We had the good fortune of connecting with Denise Morales and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Denise, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Amidst the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, I found myself at a crossroads in my life. Despite having just graduated, the company I was supposed to start working for did not align with my values and goals. After seven months of experiencing burnout, I decided to take a step back and consider pursuing a master’s degree while also exploring my passion for mental health through entrepreneurship. Rather than waiting for the future to unfold, I took action and enrolled in certification courses and webinars on mediation, which became the foundation for my business, Be Nurtured.
Be Nurtured was built upon the principles of transparency, growth, and perseverance, with a mission of encouraging self-growth and personal investment to achieve fruitfulness both individually and in the community. I began offering life coaching services to individuals and small businesses, and expanded my business to include digital and physical planners. While my long-term goal is to establish a counseling practice under the Be Nurtured brand, I didn’t want to wait until I completed my Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree to start making an impact. I had already been operating as Be Nurtured, albeit unofficially, and I was determined to turn my passion into a reality.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What I am most proud of and excited about is the impact that Be Nurtured has had on people’s lives. Being able to help individuals and small businesses achieve their goals and improve their mental health has been incredibly rewarding.
Getting to where I am today with Be Nurtured has been a challenging journey, but one that I am grateful for. It required a lot of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Starting a business during the pandemic was not easy, but I was motivated by my passion for mental health and my desire to make a positive difference in the world.
Overcoming the challenges involved staying focused on my mission and goals, even in the face of adversity. I had to learn to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, be open to feedback, and stay committed to continuous growth and improvement.
The lessons I have learned along the way include the importance of building a strong network of support, being open to learning from others, and embracing failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. I’ve also learned that success is not just about achieving your own goals, but also about helping others achieve theirs.
What I want the world to know about me and Be Nurtured is that we are committed to promoting mental health and well-being for all individuals and businesses. Our mission is to inspire self-growth and personal investment that leads to fruitful and meaningful lives. We are dedicated to transparency, growth, and perseverance, and we strive to create a supportive community that fosters positive change.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Houston is a city full of diversity, culture, and hidden gems, and I take great pleasure in introducing my friends to its unique offerings. Supporting small businesses is a top priority for me, and I always make it a point to showcase the richness of our local community. Our first stop is always El Forastero, a small taqueria in Little York that consistently delivers mouthwatering tacos. From there, we head to Monkey’s Tail for a refreshing Pepino Drink and to soak in the vibrant atmosphere and music. To cap off the experience, we visit Post Houston, where we can explore the rooftop garden and discover all the exciting businesses that thrive there.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without my father’s unwavering support and guidance, I would not have achieved the level of success I have today with Be Nurtured. He taught me the value of taking initiative and leading by example, instilling in me the drive to be a doer and not to succumb to laziness. From a young age, he would take me to construction sites where he worked and call me a supervisor, providing me with opportunities to learn and grow. Witnessing him start his own business was a huge motivator for me, and his entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic have been a constant source of inspiration. As an immigrant who came to the US with nothing, he was able to build a successful career and provide for his family, and his determination and resilience have helped shape me into the person I am today.
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