Scrolling through this California mama’s colorful Insta-feed just makes us smile. Meet Tigisti, a lifestyle blogger and transformational coach who is on a mission to show other working mama’s like herself how to create a healthy and beautiful life on their own terms. Motivated by her own mother and the birth of her daughter, Tigisti left her career in corporate America to follow her passions.
On Motherhood: I actually refer to myself as the “accidental mother and wife” because I never imagined myself married or running around with a bunch of kids. I was raised by a single mother who had an arranged marriage when she was 14-years-old. Unfortunately, she never had the opportunity to get an education or explore the world. Despite this, she overcame poverty and unimaginable hardships to start, and run, a successful business. Her motherhood mission became that her daughters get the highest form of education and live life on their own terms, and that is exactly what I focused on. I became the first in my family to get a college degree and hold a professional career. I got a few more degrees, traveled the world and climbed the corporate ladder. Never once did I think about getting married or having kids. But, that all changed when I met the most amazing man 9 years ago and I found myself wanting to do it all – marriage, kids, house, everything! I married that man almost 5 years ago, and now we have a little girl named Bella Fiori (beautiful flower in Italian) and we lead a quiet, but full life in Northern California.
On Career: I had a successful corporate career in my 20’s, but I eventually burned out because I wasn’t living an authentic, purposeful life. Luckily for me, my husband pushed me to find my true calling. After we got married and had our daughter, suddenly everything became clear. I wanted to be able to tell my daughter that she could do anything, like my own mother did, and to go after her dreams. I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur and started Bella Diva Lifestyle, a transformational coaching service to help women find their true passions.
Favorite Quote: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale