We had the good fortune of connecting with Elani Kay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elani, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
As a CEO and full time Mom of three boys, 14, 12, and 8 years old, I think that the most important thing I’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on my children is make the conscious decision to put myself first. I still feel somewhat uncomfortable saying it, but this meant that I needed to be mindful that taking care of myself at the very least equal to how well I take care of everyone else is essential for my family to survive. The journey to this realization meant that I would show my boys that it’s okay to practice daily healthy self-care, I would explain and show them what self-love looks like, and that I would show them how to set healthy boundaries. I can only take care of them and others if I too take care of myself. When you are the HOH and the only parent, you can’t play around with your health, your time, or your energy. This has been the single most important thing I’ve done for my kids because I am not only a better person for doing so, but I am also a better person and Mom to “them” and I plan to be around for them for a very long time.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
An entreprenuer is someone who solves problems for other people at a profit. To be honest, I did not start off as someone who knew how to easily turn a profit. I started my first network marketing business at 18, but I had to learn everything through experience. I definitely had the work ethic part right as I was willing to work for other people as soon as my eyes opened up until I closed my eyes at night, but learning to switch that mindset to where I applied that same work ethic for myself and what I was passionate about is when I really became a true business owner. One of my greatest obstacles as a business owner has been getting out of my own way. I could list all of the different ways I got in my own way over the past 20 years, but that would of course take too long. From blockages, to my financial blueprint, to my mindset were all things I needed to work on. I truly believe that our minds are just so limitless and capable that not one of my deeply rooted conditioned beliefs was too much for me to work through. It wasn’t easy, but it was possible. Owning a business is something that reveals the type of person you are. You get to really see what you’re made of. I see myself as a woman who is swimming along the same shore as all the sharks. I have gone through some wretched experiences that broke me, but I got back up and I am still swimming and enjoying myself. (Most of the time. Lol!) As a woman in a male dominated industry, I am proud and excited to celebrate the fact that I am a Bay Area, California born and raised Asian American Woman building something here in Hollywood. I am grateful for where I am now and even more excited for where I am going. This year opened up a new timeline for me, which means that I get to apply all that I’ve learned and really create the life I want to live. I do want people to know that you can birth your ideas and dreams and when you are clear with your intentions, the Universe will conspire for you to help you see things come to fruition. In the world of the entertainment industry as well as those I coach or speak to, I always hope to inspire a spark that encourages them to follow their dreams. Elani Kay means light and I am here to bring more light to this world in all that I do. That’s what I want the world to know about Elani Kay.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting Southern California and staying with me, there’s of course the difference between “pre-covid” and now, but I would definitely take her to the beach. We would go to Santa Monica and enjoy the pier and also the swings on the beach. The swings on the beach are one of my favorites. It’s fun to still have a heart of a child, we love that. I would take her to Downtown Disney, Universal City Walk, and actually go to both amusement parks if possible. As far as eating we would definitely go to Mastro’s, Catch LA, and then to one of my ultimate favorite sushi restaurants in all of California Hikari Sushi in Chatsworth. The Chatsworth location specifically, not any other one’s with a similar name. Hikari Sushi has the best best quality sushi, they have all you can eat sushi, and it tastes AMAZING! I would also order some Pho 999 delivery and eat it at home outside in the yard. We would check out some live music too as well in Hollywood. If there’s time we would also make sure to get in more beach time or on the water in Malibu. I think that where I am has an awesome balance of all the different types of enjoyment for all ages and interests. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s such a long list of people, books, experiences, and guides that I would love to recognize as being a huge part of my life journey, but my shoutout today is dedicated to my sons. I find the level of gratitude for everyone in my support system, my parents, my friends, my business partners, the things I learn from mentors, and my clients means so much more to me because I know that it’s helping me create the future that my son’s deserve. They have learned to really understand that we are building an empire together, we function together as a family, and we each add an immense amount of value to the table. I am so proud of my sons and I am so thankful for their daily support, love, inspiration, and encouragement.
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