We had the good fortune of connecting with Miyan Benita and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miyan, what’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
The most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was when I just graduated college. My sister and I were presented with the opportunity to live in Israel for 6 months and learn Hebrew for free while living on a kibbutz, working there and re-connecting with family we have there. I had to decide if I wanted to take risks and go on an adventure-of-a-lifetime with my sister or stay in Dallas and begin my corporate career search. I was faced with such a cool opportunity that I knew was unique but at the same time the thoughts of leaving the comforts of home, my boyfriend and friends, right out of college to move across the world and live in a foreign country where I didn’t speak the language and would barely know anyone was…terrifying. In retrospect, it was the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make because I was at a crossroads in my life and I wouldn’t be where I am today without that trip. I ended up becoming closer to my sister than ever before, learning Hebrew (I am now fluent), visiting family and spending time with them, earning my MBA degree and meeting my husband, Dekel. I think back to how thankful I am that I had the guts and curiosity to move so far away and be immersed in a different culture for that part of my life.Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a woman of many trades, or so I like to think. I freelance write for blogs, websites and magazines as well as create content for my own blog/website. I enjoy wearing my photographer hat when I get referrals from friends or when I travel. I shoot with a Nikon D5300 and love it! I get excited to do all things creative – I especially love to craft and paint. I can make jewelry and just recently got into calligraphy. I would love the world to know that I try to project positivity into anything I do in hopes to inspire others and give out good karma into the atmosphere!Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of the most exciting things to show friends that come to visit Dallas are the unique places we have that you can’t find elsewhere. The coolest areas to check out while here for a short time are Lowest Greenville, Knox/Henderson, Deep Ellum and Uptown. We would start each morning with coffee from a different cafe because there are so many cool ones around Dallas! LaLaLand Kind Cafe on Lowest Greenville is a cute cottage turned coffee shop and they have a “la la latte” that is a must-try. Another cute cafe is Ascension in the Design District, their lavender latte is insane. For lunch each day we would rotate BBQ from Pecan Lodge, tacos from Velvet Taco, pizza from Greenville Avenue Pizza Company or burgers from Shady’s in Lake Highlands. Dessert would entail donut ice cream sandwiches from Milk & Cream, macarons from Joy, cinnamon rolls from Cinnaholic and chocolate pie with pretzel crust from Emporium Pies in Bishop Arts District.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my family. To my husband, Dekel, who encourages me in everything I do, has my back no matter what and is my #1 fan. My mom and sister who are my cheerleaders and are always encouraging me in every aspect of life, they are truly my best friends.