We know that you're thinking - what is a "Nive Girl of the Month"? Each week, we will be interviewing a millennial woman that acts as a catalyst for deviating from the typical nine-to-five lifestyle.
This week, our Nive Girl of the Month is Suzie Soloviev, founder of Sacred Record. Sacred Record's mission is to empower others to create solutions through art and collaboration. Suzie’s company works to help you find the heart of your story, treat it with the reverence it deserves, and then offer it to the world. Sacred Record reminds us that your voice and your journey matters.
We hope you enjoy learning about Suzie as much as we did!
Tell us a little about your background
"My name is Suzie Soloviev, and I'm a Narrative Consultant based in Greater Boston. Local gal through and through - Rozzie born and raised, and I'm a proud alumna of Wellesley College."
What is something that most people don't know about you?
"I'm a hodge podge of interests and experiences. I started learning Mandarin when I was eleven and have lived and worked in China several times. I was a Shakespeare scholar in college. My graduate work focused on making his Histories plays accessible to and exciting for students. I've also started my own theatre company twice and even turned a profit! I am also a part time vegan for religious reasons, and am obsessed with vegan baking."
As our Nive Girl of the Month, how do you think you would define your individual style?
"Man, my style has changed a LOT over time. Things never quite clicked until I took Stasia Savasuk's style school class. That was when I realized that I had to dress with deep intention. I have a list of power words, and choose how I want to *feel* when I get dressed in the morning. That guides me to the right clothing combinations and sets the tone for my day. My words are Vibrant, Sparkly, Fierce, Flawed, Powerful, Artistic, Bombshell. I'm a triangle, so to achieve balance with my shape, I accessorize more on the top half of my body and go for a streamlined look on the lower half. I love to put together unexpected colors and shapes, and to add BIG accessories."
Share your morning routine!
"My husband and I have a crazy commute, and we have to get up MUCH earlier than I would like - 5:00am, five days a week! I am a two cups a day coffee drinker - one at home as I drag my sorry self downstairs, then a decadent cup at my day job. I'm a night owl by nature, so it's very important that I lay everything out the night before for as smooth a morning as possible."
How have you chosen to deviate from the typical 40-hour workweek? What initially prompted you to start your own business?
"The longer I've been in the workforce, the sillier it seems to me to let an employer determine my lifestyle, schedule, resources, etc. I really wanted to free myself of what I perceive as a false necessity. I also have extremely diverse interests and knew I wanted the freedom to pursue a variety of projects and follow the directions I was most interested in.
I worked with a coach - Michelle Ward, the When I Grow Up Coach - in December 2018 to nail down exactly how I wanted to use my interests and talents. We came up with a business plan together, and so far it's gone great!
To start off, I chose to take a steady and lucrative day job that would not interfere with my entrepreneurial ventures. That meant leaving a turbulent job with people I loved behind - so sad, but necessary. This job has an end date that I am working towards, which means that I will be able to lose my four hours of commuting per day, be home for my daughter after school, and travel a LOT more.
I spent three months building up my website and offerings before launching in March 2019. Since then, I've worked on a political campaign, two different websites, a number of bios and about pages, with theatre educators and doulas and and and...it's been quite a ride! The common thread is always this: What story do I want to tell the world? What's the best way to tell it? And how can I get them to pay attention?
Seize Your Story, my new crash course in talking about yourself, just launched on June 17. It develops key skills my clients have needed to work on to get their messaging just right. It's been so much fun to work on, and I am so excited to see what this first cohort comes up with. "
Starting your own business can be a tough road. In the difficult moments, how do you stay focused on moving forward and making progress?
"I am part of a Mastermind group, which I highly recommend to anyone getting going. It's so useful to be able to share with other people who are either in your shoes or have been in the past. I also make sure to celebrate every single win. I have a "Hooray!" tag in my Google inbox that I pull up if I need a boost. And of course, my family has been key in supporting this endeavor."
Who are your biggest influences? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?
"My coach, Michelle Ward, has been a huge inspiration, as were my graduate school professors. So is ANY woman who's taken her life into her own hands and created the job she wanted."
What is one piece of advice that you'd like to share with our readers?
"You probably feel like what you're offering isn't important or relevant sometimes. In that moment, try the following:
- Visualize your thoughts as a cassette tape running. Cut that nasty thing. With scissors. Stop it dead.
- See yourself through others' eyes. Pull up a running list of compliments and wins. (If you don't have one, start one right now.)
- Remember - you have something to offer. Maybe it doesn't feel big to you, but for someone else it's the right thing coming along at just the right time. Don't let that person down! Keep putting yourself out there, and they will find you."
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