Patrice: How would people describe your style and personality?
Temi: My style…hmm I don’t get asked that too often. I consider my style to be sexy, classy, and timeless. I’m not the biggest fan of jumping on “trends”. My personality is friendly, funny, and compassionate. I’m a true lover of the human spirit so I’m usually pleasant upon first meetings!
Patrice: Sounds fair enough! LOL. I don’t get asked that question often either! So, what defines your success?
Temi: In a world where success tends to be quantified by what you have and how it looks, it’s important to truly recall reasons why we do things. I discovered a few years ago that everything I have been doing this far in my career and life overall, was to help people be the best versions of themselves. So I measure my success by how good I feel with the work I’m doing at the moment. Everyone won’t like my product, but when I genuinely know that it helps people, that’s what sparks joy for me. The money, the clout, the notoriety…. all that comes, but being grounded and staying grounded within oneself is what’s truly important.
Patrice: I love your answer and you are absolutely right! Everyone isn’t going to like what you do as a business owner. Are there any challenges you have faced in your business/industry? If so, give us an example and the solution you came up with?
Temi: I’ll be honest I’m saying there wasn’t much difficulty in launching the business. Upon professing that I would move forward, I took a week or so to strategize on the content, possible vendors, purchasing a domain name, creating a budget, and establishing my LLC. I had a rough idea of what I needed to do, which was what helped me to do everything I needed to do within a month. The work now is raising awareness and actually getting sales. I am not an influencer, nor do I have a massive following, but I know I have a massive idea and product! It’s very unique and glad to be the first to do it! I have been working tirelessly to expose us through social media, partnerships, and traditional media such as news outlets to publicly share information. I know the work to get us out there will be a challenge, but I feel that once we are out there, the sky is the limit.
Patrice: Having a plan in place is very important and the fact that you stated you don’t have a huge following, but a massive idea and product shows that you are on the right track as a person in business. Now, the entertainment, business and lifestyle industry can be pretty competitive and tricky at times. How do you separate yourself from all the negativity people put out there in the industry itself?
Temi: I don’t do bad vibes. I exit the stage quick, fast, and in a hurry when I feel them! I’ve lucked out that I’m an introvert. When negativity presents itself I leave the space and find a happier one and stay there! It’s that simple, it doesn’t have to be dissected or assessed (haha)
Patrice: I feel that! Positive vibes only! What is one piece of advice would you like to share with others who want to step into the world of entrepreneurship?
Temi: Don’t be so hard on yourself! Imposter Syndrome is very real! I sat on my idea for a year out of fear of what folks would say and how it would be received. I do my best to not regret anything, just have lessons learned. I learned that I’m actually pretty darn cool and embarking on a journey that no one else has! I mean how dope is that?!
Patrice: I’ve been hearing a lot about Imposter Syndrome lately! I may have that as well because I put off projects fearing of what people may think or say about it. Now tell us everything about your business and what you want people to get out of it.
Temi: Sure! I’m very excited to present The Omugwo Box, the latest undertaking of Dr. Temi LLC! It’s the first African-inspired gift box for new moms. And I know it may seem overzealous to say it’s the first one, but curated self-care products for black and brown women are truly lacking. As it turns out, no one is doing this, which is very surprising. Considering we have major spending power, it’s time that such a business exists! My need to always help people is what fuels me to do just about everything I do. I attained a BS from Penn State, and MPH from Rutgers University, and a PhD in Public Health from Walden University. My love for public health is at the core of my business. I thought I was going to be OB/GYN because I wanted to save lives of women. However, the universe came full circle and still made it happen! I spoke being a doctor into existence at a very young age and despite the different roads I took, I still ended up becoming a doctor of Philosophy, and I get to help women, especially mothers! Talk about things coming full circle! I am also blessed to have a support system in my husband, children, parents, siblings, and close friends who continue to be my biggest cheerleaders!
Patrice: We need more boxes like that! I mean seriously self-care is so vital that a lot of black and brown women forget to practice it on a weekly or daily basis. When you are not doing business, writing, acting, etc., what do you enjoy doing the most to relax your mind? Any self-care tips you can share with us?
Temi: Absolutely! I pray, meditate, read, and watch funny movies. I like to feel balanced, and I also love a good laugh!
Patrice: A good laugh is always important! Go to TikTok, you will see all types of funny videos! LOL. So, where do you see yourself in five years in this industry?
Temi: I see myself not having to work for anyone but myself!!
Patrice: Working for yourself is a great idea! I’m trying to get there as well! Thank you so much Temi for sitting down with The Riverz Report to talk about your awesome business!
Temi: You are welcome! It was a pleasure talking with you as well!
Connect with Temi:
Instagram and IG: @theomugwobox