We had the good fortune of connecting with Luisa Molano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luisa, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
Leaving home at eighteen after saying ‘no’ to an arranged marriage – two weeks before the wedding.
I was raised Pentecostal and to be a good girl. I did as I was told out of fear for the wrath of God and at 17 the pastor said that God spoke to him and that I was to marry a man 19 years older than me. We ‘dated’ for a year, until I turned 18 and then set about preparing for the wedding.
Two weeks before the wedding I woke up and decided I couldn’t go through with it. I couldn’t walk down the aisle and say “I do’ when I didn’t. I sat my parents down and told them. It was difficult to go against what I perceived at the time was my parents, the church and even God.
It was also the best decision of my life to that point because I was free from the religious indoctrination that I had been a part of and I was able to see how I was a sovereign human, capable of creating and living my life – my way.
What should our readers know about your business?
As a business mentor and mental health advocate, I see my work in the world as a blend of teaching, facilitating dealing, and helping others to see that the journey of being an entrepreneur GETS to be fun, emotionally energizing, and through an understanding of your brain, emotions, and self – simple.
What sets me apart from others is that I do not take my clients through a system or pre-set curriculum. Rather, I help them explore and unpack their heart’s deepest desires and then build a plan to consciously move towards that.
I am most proud of building a business that helps better align to THEIR heart and purpose because everyone has the perfect system these days and I help people do more of THEM.
I got to where I am business-wise by embracing my humanity and remembering who the f*ck I am, every day. By embracing the journey and being gentle with myself along the way.
It’s this approach to life and living that has helped me overcome challenges and helped me see along the way that community is so important as an entrepreneur.
That we aren’t meant to life alone, we were never meant to. When I started to embrace community, I opened my heart to life and impact so much more because I wasn’t hiding behind me desire to ‘do it all myself’. That s*it was lonely.
I want everyone to know that it’s always been you. YOU are who you need, everything and everyone else is simply icing on the cake that is you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
St. Petersburg is amazing and there are so many great spots to visit. I’d say that we’d start our day with brunch and The Library then head to the beach for a stroll on the sand and some laughter along the water. There’s something about the water that is so soothing and restorative. Then, we’d head back downtown for dinner at Tropez for the best tapas-style meal you’ve ever had.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to recognize a few people. The first is my husband who doesn’t just love me for who I am, but also supports and encourages my growth and dreams. It’s one thing to be loved by another and it’s a totally different thing to grow and be loved alongside another. I would also like to recognize my life purpose mentor, Mike Valentine who was the first person I worked with in 2015 when I committed to living my life on purpose. His guidance and support those first few (bumpy) years is something I will never forget. He taught me that there we are here to BE love, above all else. In terms of books, The Alchemist and the Four Agreements are two of my favorite books on life, living and purpose. They are the kind of books that you re-read every few years and they speak to you differently each time.