We had the good fortune of connecting with MaJhane Dill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi MaJhane, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think risk-taking is a part of the life experience if you want to live fully. When we color inside the lines, it leaves a pretty picture, but what does it say about the artist? That they know how to follow the rules? That they can tow the edge of the line without fear of crossing over? Sure. But what about the artist that decides to paint outside the lines or rewrite the lines entirely? I’m not saying that following the rules is bad or the wrong way to live; it’s just not very exciting. I want to live an exciting life. Because of this, risk has played a significant role in my career. This pandemic, the Pixar movie “Soul,” and my overall need to push my boundaries and believe in myself have landed me in the position to start my own business. If you arent familiar, Soul is a movie about a band teacher who discovers the importance of living in the moment and being grateful for what’s already there. This movie opened my eyes to the reality that I already have so much going for me. Why should I allow the risks to keep me from moving forward? There are so many “what ifs” surrounding the possibilities of success in my business, but I firmly believe that I’ll never lose if I believe in myself.
What should our readers know about your business?
The (ISM) is an extension of my podcast, continuing the message of mindfulness. The ISM stands for Intentional, Sincere, and Mindful, which is the foundation for my podcast. What will set my business apart from others is that it’s more like a lifestyle. I’ll be selling hand-crafted specialty milk carton bottles that have affirmations on them. The idea is that as you “fill your cup” with your cold beverage, you are also filling it with the affirmations displayed on the bottle. When you drink from the bottle, you are also taking in those affirmations and living in your truth.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m probably the worst tour guide when it comes to showing people the city’s beauty because I spend most of my time at home. But in a perfect, COVID-free world, we would hit the beach, a hiking trail, a rooftop bar overlooking downtown San Diego, and the taco shop. The beach is a prominent place to visit, but instead of taking them to Mission beach, I would take them to Black’s beach for a surprising treat. I love to hike, and San Diego has so many beautiful hikes to offer, but I feel like Devils Punch Bowl, or Potato Chip are so memorable that they are a must. Rooftop bars make me feel like a real adult, so a trip isn’t complete without visiting ALTITUDE Sky Lounge. Lastly, I would do a tour de taco shop where we go to as many as possible and debate which one is the best in the city (to avoid an argument, I won’t disclose which one my favorite is haha).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My immediate family has been an enormous support system for me; it would have been a struggle without their constant support. I want to take this time to give my older brother his flowers for encouraging me every step of the way in this podcast journey. My brother was the first person I told when I considered starting a podcast when I graduated from SDSU. As a grad present, he bought me a mic to show his support. Even though it took me two years afterward to finally use it, his proactivity gave me the confidence boost I needed to make it happen. To this day, he still supports me by pushing me to be consistent with my content, buying me a camera to record youtube videos, and encouraging me to start my own business. I am very fortunate to have an older brother who sees my potential and pushes me until I see it too.
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