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Three Moms Who Prove that Having Children Should Not Stop You from Creating Your Success

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Moms are the true superheroes of our lives. They are the ultimate multitaskers–able to go from one activity to the next with so much ease, you’d think it was wired into their being. They are the best financial officers and have the ability to somehow make everything work regardless of how big or small the budget given to them is. But most importantly, they love us unconditionally, even when sometimes we make it hard for them to.

They are teachers, healers, warriors, analysts, and cooks of the best kind. And some of them are also businesswomen who are shattering glass ceilings and proving one and all that moms can do so much more than what was traditionally expected of them.

As Mother’s Day approaches, we put the spotlight on three amazing moms who, despite all the challenges they faced in the past, are able to rise above and do more not just for themselves and their families, but for others too.

We hope that the lessons they impart here as well as their inspiring stories teach us all not just to keep working towards our dreams, but to also prioritize what is really important–and that is our relationship with our families.

 

Leslie Lee 


How would you describe balancing motherhood and running a business?

Being a mother and a business owner. Honestly owning a business is not for everyone. I know for me that owning a business is stressful at times. I want to teach my children that they get to choose their own path in life. I believe that kids watch what you do more than what you say, therefore if I want my children to create a life they love and are proud of I need to do that for myself. It’s so much easier to use the “Do as I say, not as I do.” But in reality, I am teaching my children daily how to treat people, how to be present or not, how to listen, and how to make money.  I get the freedom to work as hard as I want, but that comes with more stress and self-awareness. I believe that all moms have creative ideas, it’s the entrepreneur that takes action and makes her ideas a reality. 

Any tips for moms who are aspiring to run their own business?

I am not a believer in balance. The definition balance is an even distribution of weight or things being equal.  Balance is basically saying that all areas of my life are equally stressful and the same. I believe that I do moms a disservice to act like I have a great balance. It is a give and take. I might spend my whole morning doing homeschool and resolving arguments between my kids-not working at all. Then in the afternoon, I might do a little work one day-then make dinner and be a mom/wife again. The next day I might plan my day to be working more. Each day changes to meet the needs of those I love. I try not to feel guilty and try not to fall into the trap of balancing things. I believe it is an unhealthy illusion.

 

About Leslie Lee: 

As a mother, entrepreneur, beauty guru, and registered nurse, Leslie Lee is able to offer a distinctly personal approach to both her business and mentorship programs–one that is centered on providing care and helping individuals nurture the things that make them unique. Her life experiences have molded her into the kind of professional that she is today. Leslie is on a mission to transform the aesthetic industry by shattering traditional beauty standards and helping her patients find their own brand of beauty regardless of age, gender, or skin tone. 

 

Leslie is also the owner of Liv and WYLD, a monthly subscription box that provides consumers with premium, medical-grade skincare products that they can try out to see how they answer their needs and fit their lifestyle. She carefully hand-picks all the items that go into each box based on the information she receives from the person who subscribed to the program, ensuring professional personalization. And what’s great about it is that for every purchase, Liv and WYLD donates a box full of basic necessities and personal care products (aptly called HopeBox) to “And Now She Rises”, a non-profit group that helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

 

Kayla Ybanez 

How would you describe balancing motherhood and running a business?

To be a mother and a business owner means that I have control over my schedule and I’m able to balance career and family time in a way I never have been able to before while working for someone else.

Any tips for moms who are aspiring to run their own business?

My tips for mothers who are trying to balance business and life is to start your calendar each week with scheduling important family appointments and non-negotiable time– to put them first–then schedule your work around that. Set timers to get stuff done and when they go off, you are unplugged for the day. Step away from the business to honor your other priorities.

I also recommend finding ways to get your family involved in what you do, when possible. This way, they feel like they are a part of it with you. My kids love to hop on videos and say hi and also like to help me put away papers and send things in the mail!”

