#WomenOfAce: Meet Kayley Stenger

We couldn’t agree more with what this week’s Woman of Ace is creating. Her paper product company Wrinkle & Crease seeks to inspire, connect, and generate more kindness — something we could always use a whole lot more of in this world. Learn more about the maker behind the brand, and read on for some inspiration and a dose of encouragement from a woman who is leading by example that it is possible to live into your dreams.

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Ace: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )

Kayley: I am the founder and day-to-day hustler behind the paper product company, Wrinkle & Crease. I write, design, and create paper products of all shapes and sizes with a minimal aesthetic, all with the intention to encourage, brighten and inspire those who use them. That’s hustle number 2. I do this alongside my never-ending hustle - mothering a bright, sassy 5 year old girl, and a brand new addition to our family, a little boy who was born this December.

Ace: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )

Kayley: Wrinkle & Crease became an idea while I was on maternity leave with my daughter Avalyn. I’d always wanted my own business, I just didn’t know yet what it would be. During a number of sleepless nights up with her, I was dreaming dreams for her life, and realized the way I would best help her to achieve those was to go after some of my own. W&C is an extension of me. It is an outlet for me to be creative, and to share words, thoughts, and sayings that are meaningful to me… with the hopes that in some small way, I can help to bring a little more kindness, and a little more encouragement and connection in the world. It’s a big dream for a little paper company, but it’s why I wake up and get to work in the morning.

Ace: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?

Kayley: I wanted to be everything. A Navy Seal, the Prime Minister, an Artist. I was never the person that knew what I would be when I grew up, and I tried on a lot of hats to figure that out. I often wished that I could pick one thing and stick to it, but I’ve learned over the years I was drawn to aspects of each of those things for a reason. I wanted to create, I wanted to lead change and make an impact, and I always wanted challenge. Owning my own business, I wake up every day and get to decide where my company is going and what I will choose to do with it. I get to do a little bit of all of the things I was most drawn to if I choose. That’s both my greatest gift and my greatest challenge.  

Ace: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?

Kayley: Empathetic. Determined. Curious.

Ace: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?

Kayley: I can think of so many inspiring people. My biggest inspiration? I don’t think of just one person. I am inspired daily by the dreamers out in the world, who are passionate about making a difference. When I see someone who lives with such intention (whether that’s in building an empire, chasing a passion, or staying at home to raise a family), I am inspired by people that follow what their heart has called them to do, and make the day-to-day choices required to live life on purpose.

Ace: What does the term “Boss Babe” mean to you?

Kayley: I guess how I see it, it is a women who lives her life intentionally. A woman who doesn’t wait for opportunities, but creates them. A woman who chooses to live life purposefully is a strong force.

Ace: How do you empower other women?

Kayley: I try to be honest and open about my journey, including my struggles. I think that when we are honest and open, others can begin to see little reflections of themselves in our stories, and they begin to see possibility for what they can do, and what they bring to the table just by being them. I hope to always do that, and through that, empower other women to do the same.

Ace: What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another woman?

Kayley: You’ve gotta speak up. No one else is you, or has your voice, your thoughts and your ideas. The world, and the people around you will miss out on all you have to offer if you don’t speak up.  

Ace: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?

Kayley: When you fall down, when things break, when you lose the things that matter most to you, that’s an opportunity to start building again. To do it in a better way, or try a new way. The biggest failures I’ve had have been the very things that have taught me what is most important, and have taught me not to hold onto anything too tightly. Be ready to fail, and be open to learn and always get back up again.

Ace: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?

Kayley: I move my body. Nothing clears my head better than hitting the trails for a run, or my favourite local studios to move my body. It changes my mood, my perspective, and gives me a new sense of strength to come back to whatever I’m tackling and feel more ready to face it.

And I write. I write my thoughts, my lists, my words… it’s often a jumbled mess, but it gets me out of my head, and then I take a breath and let it go. And if I’m still feeling overwhelmed, I’ll do it again.

Ace: What legacy do you hope to be remembered for?

Kayley: I hope that I am remembered for being kind. That whatever I do, now and in the future, that in some way it will always champion connection between people, and more kindness. I think that we just need a whole lot more of that in this world.  

Ace: Where can we find out more about you so we can continue to support you?

Kayley: You can head to my website, or find me on Instagram.

Stay connected with Kayley: @wrinkleandcrease

** PS: Kayley is kindly offering the Ace community 20% off the Wrinkle & Crease 2019 Day Planner. Use code ACECLASS19 and scoop yours up here.