Stay authentic. Act from integrity.
There are few signs of success as impressive as the ability to be recognized merely by your first name. As evidence, look no further than Sailene, who’s been a folk hero in Venice, CA, and, as the cannabis world matures, to its emerging culture.
As queen of Abbot Kinney since the mid-90s, when she managed Abbot’s Habit, the legendary hub of the local community, she was a public figure with a secret life. In addition to the coffee shop, for those in the know, she ran the equally legendary (no-name) delivery service, which kept the locals supplied with their favorite herb.
As legalization and normalization progressed, Sailene emerged out of the green closest as one of cannabis’ most trusted advocates. Never losing sight of her sense of mission and love for the plant, she branched out in a variety of ventures. The web series, Smoke in the Kitchen with Mama Sailene, introduced her love of food, cannabis, and entertaining to an international audience. Her upscale pop-up events and private parties for the likes of P. Diddy, proved that cannabis-enhanced social gatherings could be as elegant as they were fun. Her support of charitable and political organizations such as the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, California Cannabis Advocates, Mexican and Northern California Disaster Relief has made her a fixture at community meetings and demonstrations. And her work with the exploding Ganja Goddess Getaways, a series of women’s empowerment retreats, has become the coveted golden ticket in cannabis circles.
Throughout her career, reflecting the reverence for the plant that she so loves, she has operated with integrity, grace, gratitude, and humor. Which perhaps explains why there is only one Sailene, and why sometimes, one word is really all you need to say.
Where did the idea for The Ganja Goddess Getaway come from?
The Ganja Goddess Getaway
From my partner Deidra Bagdasarian
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
Wake early, meditate, morning walk, breakfast, open emails, address business, lunch afternoon meet up for creative inspiration, dinner, bed. For me it all starts with how you start your day.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Through quiet reflection until inspired action
What’s one trend that excites you?
Women taking more leading roles on business
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Being open and flexible
What advice would you give your younger self?
Follow the fun it will take you to the magic
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
To not labor or effort to make things happen. Rather, if in flow it will come to you. All the components are always coming to you.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Stay authentic. Act from integrity.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
One strategy I’ve implemented is reaching out to other women of like mind to collaborate. Collaboration is fun.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Didn’t jump on licensing when I had the chance to. I aligned in a different capacity
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
I believe that are plenty of ancillary businesses pertaining to the new rise of the cannabis industry
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
A new dress. because it made me feel empowered to walk into any room and land the pitch or idea in any crowd.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?,How do you use it?
Web service. Green leaf media, For information and education.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
“The power of vulnerability” by Brene Brown
Because vulnerability is the very root to understanding who and what you are. When you know who you are you act and approach life in a more positive productive way. In my humble opinion.
What is your favorite quote?
“Follow your bliss” Joseph Campbell
- Get yourself ready by: good rest, meditation, morning walk and nourishing your body. Another words. Take care of your mind, body and spirit. To be completely prepared when inspiration and the right components come to you
- Follow the fun. Through being open you remain flexible.
- Don’t labor or stress over “making things happen” move from inspiration! All the components are flowing to you get into the space to see, feel and know when it’s the perfect synergetic timing and opportunity.
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Carlyn runs the day-to-day publishing operation here at ideamensch and interacts with our awesome customers and entrepreneurs. She is likely editing this with a cat on her lap.