Ami Vega is a mother & a celebrity manicurist hailing from Washington Heights, NYC. As the child of immigrants, Ami feared potential judgement surrounding her unorthodox carees choice. It wasn’t until she found the strength to seek support that she realized she wasn’t alone. Because of this realized actualization, Ami has cultivated an uber successful career creating incredible nail art for people from all over the world.Read More
We've been thinking a lot about the concept of help. WORD is a woman owned business and in our experience, we, along with a lot of our fellow Goddess community, always seem to have a hard time asking AND accepting help. So, we are excited to launch The Thread; a series that examines how and why we do or don't ask for help. We’ve tapped into the hearts of women and asked them to share moments where they’ve asked for help, personal and professional.
We hope this series will encourage you to allow yourself to ask and receive help. Only when we truly surrender to our needs do we begin to heal and grow.
Veronica Tolentino, President of dude. be nice.
Veronica is a truly passionate and compassionate woman. Some may call her an empath, but best believe, she also takes no shit! Her efforts to make the world a better and more fair place are exhibited through her love for her family, support of her community and fearless ability to have those hard conversations with grace and intelligence. Like many of us, Veronica’s path is complex and filled with many lessons. The work never ends but what matters is that we are doing it. Take a peek below and feel free to reach out to her or leave notes in the comments. Remember, take care of yourself.
Name: Veronica Tolentino
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Career: President at dude. be nice / Founder at Loud
When was the first time in your life that you realized you needed help?
I come from a very large family where I learned at a very young age helping each other and helping others is always necessary. I actually can't remember a time when asking for help or helping others wasn't a necessity.
Where or who did you find support from?
I have a found a new and strong support in myself after going back to therapy and doing some serious self exploration. I feel supported when spending in-person time with the communities I belong to. I find support in my husband, my parents, my brothers and my closest friends.
Has it been difficult to find support in your career journey? Share a story where you’ve felt supported.
It depends on which point in my career we're speaking to! Early on, I felt very lost and unsupported. I've had bosses who spent more time being threatened by my work and personality than investing in my talents. I've had times when I've been my own worst enemy, telling myself I couldn't or shouldn't or that I wasn't good enough. Later, as I learned where to seek support and how to manage my own expectations, I've found it easier to find support. I recently decided to start a new business, and I've been both terrified and excited. When I opened up to friends and close family about the idea, they've lifted me up, reminded me that I was capable and have cheered me on at every literal step of the way. I've been blown away. I have found so much comfort in their words and actions and in the gratitude I've felt.
What advice would you give to someone who is afraid to ask for help?
Ask yourself why you're afraid to ask for help. Then address that. Head on. There are a million reasons we're afraid to ask for help and generally they're tied to parts of our spirit that need some attention. Once you can begin to work to free yourself of that, you'll find it easier to ask for and receive help. I've found that turning the mirror back to me generally provides the answer to any situation.
Two things fuel us at WORD: snacks and music. Here we will share the music that gets us going. If you're lucky, we'll one day share the snacks that keep us going :)
Check out our Spotify playlist below. Subscribe, share and submit music for consideration here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devi Brown Partners with Nordstrom for Retailer's First In-Store Crystal Collection! As of today, Nordstrom, will begin carrying three specialty crystal pouches in 40 Nordstrom stores across the US & Canada. The beautifully packaged gemstones, are an offering from Devi’s wellness brand, Karma Bliss. The Dharma Bliss Bag, Love Bliss Bag & Vitality Bliss Bag will also be available online for anyone interested in seeking a higher frequency. Conscious shoppers need apply.Read More
In the spirit of community and sisterhood, we are taking the month of December to honor & spotlight 25 women who have supported WORD in our inaugural year. Some of these women are clients, some are collaborators and some are people we can always call on in moments of stress and celebration. These women are our heroes and role models, so hover over each beautiful face below & get into our 25 Days of #WORDWomen!Read More
The Creator Shirt features the word “WOMAN” in 9 different languages as a way to symbolize our belief that feminism is intersectional: that women of every race, gender identity, culture, deserve adequate health care.
25% of Creator Shirt proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood.Read More
"I am strong. I am powerful. I am beautiful." This is the mantra spoken in moments of doubt by Ryan Pierce, the brilliant and conflicted character played by Regina Hall in Girls Trip - the cinematic masterpiece of 2017 which I am proud to say I have seen 3 times. No. Shame.
Ryan's character seemed to have it all but we soon find out that like many women, she is struggling to keep it together while secretly battling an internal struggle - be perfect or be real. Thankfully, she has a badass band of hilarious and strong women to help her see the light - life is hard, no one is perfect and you don't have to go it alone. Ugh, Girls Trip is just the BEST MOVIE EVER. If you haven't seen it, get. your. life. honey.
Affirmations are positive, specific statements that help you to overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. They help you visualize, and believe in, what you're affirming to yourself, helping you to make positive changes to your life and career. The idea of affirmations has always been intriguing to me, however, let's be real, I don't actually tell myself I'm great everyday - but I do believe I should. While cliché, the concept that you must be your biggest fan is 100% true. I have my daily routine which brings me joy but maybe it's time to wake up every morning and affirm my greatness. Because I am great and so are you. Yea, that's mad corny but you know what? Positivity is MAGIC and it does work so no shame in this game. Shine on like the Queen (or King) you are.
As part of our community inclusion here at WORD, we talked to a few women about their daily affirmations and while not everyone believes in this type of visualization, it's safe to say that women with purpose are also women with a purposeful practice.
Jessica Flores - Director of LATAM for Musically, Los Angeles
Gabi Richmond Laub - Momma + Experiential Marketer at Shopify, Los Angeles
Vanessa James - Founder of VJMedia. Radio Vet, VO Actor, Curator of Travel & Lifestyle content, Miami
Lily Stone - Founder of Red Dot Culture, Philadelphia
Sadye Campoamor - Mother & Director of Community Affairs at the NYC Department of Education
Katherine Castro - Actress, Los Angeles
Ana Flores - Momma + Founder of We All Grow Latina, Los Angeles
Starting your own business is tough as is - starting a business that is morally sound yet still pays the bills? That's Mt. Kilimanjaro right there! So to maintain our sanity (which is a task we must handle everyday, sometimes a few times a day!) we must develop tools for survival. One of these is tapping into our community for advice and support. And let me tell you, our community is bomb.com - there is no better group of people!Read More
Beneath uncertainty lies adventure. Beneath fear lies an opportunity to show yourself your strength. Seize the day, seize it most when you are uncertain and afraid.Read More