Your Dreams Are Worth It
with Pamela Delgado
Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi, my name is Pamela Delgado. I am a mom of two toddlers living in NYC who started a side hustle by the name of Rawly Bold. It’s an ethically made graphic apparel line created to inspire, motivate and empower women while, donating some funds to charities. When I’m not working you’ll find me either entertaining my kiddos or doing an intense workout class, as it helps me stay somewhat zen. I thoroughly enjoy traveling, learning about other cultures and food. I love food and I am always hungry. Lol
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Oh absolutely, I was talking to a friend of mine about my thoughts to start a company of what is now Rawly Bold and she laughed. I will never forget that. People’s perceptions affect me only if I think they’re right. This is something I wholeheartedly believe in and I’m glad to be following through.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Being an online business makes it hard to make that personal connection so, I am constantly in communication with our audience via social media. Email works great but social media, especially Instagram, is so much faster. I also do research to see what other big time brands are doing. I do not want to be like them but, I like to see what they’re doing to stay relevant especially when it comes to technology as it’s evolving rapidly.
Were you scared to start your business?
100 percent yes. I have invested my own money and time into this business. Being successful is my dream so, to essentially do something where you have a 50% chance of it going one way or the other is a huge risk. Nothing comes easy. If it did would we really appreciate it?
Why did you start your company?
Two things pushed me to start it. One, I experienced the wage gap and actually knew others actual base salaries. One thing is hearing about it on the news and the other is learning about the actual difference in salaries. In learning that I realized I cannot let my dreams be in the hands of someone else. Two, the world has become consistently negative and I wanted to create something where positivity is restored.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Trying to find a balance stressed me out and doing what I want to do makes me happy. There’s no such thing as balance for me. I’ve just come to believe that we really make time for what we want. It’s amazing how much we can get done in a day. Each day is different and I don’t like routine so, it works for me. However, my mornings always consist of getting my boys ready for the day/school while the rest of the day changes constantly. It’s less stress for me that way. Important deadlines definitely go on a calendar.
What motivates you most?
Being able to create the life of my dreams is motivating, aside from my two boys. The idea that there are no limits and I can push the pedal to the metal and see where this goes is exhilarating to be honest. Unfortunately, I am the type of person who is never satisfied and has the wildest dreams. So to work hard to the point that they’ll manifest and leave a legacy makes me hustle nonstop.
What is your greatest fear?
I have two- to fail as an entrepreneur and not see my kids as adults living their dreams. I have always wanted to be successful. That has forever been a dream. I’ve never known how I’d get there but, I have always known it’s attainable with hard work and obviously, my kids are just EVERYTHING.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Everyone’s journey is different. Nobody is you nor can do what you do. Focus on you. Believe in you and hustle your ass off to make your dreams come true. It will not be easy but, I promise your dreams are worth it. And it’s okay to not have your ducks in a row. JUST START.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I think people would be surprised to learn that although I have created such a powerfully positive company, I have my insecurities just like anybody else. Sometimes I need to hear and see the words that are on our clothes to inspire me just as I hope they’ll inspire others. Childbirth changed my body completely and it’s something I am still working to accept. My youngest is now 2 so, you can tell by the time it has been quite challenging.