We had the good fortune of connecting with Georgina Tolentino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Georgina, what inspires you?
I am inspired by those that have a great attitude about life. I love to be surrounded by people who don’t head for the problem, they go through them and see them as lessons. There’s no sitting in the issues, there’s the confidence that there is something larger and bigger on the other side.
I believe, where you look you go. And if you look to your past all the time, you stay there. When you look to the future and your goals, it becomes your present.
We are all human and have moments of defeat, or challenges but I am truly inspired by people who are dedicated to winning at life no matter what obstacles.
I am inspired by artists and entrepreneurs who constantly shine brighter than any darkness brought to them. You can feel it by their words, by the way they stand and the way they encourage others around them. There’s no being jaded. There’s only shining bright because of the confidence in your heart to do better.
Being brave is really huge and necessary, as I see those who I admire. Bravery is the ability to keep going no matter what and never give up. That courage to stand up for yourself, to never give up on yourself.
When I see my friends be honest and vulnerable but still determined to surmount their obstacles, that light is contagious. Some artists that inspire me are Issa Rae, Brit Marling, Justin Chon, people who really are a part of their own storytelling. Those that empower themselves with their own creation, are unstoppable.
It’s best to stay in your lane, to focus on what you’re doing and finding people who are aligned with those values.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an actor I am really proud of creating a short film called “No Dogs” it is a short dedicated to the Watsonville riots in 1930 and a crucial part of Filipino American history.
My other venture, Le Divina (www.liveledivina.com) is a crystal candle company that was birthed from my love of ritual products. I love palo Santo, candles, crystals, and items that help ground me and focus on my goals. Le Divina started out as gifts to my friends who are also writer and filmmakers. I wanted a gift that inspired them to manifest their goals, made them smile, and had them keep going.
We still have challenges from the severe supply chain demand. I think we did our best and just kept going. The lessons I learned is nothing is easy. Businesses have their ups and downs, but you have to stay consistent and have a great attitude. No business is successful on their own, there is a team, there is a community. And having a firm commitment to constantly work on recharging oneself during challenging days. I’ve set strong boundaries with people. Especially those with attitudes are more defeated, when I feel low as well. I’ve learned I’m very sensitive to those energies and I don’t ask certain people for advice. I don’t ask advice or encouragement from people who aren’t encouraged. I don’t take advice from those that project their limited beliefs to me to validate the prison of limitations they have built for themselves.
I pray for them and create a boundary to take of my peace of mind.
I started Le Divina after my dad had passed because making candles was a distraction for me, it was something to help me heal. And over time it did, it reminded me of my own value. Of the power of spirituality and consistent action. I started selling the products and over time got placed in stores. We are continuing to grow, and what makes my heart full is how people share our products are a part of their mental health rituals, self care and creative practices. It makes me feel good that I can give a giant hug of bright light from afar to those that need to be reminded to keep going.
I wanted to have a premium fragrance candle line that incorporated intention setting. I do send an intention to our crystals that they bring light to the receiver. I added angel numbers and the chakras to unite the classic candles we carry.
I want the world to know Le Divina is named after my mother, her name meaning “the divine” and it is intended to be a community of ritual products to inspire. It truly is created from the heart.
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 mom was in town, I would take her to my favorite eateries “Petty Cash, Catch LA, Umami burger, Tu Madre on Larchmont, Woo Hyang Woo in Korea Town.”
We would go to the Getty Villa in Malibu then go grab a meal at Duke’s in Malibu. Another day we would go do a spa day and take her to The Now spa and then walk around the Farmer’s Marketplace at the Grove which she loves to go to.
We may go to dinner at Yamashiro’s then go to Magic Castle and watch some great shows.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
“Sometimes you have to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything – whatever is bringing you down – get rid of it. Because you will find that when you are free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” — Tina Turner