Describe what makes you a visionary:
The first thing that makes me a visionary is that I don't look to society for validation. I've learned over the years that being my most authentic self is what has been most appealing to my audience. It has always been my goal to carve out my niche in this industry without conforming to the "norm" We live in a society where many are trading their authenticity for popularity and finding validation in what they're wearing or what they spent on their wardrobe instead of who they are. As a fashion therapist, it is my job to help heal my clients from the outside in.
Many don't comprehend the fact that your self esteem can directly impact your personal style. Everyone is focused on healing your heart and mind. But what happens when you've done that work but you look in the mirror and still don't like what you see? That's where I come in! I am teaching my clients how to have a better relationship with clothes which allows them to also build unshakeable style esteem. In order to get to this point, I've had to do the work on myself which included facing the fact that God made me different. Instead of fighting what I know is a gift, I've used those differences to my benefit by being an innovator of dopeness!
Share 3 steps that helped you bring your vision to life:
1. The first thing I would say has helped bring my vision to life is manifesting it. I write everything I want down and I focus on those things daily. I ask God and the universe for what I want and work towards it until it's mine! I am not afraid to start over or scrap an idea that is no longer serving a purpose on my journey. 2. I have learned to be resilient. I can't tell you the amount of setbacks, knock downs, failures, overdrafts, bad moments, sacrifices and heartache I've experienced on this journey. Even when I want to just lay down and let life happen to me, my soul and passion for what I do won't allow it. There has not been a time I've been knocked down that I didn't come back better than before. 3. The third thing is staying true to my vision. God didn't give my vision to anyone else so I remain faithful to what I envision no matter what. I can't tell you the number of times someone has told me my idea wouldn't work or the market was too saturated. Had I listened, I would be derailed, unhappy and stagnant.
How have you pivoted this year to still reach your goals:
I think at this point we've all realized that 2020 did not come to play games. Unfortunately for 2020 neither did I! Pandemic and all, I am still showing up daily, being consistent and cranking out content that my audience will enjoy. The quarantine for most is a huge inconvenience but I am honestly grateful for it. Not grateful that people are losing their lives and livelihood but grateful for how it has shown me areas in my life that needed work. I've gained so much clarity, learned more about who I am and how I want to show up to the world. I've also been able to focus on areas of my business that were lacking. I have launched the spring collection of my clothing line Dope Without Labels and will be releasing my book Phuck Yo Retail on Friday May 1st. Despite the circumstances, I still plan to make 2020 my best year yet!
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