BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW WITH: Minessa Konecky

BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW WITH: Minessa Konecky

What is your name and occupation?

Minessa Konecky

How long have you been a Boston Business Women’s Member?

Less than a year

What is your instagram handle?

@minessa.konecky

Were you born and raised in Boston? If not, what brought you here?

I was born in Lubbock, Texas. I moved to Pakistan when I was 4, and then back to Boston years and years later when I visited a friend at Bentley. We drove down Comm ave and I knew this was the place for me. I was here less than a year later and I’ve never left.

Tell us more about your job or company and what led you to your career?

I’m gonna stick to the highlights because the journey is endless! 😊 After working in the Longwood Medical area for a decade, my sister and I decided to go into business for ourselves running a small boutique. We made loads of money and it was a lot of fun, but after a while we were burning out hard. I hit rock bottom several years ago and my body just completely gave out on me. I was completely fried. I wasn’t alone, and like my peers I took time off and got mani/pedis to take care of myself but it wasn’t enough. We were all getting sick more often, were in chronic pain, and many of us needed to go into therapy or take meds to alleviate the anxiety. Though I am a huge proponent of better living through pharmaceuticals, this struck me as odd. I started studying stress and its impact on the body, business ownership, and burnout. Ultimately it made sense why so many of us were struggling with stress, anxiety, and burnout. It’s because though we live in a world of technology that keeps us connected non stop, our brains and bodies haven’t evolved as fast as the tech. As women especially we wear a lot of hats, we work all day, we take care of our families and homes, and then we go to bed exhausted feeling like we didn’t get anything done. No one ever trained or taught us how to run a healthy business in the social media age. And since social business is fairly young, that makes sense. I started my business to help busy and overwhelmed entrepreneurs take their lives back from their business and optimize by using technology and social media to do the heavy lifting. We have the tools, but we need to learn how to use them to SAVE us time, not to take up more time.

What would your clients say about you and your company?

I wasn’t sure if this is supposed to be written in the third person, but I’ll just write it as if I’m talking. They would say that I’m really good at breaking down esoteric concepts into actionable and operational plans. I don’t just say, “Be mindful” I break down the steps for mindfulness. They’d also say that I completely changed the way they run their businesses, and now they have a lot more free time and they’re a lot happier as a result.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

My dad told me that everything in life is governed by your perspective. Whether you say you can or can’t, that’s all on your mindset. Nowhere is that more evident than with roadblocks. When you see a roadblock, really dig into it, because it’s just an opportunity in disguise. So now, I don’t see roadblocks, just opportunities waiting to happen.

What is your favorite book?

I wish it was something dramatic and impressive. But my favourite books are actually a young adult fantasy series by David Eddings. It’s a bit dated and a bit young, but some of my most important life lessons came from that book. The most important one of which I think is that it’s ok to think you’re special. It’s ok to be special. But once you own that, it’s time to figure out what you’re going to do with it to make the world a better place. Cheesy? TOTALLY. True? 100%

What is your secret weapon? An app, a tool, a organization method, anything?! (Can be a personal or professional life tool)

I turn off my notifications. Most people don’t think that’s a secret weapon, but I challenge anyone to turn off their notifications for a week and see how much better their life gets.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Be nicer to your mother. And also, you’ll be ok.

How do you enjoy your free time?

Writing my book with my oldest (very very oldest) dog sitting next to me, like he is right now.

What is something that not many people know about you?

I used to be a bouncer at the Paradise Rock Club.

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