Our CEO Chick of the Month is none other than CEO of Vivid Vibes Event Planner Jasmine Villanueva! She is one of our newest entrepreneurs who is launching out in the field of her passion. Jasmine publishes an amazing blog titled, Villanueva Vibes, we took a few moments to catch up with her to ask her more about her journey thus far and here is what she said:
Why entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurship was a foreign concept to me until the last few years. I always dreamed of the financial and lifestyle freedom it could provide me but it never seemed in arms reach. My lifestyle that I would dream of living would require travel, flexibility, hard work, and the ability to be the CEO of my own life every day. Entrepreneurship was the perfect route to go in order to live life the way I want!
Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it? Entrepreneurship found me! I never thought I would be capable of starting my own business at 23 years old. I prayed for clarity and that’s when every opportunity I could imagine started falling into my lap. I knew it was meant to be and all I had to do was work for it!
As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges? As a business leader, my biggest challenge is finding ways to convince the world that I can do this! There have been a lot of nay-sayers and negativity thrown my way but I have to learn to utilize my tunnel vision. Most times people don’t understand my vision because it’s simply not meant for them to understand. It’s my journey for a reason. I believe in me and that is something I work at every day! Tunnel vision is hard sometimes.
When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time? When I’m not in business mode, I like to spend my down time with my amazing boyfriend and my family. Those two areas of my life are where I find my peace and rest. There are many uncertainties in my personal life and business life but those aspects of my life are guaranteed!
As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry? As a CEO Chick, I want to dominate my industry by standing out! I have so many creative ideas to show clients WHO they are working with before I show them WHAT I have to offer.
What your number one advice to a fellow CEO Chick or aspiring business leader? My number one piece of advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring would be to NEVER doubt what you are capable of, as a woman and as a business woman. Don’t second guess yourself. Take the leap, fall and get back up again. I took the leap and that is the only reason why I made so many strides this year. The leap is all it takes to build your foundation!
What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business?
1) Anything is possible
2) Network your butt off!
3) Make the best out of any job you come across, you never know how it could affect your business one day!
What keeps you creative in business? I think I am at the beginning stages of my creativity but I do believe that my inspiration comes from meeting people. Finding people with different views, tastes, creative sides. All of those factors spark my interest and keep my flame alive!
What can we expect next from you? My website launch is scheduled tentatively for May 1st! I am so excited to share sneak peaks of some projects I am working on until then. Stay tuned and be sure to follow all of my social media platforms to stay updated with Vivid Vibes!!