We had the good fortune of connecting with Janeive Hodges-Palesano and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Janeive, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
My sister Nohea is my inspiration. Anytime I feel like giving up I remember why I started. I want to grow Hardly Perfect Design to a successful business that is all inclusive for kids and adults with developmental disabilities. My sister brings something special to the table and I enjoy sharing it with the world. I started this business with what little savings I had and I believe where there’s a will there’s a way, so as long as we are both enjoying ourselves I’m going to keep on trying. I wouldn’t change the experience I’m getting, not just running a business but working with my sister. If you’re learning it’s never wasted time.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
At Hardly Perfect Design we love to see our creations come to life. We are a home based business making shirts, hoodies, tie dye, and more. We offer customization for special gifts or team shirts. We enjoy working with other local businesses to make and create custom looks to make their brands stand out. We also love to use our designs to spread awareness for Down syndrome, and are excited to be adding designs for autism and mental health. All of which has a significant impact in our lives. To get to where I am today I had to jump in and take a chance. There’s never really a “good time” to start a business and if I waited until I was ready it probably never would’ve happened. I love art and making things, and I enjoy working with my sister and teaching her new things. I’ve learned to go at our own pace and just focus on us and getting better as a team. I hope the world can see all the potential my sister has. She brings a lot to the table and I like to focus on what she can do instead of what she can’t do. I hope to grow Hardly Perfect Design into a successful business for Nohea.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take friends on a hike. There are many good ones to choose from, Papago park has a great one called Hole in the Rock. You can get some great photos at sunset. I’d also take them to the Wildlife World Zoo, it’s a great place for the whole family especially animal lovers. They have a cool sea lion show and you can feed stingrays and giraffes. For a delicious meal, we like Texas Roadhouse or Barro’s Pizza. Some other fun family activities are the water parks. Our favorite is Hurricane Harbor.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to give a shoutout to a few local businesses that took a chance on a new company, our small business Hardly Perfect Design. Shoutout to Sunflower Shuttle, Able Fit, and Absolute HCBS. Thank you for your support and for helping spread the word. Also a big shoutout to my family for their continuing support and encouragement. And the biggest shoutout goes to my sister and partner Nohea….I couldn’t do any of this without her and it’s truly a blessing to be able to work with her.

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