Do What You Love
"The biggest challenge of business, is personal growth."
"Think locally, globally."
What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to be a Jewelry Designer and a Waitress.
Daily, I would be in character. I'd rename myself, (Chantelle and Francesca to name a few) and I'd daydream these wonderful fantasies by dressing-up, playing, creating, and interacting with those around me from role.
What was the best piece of business advice you were given when you were starting out?
To create multiple avenues of income with my concept so that I wasn't relying on one area of my business to make money.
(Also, not to have a business partner if it wasn't necessary.)
What is your favorite thing about your workspace?
It's mine. Full of life and color, all me, and full of things that inspire me. Gifts and messages from loved-ones that sing the song of my heart. It's feminine, fearless, powerful, and evolving! It's fun.
What's the biggest sacrifice you made in starting or running your business?
In the most beautiful way, I sacrificed the feeling of living small, and under-fulfilled. I also sacrificed the feelings of security, and comfort.
What does the world need more of?
Gratitude. Gratitude is the game changer. The most magical shift in perception.
What does success mean to you?
Success can be measured in so many different ways. Success means living my life authentically. Success means following my heart, and taking chances. I feel most successful when I know my heart has touched someone else's, and that together, our paths are better because of that.
Name the biggest overall lesson you learned in running a business?
It's rad and it takes on a life of its own.
And, the things that you need for your business to prosper are usually the most challenging.
In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself back up?
I use the skills and tools I've learned throughout my years of study and practice to tune out the internal chatter. I give everything I have to being my best self, shining my brightest, and I attempt to make healthy choices. When needed, I turn to people that I know and trust for love and comfort. I do my best to choose love, not fear. (I've found that one has to be careful here, because these two occasionally dance extremely close!) Also, I'm very solution driven, so often times, I seek conversation or advice from people that have what I want, whatever that may be. If I don't have that available, I start researching the best way to handle the situation. I trust that everything will be alright and I remember to breathe.
What quotation inspires and motivates you to be yourself and do what you love?
The goal is to love and be loved, not to be right.
Remember to stay in spirit, not ego.
Strive to live in harmony - when what you say, do, and feel are aligned.
Live a life with no regrets by remembering everything you've ever done had a reason.
At what point in your life did you first learn about your field of work?
What called you to it?
When people started asking me for advice, and also wanting to pay me for that service. When I realized that I had a knack for bringing people together, for inspiring others, and when I realized that I naturally-mastered the ability to network. I love having fun, and I love helping people, so it's a fit.
My field of work is thinking big, creating things that are magical, and connecting with other humans who are wanting to tap into their spirit. I felt this passion at a young age, looked within to learn a lot about myself, and then used my strengths to connect with my peers and community.
Which of your traits are you most proud of?
The way I care about people, and my fearlessness.
What is your no fail go to when you need inspiration to get out of a creative rut?
To start somewhere. A pen and paper . . . a conversation. I travel to get inspired, and I get outside and be with nature. I'm the type of person that needs to start moving and doing something. It's a flow.
What's your favorite thing to come home to after a long day of work?
This question is actually very touching right now, as for the last 14 years, my baby Shvivee dog was what I looked forward to most when coming home or hanging out after work. As I practice my gratitude, especially for him always being there as my perfect sidekick, I realize that I'm never alone. I am full of love, his spirit, and the spirit of everyone that's ever touched my heart. The most beautiful thing I've learned here recently in his passing is that all this love is always with me. I like coming home to anything and anyone soothing and comforting to my five senses.
I am committed to creating a world of harmony and fun - "love and living is my religion" - remembering to stay open to everything and to be attached to nothing. Choosing to grow each day and sleep when I am dead! I love this life, I love my family and friends and I look forward to the memories and experiences ahead! Tap into your spirit with me.