On a night about defining achievement, Mills denies being a "winner." She talks about her strong will, her feelings of being a loner and how finding her voice changed her life. "I was born a contradiction," she says. "... To say I did things my way would be super appropriate."
From the event: PURSUIT OF PASSIONS: Stories of success and setbacks
Born a Yankee, Mills grew up a Texan, and is currently serving time as a Tennessean. Mills has lived in Nashville for 16 years. In that time, she's had 17 different jobs. Literally 17. Most famously, perhaps, as one of the brains behind East Nashville shop Old Made Good and the hip design at Jackalope brewery. She currently works as an interior designer making lots of home offices and Airbnbs cool, but who knows how long that's going to last. (Ok, Ok. Who am I kidding? This is actually me, Kate, writing this bio. The third person stuff felt really awkward, and I didn't want to lie to you. That's no way to start a relationship.)