This week’s Featured BossMama is: Sonya Marin, Founder, and CEO, of Sonya Marin Designs.
Learning more about Sonya…
Sonya, a second-generation Chinese American, spent 25 years working in corporate America. She felt like she was living someone else's life, not her own. She was stressed out, burnt out, and started having migraines.
A doctor told her that she needed to make some changes. Sonya quit her job and started working with a life coach to rediscover her values. She now lives a life that is centered around family, connection, and creativity.
Success for Sonya has been being able to redefine what success means. She no longer defines success by her job title, salary, or possessions. Instead, she defines success by how she feels. She feels successful when she is spending time with her family, pursuing her passions, and making a difference in the world.
Launching Sonya Marin Designs
Once COVID started things changed in Sonya’s life. Little by little she recovered her creative mojo between juggling a child at home. In 2020, while mostly at home, she took up paper crafting as Latin dance (her main passion) was no longer viable. In October 2021, she started hosting Sonya Marin Designs and decided to combine the two, since most people give flowers and cards as an act of caring. Sonya Marin Designs allows her to be creative.
Sonya feels fortunate to be able to work around her family's schedule. Her child is now in school, and her spouse works weekdays. Most of her art shows happen on the weekends. She also tends to work late at night when it's most quiet. However, she tries to do this sparingly because she finds she's not as patient of a mom if she doesn't get enough sleep.
Sonya has learned not to put so much pressure on herself. She's fortunate that her husband and she have traded roles and they now live a lifestyle where they only need to depend on one main salary.
Sonya’s goal for the next 3-6 months
Sonya is planning to move her business to San Antonio officially. She also wants to learn how to take pictures of her creations better. Her creations sell amazing in person, but not as well online. She knows this is because she needs better photos.