How did you start your business?
Honestly, one day I decided enough was enough! I wanted to be a super mom and a career woman. I was tired of having to sacrifice precious moments with my children to provide a living. I knew there was a way! I started mapping out an outline to my business three years ago. Just scribbling notes down here and there until it all started to come together. I slowly started to transition what I spent my money on. In stead of $5 coffees everyday and hanging out with friends, I decided to make small meaningful purchases that would help me get started with my business! After a year of frugality, I was basically open for business!
Growing up did you know you would be an entrepreneur?
I realized I wanted to be an entrepreneur in high school. My first job was at a top notch ethnic hair salon not too far from where I lived! There is where I truly fell in love with the cosmetology world! My boss was a one woman show! She was the owner, the receptionist, head stylist etc. She was a brown skin curvy lady with a beautiful face from Trinidad! She alternated between the latest Jag and BMW at the time. I just wanted to be like her! I knew I had to become certified. Long story short, the high school I attended was a part of a program at a local community college called Tech Campus. At tech, students could pick up a trade like culinary, graphic design, automotive or cosmetology. It was basically history from there!
Who is your favorite CEO?
Probably Ruth Chris (steak house franchise). She opened her fist steak house with the mindset of hiring single moms. She was a single mom and understood the struggle. Women empowerment at its finest!
How do you stay inspired in your business when life has the upper hand?
I stay positive. I remind myself of where I was and where I plan to go. I surround myself with positive people whom I know will lift me up when I fall, and who will encourage me when I am weary. I keep the faith and faith with no action is dead! I remind myself that life isn’t easy, no one said it would be, however if I want to continue to move forward I simply must stay in motion. Quitting isn’t an option.
Did you grow up with a large family?
My dad coming from a family of 7 on the south side Chicago, is the second to youngest. My mother is from the Bronx, New York. She was the middle child of three. They only had me and my younger brother. On a side note, I’m a mother of five.
What’s the biggest city you’ve been to?
Biggest city I’ve been to is New York! I was quite young, so I remember the city being larger than life! I can’t wait to go back. I haven’t done much traveling since I have been a mom since 18 and I have had responsibilities and priorities, but I can’t wait to begin to start traveling!
What’s your most favorite city to visit?
My Own City! Not a city better than Chicago! There is so much culture in Chicago! Great dinning, high-end shopping; Dope artists too! Entrepreneurs here are sharks! It’s vicious! If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!
What city do you have on your list to go to before you die?
I want to see the jet-black sands of Spain before I kick the bucket. I want to experience the moon reflecting over the land and water giving the illusion that they are seamless. The picture I have in my mind is dark, quiet, peaceful and serene!
What advice would you give another dreamer looking to succeed?
Life gets tough! It’s inevitable! Don’t ever stop dreaming. Tune out all the negative Nancy’s and do what you know you were called to do! Everyone isn’t destined for your greatness therefore they won’t understand!
How can we follow you online?
You are more than welcome to keep in touch with me on my Instagram pages @cre8ive_inc @whatsthegheepea as well as @giiinaw
Thank you so much!