It’s official! Our business girls crush section will be a monthly event! And I’m excited to show you all the beautiful women who will be part of this inspiring section during the coming months! Every time I meet a woman who, like me, has the courage of creating her own business I’m inspired! This section is for you to be inspired, get ideas and reach for higher dreams, whether you are going for a better position at your job, or someday being your own boss!
Our April edition is all about a beautiful woman called Evelyn Brill, her project: Mindful Mamas. It’s the first time we have a therapist (small pause here, Evelyn is a licensed mental health counselor, and has mainly worked with children & parents) on our BGC section, but let me tell you, this girl is not your average therapist – she created Mindful Mamas, a support network for moms. Eve’s approach is all about providing moms with the right parenting tools for what she calls “mindful parenting” – Actually, I’ll let Eve tell you in her own words all about her program and what inspired her to be her own boss:
- Carolina Benoit: Tell me about Mindful Mamas…
Evelyn Brill: Mindful MAMAS is a support network for the most important (& most challenging) job in the world: MAMAhood. My program provides Mamas of little ones (ages 0-5) with interactive & educational support groups based on principles of positive, “mindful” parenting. Mommies gather in groups to learn about healthy parenting practices & child development, while they bond over their own mamahood experiences. Each group session has different topics that help Mamas explore their roles, their understanding of their kids, and how to combine these two to raise one seriously awesome human being (while going insane as little as possible along the way)! The main focus of Mindful Mamas’ approach is to nurture and strengthen the relationship bond between Mama and her child.
- CB: What inspired you to open your own business?
EB: I was traumatized about having a boss like Bill Lumbergh (movie: Office Space). That’s when I first decided I needed to be my boss. My mind is constantly filled with ideas, and I knew that having my business was going to be like having a blank canvas on which I could venture out and chase after the ones I feel passionate about. I’ve also had tons of support from my amazing husband & family. Having my business means endless possibilities, but it also means that I’m responsible to make them happen (partly terrifying and partly exhilarating).
- CB: Any challenges before taking the leap?
- CB: How do you dream to see “mindful Mamas” in a couple of years?
EB: My dream is to open an entire integrative center for Mamas. I also love nutrition and health, so I want to find a way to integrate both passions – Keep your tabs on Mindful Mamas!
- CB: Any tips for women who want to have their own businesses?
EB: It’s a challenge to have it all – And mostly a myth, in my opinion. The key is to stay mindful of your situation and strive to create balance in your life. Starting a business is very exciting, but it’s very easy to lose yourself along the way. Make time for YOU. Go to that booty sculpting class, get a manicure, drink fine wine (or cheap tequila), dine with friends and most importantly, make time for your loved ones. Finding a perfect balance is nearly impossible, but the good news is, each days you have 1,440 minutes to do it all over again!
Eve, you nailed it! It is easy to get lost while working on your own business! Sometimes I catch myself working crazy hours, and not having time for anyone, including myself! Finding the time and balance is necessary to keep a healthy and creative mind!
- CB: What characteristic in children inspire you?
EB: They are brutally honest and have no filters! They call it as they see it, no bullshit. Period.
- CB: Any business girl crush of your own?
EB: Jessica Alba. Both regular girl crush and business girl crush. She launched The Honest Co. and I love anything it stand for.
- CB: Who is your hero in real life?
EB: I know this might sound cliché, but my grandparents are my heroes. They came from very humble upbringings, endured plenty of hardships and still managed to become rock stars in every aspect of life. They built everything I stand for today. But I have tons of heroes. Anyone who dedicates time to better humanity is my hero. Thankfully, that list is way to long to write. Anyone who has to fight to live is also my hero, unfortunately, that list is also too long to write.
- CB: A tip for a new mom?
EB: You are going to “mess up“. A lot. And although you might freak out about that, I can tell you that those “mess-ups” are an important part of the journey for both you and your little one. Focus on building a strong connection and relationship bond with your newbie through reading their cues and responding to them as best you can. Also, make sure you set up your village to help you out! (You’d be surprised at how long you can go without showering or eating).
- CB: Now for the designer in me, why did you choose and elephant for your logo? I love elephants!
EB: Elephants have always had a special place in my heart. Their nurturing & protective nature makes them so in-tuned to their kin, which really connects with Mindful Mamas. Most importantly, they are matriarchs, and well… as we all know, girls run the world!
- CB: The best part of having your own business?
EB: Infinite coffee breaks
- CB The hardest part of being your own boss?
EB: Infinite coffee breaks!
- CB Now for the fun part! Describe your personal style:
EB: Edgy and feminine with a love of prints & colors.
- CB: Any last thoughts on mindful Mamas?
EB: I created these groups because I truly believe that parents cannot get enough support when it comes to doing the toughest job in the universe! There are basic techniques that can create a certain emotional climate in the home – And that is what really matters when it comes to shaping your child. Also, taking good care of your relationship with your child, because it is what will help them develop healthy future relationships and outlooks on the world. Mamas: Stand tall! You are rock stars!
I have to say, her work is truly inspiring, specially as May is fast approaching and we have a day to think about all the amazing things mothers do for their children! Take a moment to visit her Facebook Page , and if you are in Miami and are a mother of a little one 0-5 think about joining her program (I would definitely join if I had a baby!)
At last, I have to thank Valerie Lopez from VLOPZ, her photography gets more gorgeous every day! And the newest addition to our team: Juliana Mesa – props and artistic design (she’s the girl behind all the books, balloons and objects on our shoot)
If you think you have what it takes to be featured on our business girl crush or would like to nominate someone email me: info(at)carolinabenoit(dot)com. Thank you for reading me!