It's that time of the year where we are all reflecting on the past 11 months, figuring out what is working in our lives and businesses, exuding with a spirit of gratefulness. Personally I am very proud of what I have accomplished this year: launched my very FIRST Live course, Know Your Purpose, Know Your Brand (Details coming soon on the next cohort), traveled to new cities, enjoyed NYC Fashion Week, served tons of clients helping them to get their brand visible, spoke at various conferences, etc. As I prepare for 2016, I must admit (as most of you should) that I've had help along the way. Not just my friends and personal mentors, but there are 5 entrepreneurs (my Business BFFs/Mentors in my head) that I am grateful for. These awesome women in someway shape or form have inspired me, shifted my mindset and more.
Tiphani Montgomery is amazing!! This 7 times best selling author and book marketing consultant keeps me motivated in my business and my life by reminding me to keep God first in all things, speak life into my business and to be authentically me!
Maya Elious is truly an inspiration! Being a millennial (like myself), she is a former web designer turned personal branding strategist. Her go getter attitude and intimate approach keep me on point with my brand and business.
Marshawn Daniels- Her recent Periscope on Being Broke To Building A 7 Figure Business changed my life!! She is a vessel, merging God and business into her coaching platform. I am truly grateful for her insight and application of Biblical principles as an entrepreneur.
I am super excited about my life and business and if you don't follow these awesome ladies, google them and do it NOW! I am grateful for all of my clients, supporters, friends and loved one who continuously pour into my life and journey in entrepreneurship. I have such great things in store so stay tuned!
Koereyelle Dubose is definitely a game changer and a female entrepreneur activating her hustle unlike any other. She is the Founder of the Single Wives Club, an organization dedicated to single women who desire to be married. Koereyelle is also the founder of Ready To Werk, a creative design agency that also provides classes for the DIY Entrepreneur. With her new book, "WERK 101: Get-Your-Life-Together Guide ", we were eager to catch up with her. Take a look at the awesome gems she had to share!
Congrats on your new book! What inspired you to write it?
WERK 101: Get-Your-Life-Together Guide is actually the 3rd book I have written but the first one that I've published. It is the ultimate handbook sharing health, wealth, and lifestyle lessons for the modern-day woman. I'm talking about everything from how to deal with negative people to uncovering your purpose. I want women everywhere to find their purpose, discover their dreams and live a life that they love
You are a DIY entrepreneur, how do you stay focused and productive when developing new products launches etc?
I make an effort to find a common denominator in everything that I do. I organize myself according to specific days. So one day I will schedule all my emails for the week, the next day I may write my blog posts or meet with my team.
What are 3 key things you attribute to your success this far?
My determination, I don't take the word "no", it motivates me to push harder until I get a yes. I would also say my faith, not only in God but I have a very strong faith in myself. I know that I can do whatever I set my mind to. Lastly, having my team; people that understand the vision and add value to me and my brand.
What's next for you and your many endeavors?
My book tour. I am currently in the planning stages. I want to work around the world, taking my book on the road. I want to impact as many people as possible; empowering women everywhere
What would you say to your 25 year old self?
Be patient. I don't have to be in control of everything or know when it's going to happen as long as I have the vision. I know it will come in time.
Words of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs?
My number 1 rule for anyone who thinks they want to be an entrepreneur is figure out what you love to do and then build a business around it. The Single Wives Club is the 6th business that I've had and it's been successful because it's my passion project. I love what I do and I know I'm walking in my purpose.
I was so excited to be able to chat with Stephania Laguer, creator of Bou'Jae Vodka. Now, this is not your ordinary vodka. What makes Bou'Jae so unique you ask? It is the ONLY organic Ultra Premium Vodka in the U.S that is GMO free. Stephania came up with this awesome concept to fit her gluten- free lifestyle. Check out her interview below.
What inspired you to create your own Vodka line? My friends, they will miss a meal so they would have room to intake calories at night when we went out. I though it was the stupidest thing and wondered why there wasnt a healthy vodka out that would allow you to drink and not have to worry about calories or the aftermath.
How do you feel as an African American woman in the organic spirits industry?
I feel intimated at times, but im not a quiter. Im constantly trying to educate my self on the Industry and the people in it. This industry is filled with men so me being a women and african american at that could go eithier way.
What separates Bou'Jae from its competitors?
Bou'Jae is a lifestyle. In my opinion is the most healthiest vodka to date. Its gluten free, non gmo and allergen free. Over 100 people have tested it and non have had sideaffects or hangovers.
Who is your ideal consumer for Bou'Jae?
We would target the gym rats, organic/ natural people aswell as people with health issues. Its alot of people who cant drink certain brands because of the ingredients in it.
Where do you see yourself and Bou'Jae in the next 5 years? I see Bou'Jae being a top spirit in the industry with several awards. I see Bou'Jae being a Distribution/manufacture as well. I want to help distributeother peoples brands as well. Bou'Jae will be a movement