Dayspa Magazine Interviews Me for their May 2018 Issue
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job, and I think this would apply to many entrepreneurs across the board, is staying relevant. As trends change, there is always a push or pull in a certain direction, and uncertainty whether or not your brand will continue to generate interest. I am always striving to improve our products, customer experience, and education. There is never a moment of stagnation with my brand – in my regularly scheduled classes, on social media, at trade shows, on online forums, etc. and that is the driving force that generates interest in Saian daily.
What’s the most fun part of your job?
I’d have to say the most fun part of the job is exhibiting at trade shows, and teaching classes. All the times I see my classroom fill up with new and familiar faces is when I perform at my best, and my most relaxed. It also brings me a lot of joy when customers come to our booth and tell me how much they like our staff and the amazing service they constantly receive when they place their order. I am extremely proud of my team – they are what makes Saian successful.
You founded Saian Skincare with your mom Margarita, who passed away in 2015. What was the most important lesson she taught you?
I remember reading in the Tao Te Ching, that “the true master makes masters”, and that was my mother’s strength. Anyone who has ever taken a class with Margarita will tell you – she had a way to make you feel special, but most importantly, she gave you all of her knowledge and made you a master. I was a sponge that absorbed all of my mom’s mannerisms, her way of talking, her way of caring, her way of making everybody feel like they are somebody.
Who or what inspires you?
The inspiration for Saian Natural Clinical Skin Care comes from our customers. We are not just a skincare company, we are a lifestyle brand, dedicated to bringing professionals the best in skincare, anti-aging supplements, ergonomic equipment, supplies and education. Every day I am inspired by female entrepreneurs that continue to make their mark in the mainly male-dominated world of commerce. It gives me more energy to keep creating when I see other women succeeding.
How do you find a work-life balance?
The most comfortable pattern for me is my routine – work, gym, Mandarin lessons, yoga, hikes, salsa dancing, eating my home-cooked meals, and plenty of time at home with my animals. I like to read at home a lot, and am a big fan of psychology and philosophy. I find that I unwind much easier now (after 11 years of owning a business) because I have released the notion of working with an intense attachment to the end result. I am very comfortable with enjoying the process and seeing the growth, instead of just pushing, pushing, and pushing 24/7 like my mom and I did in the beginning.
If you weren’t in this industry what would you be doing?
I’d be either a personal trainer, or a martial-arts instructor. I love all forms of martial arts! Most likely would move to China and study Mandarin and martial arts intensively. I just love being in motion- the feeling of residing in a strong body is liberating.
You travel a lot for work and for pleasure. Where are you off to this year?
It feels like the past 2 years I have been living out of a suitcase! I have traveled internationally once a month, making short trips to Europe and Asia, as well as trade shows all over the USA. It was a lot of fun, but I am definitely looking to slow down in 2018! My next big international trip is in August – I am attending my friend’s wedding in Turkey.
What’s your biggest fear?
To be misunderstood.
Be yourself and happiness will find you.
Guilty pleasure (e.g. trashy candy or bad TV show!): Movie theater popcorn. Even the smell makes me drool!
Favorite food: It’s a toss up between avocado toast and trail mix.
Favorite city: Los Angeles
Scariest thing you’ve ever done: Decided to get the strength to continue my life after my mom and grandmother passed away 10 months apart.
Can’t leave the house without: My gym bag and salsa shoes. My trunk is literally a collection of salsa shoes and sneakers.
Full article with photos HERE