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Michi Calica Sotto on growing wiser

What do you do for a living, and what are the things that make you feel more alive?

I am a green collar 'stylepreneur' and bicoastal venturer - food, shelter, clothing are my business points of interests. I feel most alive the minute I wake up, ever thankful for a new day. I feel alive when I percolate fresh ideas. Whether they are business ideas, or just humorous ideas. I feel alive when I play Vivaldi at 4 am, fix my coffee and paint in silence. I feel alive when I converse and laugh with my daughters. I feel youthful with Erin (21) , Iana (20) and Ada (14) they are my captive audience and think I am the funniest person they know. I feel alive when I paddleboard at dawn.

How old are you?


What do you think is the biggest challenge, and the best thing, about being your age?

Biggest challenge is when younger people dismiss you as : Oh she's old na (like we are obsolete) They can learn a lot from us! As I know we can from them. Best part is, I have absolutely nothing - I repeat, nothing to prove.

How have you grown wiser in the past two years?

I've grown wiser exponentially, thru the toughest 2 years, battling my second bout with thyroid cancer during the height of the pandemic. Generally speaking businesses were down, mental health and relationships consequently challenged. I decided to have faith, be courageous and resilient. When there are problematic times, this means there are problems to solve. When you find a way to solve problems during these harrowing times, you find an opportunity for business and so much more.

What are the best pieces of life advice you have ever received?

Take one day at a time. Walk before you can fly - my father said this. Get down on your knees and pray. The Lord Jesus asked us to do this.

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