We know that you're thinking - what is a "Nive Girl of the Week"? Each month, we will be interviewing a millennial woman that acts as a catalyst for deviating from the typical nine-to-five lifestyle. This month, our Nive Girl of the Month is Natalie Montalvo, Master in Health Services Administration and founder of Resinate Company.
Although it seems like the marketplace has been saturated with every type of retail store and service imaginable, Natalie has found a way to differentiate amongst the competition by hand-crafting all things colorful, creative, & memorable.
Check out how Natalie has pursued her passion in her interview as this months Nive Girl.
Tell us a little about your background
“I grew up in Southwest Florida and decided to move to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). After I completed my degree in Health Services Administration, I stayed at UCF to complete my Masters in Health Services Administration for another two years. Towards the end of my time in the program, I met the love of my life and we are now engaged to be married in November! We have two fur babies named Maisy and Brutus and all live in our house in Orlando!”
What is something that most people don't know about you?
“Something that most people don't know about me is that my best friend Ale and I self produce and publish a weekly podcast titled My Not So Balanced Life. She had thought about the development of the podcast for over a year and we collaborated together to broadcast it out to our community of followers. We publish it every single Tuesday and you can find us on all major channels including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher!”
As our Nive Girl of the Month, how do you think you would define your individual style?
“It's hard for me to pinpoint an exact word that describes my individual style because I feel like it evolves all of the time. Most days I feel like I lean towards comfort dressing (so more of a casual style). Other days I feel like all I want to do is lounge around in my sweats (so more of an athleisure style). It really just depends on my mood and the things that I need to accomplish that day.”
Tell us about your morning routine!
“My morning routine is slow and consistent. I really do value having a slow morning because it sets the tone for the rest of my day. Usually I wake up and make my coffee. While my coffee is brewing I typically take care of the dogs by making their breakfast while they play in the yard. Once my coffee is ready, I usually let them back into the house to eat their food, which is my cue to then go to my office to either work on business orders, finish podcast editing, or watch the news. After about two hours of work, I typically take a shower and get ready for the day. I don't usually wear makeup to work because I am not very quick at applying it and - more often than not - something always goes wrong when I am doing it!”
How have you chosen to deviate from the typical 40-hour workweek? What initially prompted you to start your own business?
“One of the most relaxing things for me is crafting. I have been the product of the DIY life for as long as I can remember, (when I was younger, my mom and I would scrapbook together almost every single weekend) so working with my hands has always been a passion of mine. I decided to deviate from the typical 40-hour workweek by creating my business, Resinate Company. The word Resinate is a hybrid of the words “resin” and “create”, which is the core focus of the business. I mainly work with epoxy resin to create custom tumblers, coasters, and key chains. However, I also design other custom items with different materials, such as vinyl.
I'm the kind of person that is always looking well beyond into the future when I am figuring out plans (it definitely is the dreamer in me). So, I have known for as long as I can remember that after I graduated from my Masters program, I wanted to pursue additional opportunities that helped generate supplemental income for my family and myself. It took a lot of development and time to create my business model, but it was well worth it because I am not only doing something that provides my family and I with additional income, but it’s also something that I thoroughly enjoy doing.”
Starting your own business can be a tough road. In the difficult moments, how do you stay focused on moving forward and making progress?
“My family is my main motivation. Growing up, my parents raised me with the mentality that whatever I do in life, my family should be at the center of my decisions. I watched my parents give up a lot of their time and energy in an effort to provide my siblings and me with as many opportunities as possible. Their effort instilled in me what it takes to create the life that I want for myself. I want my family to be financially free - free from the stresses that occur from living paycheck-to-paycheck and being stuck in the typical nine-to-five grind. But, I would be lying if I said it is easy getting there. There have been a lot of long nights and days spent away from my family, but my goal is clear so that makes it easier for me to focus when days are tough.”
Who are your biggest influences? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?
“My family has been a huge influence in my life - not only from a business perspective, but also from a personal one. I have seen them go through the many phases of victory and failure throughout their careers and, regardless of the situation, have continued to get back up to pursue their goals. I can't attribute the inspiration behind building this business to one person specifically, because truthfully, it was a combination of people that inspired me. However, every single person that inspired me had one thing in common - resilience. No matter what happened, each of them hustled until they could not hustle anymore and continued to push forward in their goals in an effort to take care of their family.”
What is one piece of advice that you'd like to share with our readers?
“My piece of advice to readers out there is this - do and pursue the things that you are most passionate about. Making money is great, but if you hate what you are doing it's hard to stay motivated to perform the work you need to do to make that money. Life is too short to do things that don't inspire us. If you are inspired in the work that you are doing, you will never feel like you are working at all.”
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