Boss Lady

Boss Lady: Ashleè Wilson from Glam Hair Divas and Glam Goood Catering

I met Ashleè many years ago. She’s actually my cousin, lol. I’ve been watching her over the years and she is an inspiration to say the least. She is the epitome of a self-made business woman and entrepreneur, and here’s why.

First things first, tell the readers a little about you.

I’m a Queen in every aspect. I’m a black woman with 2 small, but large, businesses owner and a work in process.

What made you want to go into business for yourself?

I was on a job working, got tired of being treated unfairly, working long tiring hours never any time for myself or family, so I began to think, is this what I want to do for the rest of my life? I immediately started saving money and then I resigned. I enrolled in school and started working my business around my schedule. I promoted and worked very hard at branding myself. I went 7 years and put myself through school and earned 2 degrees in the process.

I know you do hair, cater and studied law. What else do you do?

I would like to get into counseling soon. I am also getting into interior designing (Home decorating), but I pray, love, curse, fuss, live, laugh, meditate, scream, cry, workout, travel and I regroup.

Why so many endeavors at once?

If you look around, we as a society are always revolving to change. I stay busy because it’s very hard to “adapt” in a society that is constantly changing. So I was raised to keep irons in the fire: when one gets hot you can brand, and when that one cools the next is ready, but it’s all a process.

Do you plan to expand any of your businesses? If so, which one and how?

Yes I do, working on that now and it’s such a process. Glam Hair Divas is in the process of  being revamped. It will now be called Glam Hair Premium Extensions. Renaming the company because I am “retiring” from doing hair, but focusing on selling our hair line of bundles, closures, frontals, and our premium high density wigs. 

Where did the names Glam Good Catering and Glam Hair Divas come from?

The names came from my lifestyle. People look at how you appear, admiring the materialism, seeing I’m  always on the go, dressed up, traveling,et. It appears to be a Glamorous lifestyle, not knowing it’s not an easy job but you work hard at doing what you do.  I grew up in a small town that is growing rapidly. I love glitz. What is glitz without Glam? I actually had several other names but Glam stuck, so glam it is. That’s where the names came from.  Lol

What is your ultimate goal as far as being a chef, stylist, and lawyer, or is there just plans for one?

The ultimate goal is to be secure. I’m getting older, business is always business but I am ready to focus on long term goals such as love and a family. But before all that takes place business has to be in order. I know I said in a previous question, I would be retiring from doing hair but I will always be a stylist. I will still be taking appointments when needed but my focus/passion has been planted in Its Glam Goood Catering LLC: owning a family owned and operated business. 

As a little girl, is what you’re doing now what you had dreamed of doing? What were/are some of your other dreams, if any?

Naw. As a kid you we always dreamed of being grown. Not knowing what being grown was all about..lol..you know we couldn’t wait to be grown but it’s days I swear I wish I was still a kid. When I had not a worry or care in the world. Being a spoiled brat and living for free..lol

 As a kid, I think I wanted to be a pretty girl. I wanted to be like the girls on Clueless: Stacey Dash..lol

Do you have any projects coming up?

Yes, I have a vision board mixer coming up Sunday July 29th and a networking Mixer coming up Sunday October 14th.

What is some advice you can give to other women wanting to be a Boss Lady?

Keep God 1st, remain humble, stay focused, be productive, and always be a blessing when you can.

Is there anything else you want to mention?

Yes, please follow us on instagram: itsglamgooodcatering

GlamHairExtenzions 

Where can people find you?

Social media:

Facebook: Its Glam Goood Catering LLC

IG: ITS GLAM GOOOD CATERING

Boss Lady

Boss Lady: Taylor from Ivory Pearls Co.

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Hey girl hey! Thank you for doing this interview. Let’s start with telling the readers a little about you.

My name is Taylor Flenoy. I am a passionate, vegan, goofy, hard-working, mother, friend, sister, business owner, entrepreneur, and loving soul.

How do you think motherhood has changed you?

Motherhood has changed me a lot actually. I remember saying I would never have kids after I was diagnosed with PCOS. I would say out of anger I had zero patience for children. My son has actually brought me this feeling of peace, my patience is at an all-time high now. Motherhood has also changed my perspective I look at everything from a mother’s point of view. I never really understood things I would hear mothers say in the past until now. 