 

About Kayla Ybanez: 

Kayla Ybanez is one of the strongest women to ever walk this earth. She is a mom and CEO who has built her business from nothing. After spending 436 days in the hospital, taking care of her three-year-old daughter who was fighting for her life, she realized that her 9-5 wasn’t going to be an option any longer. 

 

Kayla Ybanez is an Instagram and Business Strategist for Network Marketers and online coaches who want to scale sustainable relationship-based businesses minus the nuisances brought about by age-old strategies, including sending “hey girl” cold messages. She is also a notable speaker and an in-demand event host. Due to her success, Kayla has been featured in Forbes & Thrive Global. She also happens to have a successful podcast that focuses on teaching people the secrets to achieving success with their business, entitled Stop The Hey Girl Podcast.

 

Jamie Joslin King

How would you describe balancing motherhood and running a business?

Being a girl boss mom means showing up not just to serve my kids’ dreams, but to show them what it means to follow their own dreams.  Kids will do as we do, not as we say. It’s our job to show them what’s possible.

Any tips for moms who are aspiring to run their own business?

Get your kids on board with the mission.  Have them write a list of goals they want for the family. More travel, a trampoline, more time off together? What do they desire?  Have them get on board with the life you want to build with them! When they are a part of the mission, you won’t feel guilty when you say “mommy needs to go work right now to help us reach our goals.”  Because they will understand things better when they are included in the goal and vision of the life that you are trying to build together. Let them know they have a huge role in this. They won’t be mad when you go take time to work when it is for the good of the family goals. Kids crave being a part of the adult processes, put the power in their hands!

 

About Jamie Joslin King: 

Before becoming a serial entrepreneur and an internationally renowned female leader, Jamie Joslin King, worked with executives and managers of Fortune 75 company, Humana. She trained and taught over 500 people to become better leaders through leadership development programs until 2014.

 

Thereafter, Jamie took a stab at network marketing where she made it to the top .5% of the company and was able to make enough to replace her corporate salary. As a network marketer, Jamie had to spend 20 weeks a year traveling. With her second child on the way, she couldn’t see herself spending so much time on the road and away from her family any longer. That’s when she decided to chase her own success. In 2017, she founded the Slay Coach and started a mission to help female entrepreneurs all over the world scale their businesses.

 

Just two years after its launch, Jamie’s The Slay Coach has immensely grown and now offers various successful online programs including personal coaching, inspiration speaking, and workshops. She continues to transform the lives of thousands of women worldwide and has helped many scale their businesses to 7-figures online.

Heather DeSantis is a top millennial publicist and the CEO and Founder of Publicity for Good (PFG), a purpose-driven public relations firm. A Forbes 30 Under 30 Nominee and former Miss Ohio International, Heather attended The Fund for American Studies Institute of Philanthropy and Voluntary Services at Georgetown University in 2010, and began her public relations career in 2012, working with clients including Panera Bread and two former NFL players. She then established Publicity for Good in 2016 and now leads a team of 15 remotely from an Airstream while traveling around the United States. Heather’s disruptive approach uses public relations not to push products, but to put the spotlight on a brand’s higher purpose and socially impactful activities. This principle has guided PFG in generating millions of earned media impressions for its clients, from over 3,000 media outlets and counting. Heather also founded Good Side News in early 2020, an online publication that aims to bring light to the positive side of life and current events amidst a global crisis. Heather has appeared as a speaker at SXSW, Docusign Momentum, and other industry conferences. She is also a contributor for Thrive Global, Kivo Daily, and Disrupt Magazine. Her entrepreneurial journey and nomadic way of life have been featured on major news outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Entrepreneur, iHeart Media, Business Insider, MSN, and Inside Edition.

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Erika Mejia- Founder of Lovely Roses

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Erika Mejia- Founder of Lovely Roses

Who says achieving your goal is impossible if you don’t have piles of money in your pocket or are not skilled already? Yes, these are important but not ultimate elements for a magnificent triumph.

