Name: Hilary Motley and Hillary Tish
Age: 33 and 28
City: San Luis Obispo, CA
Main Hustle: Hillary Motley is a full-time hair stylist, model, wife, mom, and cofounder of The Morph Project.
Hillary Tish is a full-time, certified medical assistant and cofounder of The Morph Project.
Side Hustle: Our side hustle is our grassroots charity, The Morph Project.We provide women in need with free haircuts, clothing, make-up, hugs, and encouragement. We do this by connecting with local nonprofits and holding events for them.
Our mission is to make women feel beautiful in some of the most ugly situations life can bring.
How did you get started?: One fateful day as Hilary was cutting Hillary’s hair, we were having real conversations about hard times in our lives, past and present. We both had a big appreciation for our wounds and scars making us beautiful. We both had a huge desire to take that pain and give it purpose. We wanted to help women in need feel beautiful, loved, wanted, enough, and happy. We wanted to build a community of people to gather around those struggling and lift them up. Since Hilary cut hair and Hillary had a huge love of styling women through her Goodwill finds, we built this project. We decided to set up all the clothing like a store and then offer haircuts as well. We wanted to provide dignity to these women to shop and take whatever they needed. We have been doing it ever since.
When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: We work on The Morph Project any chance we can outside of our regular jobs. It’s our baby. It is what sets our soul on fire. Focusing on The Morph Project gives us something positive and fun to think about and focus on, and we just love it.
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: The challenge has been navigating how to build this into a nonprofit. This is a whole new world for us. We are two girls wanting to make a big difference in the women of our communities’ lives and trying to figure out how to help this grow to serve more and more women.
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: The rewards of this project are endless.
The way we feel after an event is pure joy. We get to witness women coming into our events feeling skeptical, down, insecure, and not worthy of anything. They leave MORPHED into beauty, strength, confidence, love, and joy. We love to share our stories with them so they know we have been where they are and this is all here for them to feel good.
Another amazing thing is by the end we are all like a bunch of friends lifting each other up and sharing words of hope and positivity. The beauty, tears, and community that this builds for many women that feel alone is incredible.
Another huge reward is seeing people come alongside us to help these women. The amazing feeling of giving spreads like wildfire.
Who is your greatest supporter?: Besides each other we have gotten so much support from women who have been recipients of previous events. We keep in contact with many of them, and it’s THE best to hear how their lives are coming together and that they are doing well! I just had a gal the other day send me a picture of her in a dress we gave her saying when she wears that dress it reminds her that she is loved and somebody cares about her. That one woman is worth every ounce of time and energy we put into this. Also our local community has been beyond amazing in giving clothes, time, etc. The best thing is this project is ALL of us. We can only do it because of the help from the community. It’s a beautiful thing.
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: One inspiration was an Andy Grammer music video called “Fresh Eyes,” where they go to skid row and do something similar to what we do for the homeless. We still watch that or show it to people to get them excited about this. Anyone who has a redemption story and takes hard times and turns it into something to help people is our favorite source of inspiration!
Have you received recognition for your work? We were featured in the local paper once! That was our first debut into the media! Haha.
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: Our ultimate dream is to have The Morph Project help men, women, and children who are trying to transition out of homelessness, abuse, addiction, domestic violence, etc., with meaningful, comprehensive resources. We want to provide the physical help like haircuts, clothing, etc., but also have counseling, transportation aid, interview training, and a program where people who come through can work for the nonprofit itself and gain work experience while giving to people as well.
The joy of helping a brother and sister is so healing. It is the best medicine to escape our own worries. We are all just one tragedy or paycheck away from our homeless friends. This hits close to home for us, and we plan to never forget that fact.
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:
If you have a big reason why you want to do something, do it. It is completely possible. Believe you can really do it, and do something everyday towards your dream. If you want out of the day-to-day grind, then you have to invest in the side hustle game. There is always time; you just have to make it.