Meet Shani Michelle of Genesis 7 Image Consulting

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to this weeks Sister With Vision! We have made it to Week 9 yall!!!! 🙂 This beautiful Queen is a Certified Image Consultant in the DFW area. She makes it clear that she is not just focused on your “image” but the empowerment of women as well. Which I believe is absolutely amazing! Everyone do me a favor and meet, Shani Michelle of Genesis 7 Image Consulting.

Tell me a little about yourself.

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My friends call me Shani Michelle and I’m an Austin native living in Dallas, TX. My passion is supporting women in their efforts to be their best selves. I travel between Dallas and Austin on a regular basis to meet clients for Genesis 7. I love exploring both cities, meeting new people and finding new boutiques, stores, restaurants, and lounges. One of my favorite activities is attending live music shows. I try to go to at least one or two music festivals every year. I love the energy and seeing all of the great festival fashions. I also have an appreciation for art and dance. I danced for 11 years and I was a photographer in high school. I’m starting to get back to those passions and incorporate them into my business as well.

Now tell me a little bit about your business. How did it start? Where did the vision come from?

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I’ve been styling myself, friends, and family members since I can remember but I turned it into a business in 2014 and recently became a certified image consultant. I’ve always enjoyed helping women feel and look their best. In the beginning I had this very holistic approach to providing women with services to be their best selves. I offered coaching in health, wellness, beauty, fashion, fitness, and it was all about living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. After a while I decided that I needed to focus in on just one so I went with the one area that came most naturally to me– style.

Have you reached out into the community? If so, what have you done?

I reach out to other entrepreneurs in the community, so that we can support one another in our work. I’m the organizer of two meetup groups in Austin and Dallas called “Simply Stylish Austin” and “Simply Stylish Dallas”. In late fall, I will start working with non-profit organizations in Austin that help to provide low-income women with clothing and accessories.

What advice would you give a young Queen trying to start their own business?

When God places a passion in your life, just run with it. Don’t ask how or why just do it! Walking in faith toward your destiny empowers you and it empowers others. Second, be grateful for the people and the resources that show up to help you with your business.

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How important do you think it is for us Black people to support other Black owned businesses?

There’s a lot of power and value in the Black dollar and it’s important that we recognize that and support one another. The only reason we have made it this far is through unity and by supporting one another. Black business women have the power to change and uplift their families and communities. Business for me is not just about money, but it is about serving and coaching others to be their best selves holistically. My spirituality encourages me to serve and support women, but I’m also inspired by women like Madame C.J. Walker and others who took risks to make their businesses a reality when Black people faced so many challenges. Black people have to be willing to use their money wisely to build business and to support our businesses. Last year during Blackout Black Friday, the nation saw the power of Black buying power.

How does a person find you and connect with you via social media for questions regarding your business?

Website: http://www.genesis7consulting.com
Email: michelle@genesis7consulting.com
Instagram: @_genesis7_
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/genesis7consulting
LinkedIn: Genesis 7 Image Consulting
Meet Up: Simply Stylish Dallas Simply Stylish Austin
Thumbtack: Genesis 7 Image Consulting
About.me: Shani Michelle
Twitter/Periscope: @Genesis7Style

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Any upcoming events?

We have an October 24th meetup and fashion shoot for women who need photos for their websites, blogs, social media, modeling portfolios, or women just wanting to get some pictures in their best fall outfits. They’ll showcase suede, fringe, lace-up tops and vintage inspired prints. It will be a lot of fun!

Anything else you would like to add?

Yes, style is so empowering for women. Style is something for everyday and not just for events. I consider it a privilege to support women who are choosing to make their lives better every day. One of my favorite quotes is, “Personal style is accepting who you are.” The work I do helps women to appreciate and assert themselves in a world that is always trying to force them into a fashion box. Genesis 7 is about liberating and encouraging women to love and represent themselves in a positive way. For me, style is all about self acceptance and it’s an unspoken language. Your style speaks before you even have a chance to say a word. It’s so important and I truly love helping women live their lives in style.

