Chismeando with my Comadre—A weekly interview blog series focused on meeting motivating creative female entrepreneurs as a source of inspiration for women looking to fulfill their dreams.
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On today’s post, we bring you Susana Villasuso of HolaSus,
a Chef, recipe developer, and content creator focusing on food that is simple and fresh inspired by her Mexican heritage.
What motivated you to start your business?
I'm a trained Chef but a full-time mummy. Since I had my daughter Lily, I was trying to find a new way to keep doing what I love without having to work weekends and holidays and missing the time with my family.
What in life inspires you to create more of what you love?
My family are my main source of inspiration since everything I cook is made thinking on them! But also, my Mexican heritage, living abroad it gets so important to try to preserve your culture, by cooking and introducing that to my family and friends is a way to keep it alive.
What is your biggest dream for your business and/or life?
Having a book with my recipes is one of my dreams, and to get to collaborate with some of my favorite food publications.
What is the largest hurdle you've had to overcome to get to where you are now?
Believing in myself, when you stop working for a bit to take care of your family, it's easy to lose confidence in yourself and what you can achieve. I think it’s always really hard to take that first step, but once you do, you realize you can do so much more.
What is one piece of advice you'd give women looking to step into your field?
To be authentic and to look for ways to improve their skills. For example, if you want to be a food stylist, to take some workshops or do research about how you can improve the way your food looks and what tools you can use.
What do you do to reset and refresh when life feels heavy?
Take a day to do something I enjoy and inspires me. A day to the market does the trick for me or it can be a museum. If it’s stress, some time to have a little walk outside and a coffee on your own (time to think) is perfect.
What is your favorite activity on days off?
Going to the market to look for exciting ingredients, a good cup of coffee and the Saturday newspaper (just for the recipes 😊).
If you could hop on a plane right now where would you go and why?
First choice Mexico because I miss my family, but I would love to travel to India and taste the authentic food—I find that our cultures have a lot of similarities. Third choice, Japan. I have always find their culture very elegant and intriguing. I feel that it's a place where everything is very different from what I know.
Who would you invite to dinner? Frida Kahlo, Virgen de Guadalupe, or someone else that inspires you?
Maybe Chef Enrique Olvera; he seems a very humble cool guy. Or, Guillermo del Toro; he is quite funny, and I can imagine he enjoys his tequilas.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading Susana's insight into how she started her own business and what keeps her motivated. Stay tuned for a lot more Chisme with other inspiring chicas!
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