Achieving Goal is Possible- Example of Erika Mejia

You might have heard somewhere a saying, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” and Erika Mejia is a perfect example of this. She opened her floristry named Lovely Roses after going through a lot of struggle for years. Originally from Honduras, she left her country during her teenage and came to Miami to test her destiny. Having only 200$ in her pocket, she continuously looked for her desired work, revealing her high dedication, hope, and a positive approach.

She did many jobs but sought her passion, meanwhile. She knew that she had not yet achieved what she wanted. This is why, when she got a chance to learn floristry during one of her jobs, she became entirely fascinated with roses and everything that could be done with them. Although she did not have any skill for that, she kept on learning, becoming proficient ultimately.

 

Erika Mejia Opened her Flower Shop

After a great deal of discipline, dedication, effort, and hard work, she learned various techniques to turn roses and other flowers into a great piece of art. Now it was the time to bear fruits of her meticulous efforts. She turned her life from an employee to an employer. She opened her flower shop named Lovely Roses, the famous roses store in Miami.

 

Lovely Roses- What You Need to Know?

Lovely Roses is an international and Miami’s most famous floristry dedicated to creating authentic bouquets of roses as luxurious as they are exclusive. Her dashing bouquets have inspired many individuals falling in love. Her unique designs have quenched her clients’ thirst for finding impeccable nosegay. Among her many clients are celebrities including Pitbull, Demi Lovato, Anuel AA, Karol G, Luis Fonsi, Camila Cabello, Thalía, and many others.

 

Why Choose Lovely Roses?

Lovely Roses designs and offers fashionable and luxurious products featuring preserved roses. The experienced professionals of the company know the art of infusing glamour and luxury into traditional gifts to convey your pure emotions to your loved ones. They provide the best of their expertise in each product that they design.

The suppliers of Lovely Roses reside in South America (Ecuador and Colombia), where they meet and exceed international quality standards when it comes to their production systems. The sublime designs are made of preserved roses, which can be kept indoors for up to 3 years. These are specially treated through a certified process, unlikely the other mechanisms, to maintain their freshness and naturalness.

You can order your choice of roses to give as presents, decorations, or souvenirs to the desired people. The light-weighted boxes for these roses are made of laminated and textured paper. These are manufactured in various cylindrical, square, or personalized designs according to your choice and need.

Not only company has ensured the presence of preserved roses as beautiful and heartfelt, but the Lovely Roses delivery specialists are also always dressed elegantly to meet any occasion. They give their services in a professional manner, which causes you to order again and again.

 

Erika Mejia’s Secret of Success

It’s certain that you have someone behind you who keeps on backing you while you go through hard times. You give them all your credit for your success. Erika Mejia also credits her family and friends for her dedication to her personal and business success. 

She does not believe in achieving only personal goals. She wants to share her knowledge and keys to success by training those who are interested in learning the art of roses and floristry in general. For this, she has come up with an idea of introducing a comprehensive course that provides basic materials and tools for developing arrangements from Natural and Preserved roses.

In fact, Erika Mejia is exemplary for those who want to start-up their business on a small scale. Not only is she a leading businesswoman but also a perfect motivator, especially for Latin American immigrants who face similar trials in their way to success.

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The Media Reformation Has Begun: Find Out How HumanKINDtv Is Disrupting The 24/7 News Cycle

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Prior to COVID19, about 67% of Americans had stopped watching the news because they found it too depressing. Tired of feeling manipulated by fear, millennials and boomers alike just checked out. They stopped tuning in. They stopped watching the fear-based news because they don’t trust the media. COVID19 brought an onslaught of attention from audiences who needed to get informed about what’s going on. But with that brought skepticism, cynicism, and conspiracy theories in an attempt to understand how things just don’t add up.

But how did it get to this point? First, we have to examine how objective journalism failed under the pressure of the 24/7 news cycle. 