How do you juggle being a mom and running your own business?

Honestly, I’m still working on that. I’ve learned being a mom that things aren’t ever going to really go as planned. I’m learning that I’m caring for another actual human being with emotions. Moods change with my son every hour so I honestly just have to go with how he’s feeling at this time with him being five months. Even if that means breastfeeding him while typing up a business plan that’s just how it has to be at that moment.

Where did the idea of Ivory Pearls come from?

I was talking to my grandmother one day while coming up with my actual name of my business and she told me to include “Ivory” in the name of my business because of my love for nature and my mother’s love for elephants. We brainstormed for about thirty more minutes and out of nowhere she said, “Pearls!”, which instantly reminded me of my great-grandmother that passed some time ago. She loved jewelry, pearls to be exact. I wanted the name of my business to have meaning, something that my children can carry on forever. The name will always be special because it was influenced by the strong women that raised me. 

When did you know you wanted to go into business for yourself? What was your “aha” moment?

My son inspired me to open my store. My mother had been telling me for years to shed some of my light onto the world. Everything in my store I had been using myself for years. When I look at my son I think “legacy”. Whatever I create now I want him to take on as well as my other children I plan to have in the near future. Every day I’m constantly thinking of ways to build for my children and their future. 

If you weren’t running Ivory Pearls Co., what else would you want to do?

That’s a tricky one to answer. I see myself doing so many things it’s hard to pick. I feel like everyone should create as much as they can. I feel like no one should ever limit themselves to one thing, especially women. To me there is nothing wrong with being a woman of many hats. Women are so powerful. 

Are you working on any projects or other endeavors?

I have a lot of stuff I’m working on with my store. I have a lot more branding ideas I’ve been working on as well as partnerships.

What is your ultimate goal with your business or is their a career that you’re working towards?

Eventually, I would love to have an actual store location for Ivory Pearls Co. I’m currently working on that. I’m just taking it day by day, but that is the goal I’m working towards to promote health and wellness of the mind, body, and soul. My whole purpose of choosing organic and cruelty free products is to show others not only is the stuff we eat important, it’s also about the stuff we choose to put on our bodies. I hope to get that message across as well as building a brand. 

How can people find you?

My instagram is @iknowtaylor, my business instagram is @ivorypearls_co. I would also like to thank you so much for this opportunity. It means the world to me that my fellow sister would even think to include me in this beautiful blog concept. I can’t thank you enough for the ongoing love and support. ❤️

Boss Lady, Guest Bloggers

Boss Lady: Jazzie from Jazzzie By Nature

I met Jazzie through Instagram the summer of 2015. I just so happened to be on a cruise to Mexico and received an IG message demanding I hurry and come back so we can be vegan friends. We’ve been friends ever since. She is now traveling the world with her husband and is a great inspiration to me. She just has this positive light and energy and coming from where she came from, you would never know. I can’t wait for us to hangout again! Let’s find out more about this Boss Lady.
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Hey Jazzie! Thanks for joining this series. Tell the readers a little bit about you.
Hey girl heyyy!  Thanks for having me! I’m Jazzie, holistic health and wellness consultant & Black Digital Nomad. I’m orginally from South Central Los Angeles. Coming from a very unstable childhood I’ve been nomadic my whole life. My mom was on drugs and my father was abusive so I moved around a lot between family members. I left Los Angeles for Houston, TX two days after high school graduation. I then moved back and forth betweeen Philly & Houston until 2013. I left Houston for good in 2016. 
How long have you lived a plant based lifestyle and how did you get started?
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From 2007-2013 I suffered from a huge painful lump in my throat. After cat scans, MRIs & expensive medicines yet no cure, I opted out of invasive surgery and looked into more holistic ways of healing. I was watching an infomercial with David Wolf and he said something that really resonated with me. “We are overfed and under norished.” I ordered a Nutri-Bullet and began making smoothies. I followed the blog 100 Days of Real Food and cut out all processed foods. Within a couple weeks my lump was healed. I continued to educate myself and eventually gave up meat and dairy. I’ve been following a Plant-Based lifestyle ever since.

Why and how did you get into being a health consultant?

After healing myself and seeing so many others suffering I decided to get my certification as a Holistic Health & Wellness Consultant

What’s the purpose of your CKLS cleanse and how can people do it?

