Chismeando with my Comadre—A bi-weekly interview blog series focused on meeting motivating creative female entrepreneurs as a source of inspiration for women looking to fulfill their dreams.
We hope that through these interviews, you find the same dose of inspiration each woman found to
just start and follow your dreams!
On today’s post, we bring you Brenda Castillo of Sweet Llamita, a greeting card company that celebrates everyone's unique personalities, rich backgrounds, and diverse experiences.
What motivated you to start your business?
A few years ago, around Father’s Day, I couldn't find a chic and premium greeting card for my dad that represented and celebrated him for who he was—a man whose primary language is Spanish and who works as a landscaper. Most greeting cards had bowties and ties on them and I wanted something that was relatable.
What in life inspires you to create more of what you love?
Our customers' reactions to our work and their delight to see something that's unique and beautiful.
What is your biggest dream for your business and/or life?
My biggest dream is to live a life full of abundance—spend quality time with my family and friends, do work that I love, travel the world and have the means to do social impact work.
What is the largest hurdle you've had to overcome to get to where you are now?
Being ok to make a 180-degree career switch and pursuing something I'm passionate about.
What is one piece of advice you'd give women looking to step into your field?
Don't be afraid to try new things. If you have to learn something new, the internet is your best friend. And always, always stay curious.
What do you do to reset and refresh when life feels heavy?
I like to take walks around downtown LA to think things through. Usually I'll walk to a cafe and read online material that I think will help me at that time or just talk to my husband about it.
What is your favorite activity on days off?
I've always been a walker so anything like an extra long walk (usually more than 5 miles) or hikes. I also love trying different types of sweets from Japanese red bean cakes, Turkish sweets to paletas and Latin American pan dulce. #sweettoothproblems
If you could hop on a plane right now where would you go and why?
This is a tough one. I would do three stops:
- Mexico City to spend time with my family.
- Visit my grandma and uncle in Oaxaca aaaand do one of the awesome tours hosted by Elexia, and
- See the Great Barrier Reef in Australia before it disappears.
Who would you invite to dinner? Frida Kahlo, Virgen de Guadalupe, or someone else that inspires you?
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading Brenda'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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