Shani Michelle
Genesis 7 Consulting
Image & Style Consultant
(972) 674-1023
“Live your life in style.”

Meet Amanda Muhammad of A Peace of Yoga

A couple of Sunday’s ago, I had the pleasure to experience Yoga with a great friend of mine for the first time. It was an absolutely AH-MAZING experience. For once, I was able to relax. My phone was turned off and it was just me and my breathing, and of course my instructor, my favorite “flower child” Manda! I challenge EVERYONE to try a session with her at least once. I promise you will not be disappointed. So please do me a favor and help me introduce to the world, Amanda Muhammad of A Peace of Yoga. 🙂

Tell me a little about yourself.

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My name is Amanda Safiyyah Muhammad, I am 26 years old and was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. I attended the University of Kansas for my Undergraduate Degree in Management & Leadership with a Concentration in Human Resources and recently wrapped up my Masters Program at Baker University where I received my degree in Organizational Leadership. I moved to Dallas in October 2013 and it was the best thing I could have possibly done for my future. I have an incredibly odd obsession with sharks, conscious hip-hop music, love all asian foods, and have a thing for helping others maximize their potential. I am a 2nd Grade Reading Teacher by day and yogi/transformational consultant by morning, day and night.

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My vision for A Peace of Yoga began about 6 years ago while taking Wally Meyer’s Entrepreneurship class at the University of Kansas. At the time, my mom (fellow yoga instructor) and I had began taking yoga classes as an avenue for stress relief while we dealt with multiple tragedies that suddenly directly affected our family. Initially, I was going to start a studio in the downtown Kansas City area with hopes of sharing my practice with our community. God had a different plan and I moved to Dallas and lost sight of my vision for APOY for quite some time. I battled with trying to find passion in something from the moment I crossed the stage at The University of Kansas. I held a couple different positions with great companies but never could fill this void I felt deep in my heart. Anyone who knows me knows that I am an incredibly passionate person and I wanted to do something that would allow me to directly impact and serve others. After diving deep back into my yoga practice and continuously getting this rush I didn’t find anywhere else at the end of every single class, I decided to dust off my business plan and make my vision a reality. I realized that yoga, meditation, and empowerment was my vehicle to helping others transform their lives and to create healthier and happier communities.

BIGHave you reached out into the community? If so, what have you done?

I’ve been providing private/small yoga sessions in the DFW area along with Vision Board Consulting and Empowerment/Law of Attraction Coaching. I have partnered with a homeless shelter in the DFW area and teach the clients about yoga, stillness, and the power of positive thinking. I am also putting together an athletic clothing drive as an initiative to promote health and wellness in underserved communities. My ultimate goal is to create safe spaces, make yoga accessible to everyBODY (literally), and to help others with their journey to self acceptance and peace.

What advice would you give a young Queen trying to start their own business?

My advice to a fellow Queen is to start before you’re ready, fail fast, be your own number one fan and be cautious of your surroundings. I know it sounds crazy but hear me out. If you wait for the perfect time to take a risk, you will never take it. Your dream will literally be the dusty statue on that shelf you clean one time a year. Go for it. If it doesn’t work out exactly the way you wanted it to, good, you just learned something new for the next journey when you pick yourself up and try again. Experience has hands down been the best teacher for me in learning how to run a business and maintain professional relationships.

It is so important that you cheer yourself on and surround yourself with people who are proud of you and support you in your endeavors… only. My Line Sister doubles as my accountability and vent partner where we lay it all out on the table and help each other to get through the rough days and celebrate the great ones. The reality that you will find is that some people simply want you to be the caterpillar that they met and want nothing to do with the butterfly you are evolving into. That’s the beautiful thing about becoming the butterfly.. you can fly away. Dismiss yourself from negativity and distractions and stay focused on the big picture. No one but you can see your vision and create your reality. My general rule of thumb is to assess the five people that you are hanging around or communicating with the most, are they adding or subtracting from you reaching your goal(s)? Recognize that these five people make up the person that you are and determine the type of relationship you desire to maintain with that person if any.

