We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Leia’ Love and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Leia’, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk for me is about betting and regreting. What/who am I betting on and what am I willing to regret. I bet on myself everytime- you have to trust that you can depend on yourself not to quit but see it all the way through. I know when I can’t do something and when I have to enlist someone else’s assistance. Then I have to weigh what the regret may be. Will I regret not taking the risk, can I live with not knowing how things may have gone, what outcomes can I not live with. How well can I strategize and how much am I willing to persevere.
Ultimately risk is having faith and trusting God that with every blind step he’ll still catch me if I fall.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started my business 10 years ago. But I’ve been working on it since I was a little girl. I always knew I wanted to have my own business and be in the beauty industry. I’m most proud of surviving the pandemic. It was probably one of the hardest battles I’ve had to face as a owner leading a team, trying to maintain the logistics of the business, work on my own clients and try to keep the 5 staff and over 300 monthly clients healthy and safe, and process the loss of my father all at the same time. I made it through and was able to expand unlike many others that were forced to shut down. I attribute my success to many factors 1. I always kept God first 2. I always asked mentors and other business owners what their biggest failures were so I could learn how to navigate any challenges I would come up against 3. I kept my word to myself that I would never stop learning and believing in my dreams. I don’t think anything in business is easy. I’m a firm believer of the quotes “Anything worth having is worth working for” & “Easy come, easy go.” I’ve taken longer routes (i’m sure some would say) but I built firm foundations and I believe that is why I was able to whether the storm of the pandemic. I want people to know that money can’t be the biggest reason for going into business, because when you hit your rough patches -which will come to any business owner -your love and passion for what your doing have to kick in and take over to keep you motivated to keep pushing forward. If it’s not something you would do for free keep searching until you find it. My brand is about love – Speak with Love, Act with Love and most of all Love yourself. I’m honored that my business has the opportunity to daily reinforce a woman’s most basic desire – to look in the mirror and love who she sees in her reflection. One of the ways I get to do this is by volunteering and teaching a “Love Your Look” class at Stewart’s Caring Place (a local cancer resource facility). Women get to come in and just be a woman playing in makeup learning how to transition through a battle with cancer with grace and style. I’m excited to see what is part of the next chapter of turning 10 years old and how different my business will look in the next 10 years.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I don’t know if Akron is the best time ever lol, but I believe no matter where I am I just love to enjoy life, good food, a nice view and good people. I always get asked this question and I have no “favorite places” I just go where my taste buds lead me for the day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so many mentors that have helped me along the way that know who they are and I appreciate every minute of time and love they have invested into my journey. My mother and sisters have been my backbone of strength and courage on this journey and I want to give them credit for helping with every part of my life and successes. I’m so blessed to have them and I’m grateful for their love and support.