The Girl On The Rooftop

Dress: Jessica Angel Collection Necklace: Charlene K

Dress: Jessica Angel Collection
Necklace: Charlene K

1. Tell us about your creative endeavors and what lead you to becoming an entrepreneur?

HH: “My dad was an entrepreneur, so growing up he was really the one who taught me so much. He taught me that you have to work hard to get what you want. Growing up, I always watched him be so resilient. I watched him go through the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur; having both success’ and failures. When he failed, I always watched him pick himself back up. He never played it safe. He always took big risks and held our family together even when they failed. And so he taught me to always go after what I want and not be afraid, because one thing no one can ever take away is my character; a resilient, strong, loving heart. Regardless of what happens on the outside, live with no regrets.”

They say that’s what a true entrepreneur does, right? They say fail fast so that you’ll get right back up and do it all over again.

HH: “Yeah, exactly, and I watched him do just that. It is all about character. Knowing that you already are instilled with strength and resiliency, no matter the outside conditions, make it much easier to take risks. I always say to people, “Look at your life! Things always turned out okay, right?” That is proof that you are this person! So if you take this jump, no matter what is going to happen — even if it flops so hard — you will pick yourself right back up again, as you always do... because you are a badass— haha!

Dress: Jessica Angel Collection Necklace: Charlene K Shoes: Vintage

Dress: Jessica Angel Collection
Necklace: Charlene K
Shoes: Vintage

That ́s a good role model to have. What is the name of your dating app and what can we expect from it? How is it different from all the other dating apps out there?

HH: “It’s called GOATdate. GOAT stands for “Greatest Of All Time,” because in the context of online dating, it definitely is the greatest of all time. I feel like we have solved many of the problems that result in no connection when online dating today. It’s a dating app without all the BS that comes with other dating apps; no time wasted going back and forth all day over messages, no cat-fishing, no games, and no in person dates that aren’t worth your time. We are doing dating apps in a new way helping people avoid wasting their time. This app is made for real

people who want to cut to the chase. It’s about connecting with people and being your total self, but doing it in the most efficient way possible.”

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So the big question that everyone wants to know of course, if you have this dating app and you’re going to be launching it. Are you in a relationship?

HH: “Of course, even though I was single for six years, in the midst of creating a dating app to solve my own problems on them, I meet my prince charming. It’s funny how life works like that!”

Do you want to tell us a little more about him? Or the process?

HH: “Yes. Of course, he works in my industry, which it’s extra funny because I always said “I will never date someone I work with”— and yet, here I am—haha! But, truly, he is just the best guy in the world. His core is so pure and good. He inspires me.”

How does he feel about the app and that whole process?

HH: “I met him soon after I started GOATdate. He is so supportive. Last night he was up with me late just helping me on the stuff I needed help with. He is so happy for me and empowers me. He loves when I am in “boss mode” as he calls it— haha!”

It helps to have an empowering partner, especially if you are an entrepreneur.

HH: “Yeah, and I didn’t know that I would meet someone like him during this time, but I can’t imagine going through this without him, because it takes so much strength. It’s a rollercoaster starting a business. And I can’t imagine him not being there as a constant. He has been such a rock for me.”

Congratulations!

HH: “Yeah, thank you! It’s crazy! I remember thinking, Will I ever love someone again? Who could it possibly be?! But now, I couldn’t even dream of someone more perfect. I am so grateful.”

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Sounds like your soulmate!

HH: Yeah!! Hahaha.

So when can we expect to use your app? When will it launch?

HH: “In the meantime, follow us on social media @goatdate on everything. It will be on Apple and Android soon.”

That ́s super cool! You’re more than just an entrepreneur. You act, you have a podcast, you have a lot going on in your life. How do you manage all of your creative projects? What’s your formula?

HH: “First of all, I think the whole idea of balance is a difficult thing. I mean, when do we ever have everything perfect? It’s never going to be! There’s always going to be something that is off balance, so there is no way that I could say, ‘Oh yeah, I am perfect at managing it all — let me tell you my formula.’ It’s not possible. So, the way I manage it is by doing the best that I can, and I know that that’s enough. As long as I feel fulfilled and genuinely happy, that is all that matters. If I have an off day/week, I figure out the root and get myself back to feeling alive again. Life is so precious , and I just make sure every day to focus on loving as much as I can; the people I’m working with, the strangers I see passing by, each moment, I just try to pour out as much love as I can. And that’s the best thing I can say to manage it, do the best you can— cause working to find ‘perfect balance’ is a constant challenge.” ☺

Dress: Jessica Angel Collection Necklace: Charlene K Shoes: Vintage

Dress: Jessica Angel Collection
Necklace: Charlene K
Shoes: Vintage

Team Credits:

Photographer: Brandon Moningka
Website: brandonmoningka.com

Producer / Fashion Stylist: Patty Cruz
Website: pattycruz.me

Makeup Artist: Hazel Guillen
Talent:Heather Hopkins

Photo Assistant: Christine Moningka

Stylist Assistants: FCI Fashion School

BTS: Randy Gonzalez