We had the good fortune of connecting with Mika Leah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mika, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I had come to a crossroads in my career, one direction was traditional – steady job, steady paycheck, the harder I worked the more money I made for someone else, and I wasn’t always available for my family. The other direction was completely unknown – not sure how to get new clients, didn’t know when the money would come or how to pay myself. The upside was that how hard I worked was directly correlated to how much money I had the potential to make AND I could control my own schedule – I could take off work whenever I wanted to have coffee with a friend, go for a walk with my mom, take an impromptu family vacation or attend a school performance for my kids.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career has been a jungle gym and was never a ladder. I went from being in Media with major advertising companies to a hot stent as an Event Planner & Sales Manager for Hard Rock Cafe (Beverly Center/Las Vegas/Universal City Walk). Then over to Newsweek in ad sales to Conde Nast to Washington Post Digital. Back to the agency side as a Media Director then to a start up as a Project Manager. Then I launched Goomi Group – a health & wellness company in 2015. Five years later, I am launching my second company – Buxxomly – the revolution in Liftwear Lingerie! The lesson I have learned along the way is to never give up and have faith in the Universe. Things always work out the way that they are supposed to work out for you. Live a life you love and don’t wait for anything to be happy, be happy with the life you have in this moment.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A great day in LA: Start the day with a walk up to Baldwin Hills Scenic Lookout for a 360 view of Los Angeles. Now that you have worked up an appetite, head to over to 26th Beach for breakfast options a plenty. After breakfast, spend some time walking the Venice Canals ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the fancy houses and then stroll up and down Abbott Kinney. Hungry again? Grab a slice of bagel crust pizza at Abbott’s Pizza or sit down on the outside patio at Gjelina for an afternoon cocktail and small bites. Then take a short drive (or walk) over to the Santa Monica Pier for some good people watching and take in the ocean breeze. Drive up the coast on PCH if you are feeling adventurous and find a spot of beach along the way to sit and watch the waves or go for a stroll – and watch the sunset and surfers along the way.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the amazing mentors and encouragement and support that I have received in the past 5 years. Thank you to everyone who helped me get here. To my mom for showing me what it is to be a Mom and a Boss that gets it done. To my best friends, Sara Evans and Stephanie Brimmer, for telling me to get a “real job” because I had a family to support as a single mom – this was what pushed me forward because I’m stubborn and all I wanted to do was prove them wrong. To Beth Greve for showing me that women have a voice in the corporate world and to always ask for what you want, and for introducing me to Meesh! Meesh Pierce has been my lighthouse that I seek out every time I get lost, and she always points me in the right direction – connecting me with another amazing #GirlBoss to inspire me to the next level. To my team of badass women: Shannon Wittman, Terri Kenney, Sierra Smith, Cherisse Stoin, and TJ Verma – without you, Goomi would cease to exist. To Barri Carian for you wisdom and candor, telling me what I need to hear – even if I don’t want to hear it. To Crystal Egger, Tracy Keyser, Kate Nowlan, Stella Inger Escobedo, and Shawn Casey-White for being my inspiration. Finally, to my husband Garvey Daniels for never letting me quit or give up – no matter how much I cried or complained – and for always being my rock to ground me and to hold on to, I love you.
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