were the best decisions I have ever made!

In 2019, while pregnant with my daughter, it became very difficult to move and paint as you can imagine. It was at that point I started creating designs for KC clothing. Turns out I was pretty good at that and it was a good way to express my creativity and keep that creative therapy going during that time.

In 2020, Lemonade Creative started vending at The Porch Swing in Greenwood. It is an amazing place where I am surrounded by so many talented and creative people who have become like family. it was that year that my business really grew and started gaining momentum.

What started as a form of therapy, turned into a hobby business, and now a full blown small business. I feel very blessed and so very grateful for those who have supported me and my business along the way.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I have been very blessed with a lot of support from my husband, family, and friends. I will say my biggest challenge is the balance between running a small business and family time. As a mom, I feel guilt for spending” too much” time on my business and as a business owner, I feel guilty when I am not putting more time into my business to grow it. Finding the balance between the two is and probably always will be a struggle but I believe I am showing my children how to work hard for their dreams.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Lemonade Creative is known for beautiful and uniquely refinished furniture, home decor, and Kansas City apparel. I think everything I do is unique and that is what sets me apart.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
It’s really hard to pick just one childhood memory! But, if I had to pick my favorite, I will pick one that gives me the most joy/laughs to retell over and over and hope that my sister reads this (hahahaha)! When I was around 10 years old or so I got a huge Santa Clause snow globe for Christmas, I LOVED it! My sister got a kaleidoscope for Christmas which I thought was cool and wanted look at it. I picked it up to look in it and my sister got so mad, she picked up my snow globe and shattered it against the fireplace. Sounds like an awful memory but I swear making her sit through us telling this story every chance we get during the holidays is what makes it THE BEST!

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