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Life and Work with Myle Erfan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Myle Erfan.

Myle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story starts out like many others. Milk ‘n Dates Design was initiated as a creative outlet. I needed something to fill the void that I didn’t know existed. Before marriage, I was a successful woman, having graduated with my MBA and worked in the Human Resources field for many years. However, after having children I decided to stay home and focus on raising my kids. My family is my life. It’s something I have always wanted even as a young adult. To have a loving husband and to stay home raising my children. Here I was years later, I had everything. But everything I was doing was for everyone else I loved. Nothing I did was for my own pleasure; no outlet, no hobbies, no inner growth or self expression. So, I started dabbling in different things and finally landed on creating wood signs. I was in love. The idea of creating something for the Islamic community and something that couldn’t be easily found was very appealing. I started designing and making a few things at least a year before launching in October of 2018. It was the scariest thing I had done in a long time. I finally did it with a lot of push from family and friends and I have to say it’s made me very happy. It’s been so much fun being able to put a smile on so many faces with whom I’ve never met and to help my community remember God in their every day lives is truly a blessing.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Every journey has highs and lows. Milk ‘n Dates Design has only been in business for less than four months and I’m happy to say there has definitely been more highs than lows. The challenges I face are trying to build new routines, what schedule works best for the business and family, when to potty train my little one and how to turn away from the phone in order to keep a balance with my family. Those things are extremely hard. It’s an everyday struggle. You constantly rethink your decision, but things have to get done so you just push through it.

My advice for other women who are starting their journey is to just go for it. My biggest fear is failure but I won’t know if I failed at something if I never tried. I’m happy I did. Even if Milk ‘n Dates Design ran it’s course and ends tomorrow, I’d have absolutely no regrets. I’d say make sure you have a great support system. Family and/or friends you can count on to give you sound advice and feedback. Who will be there to lift your spirits and support you through the process. Join like-minded communities in your craft. Doing this helps with feedback or helps you see the struggles that everyone else is going through because trust me when I say you aren’t the only one pushing through that particular challenge. Finally, I’d urge other women to carve time for themselves. Utilize that time to be by yourself, get a massage, go running, laugh at dinner with friends or do anything that relaxes and revitalizes. One of the most important parts of this journey is not forgetting why we started and to bring ourselves back to a state of calm in order to continue doing what we love without being burnt out.

Please tell us about Milk ‘n Dates Design.
I design, make and sell handcrafted wood signs. My motto is creating Islamic Home Decor Combined with Rustic Farmhouse Charm. I absolutely love all the farmhouse rustic look that’s on the market. It feels so inviting and brings a warm and comforting look to any home. I’d like to think of my mission statement as normalizing our beautiful religion in homes for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. There was no modern day Islamic art in our community until recently and even now it’s hard to find. Wood signs have become quite popular within the last several years. Walk into any store and you’ll see them but there were no signs that could truly reflect a Muslim home. I thought to myself now that’s something I could make. I tried it one day and never looked back.

My most popular sign is “Start with Bismillah” (Bismillah means in the name of Allah or God). We try our best to say this phrase at the beginning of everything we do. I’m very proud of my brand, what it stands for and what I provide. It’s more than just a business. Everything has a significance, even the name Milk ‘n Dates. Milk and dates are both mentioned in the Quran as sustenance brought forth for us to consume. Every aspect of Milk ‘n Dates Design is well thought out and I am proud of what I do and undoubtedly feel these are the things that set my company apart from all others.

Who have you been inspired by?
There are so many inspirational women in my life. I take a little bit from everyone I meet. The women I surround myself with are truly inspirational because of the trials they went through and how they’ve come out of each situation. They strive to overcome what has been dealt to them and do it with the utmost dignity and I have a lot of respect for that. Holding oneself together at all times isn’t easy. I look for how women present themselves in public, how they communicate with their children even when they’re the most stressed, which course of action they use to overcome strife in their life or how some are constantly seeing the good in life even when things aren’t going so well. This isn’t to say one can’t have bad days or deal with them as they please, but for me, these are inspirational because it’s way too easy in life to give into sadness and self-pity. Learning from these women hopefully will help me become the best mom I can be to both my daughters.

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