We had the good fortune of connecting with Mishele Revelo Walston and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mishele, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Just like Goldilocks, the best fit is finding your balance. We have a saying in Spanish that roughly translates to : shine the candle to your saint not as bright that it burns it or as light that you can’t see him. Finding balance in life is thought but worth it. Everything in life must be balanced. You can wake up in the morning and have a tea with an angel and then have a wine with the devil. It is easy to be on one side and criticize the other. The key is being able to understand and get along with your shadow.

What should our readers know about your business?
My business started as early as 9 years old when I wanted to sell candy at my school for money. I thought I could make some change while buying product bulk and then re- selling. Back then I didn’t realize that I was already an entrepreneur. During my university years I was struggling financially and cooked some food and sold it to be able to make some money for transportation. I sold sandwiches and plantain pastries. It was not very lucrative but it gave me some money to live by.
In Ecuador I realized it was better to be an employee than a business owner if you lacked some money so I decided to make some money first. I worked at Mc Donald’s as my first job. It paid 0.89 cents per hour! I made about 80 dollars a month. Quickly I realized I could apply for higher paid jobs and got to work for DirecTV. I made a huge jump to $600 dollars per month. Then there was an opportunity to go to Colombia. I guess, my success is rooted in being a gypsy. Taking the opportunities as they come and never staying still. I went to live in Bogota and started working at a hotel, school, dancing flamenco, etc. That is when another opportunity came along to work with the US Embassy. I spoke English and took the challenge! I remember struggling to understand what was said. I overcame the struggle and then I had fun with all my American colleagues. That is when I met my husband, another challenge. I left colombia to live in the US and the rest is history. Two years ago I decided to open a business. I had no idea what I would be but the decision was made. After that the universe took over and the doors just opened like a blooming flower. We needed up getting a drink trailer and turned it into The Elk Brew, Coffee Co. a mobile coffee trailer. We don’t even drink coffee!!! What I learned was that I spent 25 years trying to make a decision and once I made it everything worked out. The hardest part is to decide to do whatever it is you want to do. Once you say “ok, I am ready” then all falls into place.

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?
Arizona is full of surprises. I would start at the Grand Canyon! Hike it and enjoy it for two days so you can fully take in the beauty and energy of this place. Then I would go to Sedona. A paradise of peaceful redness. Home of the vortices of energy is a must. Then I would take them to Cave Creek, a small town in north Phoenix. Awesome to eat, stroll and have some fun. Finally I would end up in downtown Phoenix where they would enjoy a good play at the theater and some great dinner options plus a comedy show!

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?
Gosh ! Where do I start? At the beginning I guess… credit to life itself for creating me through my parents. My mother Mireya and my father Joffre. Then I thank my stepfather Enrique. He believed in education and family values that now I carry with me. My grandmother Mimi! She was my second mother. My family in general, my friends, everyone who believed I could. I thank the ones who doubted me too. I think I got more successful trying to prove them wrong … lol!! I thank my bright and dark side. I thank my husband and partner in crime Ian who also was key in becoming who I am now. I think I owe credit to everyone who crossed my path at any time. Thanks

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