We had the good fortune of connecting with Elle Murasaki and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elle, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Scotland X Mane was birthed out of my postpartum journey. I was STRUGGLING and I was scared to admit it because I never heard anybody else say they were struggling. When I finally gave my struggles a voice I found a whole community of women, who also felt alone. I thought: if all of these women have similar issues, and they all feel they need a since of community…why not create the community?! And so Scotland X Mane (named after two intersecting streets where I grew up) was born. A safe space for women to be women!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets Scotland X Mane apart is our take on the non-linear approach to healing. That’s where the art is. That perspective is what made room for the birth of Scotland X Mane to begin with. It was birthed from desire to heal (and in turn provide a space to heal: for me and women like me). Finding a way to get people (women in this case specifically) to identify and go through the process of healing their past trauma isn’t easy. Adding monetary value on top of that makes it that much more challenging. But that’s the beauty in the art of it all. Using what I’ve been given to communicate with those who need a lot of the same things I do…it’s a source of humility and motivation, that renews itself as long as I stay true to the principles Scotland X Mane were founded on.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my Best friend was visiting, that means ‘Rona was gone. So We’d be outside! In reality, the trip would be about experiencing local culture. In my opinion, there’s no place in the world like Essex County, NJ when the weather breaks 50 degrees. I’d take Wifey (that’s what I call my best friend) on a tour of some of my favorite local eateries. Maybe get an empanada from the bodega; whatever! We’d spend the time immersing ourselves in the community, enjoying the hidden gems in the area. We’d probably spend time on the deck watching the neighborhood while I told her how old she was 😉

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This is for my Grandfather Lucious Harrell, and all of the other black men and women who have lost their lives to police brutality. Your lives matter!

Website: www.Scotlandxmane.com

Instagram: @scotlandxmane

Youtube: YouTube.com/Scotlandxmane

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