Welcome to Chicks We Love! Here at Chip Chick, we love inspiring women to follow their business dreams while giving them the tools they need to make it happen.
Chicks We Love is our new series showcasing, well, chicks we can’t help but just love! Get ready to meet some of our favorite exciting female entrepreneurs and hear all about their wisdom for helping you to succeed too.
In this article we caught up with Melissa, Founder of Pink Buddha Life. Melissa started her company after spending years in the fashion industry. She decided to trade in her fast-paced life in fashion for a life filled with self-discovery in the yoga world.
Her love of yoga inspired her to create Pink Buddha Life, which is the perfect pairing of fashion and wellness.
Here is Melissa’s inspiring story and her words of wisdom for you!
Image courtesy of Melissa
What was your inspiration behind starting your company?
During the many years I spent in the fashion industry as the owner of multiple clothing stores I spent a significant amount of time working and living in Santa Monica, California. This time spent in California had a significant impact on my life creating a newfound passion for health and wellness.
Soon after I was introduced to the Californian lifestyle, I found myself running to yoga classes before and after work when I was back on the east coast. As I became more aware of my growing passion for yoga and healthy lifestyles, I decided to make a life altering decision.
I traded my life in the fast-paced fashion world for a more calming, slow-paced, self-discovery life in the world of yoga. From this new love of yoga, Pink Buddha Life was born. I found a way to combine my passion for fashion and wellness and have never looked back. I have since become a certified yoga teacher and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) as a holistic health coach.
What is your favorite aspect of the brand or product line?
I love our Pink Buddha brand so much. We spent tremendous efforts in developing our products to benefit not just our customers and our company, but to touch as many lives as possible.
As a result, we have insisted that our products are made in the USA and remain free of harmful BPAs, Phthalates, and Latex. In addition, we have decided to donate a portion of our proceeds to the following non-profit organizations: Gentle Barn, Big Green, Save the Elephants and I am That Girl.
What do you aim to accomplish in the next year?
My vision for the next year is to continue inspiring others to develop a daily yoga practice of their own through our mats, while expanding on the other wellness aspects of Pink Buddha Life.
The ultimate mission of Pink Buddha Life is to inspire and educate women to live a happy, healthy and mindful lifestyle through our programs, cookbooks and videos.
Image courtesy of Melissa
What’s the most difficult part of being an entrepreneur?
Trusting in the process, staying in my own lane and not comparing myself to others.
I have always thrived by trusting my instincts and doing my own unique thing, but sometimes the road can be difficult, confusing, and hard to stay on until you reach your goal.
Somehow it always makes sense in the end. As Steve Jobs said “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.”
What advice do you have for other women who would like to start their own company?
Love what you do. Be clear on your intention, move from that space in all that you do.
Surround yourself with like-minded people and take small daily actions towards your mission.
Why and how did you end up an entrepreneur? Was it a path you always envisioned pursuing?
My father is an entrepreneur. I always looked up to him and admired the way he was able to love his work and his life at the same time. I always knew I would follow in his footsteps.
He has been an inspiration and a mentor throughout my journey.
What tools do you recommend for women who would like to be entrepreneurs?
Having a strong sense of self, and the curiosity to learn and try new things. My biggest thought is to remember no one is YOU. Be inspired by those you admire, but do not compare yourself.
I like to remember everyone starts somewhere and your authenticity will attract your own tribe. Just be YOU.
Image courtesy of Melissa
How do you overcome failure or fear?
“I never lose. I either win or I learn” – Nelson Mandela
Over the years I have realized there are no failures, all experiences lead to new paths and there is always good to be found in every situation.
Fear is something I have become very familiar with over the last few years as I have transformed my life and started a new business in a totally different field.
In retrospect, it’s the things that I was afraid to do and did anyway that have allowed so many amazing things to happen in my life.
What habits contributed to your success?
My morning routine. I wake up every day at 6 am, meditate for at least 20 minutes, handwrite three morning pages (The Artist Way by Julia Cameron), read an uplifting or spiritual book for at least 30 minutes, and then, of course, at least one hour of yoga flow.
After yoga, I set three clear intentions for the day, write them down and carry them with me throughout the day. This is my morning routine every day, even on weekends, holidays, and when I am away.
This routine keeps me balanced and able to be the best version of myself.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
This was a hard one for me in the past since my work and life had always been so intertwined. It was difficult to unravel all of the bad habits I didn’t even know I had.
Since my transition to the Pink Buddha Lifestyle, separating work and life has been much easier for me and, dare I say, I think I have found my right balance.
I believe this balance has come from my morning routines, daily intentions, and yoga practice.
What does your typical day look like?
I wake up at 6 am, do my morning routine, workout, shower. Then I work from 10-4. Which consists of emails, working on PR, taking pictures for content, working on new designs, and writing content for my blog and upcoming online wellness courses.
I always take a break around one 1:00pm for lunch and a walk with my puppy, Peanut. Around 4:30pm I move on to the second part of the day which usually begins with food shopping, cooking, and eating dinner.
After dinner, I usually go for a walk with my husband and Peanut, read, and do some light yoga flow or stretching. I like to get to bed by 10pm if I can convince my husband and Peanut (they always want to stay up later).
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Coconut oil 🙂
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
Today she operates her own luxury label Bre Avery, along with Chip Chick Media which reaches millions of women each month.
Bre is passionate about teaching women how to build a business and be an entrepreneur, in addition to keeping her readers informed of the latest technology trends and exciting products to improve their lifestyles.
You can send Bre a message here.