We had the good fortune of connecting with Yvonne Everette and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yvonne, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
As a black woman being able to make yourself a priority is a daunting task. Not only are there seemingly many other things that need your attention such as your family, your work and sometimes various fires that have to be extinguished first but also having limited access to healthcare and the inability of others to recognize your worth or see you as human makes it much more difficult. My daughters and I started with a desire to prioritize minority women and to assist women in achieving overall balance and wellness.
What should our readers know about your business?
Simply stated the Igbo word for man or human being is Mmadu, which is derived from two words, Mma meaning beauty and Ndu meaning life. In deeper complexity,The Igbo concept of a person or human being correlates to how they live. Ezigbo Mmadu designates a person of good character and who has qualities that are worthy of emulation.
At Mmadu Holistic Wellness Center we believe to experience the beauty of life you must first seek wisdom and balance in all things. Mmadu seeks to assist all individuals in achieving health and wellness in every aspect of their lives by assessing and evaluating the 7 dimensions of wellness and seeking to strengthen areas were individuals may be weak and teaching individuals how to utilize their areas of strength to achieve their goals. We listen empathetically to each individual to determine what’s important to them .
At Mmadu we are just getting started but even as a small black woman owned business we have a combined 50 years of experience in providing mental health , education, housing and community services. Mmadu is an extension of black women professionals doing what we’ve always done, nurturing, protecting, educating and loving the people we care about.
The biggest lesson I have learned along the way is that you may start your journey with one location in mind but through all of life’s turns and detours you may end up in a completely different destination. There is a lot of things I don’t know about being a business owner and every time I increase my knowledge, I get a notification that a better route has become available. The best thing I have learned is to stay flexible and when faced with roadblocks, keep in mind there is always a different way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Houston is the best place ever to hangout with friends and you will never run out of areas to explore. For excursions close to home I love visiting the aquarium downtown or doing some shopping and grabbing a quick bite to eat in Memorial’s City Centre . I love the coffee and pastries at Fellini’s or the fun atmosphere at the Yard House . When time allows , I make the drive to Viola and Agnes’s in Seabrook because the food is to die for and even the cornbread is mouth watering. After such , it’s so relaxing just to continue to the beaches and watch the sunset on the waves on the sea wall .
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ashley Everette- Influencer, Co Owner in Mmadu Holistic Wellness Center Tarren Everette – Doula and co owner in Mmadu Holistic Wellness Center
Londyn Town Productions – film producer and business mentor