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Inspiring Conversations with Cristina Pelaez of Mind Matter Shop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cristina Pelaez.

Hi Cristina, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I have always been very creative and expressive, which led me to pursue an education in interior design. However, once I graduated and entered the workforce, I realized that there was very little room for self-expression in the industry I was in. It left me unfulfilled and as I was searching for something else, I realized the impact that my surroundings had on me and how easily they could either lift me up or bring me down. It was a difficult and uncertain moment in my life, as I was unsure of what I wanted, but by actively adorning myself and the spaces around me with things that brought me joy, I was able to keep my spirit high and ultimately discover what was truly important to me. Mind Matter Shop was inspired by my experience and the idea that each of us holds power to create our own reality through the intention with which we live and do all the little things in life.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Opening an online store definitely had its challenges; when I first came up with the idea, I didn’t even know where to start. I didn’t have any previous experience in business, web design, marketing, or any of the other responsibilities I’ve taken on as a small business owner so far. I taught myself everything that I’ve learned by watching endless tutorials, reading books, and following the tips of business coaches that I’ve found through social media. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I was also confident that I could achieve anything I set my mind to. I dedicated (pretty much) all of my free time to educating myself and curating a collection of life accessories that I felt had the potential to amplify good energy into people’s lives when used intentionally.

Thankfully, I was extremely fortunate to receive endless love and support from the people in my life every step of the way, and I couldn’t have done it without them.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Mind Matter Shop began with the purpose of integrating beauty and awareness into our everyday lives. Whether consciously or subconsciously, everything we do is an expression of ourselves or who we want to be. We understand our surroundings’ impact on us and encourage you to accessorize them and yourselves, intentionally and authentically. We are focused on providing products made by independent creators and brands who align with our values and ideals. All of our items are either handmade or ethically sourced to create a sustainable and fair platform for all who participate.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
I would advise anyone who is just starting out to identify their goals and then believe in them fully. Trust in your abilities and know that you are capable of absolutely anything. Believing in your dreams is the first step to achieving them.

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