MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.
Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...Shivani Gupta, the woman behind green living website, ShivaniGupta.com, and Drive Public Relations here in South Florida!
She is also the author of a new book titled, The Conscious Pregnancy: A Spiritual and Practical Approach to Creating a Zen Baby.
Tell us a little bit about your background, mommyhood and what drove you to start your businesses…and write your new book!
I’m originally from Houston Texas, but have lived in South Florida for the last seven years and really love it! I love the gorgeous weather, all the fantastic restaurants, fun people, and exciting things to do.
I am the mother of two beautiful children who enthrall me every single day with their beautiful innocent personalities. I’ve always dreamed of being a successful entrepreneur like my parents, and I love the process of owning and supporting entrepreneurial startups.
Being a mom is something I have always taken very seriously. Two years before my first pregnancy, I researched, read every single pregnancy book, interviewed renowned practitioners in the fields of Ayurveda and yoga, and tried every single thing I read about, every detox method, to prepare my body.
“I wanted to be the cleanest and healthiest person I could be before embarking on this most important journey in my life.”
Because of my experiences with my pregnancies, the research I conducted in the U.S. and India on how pregnancy (and postpartum) should be treated, and my Ph.D on Ayurveda (that I’m completing), I decided to write a book to share pregnancy options with women. My book The Conscious Pregnancy: A Spiritual and Practical Approach to Creating a Zen Baby recently published on Amazon and iBooks.
The Conscious Pregnancy was written to show women that there is another way. You don’t have to be either a “hippy dippy crunchy mom” or a mom who feels the process “is what it is” and you are simply along for the ride. The Conscious Pregnancy shows women how they can take control, feel how they want to feel, learn about a healthier lifestyle, and feel empowered to have the pregnancy they’ve dreamed of.
But Shivani Gupta is not only an author…
I have a few businesses. It’s a little challenging to try to be a Zen, Graceful Mom with “ease and flow” in my life AND do all these projects at the same time, but I’ve decided that I can only do the absolute best I can.
“It’s a yin and yang. You can have it all, but not all at the same time.”
Some weeks, I’m very children focused. It’s about their activities, reading extra books, more outdoor time on the scooters, and more efforts adjusting their diets. And some weeks are packed with more networking events, late client meetings, and getting projects done that are under urgent deadlines. It’s really about the ebb and flow, so I can fully enjoy both of my worlds!
I own Drive Public Relations, where I take on a handful of clients per year and build gorgeous brands and websites for them. I also work with them as a Marketing Consultant, creating new marketing plans and new ideas.
I recently launched ShivaniGupta.com where I share the importance of living a healthy, organic, green lifestyle. I’m VERY passionate about creating a non-toxic, healthy, clean environment for our children. They did not choose to be exposed to the level of chemicals and toxins that we are unknowingly exposing them to, so I am here to create awareness around these topics.
Back to the book, why do you think MBMom readers should download it?
I think everyone should read The Conscious Pregnancy. It’s for a girl in her twenties who wants to live a healthier, cleaner lifestyle. It’s for a woman who is having fertility issues and wants to learn more about what she can do to improve her health. It’s for a pregnant woman who wants a more peaceful, healthier transformative pregnancy. It’s really for anyone who wants to learn more about living a healthier, happier life.
What exciting things are coming up for your other businesses, Drive Public Relations and ShivaniGupta.com?
I’ve recently taken on a few new PR clients. I’m currently helping new clients who want to take on new initiatives in their businesses or launch e-products online.
On the flip side, my PhD in Ayurveda has me studying, researching, and diving into the benefits of Turmeric. I am obsessed with Turmeric. I even have a tagboard on ShivaniGupta.com– #turmericgirl– where you can see all the ways I incorporate turmeric into my life. It’s actually a wonder herb that is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
What do you love about living and working in South Florida?
I love the weather! I love that I have so much family around to support me and who I get to spend time with. Every holiday, every birthday is joyful and big here. I also love that I have met so many incredible women in the area who are doing powerful things. I love to support female professionals and networking to grow each other’s businesses.
Contact Shivani Gupta: at firstname.lastname@example.org