We had the good fortune of connecting with Skylynn Raine and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Skylynn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Truthfully, for most of my life, I didn’t see the value in risk taking. To me, there was no real reward in spontaneous, or even calculated risks; both have the potential to produce negative outcomes, and as I viewed it, a negative outcome equated to failure. This was the driving cause of me missing out on a plethora of opportunities, experiences, and most significantly, deciding very early on that entrepreneurship was not for me. Needless to say, I preferred to play it safe. After losing my waitressing job March of last year due to, you guessed it, Coronavirus, and losing both my health insurance and all stable income along with it, I realized the most dangerous risk in life was taking no risk at all. Shortly after this conclusion, I began my long and passionate journey into entrepreneurship. It was so crucial, especially at the very start, that I realize two things:
1. My journey must include risk taking.
2. Failure only occurs when I don’t try.

While I’m still in the beginning of my process, I’ve found that risk taking is imperative for every single step. The initial risk is the idea that I would even dare to try and create my own path. Then, there’s the financial risk; “I have a daughter to provide for, is this irresponsible?”, “My partner already works so hard, is this decision creating a new and unfair finical burden to him?”. And of course, the risk of commitment, and self accountability which I believe is one of the hardest to overcome. Commitment comes with having to put yourself out there in order to make your product marketable; it requires you to measure your progress, continuously set new goals, and constantly hold yourself accountable for the actions that have caused you to be where you are and the ones that will get you where you want to be. It requires you to keep going.

Ultimately, in my life, my business, and even my relationships, risks play a immeasurable role in all their success. Without a willingness to embrace this reality, I’m not sure I would’ve ever decided to begin the process of changing my life.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been working in the service industry since I was sixteen, so about six years now. While I’ve never had a passion for waitressing, I have always been passionate about people. I enjoy communicating with others and providing them with great experiences.

From the time I entered the workforce, those particular qualities immediately set me apart from peers and coworkers. At 19, I was promoted to a manager at my current job, and that position unlocked many other opportunities for me to lean and grow, both at and away from work. Aside from promotions, however, I’ve found the greatest testament to my work ethic has been both the friendships and networking opportunities I’ve been able to cultivate with the customers I come in contact with.

Although waiting tables is not my dream job, I’ve found immense value in the journey it’s brought me on and the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which, if you’re not familiar with the city, has way less attractions than Atlanta. While I’m still learning the city, these are a few of my absolute favorites:
– Six Flags (who doesn’t love thrill?)
– Ponce City Market
– Skyline Park
– Food Truck Tuesdays in Smyrna at Taylor-Brawner Park
– Trips the the Atlanta Humane Society
– Little 5 Points
Some of the best food (and I mean THE best) food I’ve had here are:
– Creatwood Tavern in Smyrna
– Boxcar at Hop City
– Parker’s on Ponce
– Tupelo Honey Cafe
– Thrill Korean BBQ
One of the charms of Georgia is all the hidden sights! Ones you can’t pass up:
– Providence Canyon State Park
– Krog Street Tunnel
– Tallulah Falls

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without the community support I have, contributing to pursue my dreams would feel impossible. I thank my fiancé, Cristian, for his unconditional love and patience and my close friends Helen, Taylore, Tony and Peggie for their belief in my vision. And of course, without my mom, Kortina, and my Nana & Papa there’s no way I would’ve made it where I am today, or where I’m going.

Website: partywithpups.com

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Image Credits
Candid.Tay Photography

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