We had the good fortune of connecting with Mimi Mikhael and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mimi, what inspires you?
I am inspired by following all of these unique business women’s. They started from nothing and they’re successful. They talk about how they started and it all comes to being independent. In today’s society a lot of women depend on men, I disagree with that because once a man controls you and you depend on him it goes downhill. I believe in building your own empire with your success.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since my college days, I would always love photography and I was a marketing major, so I needed to blend both of those areas together. While I was in college brands would contact me to promote there products and that’s where I found love for photography/ art. It definitely is not easy, I sometimes still struggle when editing a simple picture but I am super picky when it comes to matching my Instagram color feed. The lessons I learn is not a lot of people will accept but I will always keep going no matter what and basically never give up.

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.
It’s for a week, First place would be a rooftop bar, Mila Rooftop in Glendale, CA. The food and drinks are made middle eastern style and the crowd is for young crowds and at night it turns into nightlife party.. The next restaurant I would take my best friend would be SOL Mexicana cocina, the best for margaritas and Mexican food. And the other days, I would go to Disneyland, that itself is at least 2 days to go to both parks. The next few other days, I would take my best friend to Orange County to try out different middle eastern restaurants and especially the nightlife there is so fun, drinking and dancing the night away. And last but not least I would definitely have something at my house like a girls night wine and cheese and cook for my best friend because it runs in my blood that if someone is visiting we have to cook a feast for them.

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 give a shout-out to my parents for believing in me. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today and also my sisters. One more person, Dhanu, she created Manas Magazine, after writing my first article, “Facing the challenge as a Middle Eastern”me and her have FaceTime life therapy session, basically I can say she’s my life coach.

Website: https://meeemers.wordpress.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meeemers_/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/in/mary-mikhael-228a72101

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