In 2012, the Huffington Post published an article that took an honest look at the problem, entitled 24 Hour News Killed Journalism. In that article, they examine how there was once a time when news organizations spent a long time developing stories to present them during one hour of broadcast time each evening.

Confirmation bias is inevitable when you’re living the story in the heat of the moment. It’s not possible to step back, check your bias, and report objectively when you haven’t had time to process information emotionally. Citing sources, fact-checking and transparently sharing data information sources, including who funded studies, is missing from modern journalism.

Enter HumanKINDtv, an online video streaming startup preparing to launch a self-sustaining ecosystem in entertainment media that reforms and transforms the entertainment industry by creating a culture for journalists and content creators where storytellers win big.

Are you in search of solutions journalism via an online streaming distribution platform? Or perhaps you are looking for curated news content you can use? Well, the media reformation has begun, and HumanKINDtv delivers! Kayla O’Donnell is the founder of HumanKINDtv,  a video streaming platform, and HumanKINDpro, a content creation studio, dedicated to curating and distributing inspirational and informative stories that foster empowerment. HumanKINDtv believes in elevating humanity by leveraging the power of storytelling. Its mission is to restore trust and connection via entertainment media. 

HumanKINDtv started on July 4, 2014. It is a voice that you can trust, propelling everyone into the future of past chivalry and honest gestures in the new economy. HumanKINDtv was founded on the principles of compassion, caring, connection, and collaboration. It stands for all that is true and all that is right. It is all about people and the worldwide community. The HumanKINDtv cycle intends to overwhelm ordinary reality and cause you to question everything you hold to be true. But how is HumanKINDtv breaking the 24/7 news cycle norm?

Inspiring

Kayla O’Donnell’s creativity is an inspiration. She is a content creator who produces unique heart-centered content to teach lessons to her audience. She also creates original content for SMB (specializing in B2B content services with ROI tied to metrics but also for B2C). Her thesis for HumanKINDtv is that content creators must be well cared for in order to create content that cares for and inspires people. Among other ventures, she played the lead in Goodnight Wonderland, The Last Plague, and Mayo Girl (short films). She’s currently developing an updated version of The Last Plague: A Choose Your Own Adventure story examining potential outcomes for COVID19 through a fictional lens.

Informing

Information is vital to adult education through the media industry. And not just information but correct, relevant information. She believes that although Ted Turner is an admirable and tenacious entrepreneur, he never could have foreseen the outcome that a 24/7 news cycle would produce.

“It’s impossible to show up to the scene of a crime where someone has been murdered and not sense the eerie quality of a soul leaving this earth. We are all connected. So unless you’re a sociopath, you need time to process the information and the emotional aspect of this atrocity. When journalists and field correspondents are expected to get the details and immediately report on the facts without emotional processing, we do a disservice to the lives that were impacted and to the public,” says O’Donnell.

In addition to creating media, Kayla O’Donnell has written and developed over 15 television and film concept stories, including outlines, characters, scripts, mood boards, and treatments. She discovered the power of language and stories when she was in college. Her inner passion was to disrupt the way content was being produced and distributed, which is the very reason she founded HumanKINDtv. 

O’Donnell also worked on productions for major brands like The Onion, HBO, The History Channel, Second City Communications, Lifetime Walmart, ATTN: Comcast, Dhoom 3 (Bollywood), the state of New Jersey and many independent projects.

Empowering

Empowering refers to the act of making someone, or people, stronger and more brave or confident, especially in controlling their own lives and claiming their rights. It is giving someone the authority to do something and to advocate for themselves.

“Without relevant data-based information, people are confused. The current media system focuses on what’s going wrong, rather than what’s going right because, historically, it works. Human beings are hardwired and conditioned to search for danger. It’s neuroscientifically almost impossible for human beings to ignore an imposing threat to our safety. Yet we are tired of feeling manipulated by fear,” says O’Donnell.

Kayla remembers how she overcame numerous challenges and adversity and wants to help other people to find empowerment through stories and tools. She believes that entertainment and media have the power to transform worlds or poison populations.

