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THE DESKSIDE SERIES: Emmelie De La Cruz

Emmelie De La Cruz is a true forced to be reckoned with! Im not just saying that because we were roommates at the very first Women In PR Conference, either LOL. Emmelie has a true gift for creating money making ideas and strategies on how to build your personal brand, increase your social media following and more! Her latest endeavor, Make Yourself Marketable, a personal branding planner is ideal for freelancers, bloggers and sidehustlers alike. Check out my Q & A with Emmelie for this week's Deskside Series below.

1.) What inspired you to start your blog?

I started my blog because I was constantly getting the same questions from peers and friends about personal branding and social media. My blog was an easy way to disseminate information to a large group of people at once. 

2.) What are some of your biggest challenges working a 9-5 and owning your own business?

The biggest challenge is always time - not having enough of it. When you work full-time, you have to learn to separate the workflows and be focused on each on individually. When you are really passionate about what you do as a side hustle, it can be hard to stay focused and motivated in your full-time. 

3.) How do you stay motivated when things get tough?

I think about being a millionaire. A lot of times we hear entrepreneurs talk about doing it because they want to help people. I want to help people, but nothing will get me out of bed faster or keep me up longer than knowing I have a bill to pay or a country I want to visit. I work tirelessly so that one day I do have the luxury to do things for the pure satisfaction of helping others. I want to leave a legacy behind and not have my kids worried about Sallie Mae. Right now, wealth is the motive. I have a talent and a gift that I can monetize. Why not make a living doing what I love and helping others in the process?

4.) Whats the best career advice you've been given?

My very first boss Andrea always spoke life into me and reminded me how smart I was and how I would have an amazing career. I don’t think I would have realized my potential or be so fearless in my career if I hadn’t received those constant words of encouragement from her. 

5.) Where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years?

Who knows! My life has a very quick pace. In 5 years, I hope to have another degree, a husband, a baby or two… I always think about the future of my life in terms of family life. Career is too unpredictable to try to map out. Anything can change. 

6. Any current projects?

I recently launched my Hustle Hack community where I will be helping newbie entrepreneurs get their brands together and find shortcuts to be better at business. I’m so excited!

7.) Three words of wisdom for aspiring bloggers/influencers?

Communicate your credibility.

 

Toya Wright, Ming Lee, Claire Summers and More: Ladies Who Brunch ATL Recap

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Ladies Who Brunch Business Conference at the glamour Le Fais Do-Do venue in Atlanta, GA. It was a 2 day conference (February 5th-7th), geared towards both aspiring and current female entrepreneurs looking to gain insight into building their brands, having business balance, connecting with others and more.

The first day of the conference consisted of workshops taught by Bianca Rush of Sassy Mitchell Hair,Nicole Garner of The Garner Circle and Dayy Jones of Bella Bar Tees. There were also Fireside Chat sessions which motivated and inspired attendees to take fast action on their dreams, revamp their current business structures and more.

In the evening, there was an amazing dinner followed by an intimate chat with keynote speaker and Founder of CurlBox, Myleik Teele. Myleik gave business gems. “A lot of times when you are here networking, you just have to be in the room, it’s not always about giving something to someone when you first meet them.” She also advised guests to use social media as a tool to be a platform, rather than gaining popularity or likes.

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On Sunday, their signature brunch was held. Panelists included Jasmine Lawrence of Eden Body Works; Toya Wright, New York Times best-selling writer (Priceless Inspirations) and Garb Boutique owner;Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily; Ming Lee of Snob Life Studio; and Miss Diddy, The Brand Group LA. The panel was hosted by Ariane Davis of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.”

Many women traveled from near and far; some flew in by way of NYC and others drove from Mississippi. They all were touched and inspired by the awesome experience. Bonds were created and lives were ultimately changed through the advice given to them.

The conference was sponsored by Black Girls Run!Nissan NextBank of AmericaMielle OrganicsSweet Bitch WinesMyx MoscatoEden Bodyworks and The Garner Circle. The conference was an amazing success! You definitely don’t want to miss the next one! For more information on the Ladies of Business Conference, check out www.ladieswhobrunchatl.com.

#PRGirlsDOItBetter 2015 Ultimate Gift Guide

So it's the most wonderful time of the year!!!!! Everyone is shopping and preparing gifts for their loved ones. I absolutely love the holidays! As an entrepreneur, I find myself desiring gifts that I can use in my business. I created this gift guide for all of my PR Girls, Girl Bosses and Entrepreneurs who are looking for awesome items that will allow you to further enhance and build your business.  Even if you are not a entrepreneur, check out this great products and give them to the entrepreneur in your life!

1. The Daily Greatness Planner- I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLANNER!!!! It is definitely not your typical planner. It has a One Page Business Plan section, 90 Day Challenge and separates each day into appointments and actionables. It also has awesome quotes as well! It has become my Business BFF. Get yours at http://dailygreatness.co/collections/all/products/dailygreatness-business-planner

2.  Love Your Selfie Mug- This mug created by entreprenista Stephanie Abrams,  is sooo cute, I mean who doesn't Love Their Selfie! It is perfect for your next tea or coffee break. A girl can never have too many coffee breaks,right? Grab yours at http://shopsocialfly.com/collections/accessories/products/love-your-selfie-mug

3.  NYX Cosmetics True Red Lip Gloss- This lipgloss is EVERYTHING!!  I wear it often and it looks amazing! Whether you have a meeting, date night, or errands to run, this lip gloss will take you from drab to fab in an instant! (it's perfect for Periscope vides too, LOL). Purchase yours at www.nyxcosmetics.com or your local mall/beauty supply store. 

4. Werk-aholic Phone Case- I had this phone case for my iPhone 5S (yes I'm team Apple) and everywhere I went people would stop and ask where I got it from and/or compliment me on it. It is definitely an ice breaker for sure. Created by Koereyelle Dubose, you can get this chic phone case and others like it at http://thingsforqueens.myshopify.com/products/phone-tablet-case

5. The Bando Mobile Charger- As PR Girls and Entrepreneurs alike, we are always traveling and on the go.  Between driving and trying to having everything together it seems that our phones love to die when we need them the most, right? Never fear, the Bando mobile charger is here!! Courtesy of shop.people.com, yes as in People Magazine!

6. #MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger- This book is  dedicated to teaching people how to be lifestyle bloggers. #MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger features advice on how to write about fashion, beauty, music, film, art, travel, and events. Get your copy now at https://www.createspace.com/5430618

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY!!!