How this Emerging Beauty Entrepreneur Is Defying Odds and Using Her Faith to Do It

Last week I had the opportunity to speak with the owner and founder of Allusions by Kole, Nikole Hunter. Our conversation was brief but left an impact. We spoke about her stepping out on faith to build a brand in a market that is saturated in the world of social media, but Nikole knew that because this is her passion and gift, that her gift would make way for her.  When you first meet her, she gives off the Allusion (pun intended) that she is very standoffish and unapproachable, but after a few laughs and storytelling she is the sweetest person ever.

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Deesha Dyer, Shares How Her Faith Shaped Her from Being a Girl From Philly to Being The Social Secretary for The Obama Adminstration

Deesha Dyer, is a speaker, writer, creative event and strategy consultant but most notably known as the former Obama Administration Social Secretary. Deesha, is also the executive director of a black teen travel organization called beGirl.world. Deesha sat with us to discuss how herfaith helped shaped and develop her to becoming the woman she is today.

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No one can check on you better than you

As women, we can be so persistent in making sure we have our physical check-ups. Any unfamiliar ache or bodily pain is on our to-do list to check out or find a drugstore solution to. What we aren’t always sensitive to is how we are really feeling-  to our authentic selves. Are you holding onto hurtful words a co-worker said to you last week? Did you give those burning words of encouragement to your friend that’s going through a break-up? What’s stopping you from seeing the best in your day?

If your well is empty, you will have nothing to pour out onto others.

We can get so entangled with our own ‘stuff’ that we forget that if we don’t have any water in our own well, we will have nothing to give out to others. A spiritual check-up is like a self-check up and a cleansing mixed together. We as women are so important and taking the time out to show yourself how valuable you are shouldn’t go overlooked. Take some quiet time this week and ask yourself these questions. Don’t worry, you’ll know what needs to be adjusted by how you feel after internalizing the question.  Take some time this week to love yourself more and get anything out of your spirit that may be holding you back.

Do you need to forgive someone?

Jesus is clear that if we don’t forgive others, the Father does not forgive us (Matt. 6:14-15). So, while we may think our anger is justified, it only hurts us to stay bitter. The cost, in fact, is serious as it harms our relationship with God.

Does your daily talk reflect godliness?

It’s hard to read Ephesians 5:4 (“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving”) without evaluating our daily conversations. If other believers heard everything you said last week, would your witness be strengthened or harmed?

Does your budget reflect a commitment to God’s work?

I know it sounds trite, but what we give toward God’s work really does have eternal dividends. Any sacrifice so others may know Jesus is no sacrifice at all. Would your checkbook show you prioritize God’s kingdom?

Do you know your neighbors and co-workers?

It’s easy to be so “on the go” that we know our neighbors and co-workers on only a superficial basis, if we know them at all – which makes it difficult to share Christ with them. Even our prayer for them is surface-level if we don’t know them.

Do you pray regularly for leaders?

Regardless of our political positions, we are mandated to pray for those in authority (1 Tim. 2:1-2). Think about those for whom you might pray: school officials, bosses, mayors, governors, the president. Obedience here is especially important in this election season.

Do you pray only when you have to?

Many of us pray more reactively than proactively. Prayer is not in our DNA; it is only our response when we face something we can’t handle. That kind of praying misses the point of being in a relationship with God.

Are you hiding anything?

 

Hiddenness is usually a sign the enemy is winning in one’s life. Then, the anguish of such sin is only deepened by the efforts we expend trying to keep it covered up.

Do you really love God’s church?

Paul thanked God for the Corinthians at the beginning of his letter to them (1 Cor. 1:4-9) and expressed his love for them in his closing (1 Cor. 16:24). In between, though, he described them as a mess. Only God can give us this kind of love for His bride, especially when the church is problematic.

Are you ready to quit?

Maybe your church role has drained you to the point you wonder if it’s worth the effort. If your faith is being stretched to its limit, I encourage you to gather prayer partners and talk with friends before giving up.

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Khadija Aisha Ba, Owner of the Senegalese Brand “L’Artisane” discusses HerFaith Story

Khadjia Aisha Ba, is a designer from Senegal, she is the creative force behind the brand “L’Artisane”, a name which is used to express the fierceness and passion about fashion and design all shown in the handmade crafts. Khadija Aisha took time to discus with Herfaith what is her driving behind her creating the brand.

