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Meet Emiko Love of Mindfulblisss in North Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emiko Love.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I guess the story starts when my mother was pregnant with me. I was about a week or so overdue and she was the lead in Michael Matthew’s hit Gospel stage play “I need a man”. She kept performing up until she was forced to have a mandatory c section with me. She used to say I was born looking around curious and smacking my lips so I guess I was meant to be a foodie.

Both of my parents were very creative people. By day my mom was a preschool teacher and my dad worked at the PAC Bell plant. I was born and raised in Compton, California. My mom could sing, act, write, and if you let her tell it she could choreograph dance from sitting down in a chair directing movement with her hands. She also would do comedy roast on occasions and dress up as characters. My dad had a gospel singing group, was a writer, and was an artist(painter/graphic design). He was like the Gospel prince growing up— just fly and he was also a licensed cosmetologist. Both of my parents were active in the community and church. They both sung in the choir and praise team. I was pretty much raised in church and all my extracurricular activities centered around God. My mom was the social butterfly and my dad was very laid back. I was always very gifted, but kind’ve timid when it came to my gifts. My mom always made me the lead in her after school programs trying to push me out of my comfort zone. I like to say I’ve been writing since I learned how to spell, but if I had to pinpoint a specific moment I guess would be when my mom and I worked on a poem for my dad’s funeral when I was 7. I pretty much grew up at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary. I watched my mom plan a funeral for most of my family and then at age 15 it was my turn when I had to plan hers when I came back from a dance trip overseas.

After she passed, I stopped dancing but I dove more into writing and creative gifts where I could be in the background because I never liked too much attention. I’ve been pretty much starting businesses since 16 and even now some of those business or crafts still get used as I focus mainly on writing. I can sing which provides me a soothing voice for my Purpose ain’t for Punks podcast. I used to do photography so I do all me and my friend’s promo/graphics. I can also dance even though I no longer do it professionally. I’m just an overall creative being that loves to live boldly in my truth. I’ve had a lot of struggle from losing both parents by 15 and being homeless, but I always bounce back regardless of the obstacles that life throws my way. I firmly believe that it’s not what happens to you, but the character you choose to develop in spite of!

Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely not a smooth road at all. My early life was stable, but after my mom died I’ve probably moved more than eight times and been homeless 3. I even lived at the LAX airport at one point in 2018 when I moved back to California. I’ve struggled with depression, self-harm, and nearly committed suicide. I’ve had many struggles, but through it all God kept me and eventually I was able to break free of my battles with depression.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Mindfulblisss story. Tell us more about the business.
Mindfulblisss is my MultiMedia company and right now, it’s just the publishing house for my books, but I have many more things that I’m working towards with it. As a company, I’m very proud of the lives I’ve been able to touch with my storytelling. I believe what sets my apart is that all though I am super talented, I’m extremely humbled and laid back. I don’t even really take selfies anymore because I realized early on in a world where everybody is pressed to be famous is that God and your soul is what matters the most.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see myself helping other writers, doing a lot of outreach, and hopefully turning this into a multi-billion dollar corporation. Definitely some big shifts, but y’all have to stay tuned!


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