Mélanie Bernard is an entrepreneur, teacher, mother, total hype woman, and co-owner of MiNi TiPi.
My dream started while I was a stay-at-home mom. I worked on my passions at night while my kids were sleeping. Now I work full-time doing what I love. I’ve seen our business grow, and I get to hire other incredible women who have a similar vision as mine. Being able to show my children and community that they can follow their dreams like I followed mine is so important to me.
On tough days, I wake up remembering that I have created my dream job. Every day I get to work with incredible people I admire, and my work makes a difference in my community. There’s nothing more motivating than that!
Things do get overwhelming as a business owner. One thing I say when failure happens is: “no one is going to die.” It helps the perfectionist in me stay resilient. It puts things in perspective and motivates me to look forward and face challenges with an open heart and courage.
I believe curiosity is the spice of life. There is always something new to learn. What I love about being an entrepreneur is getting involved on multiple levels. You get to learn new skills, sometimes in a painful way! Knowing I am a lifelong learner keeps me hungry for success and pushes me forward. The phrase the more you know, the less you fear, reminds me to stay curious and motivates me in my pursuit of knowledge.
I have learned that everyone looks like they are pros at what they do. But they all started somewhere, trying to figure it all out, having both successes and failures. We are all messy and complicated and just trying to figure it all out. Don’t let the fear of imperfection stop you from trying something.
When I hit roadblocks during my journey, I remember to lean on my village, my community. I am inspired by every single woman in my life, each with a different set of skills and knowledge. Together, we empower and mentor each other.
Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’ All of our actions, small or big, have an impact on the world we live in. Let’s try to make this world a better place.
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