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Rosalin Coleman Shares How Herfaith Has Helped Her To Create An Impact Within Her Community

Have you ever walked into an ethnic beauty supply store only to realize the only thing “ethnic” about it was the hair for sale and you? Growing up in East Pasadena, my family had to drive miles to the Black-owned beauty supply store to get the products we so desperately knew would work for our curls and kinks. Not only that, we knew the owners would help us — and I mean really help us. From my hair type to the latest products that would grow my edges back, these ladies (and men) knew it all. I didn’t know their struggle or what adversity they had to overcome to blossom as one of the best Black-owned beauty supply chains, then. I wasn’t aware of the social strains that molded them into powerhouses, either. Now that I’m an adult, I have so much appreciation for beauty supply chains that, with consistent aggression, aimed to show us that beauty comes in all products, communities, hair types, and shades.

VIP House of Hair & Beauty, for example, reminds me of that beauty supply chain we used to travel miles to patronize when I was a kid. Those child-like emotions revitalized themselves as soon as I walked into VIP, which is located in Lancaster, CA. Owner Rosalin Coleman (below) calls her customers sisters and brothers. She doesn’t quit until you have everything you need. Family-owned, Black-owned, and full of ambition, VIP House of Hair & Beauty has become a staple in the Los Angeles/Antelope Valley community area. We sat down with Coleman to get a better glimpse into her world, her challenges, and her inspiration.

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The Two Most Important Steps In Order to Maintain A Successful Business, Family and Relationship

As women, we pride ourselves in being the queen of Balance. We do a little shopping, a little business, a little love making, a little cooking, and a little us time. What is becoming a sore popularity is how many businesswomen find themselves wanting to pursue balance yet not having fulfilled roles to do so. What do I mean?

In 2012 over 80,000 professional women where quoted as “single”. Let me just note, there is nothing wrong with being single, as long as you want to be.

However, stepping out of singlehood into a relationship can be an adjustment for any superwoman. We turned to Business and Entertainment professional, Glenda Williams for advice on how to maintain a healthy business, spiritual life and family life. Being married for over 30 years and one of the biggest Philanthropist and Producers in Georgia, we took ear to Mrs. Williams’s advice.

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4 Ways to Obtaining Provision in Our Lives

Yesterday I attended my home church, and the feeling was different for so many reasons. Not in a wrong way but more like a feeling of sincere expectancy, a belief that no matter what I was going through, facing or about to endure receiving this word today would change all that for me. As my pastor was speaking, i could feel the presence of God reassure me that all is well! And then Pastor Dollar confirmed it by saying “Faith doesn’t make sense, Faith is to create manifestation,” that’s beyond powerful! What a beautiful feeling it is to know that all provision is made available, everything that pertains to life and godliness, how wonderful is that to understand that every single thing that requires us to live a fruitful, prosperous grace-filled life is already made available to us. The time now is to dominant!! Here are four principles needed to obtain the provisions for our lives.

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Christina Rice Explains How She Uses Her Faith To Not Only Empower Women, But To Also Leave Her Mark In the Business World.

Christina Rice is the founder of LuxeLife Media, a marketing and public relations agency based in NYC/NJ and founder of LuxeLife Adventures, a luxury travel platform focused on creating unique experiences for clients wherever they travel, globally or domestically. She is also the co-founder of OMNoire, a wellness social community for women of color. Apart from being busy with her businesses, Christina finds time to nurture her other passions which include practicing or teaching yoga, traveling, and scuba diving, which she recently became certified in. Christina sat with HerFaith to share how she uses her faith to fuel her passion and apply her passion to helping elevate and inspire other women to be great.

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Author Latham Thomas Shares How Her Faith Has Allowed Her To Help Others Own Their Glow

Latham Thomas is a woman, a mother, a servant leader. She supports women at the threshold of change and her work is primarily centered around supporting expectant and new mothers. Latham is the founder of a company called Mama Glow and there she serves as a birth doula, she is  the author of Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within. Own Your Glow is a soulful guide to helping individuals become inspired, engaged and compelled to obtain change within themselves. Latham shared a few lessons with Herfaith on how she uses her faith to help others own and share their glow.

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How Sybil Amuti Brand Strategist And Co-Creator of The Great Girlfriends Uses Her Faith to Help Influence The Lives Of Women

 Sybil Clark Amuti, is a brand strategist, philanthropist, podcaster, wife, mom. She is the owner of Legacy Row a company dedicated towards the development of legacy brands that serve as influencers for culture and lifestyle. Sybil is also the co-creator of The Great Girlfriends, a podcast reaching over 250,000 downloads from over 100 countries with a 5 star iTunes rating, and with her newest podcast, Grace to be released in October 2017. Grace is dedicated to helping women grow in their relationship with God through love for his Word. She and her husband and I have two beautiful children, Sam (boy) and Dylan (girl), ages 8 and 6. We had a chance to catch up with Sybil to discuss what role Faith plays in her life, and how has it helped her in developing her brand and the brand of others.

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