Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: I am Lucille Willis, entrepreneur, and author of 21 Days of Praise: Seeking God’s Face Instead of His Hand. It is a transformational and inspirational guide to your spiritual praise journey to help you praise God for WHO He is, discover how the answers you seek are in your praise, and live your best life.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? After a twenty-one-day church fast at the beginning of the New Year, which was designed to create a closer spiritual relationship with God, I did feel closer to Him. However, I sensed in my spirit that something was missing. There was a nagging pull on my heart that would not allow me to be content with the fast. I heard the Holy Spirit say, “You have asked God for everything you wanted on the fast, so now go for twenty-one days of thanking Him. And don’t ask for anything. Just thank Him for everything.”
A couple of months after starting my praise journey, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that the twenty-one days of praise was a book. I never imagined that God was going to take my personal praise journey and put it into a book to encourage others to praise Him. I believe that because I was obedient, He blessed me with this book. The Holy Spirit has been the inspiration for the book and the title: 21 Days of Praise: Seeking God’s Face Instead of His Hand. I knew when I heard the title that I had to go to the next level and not just thank God for the things He has done but also had to seek His face and praise Him for who He is.
Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: My name is Sabrina Lee and I am a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina. I have reside in Georgia for the past 12 years. Over the past 15 years, I have worked in retail management and decided to become an entrepreneur and work for myself. Now, I am the owner of Live Love Slay Salon and I am also a full-time mom and wife.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? Making others feel good inspired me to pursue this area of interest. I enjoy making others, especially women feel great about themselves. All women enjoy having their hair done whether it is to embrace a new style, turning over a new leaf or just for a night out on the town! When clients leave my salon pleased with our service, those moments are constant reminders why I choose this profession.
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My name is Unique Walker. I am a wife, a mother of two sons, and a lifelong entrepreneur. After years of running a successful t-shirt business, I decided to share my blueprint with the women in my online community, and now, I coach women on their journeys to maximizing their potential and sharing their unique blueprints with the world. I am also a member of the Forbes Business Coaching Council.
Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: My name is Dr. Marlene Carson. While I have Dr. on my name now I wasn’t always called Dr. I am a SurThriver of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Taken at the age of 15 as a Virgin girl and put into prostitution. Today. I am a Survivor that is absolutely thriving in ministry, business and specifically social enterprise.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? I decided to pursue social enterprise because I knew that it would teach people how to do good better. Entrepreneurs have the ability to make an impact in the world and we want to leave a mark. So, I show entrepreneurs how to create sustainable profit for both their business and their passion projects.
Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: Meet Crystal Perkins, Servant of GOD, Woman of Faith and Courage, Speaker, Christian Entrepreneur, Wife, and Mother! Crystal's purpose was revealed during a season of trials, tribulations, setbacks, and losses. During that season of her life, GOD gave Crystal the assignment to share her testimony and Faith to inspire others.
After receiving the vision and assignment from GOD, Crystal abandoned her career and degrees to fulfill her purpose. Crystal currently spends her time encouraging others and sharing Faith through her Christian apparel company, Faithful Chics Boutique (@FaithfulChics). She also uses her social media platform and speaking engagements to inspire other to live Faith filled lives! Crystal is also currently building a nationwide company geared toward assisting inspiring and existing entrepreneurs with fulfilling their purpose, birthing their visions, and building successful businesses by FAITH.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? Basically, witnessing so many people live in bondage due to fear, opinions of others, and lack of motivation.
Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: My name is Jon'll Boyd and I am the owner and CEO of Completely Yours Events, an event planning and design firm in the Washington DC Area. Our competitive advantage is simple—We care about your event. Beyond our passion for our own industry, we develop a passion for yours. We understand that your annual conference, meeting, gala or event is at the heart of your organization.
It is the time when your members or associates network, it provides world class education, it shares the mission of your organization with ambassadors, and it generates revenue to ensure your strength in the future. We are experts in the event industry and provide our clients with a slate of new and progressive services along with our solid foundation of award winning event management skills built on over 15 years experience. I am also an advocate and mentor to beginning and transitioning planners who are struggling with understanding how to build the foundation of their business, incur a profit and provide an contagiously happy customer experience
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? I always say the event industry found me after I was downsized and let go from my corporate job. It came as quite the shock and a blow to my security so I knew moving forward I wanted to create experiences for and be of service to others on my own terms and not someone else's.
Introduce yourself and profession to the reader. My name is Sean D. Young. I am a single mother of two boys. I am a Certified Wedding Planner and I am a published romance novelist. I just earned my Bachelor’s degree in Computing from DePaul University.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? I’ve always been a lover of the written word and I love stories that end in… and they lived happily ever after.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit? I would say believe in your God-given ability as a writer. If you don’t have faith in yourself, no one else will. Make time to write every day, writers write and you can’t fix a blank page.
Read the kinds of books you’d like to write. You have to educate yourself within the genre in which you are interested. If you are going to self-publish your work, please invest in a good editor, graphic designer and proofreader. The worst thing you can do is present a book to the world that is filled with grammatical errors.
Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: Hello, I am Bershan Shaw, celebrity tv personality, International motivational speaker, Certified global business and life coach, author, two time stage four breast cancer survivor.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? I was told I had three months to live and to get my affairs in order by a doctor. I showed him. Don't let anyone tell you your path but you and GOD. I realized that I was bigger than my diagnosis. My prognosis is to uplift, inspire and heal women worldwide and I'm on a mission to do it.
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I'm Katrina Garnes and I'm a Digital Marketing professional. I'm the owner of Cold Storm Media. We provide online marketing solutions and strategies for small businesses and non-profit organizations. We take a more personal approach with our clients. From branding, digital marketing strategies to graphic design and much more, on a day-to-day basis we assist businesses with creating recognizable brands.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
In undergrad, I majored in Mass Communications with a focus in Television Broadcasting. I completed several internships in both radio and television. While I was in college I also established a web-based talk show on YouTube entitled What’s Going On. I started off the as the show’s host exclusively. Being that I also wanted to gain experience in editing videos, I began editing and producing my own videos as well. It was and still is a very informative life lesson about taking control and taking initiative.
I did everything from watching online tutorials for hours to shadowing local professionals in the craft. I made a point to work extra hard to overcome stigmas. Because video production in my then rural area consisted of mostly men, it was hard for me to be taken seriously. I quickly learned that if no one believes in you, you have to believe in yourself. And In 2015, I believed in myself and my ability enough to officially launch Cold Storm Media as a full digital marketing company and the rest is history in the making.
Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: My name is Carmen Simmons and I am the Founder and CEO of nStyleAtlanta.com
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? Growing up I always had a passion for arts and entertainment. I loved to dance, draw, write, and even briefly played the piano and clarinet. When I was in High School I participated in a dance class taught by Famed Choreographers Carrie Ann Inaba and the late Keith Williams. It was after that experience that I knew I didn't want to be a performer but be behind that scenes.
As I grew older my passion grew more towards planning events, music, television. I was obsessed with watching Oprah and music network talk shows like Video Music Box, YO MTV Raps, Rap City, Video Soul, TRL, and 106 and Park and listening to radio personalities like Wendy Williams. They were a major reason why I majored in Radio, Television, and Film Production.