It’s no surprise that this is Ally Svenson’s favorite quote, as she believes whole-heartedly that acts of kindness, big and little, have the power to heal and can bring light into dark places. The more kindness we witness and share the more it spreads.
Meeting Ally for the first time is like being with an old friend, she immediately makes you feel welcome with a genuine smile that lights up the room with a twinkle in her eye. Her positive energy is contagious. She’s honest but doesn’t take herself too seriously, which is incredible given the many hats she wears.
In fact, when we discussed the struggles involved with finding the balance between running a successful business, raising four boys and being a wife, she made it clear that it’s not always easy, but she’s always focused on the bigger picture. To always do your best. To be kind and aware. To love your family and friends. To be your best woman self. This is why we are inspired by Ally.
In 2008, Ally Svenson and her husband co-founded MOD Pizza, a national artisan pizza chain with a mission to put people first so they can be a force for positive change. MOD does this by hiring people with special needs—including people in need of second chances—and offering them above-industry pay and benefits. In short, under the leadership of Ally, MOD has created a unique culture of doing good—and it’s working. Ally doesn’t settle for status quo—she’s on a mission to create real change and make a difference in the world.
Ally’s personal style reflects her ethos—smart, sophisticated, fun and unique. She made us so happy when she kindly shared that her favorite items that spark the most joy in her closet have all come from La Ree (aww, thanks!).
We sincerely loved our time getting to know you better, Ally and feel so inspired by all that you are and do. We’re rooting for you and look forward to sparking more joy in your closet!
What inspires you? Who? Why?
Acts of kindness! I’m obsessed with a little poem by my favorite poet, Mary Oliver “Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” I try to live by this and have found that the more I pay attention to the world around me, the more inspired I become. I believe acts of kindness, big and little, have the power to heal and can bring light into dark places. The good news is kindness seems to be contagious, so the more kindness we witness and share, the more it spreads!
If you had a magic wand, what would your one wish be?
The guaranteed health and well-being of all whom I am lucky enough to love.
What are you excited about each day?
The older I get, the wiser I get, realizing what a privilege it is to simply have another day. It is a privilege denied to too many. When I wake, I’m most excited for more time with the people I love.
What is your secret for keeping it all together, meaning how do you balance work and family life?
Gratitude! The truth is, sometimes I feel like a hot mess. But, getting to gratitude seems to put things in their place and feeling lucky and grateful always gets me back on track.
How has your style evolved over the years?
I’ve become more comfortable with the idea that it’s okay to be a bit all over the place. I used to feel badly that I couldn’t simply pick a “style lane” and own it. I’ve learned to embrace my “mash up” approach. It’s okay to be drawn to many different styles, especially as our moods and environments change (not to mention fluctuating body temperatures 😊!).
What advice would you give your 20-something self?
Don’t worry so much about all the things you don’t know. This is actually your secret weapon! Sometimes, lack of experience and knowledge can allow you to believe that even the craziest challenges can be conquered. Also, take time to enjoy each phase of your journey. It will be easy to get caught up in building something, focusing only on a final goal or destination. But it is actually the experiences, lessons and relationships you build along the way that will make it all worthwhile.
What is your go-to party trick?
That’s easy. Just pick the right party! Make sure you’re spending time with people who inspire you, people you respect and enjoy.
What trend are you loving right now?
Comfortable, well-built sneakers, big time. 😊👟👍
What is your favorite place to shop and why?
La Ree! The items that spark the most joy in my closet have all come from La Ree. Over the years, it has also become a place where I’m guaranteed a warm shot of female love and energy, just by walking in the door.
Want to shop Ally’s Looks? Simply give us a call and we will be happy to assist you. La Ree Boutique: (425) 453-7868