Black Women in Business CREATING THE LIFE THEY WANT!
Intentionality is everything and when your t-shirt business affirms you during your time of loss, you heal. In a time of loss, Nitra Love of Atlanta, GA released her feelings on motivational tees. With the idea of PUSH THROUGH being a personal mantra, Nitra is about hard work and making it happen. It’s hard to go through life feeling like you’re not good enough. It’s not a healthy way to live. We love that this queen recognizes that the hidden traumas can prevent you from living a fulfilled life. Even more self-doubt kills your soul. We are learning that the secret to self-love is digging up our dirt and facing it head on. The Miss Intentional brand is bold, loud and inspiring. This t-shirt line gives a voice to those who want to live a purposeful and intentional life. We can tell by her book recommendations: Luviee, I’m Judging You, Jennifer Lewis, The Mother of Black Hollywood and Mike Epps, Unsuccessful Thug that Nitra has taken a “loss” and turned it into wins. Simply put, sometimes we all need to reclaim our worth, combat negative thoughts and make a change. We’d like to introduce you to the Queen of adjusting your crown with a smile!
With the way life plays out, there are a lot of out of control things that are simply out of our control. Fortunately, there will always be one essential factor that we can have the sole power of: our energy. Robin White, also known as Robin the Reiki, is an incredible woman who balances several roles while based in Atlanta, Georgia. Energy healer. Yoga coach. Tireless humanitarian. You go girl. Robin created her business with determination to empower the people of her community to start pursuing a sustainability, healthy lifestyle. Her company, Robin the Reiki, stands for embracing the ability that everyone has to restore what has always been theirs: good, good energy. The journey with self-love starts when you courageously decide to listen to yourself and your own intuition! Don’t be afraid; you’ll be surprised with how much you like what you have to say. Interested in learning more about healing your energy? Robin recommends the read, “Healing Harmony and Hopefulness - 7 Effective Ways in Healing Energy” by LaTonia and Titus Mathis. We are grateful for your generous and wise healing, Robin. We’d like to introduce you to Robin, Queen of Good Energy!
It’s true that you’re never fully dressed without a smile, but it’s also crucial that you’ve got an actual style for yourself. Regardless of your field, you’ll feel your absolute best when you look your best! Reiko Foster, an educator-turned-stylist based in Houston, loved to dress up for the classroom. The teaching veteran is now empowering and encouraging other teachers to discover their own fashion while they take on the timeless job of educating our future. Reiko wants her clients to send messages to the world without even saying a word; she refers to wardrobe as a form of self-care, and we can all imagine how much educators need to embrace that! Deciding how to present yourself is a factor we fortunately have control over; might as well make it incredible, ya know? When Reiko’s not styling educators or speaking at conferences, she’s tuned in to one of her favorite podcasts, “Gettin’ Grown”. We admire your fashionable and scholarly eye, Reiko. We are excited for you to meet Reiko, Queen of Stylish Studies!
Life should be a wonderfully crafted combination of daring elements, fulfilling work, and appropriately-spiced moments. Life should be like...gumbo. Jenell Gilyard, owner of the magnificent Neon Gumbo Design Studio based in Denver, Colorado, thinks life should be as satisfying as your favorite bowl of comfort and nutrients. Jenell is using her creative services to empower dreamers and the brilliant businesses they have. Having her fair share of rough times, Jenell works to not only allow the space and freedom for her to evolve as a human, but offers the same to her clients. Her journey with self-love reminds her that life is transformative: regardless if it’s personal or professional matters, you are able to add, alter, and remove whatever doesn’t serve you. While she’s not whipping up a thrilling new branding plan for her clients, Jenell is making good use of the app “Simple Habit” (she recommends you do too!). Thank you for fulfilling our creative appetites, Jenell. We’d love to introduce you to Jenell, Queen of Design!
A key component to loving the skin you’re in is taking great care of that skin. In a world that’s becoming more green and clean conscious, the natural route is always an excellent path. Eight One Face + Body, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is an all-natural, gender-neutral company that stands for promoting healthier lifestyle choices, starting with the products you use for your skin. Temara Payton, the enriching owner of this brand, strives to be act as an agent of positive change in her community. She is using her brand to not only greatly improve the skin and health of others, but to build awareness and connections with those within her community. Temara’s biggest take on self-love? It’s a true gem: validate yourself before you allow others to validate you. Start where you are, and make a conscious effort to nourish yourself before you can bloom for the benefit of others. When she’s not mixing up miraculous skincare products, Temara is catching up on a few of her favorite books: “The Thing is..” by Alecia White, “The Esther Effect” by Arionna Anderson, and “Becoming” by our forever First Lady Michelle Obama. We are in awe of your natural craft, Temara. We’d like to introduce you to Temara, Queen of Skincare!
