#16 Outside In: How to Blaze Your Own Trail

October 22, 2018

Taryn and Kelsey are a dynamic sister duo who are in the midst of creating something incredible and completely unique to the Black Hills. The two of them saw a need in Rapid City for a place where moms can come to support other moms while their kids play. The idea evolved into an indoor playground where children and adults alike can be present and engage with one another, and it’s become the mission of Taryn and Kelsey to bring this concept to the Black Hills of South Dakota. “It’s not a would, it’s not a should; we have to do this.”

In this episode, Taryn and Kelsey chat about this passion project, when they plan on opening their doors (hint: soon!), and how they sought the support of family, friends, other businesses, and community members to make this dream a reality. Among the many women in whom they’ve found tremendous support is Michelle Kane, our podcast guest from episode 10. They also found inspiration from Samantha Smeltzer in episode 4 when she said, I don’t want to have to keep validating my career because I had a ponytail. I couldn’t ever be enough, I couldn’t be smart enough or witty enough. Nothing made my career what I wanted it to be other than saying, I just have to do my own thing.”

I wish everyone could’ve seen how much I nodded my head during my chat with Taryn and Kelsey because they were right on! It’s impossible not to share in the excitement of their new venture when you hear this conversation, so grab a cup of coffee and tune in to the full episode below!


In this episode, you’ll hear things like:

  • How to find a circle of people to support your new venture
  • How to blaze your own trail when your idea is brand new to your area
  • How to create a community-centered business and develop partnerships with other small businesses


Favorite quotes from Taryn & Kelsey:

  • “It’s not a would, it’s not a should; we have to do this.” -Taryn
  • “At some point, you have to stop spending the time doubting yourself.” -Kelsey “Or validating yourself.” -Taryn
  • “There’s an overwhelming support system here of like-minded people, and you just have to find them, and you just have to say, ‘me too.’” -Taryn
  • “I would choose time over money any day, truly.” -Kelsey
  • “It’s so exciting that we have the freedom to say, “what do you guys want to see?”, because it’s all about you. This is for you.” -Taryn


A few questions I ask Taryn & Kelsey:

  • Did you have any first businesses as kids?
  • What are some of the features people will find at Outside In?
  • Do you have any kick-off events that you’re excited about to get the word out?
  • What’s saving your life right now?


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