We had the good fortune of connecting with Mika Leah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mika, what role has risk played in your life or career?
After being rushed into emergency heart surgery three weeks after my 33rd birthday, the doctors told me that I was lucky to be alive. I came out of that experience with the realization that life is a gift and that I was now living my “bonus” life. Knowing this has given me the courage to take risks and say, “why the #$%@* not?!” – which led me to start my second company Buxxomly in the midst of a pandemic. I believe that life is a journey, not a destination, so let’s take risks and have fun while we are still alive!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The life on an entrepreneur is not easy, it is a constant rollercoaster or celebrating the wins and then worry where the next paycheck is going to come from. I’ve learned that you need to have a big “WHY” (as Simon Sinek puts it) behind your passion. Your WHY is going to be what pushes you forward and my advice is that the WHY should not be monetary. My WHY with Goomi Group is to help others get healthy and happy, and my WHY for Buxxomly is to encourage women to be confident in the bodies they have – lifting them up in the process. What is your WHY?
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.
I’d start the morning off with a hike to the top of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Lookout to see the city, then we would head over to Bay Cities for lunch, park around 2nd Street then walk down to Venice Beach for the best people watching in the world. After that, we would walk over to the Venice Canals to stroll and dream about the houses we will own one day. Next up would be window shopping on Abbott Kinney and grab dinner at Gjelina. Pefect day in LA done!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicated my Shoutout to my husband, Garvey Daniels, for always believing in me and encouraging me to go after my dreams. To my parents for always being there to pick me up, dust me off, and send me on my way. To my best friends (in no particular order): Sara, Stephanie, Melody, April, Erika, Marisa and to all the women who have mentored me to the success I have today.
Photo Credits: Aelorae Qahlwyn