Connecting

Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. Other times, it is allowing others to take your side. HumanKINDtv brings the world community together with truth and a unique connection. 

O’Donnell has also managed the design and implementation of over 80 IT and telecom installations across 16 states. She co-created the Women’s Film Festival (6 years running) that hosted over 200+ live screening events to date at their annual festival. She also co-founded the Walnut Club, a social club for professional women, in Philadelphia. Kayla has also participated in early-stage development of 12-15 startups, including ROAR for Good.

How Kayla Achieves In The Entertainment & Media Industry

Kayla O’Donnell is not afraid to look at things the way they are. Though as an entrepreneur wanting to will things into existence, she sees things optimistically, while not being afraid to break the rules. She does not conform to societal norms, but instead finds herself envisioning ways to make things awesome, not “better” because better for some isn’t always better for all. O’Donnell always collects data to assess situations. Her practice of meditation and mindfulness also helps her create authentic content. This media icon also learns to appreciate the little things and moments of life. She dreams big, she loves hard, and dances a lot but never enough. Her patience and perseverance in achieving success are what will amaze you. 

Kayla’s HumanKINDtv has the power to disrupt and transform the entertainment and media business models and consumption habits beyond recognition across the globe. She’s achieving this goal by elevating humanity through storytelling. If you are looking for answers to the entertainment media challenges or insights to satisfy your audience, it will help if you connect to Kayla O’Donnell. Join the trend today. HumanKINDtv, together with you, can transform the culture of corporations and media companies. HumanKINDtv is bringing back the American dream through empowering and informative content.

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Resilience is the key to success – An interview with high powered executive coach, Dr. Taryn Stejskal

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Success is a concept that is desired universally. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, conglomerate, or brand, everyone has their definition of success. Though success does not have a stipulated formula, successful people often exhibit similar qualities. Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal was born on December 27th, 1978, in Michigan, USA, and is a celebrated American executive coach, author, and speaker. She firmly believes that resilience is the missing ingredient that has immense potential to help people succeed and achieve their goals. In this interview, Dr. Taryn shares her thoughts, experience, and inputs to help us understand how resilience is indeed the key to success.

Dr. Taryn, could you tell us more about your upcoming book titled “Flourish or Fold: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People”?

My book is based on a decade worth of research. I analyzed thousands of pieces of data to understand behavior patterns and practices that allowed people to develop and sustain resilience in both leadership and life. People can’t lead flourishing lives without complexity, challenges, or change. What defines us is how we choose to react to stressful situations and how we allow it to mold us for the better. My book covers the five behaviors that resilient people practice and exhibit. The secret to building resilience into our lives depends on our willingness to imbibe and emulate these five behavior patterns. Flourish or Fold, is slated for release in 2020, and I hope that it will empower people to lead more fulfilling lives.

How did you discover the power of resilience?

Dr. Taryn: I have dealt with undiagnosed dyslexia and several traumatic experiences during high school, which led to twenty years of PTSD. My formative and adolescent years were difficult, but in the end, I rose above it. I conquered my demons through introspection, perseverance, and a deep understanding of resilience. Through my trials and tribulations, I conducted in-depth research to understand the latent potential of resilience and how it can be harnessed to help people lead better lives. My quest to unravel resilience lead me to ask a simple question. When faced with a challenge, why do some people flourish, while others fold? This is how my own experiences lead me to discover the power of resilience.

Could you tell us how resilience is the key to success both professionally or personally?

Dr. Taryn: Resilience has multifaceted applications. I have spent several years coaching CEOs and executives in leading organizations to help them lead their companies successfully and face failure. Through the power of resilience, teams can work together efficiently and boost both morale and productivity. When people choose to cultivate resilience in their lives and embrace it, it will help them unleash their full potential. Being resilient allows you to grow, evolve, and improve as you face challenges in life. Resilience can help you become the best version of yourself, and that is the highest form of success.

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