We managed to get a hold of Noelle Hilario, a mother of one who co-founded many successful businesses such as Makai Bowls, Flow Retreats, and Hillside Cafe. She talks to us about juggling motherhood and running her businesses while staying healthy and happy.
Hello, Noelle! What keeps you busy these days?
A big chunk of my days are spent managing my businesses and attending to my son Kai. I also practice yoga or workout at least 4-5 times a week and meditate everyday. Sometimes, I spend time with friends catching up over dinner and drinks.
You are one of the women we know who has been promoting health and wellness for years. What inspired you to lead a mindful and intentional lifestyle?
It all started when I had attended a talk on organic living 15 years ago, which was a pivotal event in life for me. It enlightened me to the practices behind the meat industry such as injecting hormones on cows and chicken for profit turned me off immensely. I decided to eliminate meat from my diet and it has been 15 years since. Being vegetarian, I naturally gravitated to a more conscious, well-rounded lifestyle. When you are mindful about what you put into your body, everything follows and you find ways that help you live your best self. I started to eat clean, attended yoga and meditation sessions, I got into superfoods, revamped my skincare arsenal to those with all natural ingredients, holistic healing modalities and just recently I’ve discovered energy work as well as living more sustainably. It’s been a journey for me, I’ve tried and gotten myself into so many ways to live alternatively and it’s about finding what suits you most and incorporating those aspects in your life.
Can you tell us what led you to become an entrepreneur?
Believe it or not, my background is really in art and becoming an entrepreneur just fell into my lap. It wasn’t planned at all, the opportunities came into my life seamlessly and it was a brand new way of expressing my creativity, I enjoy the challenges it brings as well.
Noelle, what was your motivation and drive in putting up the following businesses: Hillside Cafe, Flow Retreats and Makai Bowls?
My businesses are a reflection of my lifestyle. I wanted to offer ways on how to uplift our community’s well-being and show people how having a healthier lifestyle is simple and not at all boring.
How do you manage these businesses all at once?
I dedicate a specific time each day for attending to the businesses. It also helps to have partners who are in charge of different aspects of the business so work is evenly distributed and I can focus on the side where I can apply my talents and strengths.
How do you balance work and life? What is your advice to women out there who find themselves similar to your situation, juggling between managing a business and family?
Every week, I make sure I have time for 3 things: family, friends and myself. I also always squeeze in a yoga or work out session everyday. Even if I'm busy, I try to do a 20-minute workout. Another piece of advice is to listen to your body. If you need a break, rest. If you have headache, take time off screens such as laptops, mobile phones, or iPads. Don’t push yourself until you feel too depleted. Be kind to yourself. Work obligations can get in the way of things that matter most to us. I remind myself to take it easy; some work-related things can wait.
What’s a day well spent for you?
Having at least 8 hours of sleep, movement and meditation, getting all my agenda for the day done, a walk in nature, a good healthy meal, an early night, and cuddles from my son.
Who was the woman who had a great impact in your life?
For me, there is not just one woman who had an impact on my life but a group of women. I am very close with my cousins on my father’s side and they are like sisters to me. They have inspired me to always strive to be my best, to know my worth, be independent and to keep that inner strength.
Surely, there are women out there who want to start a healthy lifestyle. Can you give us 3 tips on how they can begin this journey?
Take small steps. It can be starting your day with a cold-pressed juice or green smoothie or having at least 1 vegetarian meal a day.
Don’t follow trends. Try out different ways of eating (vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc), get into different sports and workouts. Find what best fits your lifestyle and customize your own wellness routine.
Eat clean. This is the best and most simple way to start healthy. Add more fresh fruits and veggies in your meals, organic as much as possible. Read labels when grocery shopping and avoid food with preservatives, sugar, colorings, and additives. Ditch processed food and learn to create from scratch. Not only will you do your body good, but will save you money as well.
Say you had only 15-seconds to talk to a friend about your entrepreneurial ventures, what’s your spiel summarized in 3-5 sentences?
I provide platforms where people can live healthier lives in a more interesting and enjoyable way.