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Setbacks…Comebacks…What do they mean to a 30 something year old?

Setbacks…Comebacks…What do they mean to a 30 something year old?

My mom gave me this book called, “It’s Time For Your Comeback…” by Tim Storey the last year of my 20s.  I was re-enrolling in Grad School after dealing with LIFE (burn accident, surgeries, father’s death).  Let’s just say a sistah was going through some thangs.

This book allowed me to not let my past define where I was going for the future, and necessary steps to keep pushing forward.  After finishing the book I thought to myself man my 30s should be a breeze, right?

WRONG!

  1. I completed grad school at 30, and landed my dream job in Dallas, Texas. (Comeback, Move Forward 2 steps)
  2. Wrote a children’s book while working over 40 hours a week (Comeback, Move Forward 10 steps)
  3. Laid Off from Job (Setback, Move Back 15 steps)
  4. Try Entrepreneurship (Comeback, Move Forward 3 steps)
  5. Revenue from Entrepreneurship (Setback, Move Back 10 steps)
  6. Return to Workforce to pay off debt accrued during the no guidance period of Entrepreneurship (Comeback, Move Forward 5 steps)
  7. Complete classes through Duke, and invest in professional growth (Comeback, 2 steps)

So, let’s just say I’m still crawling out of the Setback stage.

Seven is also my go to number this year; 7 = completion. (Get it, August 7, 7 bullet points, 2017 🙂

Anyways.

I was quite bummed last week when I had to cancel a trip at the last minute.  My sister reassured me that everything would be okay, and that we still had a conference to attend on Saturday, “Act Like a Success Experience” with Doreen Rainey, Patrice Washington, and Paul Carrick Brunson.

My sister and I arrived early and sat in the front row to soak in all of the goodness that these dynamic speakers had to offer.  Their stories of setbacks, comebacks, and planting seeds.

I sat in the front row thinking that my introvert ways keeps me from moving to the next level at times.  You know the feeling of hearing, “No Thanks” can crush a person.  How would I get to a “Yes” if I stopped trying.  During the break I texted one of my closest friends to ask her about time working with Patrice and what question should I ask her during the Q/A session.

Sadly, I couldn’t think of one. :-/  Everything that I wanted to know was answered during the sessions, and quite frankly there was no answer they could give me to deal with self.  I knew my problem and how to correct it.

So, the conference concludes, I walk in the lobby to stand in the line to take a picture with Patrice.  Again, I didn’t have a question, instead I had something to give her.

During her session she touched on the topic of grief.  I decided to share with her the project I’m currently working on, and gave her two wristbands.

I promised to stay in contact to keep her updated on everything that is Final 48 Project.

My sister and I left empowered and learned so much about ourselves.  We met some amazing people that I know we will have a bond with forever because of this one experience.

Setbacks must happen in order for you to appreciate the COMEBACK.  Traveling the journey of being a 30 something success story is challenging, but I have to remember to be committed to the vision and not attached to the way I get there. (Favorite quote from the conference).

Until next time…

XOXO,

RJ

 

What happens when women support women?

What happens when women support women?

Fall has arrived and that means that I can rock all of the wool hats that I scored during the spring and summer for the LOW…LOW!

Do you feel me? Cute boots, dark hue manis, and fly hats season has arrived.  I don’t want to focus on that today though.

I knew that I would be attending a private event in the “windy city” on Saturday so I decided to look for other events to occupy the entire day.  My illustrator, the fab Daveia Odoi of Dynasmiles posted about a black owned business directory in her Facebook group.  I decided to check out the website, and BOOM!  I saw an event just outside of Chicago.  It was an opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs, and slay the scene.

My sister and I  arrived at the venue; super cute clothing boutique located in Evanston, IL, “Eye Boutique Kloset.”  The boutique was full of fellow entrepreneurs, prizes, a fashion show, and networking.  The perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon, especially since I walked away with two great prizes.  Artwork from KLT Art by Kendro (owner of the website where I saw the event)

Ladies 1st KLT Art by Kendro
Ladies 1st
KLT Art by Kendro

and the GRAND PRIZE for the selfie below!

My Grand Prize Winning Selfie Eye Boutique Kloset Evanston, IL
My Grand Prize Winning Selfie
Eye Boutique Kloset
Evanston, IL

Yes, I walked away with the grand prize sponsored by In AAW Hair Emporium, LLC Can’t wait to use the hair for a protective style this season!

In AAW Hair Emporium LLC
In AAW Hair Emporium LLC

The next venue was a private event for a soft opening for Glasshouse Interior – Home Decor Line.  Champagne, cupcakes, good vibes, and of course great pieces for your home.  I’m so happy I was able to experience all of this buttery goodness on a beautiful autumn day.

Home Decor Launch Chicago, IL
Home Decor Launch
Chicago, IL

So what happens when #womensupportwomen

AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES!

I was amongst all of these amazing women and witnessed greatness happening before my very own eyes.  I met a young lady that walked away from her full time job to launch her own cupcake/bakery business, and this sista was 21 years old.  She decided to take that leap of faith, and go for it.

The interior design company reminded me of the importance of a solid foundation. When you have love, support, a dream, and above all FAITH as your formula you are absolutely UNSTOPPABLE.  I can’t explain to you how much these events motivated me.

I’ve wrestled with the thought of launching an event to kickoff the challenge that I started last year.  #SteeleThankful Challenge (if you are not aware of the challenge go back to my posts in November 2015 and check those out).  I know that it won’t be easy, but my God I know it will be worth it.  It’s needed with everything that is going on.

Partnerships are important so I’m looking to partner with some  brands to bring events to my area.

What do you think?  Let’s get together, support each other, love on one another, and tell the world what we’re #SteeleThankful for?

Let’s show the world that we can support one another!

XOXO,

R.J.