We had the good fortune of connecting with Mia George and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mia, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
CURATED…for the CULTURE! is a dream realized…a passion project of sorts…that was birthed from my innate calling and my own need to connect, find safe spaces that allowed me to heal, express myself fully and authentically, unlearn toxic mindsets, deepen my pride in my African/African-American heritage and in the Black community, find joy, embody peace, have fun, and create community.
I had to navigate one of the most heartbreaking times in my entire life in 2019. As I navigated my pain and healing, I learned that my experiences and traumas were personal but, sadly, not unique.
I learned that my yearning for deep-rooted healing and connection with others in the Black community wasn’t isolated or far-fetched…but real, shared, and necessary.
I learned that my voice, my wisdom, my unique love and inner-light were not only appreciated, but impactful.
As more and more people from my community came to me hoping to find a safe space…to feel seen, heard, honored, and lovingly guided…I realized that my dream to create these spaces was slowly…in its own divine way…coming to fruition.
In November 2021 I bravely took a leap into the unknown and brought CURATED…for the CULTURE! to life!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Creative always, but by day…I am a BSN RN PHN!🩺
I have been doing this sacred work of Registered Nursing for 17+ years. I began my career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 7 years later, I moved on to a Pediatric Outpatient Clinic. And 8 years after that, I transitioned to a local school district where I currently manage the health needs of 4-5 school sites, collaborate to maintain district-wide COVID-19 protocols & compliance, and provide knowledge-based support & guidance to the district as a whole.
My extensive medical background and healthcare experience gives me a unique opportunity to view and advocate for healing and wellness from a genuinely holistic perspective.
Being in this field…as a Black Woman…has inevitably tested and strengthened my resolve. There were so many people who tried to break me down, so I would give up on this career…and even give up on myself. It began in Nursing school. And I continue to encounter this type of mistreatment even to this day.
In EVERY place of work…including currently…I was the first and often times the ONLY Black person on the care team.
Being misunderstood, mistreated, undermined, discriminated against, abused, dismissed, retaliated against, bullied, and disrespected…has come to be expected.
However, as I have and continue to heal from the traumatic work experiences I have suffered through, I have found my inner-strength AND my ability to relentlessly advocate for myself (and others) in the face of unwarranted mistreatment.
Today, I am able to hold people accountable for their words and actions, while maintaining my peace, self-respect, and healthy boundaries.
“Fresh out of Nursing School” me would be so proud of the RN and woman I am today!
I recall these lived experiences and the wisdom gained as I encourage and teach others how to prioritize their self-love, self-respect, self-care, healing, healthy boundaries, joy, and their community through my CURATED…for the CULTURE! events.
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?
I love this question, because people who know me know that I looooove to plan experiences and create itineraries!
Ok, so for a week long trip in San Diego here’s what I’d plan:
Brunch + Mimosas at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Live Music at Soul Sunday (Quartyard)
Coffee + Pastries at The Hamlett Coffee Shop (Lemon Grove)
Beach Stroll + picnic at La Jolla Shores
Museums + nature walks at Balboa Park
Tacos + Margaritas at Kings & Queens Cantina
Visit Casa del Rey Moro + tour Old Town
Soul Food at Coop’s BBQ
Spa treatments at Urban Calm Spa
Dinner + Drinks + Dessert at The Crack Shack
Shopping at Fashion Valley Mall
Dinner at Underbelly
Cocktails + Music at Part Time Lover
Shopping at Little Italy Farmers Market
Create a yummy to-go cookie box from Maya’s Cookies
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?
I’d like to dedicate my ShoutOut to my Mother!
My Mother is my first love…my first healer…my first protector…my first friend…my gentle, yet fierce advocate…my backbone of support, when I simply don’t know how I’ll be able to do…hope…trust… love…sacrific…or even exist anymore.
I am…because she is.
Other: Email: email@example.com
Solo photo of Mia by Unruly Joy Photography