Name: Melissa Araiza
Company: JAM Properties & House of Soirees
Lives In: Downey, CA
Link to your Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/itsmelissaaraiza/
About Me: 28 years young, married to my college sweetheart, blessed with a 20 month old diva and possibly expecting baby #2 (fingers crossed!) Born into property management, raised with a business mind but always had a passion for design. I've decided to step down from our property management company and venture into our new companies, aerial photography and custom event props. Having role models in a family of strong female business women who successfully run their own business plus being raised by a single mother provided me with the stepping stones to not only be successful in the business world but in my marriage and raising a family.
What are your skills?: Operations, Administrative, Influencer, Production Work, Events, Property Management, Business
Where did you go to school?: UC Riverside
Interested in: Mentoring, Friendship, Playdates, Starting a new company, Networking
Personal passions, charities or hobbies you love?: Drawing, design, everything my child does, Colon Alliance, Boys and Girls Club and I love to go out with my girlfriends either just the girls or the girls and minis.
Why do you want to be a part of heymama?: I am always looking to network but I feel this group would be perfect to meet other moms that know the same struggles of business and family life. I would love to be part of a group of women that lifts each other up and not criticize or belittle others because of their success. I really hope this group shows my daughter all the great things women can achieve together and that one day it inspire her to do even greater things.
Words you live by/quotes you love?: Being jealous of a beautiful woman will not make you more beautiful - Zsa Zsa Gabor
Nothing can dim the light, which shines from within - Maya Angelou
Name one thing that scares the shit out of you?: My daughter passing before me, it's a crazy thing to even think about and I hate it but it could happen!
What are your brand goals for this year?: For this year I hope to find a supplier and studio to do my work in. If that falls into place I hope to start getting my name out there to start working out projects that aren't just for our family and friends. I don't expect great numbers coming in my first year but I am hopeful to getting work and just being able to perfect my craft.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?: Never let a man dictate that you should be and always know you are deserving.
What is something that people would be surprised to know about you? I dropped out of college for a year, NO ONE except my mom and husband knew
If you could tell your 20-year-old self one thing, what would it be?: Don't ever let a man think you should only be one thing in your life and not support your dreams. Push through your obstacles and remember you are never alone and you aren't the first or last to go through hardships.