*This interview was previously published on the Facebook Page of Luna Blu Mar, an Arlington based online children’s clothing retailer committed to empowering women and girls all around the globe. I am honored to share my interview with them.
Interviewed by Melody Parry Jones & Lindsey Parry
We are excited to share the next Game Changer with you– Angelica Talan runs Clarendon Moms, one of the first blogs to offer advice, tips and places to go for Moms in the Arlington area.
She believes in women empowerment, is on the board of Be Awesome Women, a mother of 2, and very involved in the local Arlington community.
Luna Blu Mar: Who is a female entrepreneur that you look up to or admire and why? (If applicable, please share her company and mission)?
Angelica: I really look up to Oprah Winfrey. She overcame challenges in her life — extreme poverty, sexual abuse, sexism, and racism — to become the self-made billionaire and media mogul she is today. Not only was she the host of the number one show in America, she was also an actress, a writer, a producer and a philanthropist. I grew up in rural Ohio and didn’t find someone who excelled in all those careers until I was a teenager–that someone was Oprah. Now she is the only woman in the world that has become literally everything I’ve ever seen in my daydreams. She owns her own television network, is the publisher of one of the top selling lifestyle magazines in the world, has her own radio show, has won several Oscars for her acting and so much more. She is the ultimate female entrepreneur, brand ambassador and influencer.
LBM: What’s one thing/lesson you have learned since owning your own business that could inspire other like-minded women?
AT: I’ve learned the lesson of “staying on brand”. Make sure that everything you do is in line with your brand message. When I first started my business, I always came from a place of “yes.” Saying yes to everything wore me out quickly and even more importantly, didn’t feel authentic. I learned very fast that it’s okay to say no to opportunities and collaborations that don’t fit the brand or company.
LBM: What are you doing to improve your community or the world?
AT: I mentor other bloggers/social media influencers in the D.C. area; serve on the Board of Advisors for Awesome Women Entrepreneurs; and help to raise money for my children’s school, Long Branch Elementary.
To learn more about Angelica, check her out on Instagram @AngelicaTalan
*Stay Tuned for my interview with Melody and Lindsey!