Name: Galena Simova
Occupation: Marketing Manager at Scania Bulgaria and Co-owner of GoMama
Current Location: Sofia
GLOW year: 2003
Tell us about yourself – what are you doing, where are you?
I currently live in Sofia, got married a couple of years ago and just became a mom two months ago, so currently my main job is to take care of little Victor. But otherwise I work as a Marketing manager at Scania Bulgaria and currently co-founded GoMama. So basically, at the moment one can say I have three jobs
What do you love about your job?
My main job in the marketing sphere is amazing because it gives me freedom to make things happen, my project GoMama gives me satisfaction because we make people lives easier. My job as a mom is the best, I love everything about it
Walk us through your day.
Recently I will wake up when Victor wakes up, usually 6-7am, feed him and then go to bed for an hour or two more, after that I take him with me in the living room and open my lap top. And then till the end of the day which usually is around 11pm, I work while taking care of him
What “rules” do you live by?
Take care of yourself and the ones you love, say you love them every day, pay attention to the simple things in live and smile as often as you can
What is the greatest thing about education?
I can say about the greatest thing about my education: after high school I went to Germany to graduate from Jacobs University Bremen. And this was the place that gave me all the work discipline I have now and all the greatest friends I have all around the globe.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My teacher in the preliminary school, she taught me so much in life and I was inspired to make things happen, to find out there were no impossible things in life.
What are you passionate about?
Marketing, Music, Love
Which experiences in life helped you become the person you are?
Definitely GLOW camps, university education in Germany, meeting my husband and having the most wonderful son in the world
When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?
My family helps me go through the difficult situations I go through and mainly my husband.
Which are the things for which we should always find time? Why are they important?
Smile, laugh, love…
What books do you consider must read?
Oh…. they are too many but the ones that first come to my mind are: The Great Gatsby, The picture of Dorian Gray, The importance of being Earnest
Tell us something interesting that very few people know about you!
I was in love with Bryan from Backstreet boys when I was 3rd grade
What is your advice for the young people?
Go and study abroad, get good education and come back in BG to put your efforts and potential in business, politics etc. I think this is the only way in which our country will recover and become a great place to live which we all want.
Share with us your favourite most inspirational piece – article/ story/ talk/ video!
Here is one that I recently found: http://www.ted.com/talks/nigel_marsh_how_to_make_work_life_balance_work.html
Tell us about your new business project:
It is a service offered both for homes and offices; it is designed to make people’s lives easier and happier basically you can hire a housemaid to clean, do the laundry, iron your shirts, decorate your Christmas tree or whatever you do not want to or do not have time to do. It is affordable and easily accessible. You go to www.gomama.bg and in 2 clicks you can save time and go out with friends while your place is perfectly cleaned in 4 hours and you pay 35lv for all that.
What would you advise the girls who hesitate whether to start their own business?
Just do it No matter what happens… at the end of the day that is a great experience you will gain and if not from the first time, then from the next time, things will happen the way you want them to.