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How important do you think it is for us as blacks to support other black owned businesses?

I’ve always known the importance of supporting black owned businesses because I grew up watching my father develop and run one. However, I didn’t FEEL the importance of it until I actually began developing my own. If you know a fellow King or Queen that is trying to do something on their own, support them. Whether it is liking or sharing a post, purchasing a good or service, or even advertising by word of mouth – trust me; it means a lot. There needs to be a higher level of respect and appreciation for entrepreneurs and their businesses in our community. Money circulates zero to one time within the black community, compared to the more than six times it circulates in the Latino community, nine times in the Asian community and unlimited amount of times within the white community, according to the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth. Stop looking for handouts and find ways to partner or collaborate with businesses versus devaluing our people’s efforts. I think it is incredibly important to bring diversity of all kinds to your businesses, of course, but there is something profound and very beautiful when it comes to watching our people come together and support each others visions.

How does a person find you and connect with you via social media for questions regarding your business?

My Instagram and Twitter Handle are both @sfmako1908. I can be directly reached at APOYpractice@gmail.com or through my website, APeaceOfYoga.com

Any upcoming events?

As mentioned before, This fall I will be launching an athletic clothing drive to encourage health and wellness in underserved communities. More information regarding that initiative will be available soon. If you are interested in donating or partnering, please feel free to reach out to me at APOYpractice@gmail.com

Thanks Amanda for the wonderful interview! 🙂

If you know someone or would like to be featured on week on Sister’s with Vision please email me at Sisters.With.Vision2015@gmail.com

Sisterly Love,

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Meet Thee Black Bradshaw Carrie Sierra

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to this week’s Sister With Vision. Let me tell you how this young lady has helped me through some of my most recent darkest of hours. She has truly an amazing spirit and a smile that can light up a room. And she has style out this world. She was my inspiration and gave me the push I needed to actually jump start my blog. So please meet Thee Black Bradshaw, Carrie Sierra.

 Tell me a little about yourself?

I am Thee Black Bradshaw CarrieSierra. I am a blogger, wardrobe stylist, and Inspirationist. Optimistic goal digger who is constantly evolving as I figure out this thing called life.

Have you ever dealt with insecurities? If so, how did you overcome them?

Yes, I’ve definitely dealt with my own share of insecurities. To be honest I still deal with some to this day. Once I started to figure out who I was in Christ my insecurities started to minimize themselves. I fully grasp the concept that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. There’s no one on this planet like me and I am a daughter of the King. I’m not going to say that I still don’t have my days, we all do. I just constantly remind myself that I am worthy and those insecurities are minuscule compared to the gifts the Lord has blessed me with.

What does being “perfectly imperfect” mean to you?

Being 100% comfortable in your own skin. Knowing that it’s okay to not be perfect. Not harping on those insecurities, doing so does nothing but destroy any self esteem and self
worth one does has. No need to b perfect we serve a perfect God and that’s all that matters. Besides He’s not looking for perfection, He loves us regardless in our stages of brokenness and that’s what makes being “perfectly imperfect” so perfect.

 If you had the chance, what would be one thing you would tell a young girl dealing with low self esteem or insecurities?

To remember that there’s no one in this world like her. She was in fact fearfully and wonderfully made. Hating yourself or dwelling on those insecurities does nothing but breed more insecurities. She can convert that negative energy into something else positive. Try pointing out things she loves about herself. All in all the heart that’s meant to love you will see those “insecurities” as perfect.

carriebabyNow tell me a little bit about your business. How did it start? Where did the vision come from? Have you reached out into the community? If so, what have you done?

