We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Herrera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
My podcast, Mimosa Sisterhood, is helping to rebuild the female connection by celebrating the unique lives of women throughout history. We live in a world that pits women against each other, pushing us to judge and compete. My podcast creates a safe place for women to connect, relate, laugh, heal, and find support through those that lived before us, as well as those living alongside us today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I launched my podcast without any prior experience in broadcast media or audio engineering. I spent 3 months researching, studying, and teaching myself every aspect of the job. I’ve made countless mistakes along the way, but I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve created and how much I’ve learned and grown over the years. This podcast is so much more than a creative hobby, it’s a personal therapy session. Every time I research the life of a woman from history, I’m almost moved to tears by the bravery, determination, hardship, and strength in each of their stories. I feel so much more connected to women as a whole and I’ve become far more empathetic, compassionate, and understanding in my own life. In addition, my podcast has connected me to so many incredible women across the globe, many of which have reached out to express their love and support. I feel eternally grateful for all the positivity that’s been brought to my life as a result of creating this female empowered platform.
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.
As a southern California local, I’d take my guest to several different cities along the west coast. I’d start off at the El Segundo Brewing Company, my favorite neighborhood brewery on Main Street in the charming downtown area of El Segundo. Next, we’d head to the LBC, my hometown, for some stand-up paddleboarding in the bay followed by some thrift shopping on Retro Row. San Clemente would be our third stop to enjoy a beautiful sunset and some fish tacos on the pier. Lastly, we’d end our day in Ocean Beach, San Diego to attend an Electric Waste Band show at Winton’s where we’d enjoy copious amounts of beer, a few joints, and some awesome music!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to shout out Ann Shen, illustrator and author of the book Bad Girls Throughout History. I received this book for Christmas in 2017, which brought me joy during the worst year of my life. I’d experienced quite a bit of trauma that year and was in a really dark place, suffering from low self-esteem and depression. This book changed my life for the better. It helped heal my wounded heart, rebuild self-confidence, and rebuild self-love. Within a month, I was inspired to launch my podcast to tell the life stories of women throughout history with the intent to uplift, inspire, and empower women, the same way Ann Shen’s book helped empower me.
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