We had the good fortune of connecting with chelsea Nyirenda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi chelsea, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I was thinking, I wasn’t alone. What I was going through wasn’t too unique – to be misunderstood. I felt Isolated because I wasn’t sharing with others and I also didn’t know who the right person was to share it with. I come from a religious household who didn’t prioritize therapy or talking through our problems. I realized I needed a community, that not only would listen – but that would empathize with my trauma. +BetterDays was developed solely out of the need for sanctuary and reassurance. I wanted to create that space for as many people as I could, because they deserve it.
Please tell us more about your career. what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?I chose artist and creative as my title because being able to bring people together is definitely an art, There’s nothing structural about it. People love open and available space, people love creating communities and congregating outside of the box, I am the creator/artist behind that space. Each day I focus on finding a new and fresh way to welcome people into our community. It’s been a long road but I’m finally at a place where I feel confident in my path, I graduated from college 2 years ago, and this year I should be starting medical school – however I have been obedient to the spirits who guide me and I’ve found myself at my happiest. Working to build something that resonates and feeds me. I got here through bad days becoming lessons, which became testimonies that encouraged others. It wasn’t an easy path – and I am still healing from some of my experiences, but it is the only reason I am stronger today – I am indebted to every loss, every heartbreak and every failure, forever grateful.
What I learned on this journey is that:
- Perfection is never attainable and it’s boring.
- That being who are will serve you far more than being who you think they want you to be.
- Being needed is so so so so appreciated and beautiful, but it is also exhausting – and rest is important.
- That teams are essential, and that mistakes are okay.
I’m most proud of the Community we have built for the +Better tomorrow, together we raised $1500 for the revolution that is currently taking place for Black lives and futures. I’m proud of the way we show up for ourselves and with vulnerability. We held a safe space group titled “Space for our Race” which was a 2 hour long zoom discussion, where black individuals were able to come together and talk out their emotions unapologetically.
I want the world to know that +BetterDays is here for them, and also needs them. We are built on testimonies and struggles. we need people to lay down their pride and bring us their vulnerability and stories. We want the world to know that it does get Better, but we must seek help and refuge, we must release to become free.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
If my bestie was here for a week, (and it wasn’t Quarantine) we would definitely take a tour of both Inglewood & Compton – because that’s where I’m from.The trip would definitely have some geographic range. I would take her to Moby’s for breakfast in Inglewood, and Wi Jammin’ as well. Most likely go to Earl’s on Crenshaw as well for some vegan chili. Louisiana Fried chicken is like what we can have for lunch everyday – the one on Central in Compton – never fails. The flower district is one of my favorite parts of downtown, and it’s a must see – and while we’re down there we have to go to Grand central market. I think for scenery I’d take her to Sunken City which is a part of San Pedro beach, and we could tour the coast all the way up to El Matador Beach which is in Malibu. For the best vegan Ice cream, Hug Life in Long Beach – its sooo fire. We online shop so we don’t have to worry about that – but if she wants to get out we can go to west hollywood to check out something new and cool – maybe even the grove & go to Phil’s Diner at the farmers Market – my dad and I would always go there. and for the best sunset and vibes the hills of Westchester looking over Dockweiler Beach. also for all your snacks and lituation necessities – Kens Liquor on 85th in Inglewood, ALWAYS.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
MY VILLAGE, they deserve the biggest shout out for everything that I am. however specifically to this project and business, I would love to give a shout out to my best friend, Jala Carter – A therapist and an amazing friend. She is the reason I prioritize and respect mental health today.She has always made me feel seen and heard, she was the first member of my +BetterDay community before it was even formed. always rooting for me, always right there, She is so essential. along with her would be all of my friends, I have a number of relationships that inspire, drive and protect me consistently. I am covered and loved by the best.
Instagram: @betterdays.rvo – @chelsea.mwiza