She serves up self-care with a side of realness, and is all about creating connections through conversations. Her honesty reminds us how much we can learn from others stories, and her resilience teaches us to always keep moving forward and be gentle on ourselves, “lessons are re-created as an invitation for us to go deeper, and if we choose to resist and avoid this invitation, we’ll repeat what we don’t repair”. Keep reading for more inspiration from this week’s Woman of Ace, Dora Kamau.
Ace: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )
Dora: No hustle here, just working passionately from my heart on things that matter and hopefully matter to others in this world. I’m the heartbeat (or the founder, formally speaking) behind Bliss Your Heart, which is an in-person and online platform rooted in self-care, self-love and mental health. Throughout the year, I facilitate and host workshops and events that allow me to share my story, and create meaningful connections and conversations.
Ace: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )
Dora: After experiencing two near death experiences in my lifetime (at birth and at the hands of an ex-partner), subjecting myself to horrible relationships and friendships, overcoming a battle of depression and anxiety, I would later find out that these shortcomings would give birth to my purpose. My soul’s mission is to guide women on their journey to wellness and wholeness, and I’ve found that by speaking and owning my undeniable truth creates and holds space for women to do the same.
Ace: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?
Dora: My dream job growing up was to become a pediatrician. I think I knew at a young age that I would be in service to others, one way or another. I was really drawn to caring for people. I can remember pretending to be a nurse to my clumsy brother, and having a band aid kit to clean his wounds and care for his bruises. I’m still the same way now — I care for those who I love and because I love myself so deeply, I’m able to care and love for all those around me. BUT, going through what I went through I became disconnected from that, and I had to work to recover and remember what it meant to be supportive and nurturing. Now that I’ve done the work, that child in me that loved to love and care for others influences who I am daily.
Ace: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?
Dora: Authentic. Humorous. Loving.
Ace: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Dora: Besides Oprah and Beyoncé, it would be my partner. He came into my life at a time where I needed him the most, but had no idea.He embodies self-love and has taught me so much about what it means to truly love, value and honour yourself. He’s so incredible, just full of integrity and love, and has never wanted me to be anything but myself. He’s a constant breath of fresh air.
Ace: What does the term “Boss Babe” mean to you?
Dora: When I hear the word boss babe, I imagine being free to do whatever it is that you love. Being a boss doesn’t always mean that you need to be in control of others, sometimes life requires you to be the boss of your own life and having such immense power is freedom.
Ace: How do you empower other women?
Dora: I empower women by being myself and staying true to who I am.
Ace: What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another woman?
Dora: “Don’t dilute your potency.” Maryam Hasnaa who is a a spiritual teacher and great mentor of mine said this at an event that she hosted, and it has stuck with me since then. She spoke on mastering your craft and focusing on one thing that you’re good at, and sharing that with the world. I think in this day and age, it’s so easy to get distracted and want to do any and everything which can cause us to spread our talents thin.
Ace: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
Dora: This question speaks for itself — every failure is a lesson. From all my “failures” I’ve learned incredible lessons by being able to look at them as lessons, and continuously learning from them.
Ace: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?
Dora: I focus on my breath, I have a bath, or I journal.
Ace: What legacy do you hope to be remembered for?
Dora: I haven’t thought that far… hopefully I’m actually remembered. But honestly speaking, I hope the legacy I leave paves the way for other black women to step into their purpose, and not be afraid to share their gifts and talents with the world.
Ace: Where can we find out more about you so we can continue to support you?
Dora: To find out more about me, head on over to my website and of course on my social media pages.