What is an Inspirationalist? Well, technically, it’s a made up title I have given those who have, against all odds, devoted their life to their passion. I have asked Mischaela a series of questions to understand the view into her journey.
Who is Mischaela?
Mischaela Advani is the author of How To Run In Heels, a book for women who “run in heels” in business and in life. She defines “running in heels” as a mindset, not a footwear choice, a mindset best summed up as running on all 8 cylinders without compromising the unique aspects that make women so powerful.
As a busy professional, who operates at the exact intersection of business and technology and a woman married to a busy entrepreneur, Mischaela has all but patented the “running in heels” mentality. Her blog, How To Run In Heels was created as an extension of her book and serves as a destination for high-achieving women seeking inspiration, and a humorous read on women’s issues, fashion, professional and career development advice and current events.
A staunch advocate for global women’s equality and economic empowerment, she sits on the United States National Committee for UN Women and is part of the Ms. Tech community, an initiative to connect women in business and women in tech. When she isn’t developing new technology, writing, or advocating for women’s rights, Mischaela serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Fashion Foundation and works to develop the foundation and support Chicago’s fashion community and emerging design talent.
If you were to give yourself a title, what would it be?
Chief Strategy Officer of my own life and Editor in Chief of my own story.
I firmly believe that you can create the life you want and develop the world you want to live in. I strive every day to get a bit closer to my idea of utopia, and so far I’ve come a long way towards realizing my goals.
What is one word that describes what you do?
What is your current challenge?
My current challenge is writing my first book, balancing a sometimes demanding career, and dutifully developing a nonprofit organization as a member of the board of directors. All three things are very close to my heart, so it can be hard on especially grueling days to channel all of my passion into all three. Like most women in business, I have to challenge myself to prioritize my agenda without compromising my work/life balance. As a newlywed, I can’t wait to spend time with my husband but sometimes our individual schedules prevail.
What is your current motivation?
I am constantly motivated by personal growth. I tend to take opportunities not based on how comfortable I am with doing them.
A bit of uncertainty, and the pressing urgency to rise to the occasion, is always motivating to me.
What do you associate the colour red with?
I would have to say I associate the color red with power and positive energy.
The ancient Roman nobility wore flaming red cloaks to symbolize their power and ever since then the Western world has associated the color with action and purpose. I’m an Aries (for whatever that is worth) and red is assigned to our zodiac sign because we are passionate, charismatic, headstrong, and a bit power hungry.
How do you describe what you do to your family?
I generally explain my professional work as the exact center point where business and technology meet.
When I am explaining my UN involvement, I describe to them the challenges that our world faces in terms of preserving human dignity and providing a basic level of care for all people and things.
As for my creative endeavors, I tend to explain those in fewer words…my family has always been aware of my love of writing…so that requires no explanation.
How do you start and end your day?
I always start my day by reading The Skimm, I absolutely have to know what is going on in the world as soon as I wake up. If I don’t have a firm grasp on the world at large, I can’t go about my day.
I also think about the one goal today that I will achieve, and a larger goal that I will make progress on. This gets me energized to get up and get going.
I end my day spending time talking with my husband about any number of things. I am his unofficial advisor on general world knowledge and current events, and he is my business advisor…we keep each other in the loop.
To what do you owe where you are at right now, to?
Firstly, my internal drive. I wouldn’t be where I am without my own internal fire to continually progress forward. Secondly, I owe a great deal to my husband who has continuously encouraged, advised, and supported me through setbacks, challenges, and roadblocks. He has always known who I truly am and pushed me towards becoming the woman I am destined to be. He never lets me sell myself short and knows what I am capable of, perhaps more than anyone…even myself.
Why be inspired by Mischaela?
Mischaela’s accomplishments is not driven by the selfish needs to be famous, and rich. She validates her success by the impact it makes to the world (and not just her world!). She views balance not as a hinderence, but as a challenge and she pushes right through. I have always believed that you make time for what really matters to you, and Mischaela is a reflection of someone who is genuine about her causes because she is dedicated to them. When learning about Mischaela, I couldn’t help but think of one of my favourite Gandhi quotes, “We must become the change we want to see in the world.” Mischaela has taken that philosophy, put trendy shoes on it, and marched it along her inspiring path.
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