I own my own blog and wardrobe styling business. My brand is referred to as Thee Black Bradshaw. It’s crazy how it came about, growing up I’ve always been into fashion and I was semi obsessed with Carrie Bradshaw’s closet off of Sex in the City. In the beginning my business was solely suppose to be about fashion but over time as I slowly found out who I was and what my purpose was it blossomed into so much more. I aim to be more than just a wardrobe stylist, I want to transform people’s lives. By sharing inspiration, being completely transparent, and walking in my purpose God has destined for me. I have reach out yet within my community but I do have many ideas that I’ll be putting into affect on the near future.

What advice would you give a young Queen trying to start their own business?

Don’t over think it just start. I think the hardest part about starting a business is actually making the first step. We become so overwhelmed thinking about everything we need to accomplish that we never start. Break everything down to the simplest form. Ask yourself daily, “What can I do today that’ll put me one step closer to making my dreams a reality?” and do just that. Remember slow progress is better than no progress at all. Another important factor is never compare. Comparison is the thief of joy. How can you water and nurture your own grass when your worried about what’s on the other side. You can’t enjoy your own meal if your focussed on the next mans plate. Find your purpose, create your “Why”, and stay in your lane. You’ll make it to your destination.

How important do you think it is for us as blacks to support other black owned businesses?

It’s critical that we support one another. Imagine how many more jobs will be created if we supported more black businesses.

How does a person find you and connect with you via social media for questions regarding your business?

http://www.theeblackbradshaw.com
TheeBlackBradshaw@gmail.com
IG: @TheeBlackBradshaw

Any upcoming events?

I’m currently working on a website release gathering as well as starting my own YouTube channel. Wish me luck xoxoxo

Meet Montoya Jackson of The Nosk Caj

It is Week 6 of SWV and I am absolutely excited to introduce you all to Ms. Montoya Jackson. It was an honor to learn more about her business and her passion for event planning and design. I have been stalking her IG and her arrangements are simply amazing! You can tell she adds the perfect touch to any event and room! Not only that, she uses her talents to help in her community. Please meet and support this Black Queen, Montoya Jackson of The Nosk Caj. 🙂

Tell me a little about yourself.

My name is Montoya Jackson. I am 26 years old and a Design and Events Stylist. My business is called The Nosk Caj (Jackson spelled backwards). I am very ambitious, driven, I love to travel, and I am working towards my purpose in life!

Now tell me a little bit about your business. How did it start?

My business focuses on Design & Event Planning. I specialize in Interior Design, Studio Set Design and Events. Here’s a quick story before I actually explain what executed into me getting started. In 2010 I was dating this guy and we were watching House Hunters on HGTV and I was so in tune with the house selections on the show. I basically was giving my opinion on what should be and what shouldn’t. So he says to me, “You should go to school for this type of stuff, you’re really into it.” At that time I didn’t know what I really wanted to do, but that sparked a flame in my spirit and planted a seed. During that same year started I was helping one of my mentors move back into her home due to family circumstances. Her home was pretty much a fixer upper so we decided to give her home a makeover in the process we stripped and re-stained her floors, coated fresh paint on the walls, re-stained her kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and added new counter-tops. The process was very time consuming and tedious, but the finished product turned out to be beyond our expectations. To me, I was being of service and helping someone re-create a safe haven in her home. Within that I found pleasure as well and experience. After the 2 1/2 month process she was back living in her home and well. Upon the following year, I enrolled in school at El Centro Community College located in Downtown Dallas where I enrolled in their Interior Design Department. I was ready and willing to learn the needs in becoming a great designer.

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This red and white event was my first actual event back February. There were about 150 guest attending this event. It was hard work but I executed it.

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This set up was for the Woman of Purpose Conference prepared by Founder Jessica Chinyelu this past April. These shots were taken from the dinner for the guest speakers. What an amazing conference. Something soft and simple.


Where did the vision come from?

I would say the vision came from me wanting to do something for others. I’ve always been in the arts and creative and this was the perfect avenue where I could shine. I’ve always wanted to utilize my creativity somehow. My vision and goal is to create something no one else could have. Its all individually exclusive.

