We had the good fortune of connecting with Shadana Miranda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shadana, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?My work-life balance has gotten better over the past year. During the pandemic, I was able to work from home, which allowed me to slow down and get clarity over my life. My lifestyle was so busy that I was never home. I didn’t realize how busy I was until I was forced to stay home. I now live a more holistic life, spending about 60 minutes each morning with meditation and quiet time. I’m taking mental health more seriously this year. I’m not always on the go unless I need to be, and I cook and eat most of my meals at home.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m creative at heart; my mind is always racing with ideas. Aside from helping women transform their lives through coaching and my digital platforms, I work as a Petite clothing designer. I design clothing for women who are between 4’11 and 5’4. I believe in a woman feeling empowered through what she wears. I launched my clothing line in March of 2020, and it was the most fulfilling thing I had ever done. The brand has been in the works for over three and a half years, and to see it come to fruition was amazing. Although it took four years for my business to launch, I was determined to make it happen through preservation and sacrifice. One thing I learned along the way was to educate myself and become an expert in my field before going into business. Sometimes I had to take less paying jobs in the industry because I was more eager to learn than to earn a paycheck. I knew that once I got the knowledge I needed, it was no stopping my success. I want people to know that it’s not a lot of glamour behind the scenes. The pictures on social media are just a glam shot into the brand. It takes a lot of prayers, hard work, and a bit of frustration to be a business owner. However, if you are passionate about what you do, the road to fulfilling your dreams is worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spots in Houston include coffee shops because I’m always working, wherever I can bring my computer, plug into some wifi, and grab a good cup of coffee. Houston has some of the best local coffee shops. I love supporting local coffee shops because I can put money back into the community and to be honest, local coffee tastes a lot richer than chain coffee shops. Two of my favorite local coffee shops in Houston include Kaffeine Coffee and Thoroughgood Coffee. When I’m not working, I love the outdoors. I would recommend bike riding or a walk-in Buffalo Bayou Park. I love to go out and socialize with friends in my nightlife after a long day of work. I’ll usually opt-in for a drink or two. My favorite spot to date is Moxie’s Grill and Bar in the galleria area.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m genuinely grateful for the support system of my family. They allow me to be myself and support anything that I do. I’m a bit unconventional and more of a free-spirited person. I prefer to take the risk instead of playing it safe. Sometimes taking risk have cost me but its always been worth it.
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