The CKLS is a natural cleanse created by Paul Goss. It’s a Colon, Kidney,Liver & Spleen cleanse that rids the body of toxins that keep us sick. If interested it can be purchased on my site
I know you’re now a digital nomad living it up in Bali. What made you and your husband sell everything and take to the world? What was that final straw?

Ha! Just look at the state of Amerikka! I was tired of worrying if my black husband was going to end up as a hashtag. We also wanted to be able to do what we love and live comfortably versus working a job we hate just to pay bills. Living abroad made this possible.

What is the greatest thing you learned about being a nomad in Mexico? Bali?
That we posses everything we need within.
Where to next?
We are headed to Malaysia then Thailand.
What’s your ultimate goal with your business?
To become a world renowned speaker, empowering others to kill their inner hater bish and live their best life.
Now the best part, tell me about how you got connected with the Black Digital Nomad? What’s that experience been like? What’s the future look like with that?

I met Melanie in Playa del Carmen, MX. (Thanks for that!) (A little back story, while Jazzie was in Mexico, I saw that Melanie was there also and suggested Jazzie get together with her) After deciding to work non-remotely we worked out a private agreement & here I am.

It’s been a lovely experience and I’m honored to be able to continue the brand and inspire others. I’m working on a few courses to help others take the leap.
When you and your husband do finally settle down, where will it be?
Only time will tell.
What’s the best part about being a minimalist and living the nomadic life in general?

The best part is the freedom! Working everyday on the things I love and not being tied down by stuff.

Where can people find you?
I’m @blackdigitalnomad &
@jazzziebynature on IG
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Boss Lady: Tassie from Tassie Teaches

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I met Tassie through instagram a little before I became pregnant with Malakhai. She had just an amazing spirit and so much knowledge about the female body, pregnancy, and motherhood. She was of great help throughout my pregnancy and I’m glad to have her in my life. So let’s find out more about this Boss Lady!
Hey Tassie! So glad to feature you. First, tell the readers a little about you.
I am a crystal toting, smudge burning, mystical mom of 9 from Mississippi. I am here, in this life, fulfilling my divine purpose and soul mission of  guiding wombmen into motherhood. I prepare wombmen for unassisted childbirths by educating, enriching, and empowering them to embrace the ways of our ancestors and birth how they want!
 
I know you have 9 kids. Did you always want a large family?
I did not always want a large family. My large family came about when I took heed to a more natural approach regarding my health, and said “No!” to hormonal birth control. I became a holistic, unconventional wombman. I am grateful for the ancestors that chose to come through me, in the form of my children.
How are you able to manage your kids and get me-time?
Managing 9 children  is a lot of work. That’s 9 different personalities, and 9 different ages (with the exception of my twins). We try to stay on a routine: doing the same things everyday. My “me” time is almost nonexistent. I’m up early before they wake up: I’m doing my tarot card readings, talking with my spiritual team, and posting on Instagram. Nights are spent reading and preparing for the next day.
Do you homeschool? If so, is it difficult to manage lessons with children of varying ages?
I do homeschool. Homeschooling is definitely a lifestyle. The older ones get started on their lessons while I work with the younger ones.
I see your posts posts all the time, advocating for unassisted childbirths. Tell us about why and how you got into that.
I became an advocate for unassisted childbirths once others started asking me how did I do it and why. Also, the maternal and infant mortality rate of black mamas and black babies is alarming! I believe we can change that by having healthy moms birth their babies at home.
For those readers who don’t know, you run your own business. Tell us a little about what that entails.
Yes! I do run a business: Tassie Teaches,  in which I offer unassisted childbirth consultations. We go over health and nutrition, prenatal care, birth supplies, birth certificate information, and more! It’s kind of like a virtual birthworker (doula). As the saying goes: when the student is ready, the teacher will appear! The professional doula teacher has appeared for this doula student!
With having an online business, have you thought of doing webinars or master classes?
Yes, I do plan to do master classes, and start up my YouTube channel in the near future!
What do you want women to know about unassisted childbirth?
I want wombmen to know that their body is DESIGNED to birth babies, just as it is DESIGNED to make babies!
Where can people find you?
Find me on Instagram at TassieTeaches, and stay tuned for a website!