Have you reached out into the community? If so, what have you done?

I just signed up to volunteer with a non profit called Dwell with Dignity. They are a home design service specializing for special families that go through programs for housing assistance. Families have to meet certain credentials in order to receive DWD’s home design service. Dwell with Dignity gives back to families on a weekly basis where they go in and do lighting, plumbing,and furniture installs to have ready before the family even moves in. Many families don’t have the necessary means to furnish and polish their home in the desire they would want. What’s refreshing is they will come home to something that is promising and elevating. With this opportunity, it will be great because I’m helping to create a safe environment for less fortunate families, also learning and getting experience, and able to network. I’m looking forward to what’s in store with this group.

What advice would you give a young Queen trying to start their own business?

Advice I would give for young queens on starting their business is to first figure out what you want to do, second pray if this is what God wants for you, third know your worth and have the confidence. Many will not understand your dream and they are not supposed to. The people that understands will be right there supporting you, encouraging you, and praying that you go higher in life. Also network, get your name out there, always have your business cards on hand you never know who you will come in contact with. If you stay ready you will never have to get ready! Be the best you and don’t look back! Being an entrepreneur is a hustle and bustle but the reward is always great it’s not always about the money but being a servant as well. Every business has a service and you are here to”SERVE” serve your clients so they will have the best experience to come back to you and to expose you to those that are awaiting for you. Black Queens be great and keep going!

How important do you think it is for us as blacks to support other black owned businesses?

I think it is very important for our race to support our black owned businesses because we can build one another to reach that mindset, put our communities in better shape, our children or younger generations would have something to live for, and we would be able to maximize what we have to better platforms. It’s also relatively important because there aren’t enough leaders, too many followers. There’s never enough room for improvement, if we remain teachable and coachable and not willing to settle for the bare minimum, our future would not only be great but show what our race stands for. We should stand for PURPOSE!

The floral arrangement with place settings was a set up for my launch Party this past July. I created this versatile set for in doors and outdoors. I wasn’t set on doing rustic designs but rustic has became one of the loves of my life.

This floral arrangement is a wedding inspired set design that was arranged by myself, Pastries and sweets by Amber Williams of Le Rouge Cuisine, and Photography by Kali Rogers. The bouquet was actually the floral arrangement I used in the beginning. I added twine rope around the stems to give a rustic feel, using the blues and purple gives said sting and summer time. A great ideal look for an outdoor wedding or dinner party.

I used different accessories for the coffee table because (1) it was a large coffee table two using golds, champagnes, and pewters help bring warmth into this room. The living space is just a sitting room but hosts plenty of elegant style.

I used different accessories for the coffee table because (1) it was a large coffee table two using golds, champagnes, and pewters help bring warmth into this room. The living space is just a sitting room but hosts plenty of elegant style.


How does a person find you and connect with you via social media for questions regarding your business?

I’m active on all social media you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @thenoskcaj or for more information email me at thenosk.caj@gmail.com. Also to check out my website for portfolio or to learn more about me visit my website at thenoskcaj.com Sidebar: I’m very active on my Instagram. 🙂

Any upcoming events?

I’m actually planning an Event which will be a Design Class. I will be having Design Classes where I will teach on different topic of design and have special guest come in as well. The classes will be hands on and more of a team player class. I want those attending to go home knowing they have learned something as well as having some sort of design expertise.  Stay tuned for more details.

Anything else you would like to add?

To those who are wanting to start a business or something that their passionate about DO IT. If it’s a burning in your chest, or you feel led to be a leader and stepping out into your own thing go for it. No one can stop you but you! YOU WERE ALREADY AMAZING BEFORE YOU STARTED!

Meet Amber Williams of “Le Rouge Cuisine”

Wow! I can’t believe we have already made it to our 5th member of S.W.V. I’m super excited about that! 🙂 I’m even more excited about introducing this young, beautiful, driven Queen to you all. It was an absolute honor to interview her and learn so much more about the person behind her business and you will see why once you take a look.

