We had the good fortune of connecting with Steven and Ebony Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steven and Ebony, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My husband and I are planners about everything lol. Being together for 16 years, we know each other pretty well. And the one thing that we always agree on is being careful with our resources.
When Covid started to spread, specifically where we are native from (Detroit) it hit really hard and faster than anyone could ever anticipate. Within weeks from the mention of the pandemic, we found ourselves mourning family members sudden deaths, being isolated from everyone we loved, and being laid off from careers we held over 10 years. This sudden change in our lives, became the very training we needed to start looking at our personal and professional lives objectively.
We started to critically think about the type of life we wanted to live, and how we can turn our passion of helping others into a movement. When the country started to return to normality, we didn’t! Over the last year, our perspective changed on taking risk, following our heart, and aligning energies.
Late April of this year, I visited Arizona for the first time and it was captivating. But what was more remarkable, was being around so many thriving business owners who were finding their voice through enterprise.
So after a few days of visiting, I asked my husband could he leave everything behind to be a part of something new and exciting. Two weeks later, we found ourselves selling everything we owned, putting our house on the market, packed up our Ford Bronco, grabbed the two fur babies and traveled West for 40 hours.
4 months later post risking it all, we opened a small business hub in Downtown Phoenix were small business owners and professionals can hussle and meditate on their endeavors!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Sometimes we glamourize being a small business owner. We talk about having more time or more independence but never the sacrifices made on the daily basis.
The truth is that owning your own business is rewarding but can be very stressful. We get so caught up with our long term goals that we don’t take the time to take care of ourselves in the interim.
That’s the very purpose behind Hussle and Meditate.
It’s a place to work on your professional aspirations while resting your mind and spirit.
Hussle and Meditate is a collective space that promotes spiritual health while in the mist of pursuing your professional endeavors. From top of the line co-working spaces, private mediation oasis with massage lounge chairs, a place to host meetings and trainings, business coaching, spiritual readings, and much more.
As small business owners ourselves, we know how it feels to work until you are burned out. It’s nothing fun or liberating about trading in your 9-5pm to find out you are even more stressed doing it all your own. So we have adopted the mantra “Master Today”. It keeps us focused on our daily objectives, lessen our anxiety about the unknowns, and build confidence that we are moving forward in an intentional direction.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So my favorite Hotel to stay in the Downtown Phoenix area is the Renaissance! I’m a huge Starbucks fans and love its one in the hotel. I love walking around to see the art murals and art deco that makes Downtown pop! I would visit the mom and pops shops all over the area. From trinkets, body care, crystals, and everything else everybody can find something. One of the days I’ll probably travel to Tempe, where I can enjoy a buffet of delicious daiquiris from Fat Tuesday. Or Sodalicious for a more of sobriety experience.
A place I’m looking forward to trying is Breakfast Bitch in Phoenix.
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?
We have an incredible support system back home that have encouraged us all the way! A few people to mention is my mom, Dr. Sonya D. Ross Butler, our Detroit business manager Danielle Stewart, our private social club, and countless friends and associates.
We will like to especially thank our new friends at Local First AZ for all of the help, resources, and opportunities they have given us! And the first couple who embraced us day one in Arizona Tom and Kym Welton from Primerica .