We had the good fortune of connecting with Minerva Lynn Adame and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Minerva Lynn, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I would have to say that the number one secret to my success is God! Anything that I do whether that’s through my blog, nonprofit, or showing up for others in person or online – it is to bring Him honor and glory. I go to God before starting something and consult with Him through prayer throughout the process of working on projects.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I will start with my blog, Minerva Lynn Adame blog, which was created a couple of years back and I have always been a creative person ever since I was little. I would draw, paint, and write, and all throughout my life, I wrote about things that I would go through. Well back in about 2017 I started a blog and it started off as a private blog for one whole year I kept it to myself and would publish articles regularly, but I was not ready to share until 2018. That is when I made my blog public and I have been blogging ever since and the topics that I mainly talk about are faith and disability inclusion, as well as fashion, psychology, and education but the main thing is Faith and disability inclusion. What sets me apart is God and my family’s story and I love sharing about God, my life, and heart on my blog.
With business skills and things like that, I learned from my husband and my in-laws, they are entrepreneurs and I just kind of learned by observing. Seeing how to run a business and if I ever have any questions, I just asked him or anyone in the family and everyone is open and helpful. It is not easy being an entrepreneur and I just try to be better than the person I was yesterday and just keep constantly growing and improving little by little each day. What I would want the world to know about my brand and my story is that I would not be who I am or where I am today without God. With my blog and my story, I had to learn a lot of things on my own and that is one of the main things that I want to address in my blog is that I know how it feels to be alone and not know how to do something. I do not want any other mom who goes through things alone or having to make decisions for her child who has a disability by herself. I have done it and it is lonely at times and I just want to serve as a friend and as someone who will be supportive and encouraging for other moms and that is what Minerva Lynn Adame blog is, a safe place for moms to go and be supported and really help each other on this disability family journey.
With Empower 3 nonprofit what sets us apart is that we are a faith-based nonprofit, and we serve the disability community directly. Our mission is to show the love of Christ to every special needs family by equipping, empowering, and encouraging them with compassion and resources. We do so by providing a podcast which is Empower3 Nonprofit on Spotify and Anchor. As well as providing an online support group for the families and that can be found on our Facebook page. We also have a resource program where we provide consultation of referrals to families and send care packages to the family’s home. That is what I am most excited about is to able to serve other families like mine and let them know that they are not alone.
Empower3 Nonprofit operates through the fiscal sponsorship of another nonprofit which is Women’s Nonprofit Alliance, and they take care of all our backend work. And as far as learning how nonprofits work, all throughout my life I have worked with nonprofits, in the very beginning as a recipient as a teen and learning how to be a Special Needs Mom. I benefited from a lot of nonprofits and then later I began volunteering with nonprofits all throughout my adulthood and most recently I worked with Created Woman Nonprofit and after that is when Empower3 Nonprofit was launched with my sister-in-love, Francisca. The rest of Empower3’s history is still being written and every single day is trial, and error and I love what I get to do and with whom. Challenges have come up, but you know what, I go to God first and He takes care of everything. In addition, having my business partner as well helps and she and I come together, and we work so well together as a team. What I would like the world to know about my brand and story for Empower 3 nonprofit is that we are here for the special needs families. And that you are not alone, we are here to help you and your family in any way that we possibly can. I know that your family may go through things and it is really challenging at times but please know that we support you and that we love you and we will lift you up in prayer always. We are also here to equip the general community about disability inclusion and compassion. Empower3 Nonprofit truly only wants the best for the disability community.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If one of my best girlfriends was visiting Austin, Texas with me for the week. We’d have somewhere to go each day as well as some time to rest and catch up. Such as going to outdoor scenic places, like on a boat on Lake Travis, having brunch at the Oasis restaurant, taking time to rest at Lakeway Resort and Spa, hitting up a dance studio, going to the museums in downtown Austin, climbing up to see the 360 bridge and then climbing the stairs to experience Mount Bonnell, having dinner at any of the amazing Mexican restaurants, and shopping in the Domain!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I think about this it makes me tear up because my story and success are not all done on my own. The many people who have and will continue to support me through my success journey fill me with so much gratitude and awareness of how blessed I truly am. First and foremost the biggest shout-out I could ever give, is to God (Jesus Christ) and everything I will ever do is for His honor and glory. Next, I’d like to give a shout to my family, specifically my biggest supporter – my husband Jesse, my two beautiful daughters – Athena and Valencia, my parents for their lifetime of wisdom and support – Alfred and Melissa Galvan, my brother Alfred, my sister Marissa and her family, my in-laws for all their support, my sister-in-love, Francisca, for being my business partner with Empower3 Nonprofit, my close supportive girlfriends who support me through everything, and the community that I serve through my blog and nonprofit.
Instagram: @minervalynnadame @empowerthree
Bessy Martinez (for the yellow picture) Kim Tovar (for the family picture in red outfits)