We had the good fortune of connecting with Sheila Browder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sheila, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
YaMaya’s Gift LLC was created out of a desire to NOT follow in the footsteps of many I know, who depend on multiple prescription medications to feel “normal” daily.
What should our readers know about your business?
YaMaya’s Gift LLC specializes in medicinal tea blends, organic herbs, and supplements. What I find most exciting are the different uses each herb has, for example fennel seeds are a popular spice but they are also AMAZING for digestive issues. So much so I’ve suffered from acid reflux since middle school, I was able to completely stop taking antacids by simply adding fennel water to my day. I got where I am today by #1 (excuse me) knowing my shit, I study herbs front and back therfore I am able to create effective blends that WORK. #2 Because of #1 I’ve helped so many that word of mouth has gotten me into spaces I never thought I’d see. Was it easy, NO what I’ve learned in business is that you don’t know what you don’t know until you’ve spent A LOT of money doing it the wrong way. Lessons?? I’ve learned that being “self made” is only a flex if you don’t have qualified people around you. Yes, I can and have done it by myself but I cannot be an effective balanced business owner if I’m spread too thin. YaMaya’s Gift LLC has gone through many phases since I started and will continue to grow. My goal is to teach people HOW to healTHYself.
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?
Miami, is known for its Caribbean flair, we’d definitely have to hit up all the good vegan spots Vegetarian Restaurant By Hakin, live life Cafe. We’d hit up the farmers market in The Grove & Palmetto Bay Park. Of course the beaches I love South Beach and Hollywood Beach, definitely visit some nature trails John Pennykamp. And just because it’s Miami we’d have to find a hole in the wall to jook and act like we got on some skates, LOL
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?
Brittany Bell- For seeing YaMaya’s Gift LLC before it even existed and working tirelessly to help take it to the next level. Orisha Oshun (I Am Surviving Vegan)- For her constant support in business and personal life
Dedrick Browder- For seeing the vision and allowing me to turn our home into a store
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