Andrea Vega: Editor-in-Chief, FinerMinds

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An aspiring yogini and lover of arts and culture, Andrea Vega is also the Editor in Chief of FinerMinds. In between running FinerMinds, chasing after her 4 children, and building a business, you are also likely to catch Andrea doing handstands against an office wall (the guaranteed cure for a case of writer's block, of course!). To see what Andrea's up to, you can follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

What do I do best?

Whether it be personal or in business, I’ve always had natural inclination toward building bridges between people. Connecting people or helping them find harmony in their relationships is something I love doing

For example, my husband, his ex-wife, and I are all great friends (she’s actually the godmother to our little girl). Last year I penned a letter for my hairstylist to send to her hated mother-in-law and they’re now best friends. Over a business dinner the other day, I convinced one of the guests to write his ex-wife an apology letter after years of them feuding.  I don’t know… it’s my thing. I love seeing people come together.

What makes me the best version of myself?

Grit, I suppose, is the quality that’s gotten me to where I am today. I’m someone who’s been plagued with anxiety since I was a child. For much of my life I’ve had to fight my way through crippling fears to move forward. Every time I’ve been able to make a decision in the face of fear, it’s opened some fantastic doors and simultaneously made me a more courageous person.  

What are my aspirations?

Business-wise, I want the amazing content we publish in Finerminds to inspire and touch lives across the world. And I want my own business to be a raving success.

Personally, I want my home to be a sanctuary for friends new and old. I want to travel more, stress less, and when I’m old and gray, I want to know that I’ve made a difference. I want to know that I’ve been the BEST mom, the BEST friend, and the BEST partner I can be.

My Biggest Success?

Gosh, this sounds so cliche, but no achievement, endeavor, or money I’ve made, has ever given me the joy and pride I’ve experienced in being a mom and step-mom.

The 4 children I get to spend time with and help raise are such spectacular souls, and challenge me constantly to be the best version of myself I can possibly be (even on days where they’re driving me crazy. Perhaps especially on those days!).

My Most Challenging Moment?

Wow, it’s hard to pick one. I’ve had a lot of them.  A more recent challenging moment came about a year ago when my daughter was a baby and I was averaging 4-5 hours of sleep a night, while being a mom to 4 kids, working 60+ hours a week, and trying to be a loving wife.  After a year of it, I finally had a moment of complete meltdown and my poor husband bore the brunt of my emotional tornado. It was then that I realized that I had a choice to continue as things had been going, or to start making changes.

I’ve found that it’s been the small changes I’ve been able to make in my life, that have accumulatively made the most significant impact. I started disciplining myself to go to bed early. I wake up at 5am religiously so that I have time to meditate and do some yoga. I take a slew of vitamins and supplements and eat healthily to be able to adequately fuel my body and mind. I have stressful days for sure, but it’s far more manageable now.

My Motto?

“I will not die an unlived life.” (read the full quote by Dawna Markova)

My Favorite People/Role Models?

My parents, most definitely. I’ve watched them forge a life and marriage that I strive to emulate. Innovators in this world such as Elon Musk, Richard Branson…  People who are “disruptors” and are striving to stretch themselves and create good in the world around them – they inspire me.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

I love Southeast Asia, but Bali in particular will always hold a special place in my heart.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

My books are my dearest friends. If the house was on fire, I’d grab them first (after my family and furballs were all safe, of course).  

My Current Passions?

I’m creating a fairy garden for my daughter (and for me – let’s be honest). Going out to the garden in the mornings is a blissful spot for me away from the craziness. I’m also in the middle of building a company, and the creative process that goes into each of these endeavors is what lights me up.