We had the good fortune of connecting with Veronica Kusmuk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Veronica, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
I would say I value honesty and authenticity the most. I think those are things that you can exert into any area of life, whether professionally or personally. To me, making sure that I approach people from a real place and that they feel that they have the space to also be their true selves is very important. Being able to have an open dialogue and to hear different ideas or ways to approach things can only happen if there’s space for others that feels genuine. And I’ve always believed that if you live your life in your most honest and authentic way possible, then others will mirror that back. I hope to always be a resource to someone where they feel they can ask any question or bounce any idea off of. I was lucky to have that as I have moved along in my life and my career and I think it has been the biggest blessing and asset.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been in sales/marketing with the Pacific Coast Business Times for 10 years now and when I look back it feels like, just yesterday, I was starting. Time flies! I’ve learned so much in the last decade…from starting out feeling nervous, to making mistakes and problem solving. It’s been a mixture of fun and hard work and I am grateful I landed where I landed. I wish I could go back and tell myself at the start to relax a little! I was so uptight and worried about doing the “wrong” thing that I stressed myself out too much. Once I realized how supported I was, by our whole team, that’s when I started to really set out and find my work style. This support led to us branching out and starting our podcast. We are an all female, three person team that set out to talk to women who own and run small businesses on the Central Coast. From the beginning we wanted to make sure we provided an authentic platform and that our guests were diverse. Now that we are almost two years in, I’m so proud of the work we have done.
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’d tell them to check out the following local places, all of whom have been a guest on our Charting Her Course podcast 🙂 Tiki Girl Boutique (Ventura) (IG: @shoptikigirl) The Lark/Loquita/Lucky Penny restaurants (all in Santa Barbara) (IG: @thelarksb @loquitasb @luckypennysb ) Club Magic Hour (Ojai). (IG: @clubmagichour) Pura Luna Apothecary (Santa Barbara) (IG: puralunaapothecary)Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to all the women I have worked with and for in my life. Every single one has taught me something and helped me grow. Forever grateful for the mentorship. I soaked up as much as I could. Thank you. To my parents/family/friends….what a group to learn from. I am who I am because of you and all I ever want to do is make you proud. Linda/Vianna…it’s been the most fun doing this podcast with you. Best team, hands down. Girl power is the power.
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