Michelle Parrish ’01

woman behind restaurant counter

Owner of Soul N’ Vinegar, a neighborhood food shop in Richmond, Virginia

What advice would you give to a girl graduating from Williston today?   

Take the time to check in with yourself and think about what makes you happy and what motivates you to be your best self. Find ways to incorporate those things into your life on a regular basis and be creative with it.

You do not need a lot of friends. Invest in the people in your life that encourage your happiness and share your dreams and ideas with each other.

What motivates you in your work and life?

I am motivated by my community. I am inspired by the positivity of others and watching other’s good deeds encourages me to do the same. The freedom to bring an idea to life and to witness others working together to execute my ideas.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Hearing something around the saying of “You will not be made or broken by any one thing.” No one decision you make will make or break you so just decide the best you can and choose. “Choices are made easier by data” is another good one. Don’t waste your time making decisions without enough information to go on.