Ep. #15: Finding Your Why & Growing Your Business Around It – Social Entrepreneurship with Reese Fernandez-Ruiz)

‘Before, [my relationship with purpose] was very image-driven. ‘Okay, I will look like a good person, I’m amazing, I’m such a great entrepreneur.’ But it has evolved over the years. It became less about how it will look like on me, and to how it will look like in the world.’

That is just one of the many, many extremely vulnerable, uncomfortable, gut-wrenching truth bombs from Reese Fernandez-Ruiz in this episode.

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz is the co-founder of the social enterprise called Rags2Riches, or R2R for short. R2R is a fashion and design house that crafts eco-ethical products woven by empowered community artisans from underprivileged and indigenous communities from the Philippines. The brand is all about making things that matter, and weaving joy into every story. Every product is handmade by artisans from the R2R community, using upcycled, overstock cloth, and indigenous fabrics.

Ep. #12: Abbey Sy: Finding Success in the Intersection of Art and Business

My guest for today is Abbey Sy, an artist and best-selling author from Manila, Philippines.  Passionate about both art and travel, she is best known for her hand-lettering work and travel illustrations.

She has written books on lettering and journaling, and continues to explore ways to make art and share stories through her own eyes.

She also has an amazing online community, with over 113,000 Instagram followers as of this recording.

You’re someone who has major apprehensions about whether your art can be something that can actually sustain you or feed you. I hope that this episode shows you that it is completely possible to be creative, to be an artist, but at the same time, to infuse it with productivity, organization, and entrepreneurship.