Every please meet another Sister With Vision….Amber Williams of “Le Rouge Cuisine.”

amber2Tell me a little about yourself.

My full name is Amber Williams. I am 26 years old, born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I am a 2011 Graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management. I am a hugely active person. I cheered from the 4th grade to all 4 years at Grambling state on the collegiate level, I love dance, music is a great passion of mine and basically anything pertaining to the arts, but of course, my first love is cooking.

Now tell me a little bit about your business. How did it start? Where did the vision come from?

Although I was born and raised in the metroplex, where my father is from, my mother is from Baton Rouge, LA and we have huge roots in southern Louisiana and Mississippi. On each side of the family, our common connection was the kitchen and From Grandma and Papa, to aunts, uncles and cousins, everyone had their specialty and when we joined together, everyone had their spot in the kitchen and/or grill and magic would happen. So being in the kitchen is huge pass time for me and it’s always where I feel at ease. With this love, I began making small dessert bites, cakes, brownies, etc in college and selling them. From then, people started to order more, then I began studying the art of decorating cakes and practicing on my own and my passion grew. As time went on, I knew that serving people was what I wanted to do and I set my eyes upon going to culinary school after obtaining my Bachelors. Well as God ahead other plans for me, I did not attend culinary school but I did not let that stop my journey. I continued to work at my craft and practice, using my friends as guinea pigs and finally I just wrote down a few business names and prayed over them and one stuck out-this is how Le Rouge Cuisine Food Company is born. ‘Le Rouge Cuisine’ simply translates to “The Red Kitchen” in French, which culminates my Créole roots. Red is the color of passion, power and zeal and with the kitchen being My Domain, it just stuck.

Have you reached out into the community? If so, what have you done?

There are so many places I want Le Rouge Cuisine to go, but it has to start at home first. Currently, I assist my culinary ministry at my church and I help feed our Pastor and staff for meetings and special events, while also preparing food for our Seniors and the men and women enrolled in our Adult Rehabilitation program. But there is so much more to come.

What advice would you give a young Queen trying to start their own business?

Just 2 weeks prior I made the daunting decision to leave corporate America and take on my catering company full time. No, the stars didn’t align up, No, I didn’t have a large sum of money stored up, nor did I have a calendar of clients lined up as well-it was all God. To the Young Queen with a vision, faith, support and vision will be your greatest tools. You must always Keep God first for He should be leading you along the way. This walk is a hard one, so make sure you have at least 1 person, if not more, you can keep in your corner ands honest, good support-you’ll need it. And stay true to your vision, that’s one thing that no one can take away from you. Believe in your vision, invest in it and be the best boss you can be.

How important do you think it is for us as blacks to support other black owned businesses?

Now, more than ever, the Black dollar is so powerful yet so undervalued. In the DFW metroplex alone, they are projecting thousands of people to move here every year and the Black business community is steadily growing. One of my main focuses is Networking. I think it is so important to link together with like-minded driven people in your realm to promote unity, support and mutual promotions for all. I think once we support ourselves and each other, our voice can be heard, our businesses can thrive and society will take us seriously and we can be in a positive, thriving light.

How does a person find you and connect with you via social media for questions regarding your business?

Currently, you can find Le Rouge Cuisine on Instagram at @Lerougecuisine and all inquires or questions can be sent to me via email at Lerougecuisine@yahoo.com. My Facebook is being worked on and website will come shortly thereafter. I am currently working on a blog as well entitled “FOODIES UNITE”. It will include How-To instructional for easy recipes, Tips & Tricks on easy cooking shortcuts, and I will be highlighting the hottest, restaurants and eateries known specifically to Dallas.

Le Rouge Cuisine services include, but are not limited to:
Wedding cakes and dessert table
Corporate and special event catering
Private chef services
Private or group Cooking fundamental lessons
Meal prep services and more

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