Representation is essential in all fields of livelihood. It’s especially essential that this representation is authentic, transparent, and enlightening in every form. Christine Carter, an incredible writer and global marketing strategist based in Baltimore, Maryland, has been using her successful career in marketing to serve as a leader to an audience completely relatable to her: Black millennials and millennial mom consumers. Christine is inspired by fellow mothers who strive everyday to thrive in both their work and home life, and she is committed to reducing the all-too familiar stress and hardships that comes with finding that balance. In addition to a bomb support system, self-love is crucial as well; being able to decide when to take a break for your own well-being is honestly non-negotiable. To practice growing self-love, Christine recommends reading, “The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive” by Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff. We love that you’ve taken your business and personal experience to pass along to the younger generation, Christine. We pray your gift keeps on giving. We’d love to introduce you to Christine, Queen of Marketing!
How lovely is it when you look as good as you are on the inside? Hint: it’s pretty exhilarating. Styled by Charae, servicing proudly to the DFW area, stands for “freedom of self”; honoring your personal style is her thing! Charae Tucker, the fashionable and fearless founder, believes that everyone deserves to look and feel their best, regardless of their lifestyle. Empowerment is not only a feeling, but a look; Charae is committed to helping others discover their look that will enhance their pep in their step. Style and self-love makes an excellent duo; being intentional about what you want for your life plays a huge role in how you allow self-love to seep in. The same way you pick and choose what to cover your body in, choose how you want to love yourself. Self-love is always a beautiful look on you; we want to remind you to choose it everytime. Charae recommends these books on your personal journey to self-love: “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero, and “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” by Lysa TerKeurst. We admire your dedication to making everyone look as worthy as they are, Charae. We’d love to introduce you to Charae Tucker, Queen of Style!
Allow us to introduce you to Caroline. After meeting Prince Charming, Caroline thought life and love had been fulfilled. However, after a rocky patch in her marriage, Caroline came to realize her dream had turned into a nightmare. A victim of an abusive husband, she fled to start her life anew. Broken by her mistreatment, it wasn’t until she uncovered the importance of herself and the need to love who she is did she start to turn her life around.
Navigating through this life requires essential protection: protection of your hair; protection of your mind, soul and body; and especially, protection of your skin. Vitamins, sunscreen and water will always do your body good, but natural skincare is an excellent step in the right, glowing direction. Ariella Beamon, an esthetician with a flourishing talent, is using her company, Looks Skin Studio, to teach the importance of practicing natural skincare. Looks Skin Studio, located in Plano, Texas, is using their excellent customer service to spread the good word of natural skincare, and the power that it truly holds. Ariella’s secret to gaining a true, natural glow? Personal mantras: encouraging your body to bloom everyday really does wonders! Ariella recommends to read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho to stimulate your mind. We are in awe of your dazzling ways, Ariella. Your glow is only becoming brighter from here. We’d love to introduce you to Ariella, Queen of Glow!
The soulful and ever-so-relevant Lauryn Hill once said, “How you gone win if you ain’t right within?” We must admit...an excellent point was made. Soul On Purpose, thriving out of Baltimore, Maryland, is dedicated to bringing women of color what they are in dire need of: balance. Life is busy; with our energies being spent in several different directions, sometimes all you need is a little guidance. Tanefa Wallace, founder of Soul On Purpose, believes that guidance stems primarily from holistic self-care. During her journey to self-love, Tanefa constantly reminded herself to put herself first. Rather it was rain or shine, she was always ready to break it down to build it all up again; all while always keeping herself the priority. Soul on Purpose stands for women of color who want to strive in their own goals and dreams, and recognize the key component in being able to do so is starting by living positively for themselves. Tanefa’s book, “The Lies You Tell”, is a powerful 21-day devotional filled with affirmations and scriptures crafted to help guide women of color into feeling confident and secure in finding their divine purpose. We admire your soul, Tanefa. We’d love to introduce you to Tanefa Wallace, Queen of Purpose
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