We had the good fortune of connecting with Kiana Baez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kiana, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
Well, 2020 took a huge toll on the entire world; physically, mentally and financially. It impacted my life tremendously, but in the most positive way. Being laid off early in the year, I had to re-invent my career from scratch. It was the only way to form a sustainable source of income to feed my family and invest into my own passions. Being quarantined in the house for weeks at a time was hard to say the least, however, I remained motivated and dedicated to my vision, my innovation and used my social media to advertise such that. I think the most important thing i’ve done as a parent; is to always stay motivated, focused. I am a mother first, but I am so much more as well. 2021 has brought success into my life already! Finding that equal balance of living your best life as a young woman, while handling business and a family, is one of my greatest achievements. It just takes time and again….motivation. My son will know that I never gave up, and that his peace was my number 1 priority. Most people, but especially parents can understand that security and peace of mind are priceless.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always been creative and loved so many things outside of a classroom or office. However, the arts, don’t exactly pay your bills. I have a small child I am responsible for, I couldn’t risk living the struggling artist life. So, I went to college and pursued a degree in special education. I worked in that field for about 4 years before contemplating my future. I wanted more than a 9-5, needed more, my creativity feeds my soul and its what I am doing now that makes me the happiest. So even though I am non-stop 24-7 working, setting meetings, booking events, filling orders, pursuing my Real Estate license and so much more; I’d rather work tirelessly for myself than for anyone else. Tie dye is a never ending trend, and our company (TheToDyeForCo.) takes it to a whole new level. What i’ve learned on my journey is to always conduct good business and the real wealth is positive mental health. Take care of yourself and the loved ones around you and success will naturally follow.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am located in such a central area of the IE it’s perfect to get a glimpse of what SoCal has to offer. Monday- Riverside, Ca: Downtown riverside is full of great food places, like the FoodLab, The Salted Pig, and Saku Ramen. Yum!!! But it also has great culture, from the surrounding neighborhoods, parks and views, the weather is also always pleasant. Tuesday- Ontario, Ca/ Rancho Cucamonga: The Victoria Gardens is a huge outdoor mall that has everything, plus more. The selective restaurants are all equally delicious, The Hat, and the best part Krispy Creme Donuts. It is located about 15-20 minutes from Corona, aka Horseland. Where we could ride horses and watch the sunset from the hills. Wednesday- Los Angeles, Ca: The beach is my favorite place on Earth but something about socal beaches, its more than the water, its a vibe no matter the time of year. Manhattan Beach is my personal fav. But Venice is a must for a first timer, Teddy Red’s tacos are “ToDyeFor”
If it weren’t for Covid, we would hit a late show whether it be an outdoor movie on a rooftop or live band, any genre. La has it all. Thursday- Hollywood, Ca: The star walk, downtown, China Town, Santa Monica Promenade. Friday- San Diego, Ca- Mission Beach: The pier of Mission beach is famous for its handmade ice cream and waffle cones. Definitely an experience. SD has some of the prettiest sunsets i’ve ever seen, and i’ve traveled. Saturday- Anaheim, Ca: Disney Land and downtown Disney are always full of action! We could eat, drink, and stroll Disneyland and California Adventure. Sunday- Back closer to home- San Bernardino, Ca- Really Big Bear, where the hikes lead to waterfalls and painted murals people have left behind. A sense of peace to end a trip.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thelittlebeeandme owner and my co-founder of TheToDyeForCo. Brittany Diaz deserves so much more than a shoutout. She’s the peanut butter to my jelly. I am extremely blessed to bring in all these new ventures with her.