Anyone planning on starting their own business can relate to the anxiety inducing decisions and commitment it takes to create something they're passionate about. As we come to our one year anniversary, we take time to reflect through all those feelings that come with starting your own business. As a two-women show, there were a lot of factors to consider. Through the uncertainty, we were blessed with our very own cheering squad that consisted of our family and close friends who believed in our mission and encouraged us to be the best versions of ourselves and to put it out there for the world to see. Yes, we started a business at the height of a global pandemic and, yes, we both have families and very grueling full time jobs, but our love for our youth and the mission of providing wellness and advocacy to BIPOC youth is what makes all the sacrifice worth it.
As we look back to this past year we want to share some of our accomplishments:
6 workshops for youth and families
1 International Virtual Retreat
Collaboration with over 19 small, mostly BIPOC businesses
2 grants awarded
Close to $3,000.00 of scholarships given to workshop and event participants
Other accomplishments that may not be so tangible but are equally as meaningful are the following
Working through imposter syndrome
Finding our voices within our community and other communities on the continent
Facing the fear of asking without shame
Forming our own Pua Board of like minded and supportive wahine
Understanding that our business is not for everyone and that is okay
Knowing that as BIPOC women we need to uplift one another and always encourage otherʻs successes because when one of us wins we all win.
We always try to come from a place of gratitude and with that we want to thank everyone who has supported us in one way, shape or form. We are so humbled by all that we have accomplished and we look forward to the next coming year with more workshops, our second annual International retreat, and continual growth.