We had the good fortune of connecting with Nataly Tavidian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nataly, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
I think as an entrepreneur I have struggled with choosing that ‘one thing.’ In college, I couldn’t decide on a degree so I took on a double major. One of them being ‘interdisciplinary studies’ with a focus on mass media and communications studies, and the other, political science. This meant I basically took all the courses that interested me and I was able to learn a little bit about a lot. I was very confident in this decision although a guidance counselor told me I shouldn’t do this because ‘I wouldn’t graduate in 4 years.’ Well I did it! Completing a double major in 4 years with several great television, magazine and radio internships, a job, and extracurriculars under my belt. When it came time to dive into the real world, the world wanted me to choose just ‘one thing.’ The most important decision was telling myself that it’s okay to have many interests that bring in an income. I don’t have to choose just one thing. I am passionate about storytelling so I bring that into my @143jewelry and @CTFineJewelry business and the podcast. I am a creative person, so I bring that into my marketing and content creation work. I love on-camera work so I get on LIVE conversations and continue story telling where I am able to. I love to dance and to teach so I teach aerobics classes. It’s okay to love many things and pour yourself into many passions. The acceptance of that is a choice I had to make for myself to thrive in all my endeavors.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Hey Heart 143 (www.heyheart143.com) is a podcast that brings self love to the table. 143 Jewelry (www.143Jewelry.com) is a small jewelry business that reminds you to put self love and self care first because that I believe is selfless. This brand was not easy to create. I wouldn’t have been able to launch the jewelry line without the help of the parent company, literally my parent CT Fine Jewelry (www.CTFIneJewelry.com). I was able to create my brand only after a lot of reflecting and meditating. Sometimes inspiration comes to us when we are not looking for it. Hey Heart 143 which literally means hey heart, I love you, came to me during a shamanic healing breath meditation in nature. I was laying on the grass surrounded by a few of my healer training classmates and the words “hey heart, I love you” came to me louder than anything else has ever come in a meditation. I brought my personal story of heartache and heartbreak into the picture and used my experiences to teach others of the various methods of healing. I attended a healer training that helped me bring my heart to the forefront. I aim to keep telling stories that inspire healing and self love. https://podcasts.apple.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I LOVE California. My favorite part of it is California’s Central Coast. It’s about a three hour drive north from Los Angeles. I lived there for three years. It truly felt like home. More than any place I have ever lived. I would take my friend to Pismo Beach. The day would look like this. Leave Los Angeles – Make the first stop in beautiful Santa Barbara. Visit the Old Mission in Santa Barbara and grab food on State Street and continue north. As we continue north, make a stop off the freeway, off the beaten path at a small family owned organic farm where you can feed farm animals, pick berries, pick up organic fruit and continue north. The Classic Organic Farm is about 40 miles north of Santa Barbara south of Buellton off of highway 101. The historic country road is a beautiful and relaxing stop. Last stop before heading into the 5-cities area and now entering San Luis Obispo County stop at a winery with breathtaking views named Laetitia Vineyard & Winery. Also, if you stop in Nipomo next, ask the locals where the best barbecue spot is, if you’re into that. They’ll know exactly where to point you. A good nighttime spot is Sycamore Springs Hot Springs in Avila. The next day a good start is kayaking and paddle boarding to the lighthouse, and exploring local wineries like Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards. It’s a beautiful small family owned winery. Night time we’d check out downtown San Luis Obispo and return the next day. I feel relaxed and zen thinking of this trip. Please give it a try.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Family and mentors. My dad always tells me ‘aloneness only suits God.’ I only began to understand that the further I got into my career as a TV journalist, as an entrepreneur, as a jewelry designer, and as a student of the universe. I did the work, yes, but I also learned where to go for guidance. First off, my family has been supportive every step of the way. When I packed up my bags and moved to a small town in Nebraska in my early 20s, they didn’t understand why I had to leave LA, but supported me in every way. I connected with incredible mentors as I went. From my managing editor (shoutout to George Kiriyama) in Santa Maria, to friends and entrepreneurs like Yolando Mitchell Brown (My Creative Space in Burbank) who pushed me to start my podcast among other amazing training/advice, and countless others in the business who gave me guidance. I owe so much of my success to the amazing people that came my way, every step of the way. I feel very blessed to have always been surrounded by supportive management and co-workers. It really makes all the difference.
Website: www.natalytavidian.com | www.CTFineJewelry.com | www.143Jewelry.com
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