MMIA Magazine - Million Moms In Action Magazine June/July 2014 - Page 25

connection catalyst THE exclusive interview 20 ENTREPRENEUR moms YOU’LL LOVE “There is always something that you can do right now to get your dream out of the clouds and on earth. It may seem trivial or small to you but every leap starts with a tiny step.” Fila Antwine Founder & CEO of Strengthening Her Essence New York, New York Fila Antwine is a connection catalyst—a person who helps women reconnect to their inner strength and use it to build better personal and professional relationships with others. She speaks on and writes about topics that teach women how to harness the power of their femininity in areas of life and love. Fila is a happily married wife and mother of two children who values her family to the highest degree. These are her most profound connections. MMIA: Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur? FILA: I’ve always seen life through my own lens and desired to have personal freedom in my life. Entrepreneurship is one of the ways that I exert my right to that freedom and get to serve others while doing so. MMIA: How long did it take you to go from business idea to actually seeing income? FILA: It was nearly a year before I began to see any money coming in and a bit longer than that before I saw a profit. I had an idea and knew it would create wealth for me but there were multiple layers of goals, planning, and preparation that had to be done first. MMIA: Do you ever regret your decision to become a full-time entrepreneur? FILA: Never. Even when I have worked for 10-15 hours straight and am in need of rest, or food, I wouldn’t want to do anything else to earn a living. I get to do what I have been brought to earth to do and I absolutely love it. It feeds my soul. MMIA: How do you balance the roles of mommy and entrepreneur? FILA: I do my best to devote equal amounts of time and attention to each. But in life we often have to prioritize. The key is to be honest with yourself about what needs to take precedence and always keep your family in the loop. So I talk with my husband and children before, during, and after projects are completed and let them know they are priorities in my life. But in order to have the life we all want, there may be sacrifices along the way. MMIA: What advice can you give to the woman who is reading this right now and thinking there’s no way she can start a business while running her household? FILA: There is always something that you can do right now to get your dream out of the clouds and on earth. It may seem trivial or small to you but every leap starts with a tiny step. Turn off the TV and get to work. Use your time wisely and create opportunities to work on your goals when the kids are asleep, or at school, or outside playing. Reach out to your network and ask the adults that you trust for help. If a family member or friend can take them for an hour or two a week it is a great place to start. A big thing for me, especially in the very beginning was letting the house go. When I would need to work on my business but laundry called, or dishes, or vacuuming and I couldn’t work in a messy environment. I learned that I sometimes had to let the mess stay a little longer in order to use my free pockets of time efficiently. If you don’t have the money for a cleaning person, close the door on the mess and get busy. Perhaps one day you’ll have more than enough for an entire cleaning crew! Just do whatever you can right now and it will grow from there. I guarantee you will see amazing results if you make the commitment and do the work. Fila Antwine Twitter: @sheisfila IG: @sheisfila June 2014 | MMIA Magazine | 25