This week, we chat with the lovely Grace Dela Cruz, owner of Lōkahi Scrunchies. In our interview, she shares how her path has not been direct, ranging from becoming a Red Seal Chef at age 22 to working in aviation for 12+ years, to most recently, starting her own hair accessories company. Grace's story will definitely speak to those who have pursued the path less traveled and listened to their heart's calling. Continue reading below to learn more all about this #wingwoman, Grace!
1. What makes you happy?
Pre-covid, spending time with my friends and loved ones, traveling as often as possible and going to fitness classes. Currently during this pandemic, knowing that my family is safe even though I can’t see them. Sunshine and good food has always made me happy too!
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to take risks and quit telling yourself “you can’t/won’t succeed” because you will achieve anything you work towards!
3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
Starvation. No one should go a day without having access to clean water and a proper meal.
4. How did you find your purpose?
I don’t think that I have. I think we are constantly evolving. I am always seeking more. I went from wanting to be a chef and getting my red seal at 22, to returning to school, now working in aviation for +12 years and then almost a year ago starting a company (Lōkahi Scrunchies) for handmade hair accessories and going to school for Social Media Marketing. I enjoy and am blessed for my career as a flight attendant, but it’s not the last thing I’ll be doing I’m sure!
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
It surprises a lot of people, but I’m actually an introverted extrovert. Once I’m comfortable, I’m extremely outgoing, but in the beginning stages, I can be quite shy, so it can sometimes be difficult for me to get outside of my shell and build a bond.
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
I think it has taught me to have more patience but also to know my value and not put so much energy towards anyone or anything that doesn’t bring positivity to the friendship.
7. Who are your SHEroes (AKA female heroes)?
My current SHEro would be BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
I’ve read and am re-reading “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis.
9. Where can we find you?
You can follow my travel & food adventures on instagram! My handle is @oneflyfoodie and of course, there’s my labour of love @lokahiscrunchies, or you can head straight to the website: shoplokahi.com