We had the good fortune of connecting with Carmen Galeano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carmen, what matters most to you?
A value that matters most to me is being authentic no matter what. I strongly believe that authenticity and integrity are the greatest principles that keep me not just personally, but also professionally. Because my work and content is directly connected to my life and family, I cling even more to them.
Over the years I’ve learned the value of trust and how easily it can be broken. Too often it’s undervalued until you’re positioned to repair and gain it back. So in all that I do, I really try to stay as authentic to who I am regardless of my environment or even social media presence. I don’t want to look back on life or even my kids to look at my work and feel like it was nothing as I shared it to be.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m a marketing strategist and blogger. I’ve been able to serve businesses, coach beginner bloggers, and help brands find their true voice. My passion is to create a system that sets you apart to become competitive in your niche market and be heard by your ideal audience.
I started my journey as a mom blogger and have been curating and sharing life experiences with my blog community, Graciously Woven for over 8 years now. As a previous social worker, art teacher, and counselor, I enjoy encouraging fellow parents to vulnerably grow and be gracious as they raise their families. My content engages faith, honest parenthood, marriage, home life and everything in between – including tasty recipes.
My full time is being a private school teacher to my 4 kids – basically homeschool mom and raising them to become all they can be in this world.
I know that my personal experiences and time in various careers have helped me tremendously in serving others. I’ve been able to connect with people from all walks of life and link arms in ways unimaginable. My time as a blogger before it was cool has allowed me to stand a part and help others thrive in ways they didn’t think possible. From establishing my own style of copywriting and engagement on social media continues to prove staying authentic is far better than becoming instafamous – and that’s what I most encourage with my clients.
Having to experience the challenges of developing a digital footprint with sustainable income has not been easy, but it’s been worth it. From those experiences I’ve been able to create systems that others can use to begin sharing their story and attracting their audience.
I’ve learned to not despise the small beginnings. Too often everyone wants to skip to the climax of the career or the “good stuff.” However, it’s been in the details that I’ve grown, learned important lessons, and been able to really make an impact beyond a sale.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love a great visit! If a friend were visiting and it was a week long trip, I would have to take them to the main spots of Atlanta first. That would definitely include the Georgia Aquarium, Coca Cola Factory, and Botanical Gardens to start with. Just enjoying the sites of the city or even all of the murals could easily be a day in itself.
There are also so many phenomenal parks and hiking areas as well, so I would have to add Amicalola Falls to the list as well as the skyride at Stone Mountain. Just taking in the beauty of nature that’s so accessible in Georgia is something we do as family.
Of course we would have to indulge in some of my favorite food locations such as The Local Firewood Grill, Hen Mother Cookhouse, and Maple Street Biscuits. These spots are local favorites and their food is absolutely phenomenal!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would not be where I am without the support of my husband, kids, and close friends. I am spoiled by their belief in me and it’s astounding to even write that as my reality. This Shoutout wouldn’t be possible without them cheering me on, enduring the late nights, and taking countless photos! To be able to take a hobby and transform it into a job has truly been with their vision and love.
The amount of time that has been put into the development of the work I get to do from content creation, planning, and execution does take the unseen commitment of my husband and kids. Also the guidance of the mentors in my life who are incredible women in business have helped me dream beyond myself. Understanding that it’s not just talent that sustains you, but solid strategies, efforts, and understanding how to serve others make such a difference.
So thank you guys, because you believe even when I’ve doubted.
Carterlite Photography – Abbie Franklin (for first photo headshot)