Roseline Deronvil is a stay at home wife, mom, homeschooling educator who somehow finds a way to balance a busy life despite the juggling act.
She's also an entrepreneur who runs Triogah, an online business that sells handmade artisan soaps made with all natural vegetable oils and luxurious butters.
The last 15 years have been challenging for Roseline. After her wedding, she only had a year to manage being a wife and mother. A few years later, the family made the decision to home school their first born Giana. With two more beautiful children, AJ and Hannah, added to the fold, Roseline enjoys taking care of her family while pursuing entrepreneurship endeavors despite the hardships.
What would you say most motivates you to do what you do?
When I see the end results of my kids. As parents, we sacrifice our lives for the betterment of our children. Watching them grow, learn, and blossom keep me motivated.
Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to be doing what you’re doing today?
After I obtained my Bachelors of Arts in Business Management and Economics I decided to pursue my masters in Information technology while most of my friends were getting married. A few years after I got my masters degree, I got married and became a stay at home mom! Never in a million years did I think I would do that. Those little human beings changed my life! The time that I spent over the years nurturing them has been immeasurable. I've learned a lot about myself and have picked up a few more skills and trades along the way.
Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life?
My mentors are my parents. They migrated from Haiti and worked hard to provide for my brothers and I. They made sure we were rooted in Christ. Prayer was prioritized in the family every morning and night. They are firm and always talked about how important education is.
How It All Started
I felt no one was fit enough to take care of my children better than me. Homeschooling was a hard decision to make, especially since the kids were attending private school. It was uncharted territory for some many reasons.
For one, I was walking away from a Masters Degree and what could have been a nice paying corporate job. Secondly, the concept of homeschooling was foreign in our community. Thank God, my husband Pierre and I have been able to make the necessary sacrifices for the betterment of our children and their futures.
We want to raise our children according to the Bible, educate them above and beyond the average textbook, equip them with life skills, and accomplish financial freedom. I appreciate the public school system because it facilitated my education career. However, I've come to realize that I could've done so much more in life if I was better equipped. I want to make sure I pass those learned lessons down to my children and generations to come.
How I Balance
Balance is a fleeting word. I wake up early and focus on three things that fuel my day.
1. Plan, plan, plan! Plan my teaching curriculum, meal prep, family and kids' activities.
2. Develop a discipline of following a schedule and empower the children to be independent.
3. Create systems to facilitate time for family, self-care, and Triogah products.
This may sound simple, but trust me it's a lot of work!
The Entrepreneur Life
I am working on building my online business, Triogah at the moment. I am most passionate about living natural and healthy lifestyle. I’ve been making my own skin products for the last ten years. I’ve always made it for my house of course and would share with friends and family. I’ve realized that it is something that I am passionate about and I want to share with the others.
The key turning point for me was when I saw how natural products healed my oldest daughter's skin from eczema. The more her skin cleared up, the higher my motivation grew. I began to do a lot of research and took classes to educate myself more about the field. I watched YouTube videos and learned the history behind it. I am in the process of becoming a certified Herbalist. I'm fascinated by the science and shocked to see the medicinal properties in essential oils. So far, Triogah is the result of my journey.
Although my family was supportive in using the products I was making, I wasn't prepared for the added responsibilities and strains that came with being an entrepreneur.
There isn't enough time in a day! After homeschooling, cooking, sports/extracurricular activities, and business tasks, some days I go to bed bone tired! There were days it was a struggle making time to work on my craft and ideas.
Failures and Successes
Yes!! I've failed on multiple levels before, but thank God I never quit. There were instances where I didn’t take time to write goals down and didn’t believe that I could achieve them. Thank God I didn't camp out in those moments. Instead, I brainstormed short and long term goals. Believe that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
It definitely makes me feel good every time I create a product, someone buys it and is satisfied. The most rewarding memory was when I took a break from making the products and my family kept complaining about not having soaps and lotion to use. They complained about the store bought products even though they were purchased from Whole Foods natural store. When I finally made some, I was elated to see how content they were with my products and how nice it made their skins feel!
Reflections and Lessons
I've learned to write goals down and make time for them no matter what. Of course, family comes first, but be stubborn about your passion. The reason I say that is sometimes we have an idea, but it's not nurtured. Other times, we try to move too fast instead of focusing on perfecting one thing at a time. If I could rewind the hands of time, I would sell the heck out of one soap like Madam CJ Walker did.
The benefits of doing what I do are to educate and empower my family and others. When it comes to my business, I like to encourage people to pay attention to what goes into their skin because it is the most important organ in our bodies. It's challenging to hear people hesitate to support my skin products without realizing that they spend more money when they use the commercial ones. Not to mention the added funds lost on breakouts, allergy medications, etc.....
I'm looking forward to setting my family up for success on multiple levels, especially my children. Also, to see my products on the shelves of mainstream stores as well as boutiques. I am looking forward to GROWTH.