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As a kid Julia had a few passions and loves. She longed of being an inventor (despite not know what she want to invent), but she also loved sweeping and cleaning. However, growing up in a wealthy suburb of New York, Julia felt conflicted between her passions and the pressures and definitions of success that surrounded her growing up in that environment.
Fast forward to today, and after a few moves and quite a few career shifts Julia found herself in Cincinnati trying to launch an idea she had called the Play Library; a place where every kid can have access to the highest quality toys. And here at the Play Library she gets to live out her passions and loves she had as a kid. She had started her own business, is surrounded by some of the most amazing toys ever made, and gets to clean up after a bunch of kids every single day.
However, there is still one thing that nags at her, one part of her childhood that she still wrestles with; the definition of success. How do you define success in life? Who gets to decide who is successful? By all means the Play Library has been successful, but this doesn’t keep Julia from riding the daily roller coaster of emotions trying to figure it out.
I am thankful for Julia’s candor in the interview. She is a delight and inspiration to talk to and I hope you enjoy it.
This episode features Yelitsa jean-Charles founder of Healthy Roots Dolls. The idea for Healthy Roots Dolls started one Christmas when Yelitsa’s new doll made her cry, those tears however, we not tears of joy. The reason is an all too common of a problem, a problem that Yelitsa is now a mission to help solve. Her dolls help teach girls of color that they are beautiful and so is their hair. The dolls, along with the partner book and app teach girls to be proud of their natural hair as well as how to care for it. If you would like to learn more about Healty Roots Dolls you can find out more at www.healthyrootsdolls.com or on Facebook or Instagram.
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