We had the good fortune of connecting with Beverly Magtanong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beverly, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
As a mother of 5 children (ages 13, 9, 5, 4 and 1), plus owning and running a business, balance is definitely a challenge. For me, balance doesn’t exist in the traditional sense of all things having an equal amount of my attention at all times. On top of continuing to grow the business and daily demands at home with 5 kids, my two eldest are in school and have various competitive activities that take up a significant amount of time.
There are a couple of things that get me through:
1. Accepting that not all things are going to have equal amount of attention all the time and that’s okay!
It’s about choosing what is a matter of priority at that given moment. Sometimes there are situations with the children that require my undivided attention, so work with Mostra gets put on the shelf for the time being. Then there are times when Mostra work will need my undivided attention and it will take me away from the kids. Other times I need a break from it all and everything gets dropped so that I can create space for myself. That last one is incredibly important and something I’ve truly embraced this past year. Self/Soul care is an integral part of feeling that “balance”.
2. Find a support system.
Having a big, amazing family and owning a business has been an ultimate dream of mine come true. But to truly do all the things, a solid support system is absolutely needed. I am fortunate that my husband is an amazing partner and father to our kids. We switch off with taking care of them throughout the day quite often so that we can both have time to work. Our families comes through to help with the kids or help with things around the house like laundry. It truly takes a village! Every bit of help allows me to create more space to think and helps me increase my capacity.
Having it all is absolutely possible when you start to redefine what balance means for yourself, and when you receive the support that allows you to accomplish all of the things you are passionate about.
Alright, What was your first professional career?
This is always a great question because people often find my first career to be random and unrelated to coffee.
I am a classical singer. I started training when I was 13, and I attended The Boston Conservatory in Boston, MA, where I graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Music in Classical Vocal Performance. I spent some time singing in Boston and Colorado, and eventually moved to San Diego where I opened my voice studio.
When my best friend and business partner, Jelynn, and I decided to pursue Mostra, it definitely raised some eyebrows. I’m a singer and Jelynn was a TV Host and Actress in Hollywood. But…I can tell you this – I think the fact that we are performers is one of our greatest strengths as entrepreneurs. Being a stage or film performer means constantly being vulnerable. Judgment, criticism, and rejection are just a few things that come with the territory. You must have thick skin to survive those industries.
The same goes with being an entrepreneur. You need to be able to take the punches (and there are a lot of them on the entrepreneurial journey). You need to be able to feel through all the hardship and maintain a certain level of performance. I am so incredibly grateful for my performance background because I have been able to apply everything I know to my business.
My point: don’t think experiences in your life are a waste. You may pursue one career and find yourself in a completely different one a few years later. It is okay! Those experiences have happened for a reason and have given you insight and perspective that I can guarantee will help in the next phase of your life. The joy is in the journey, trust the process, and live your BEST life!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, it’s San Diego….so the first thing I think about is the beach!!! I’d take my friend to Torrey Pines, Del Mar, and Encinitas. You can’t visit San Diego and not have Mexican food! Lolitas or a Carmel Mountain ranch favorite…jalapeños. Ironside Fish&Oyster, Monarch Ocean Pub are a couple of my favorites. And for coffee…Mostra Coffee of course!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well, there is more than one person I would like to shout out to. My family, along with my partners’ families, all financially contributed to us when we first started. We wouldn’t have been able to get this business off the ground without their love and support. When we decided to expand outside of our production facility and into our first and second retail locations, we had a handful of people who loaned us money. Their belief in our brand and product is something we will never forget. Lastly, thank you to our parents and grandparents for making the ultimate sacrifice and immigrating out of the Philippines to give us opportunity. Their love and sacrifice is what fuels us to return the favor by continuing to grow Mostra, purchase more Philippine coffee, and provide sustainable livelihoods to the farmers ♥.
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