Freedom Friday with Iesha Dunn

I believe that it is important to support small businesses and especially our small black businesses. One small business I stand behind firmly is Bow Couture Designs By Iesha. She’s professional, her work is amazing, and she’s an overall great business owner.

Iesha Dunn, 25-year-old native of Opelika, Al has one child by the name of Karrington. Iesha is also a recent graduate of Troy University where she received her degree in Social Work. Iesha is training to be a social worker in Opelika and she’s planning to continue her education next year. Iesha enjoys crafting, sewing, shopping, traveling, and spending time with close friends. Iesha’s biggest passion is being able to express herself through her business. Iesha started her business just 5 years ago as a hobby. Iesha started off making hair bows for a relative and everything went from there! Iesha taught herself how to monogram and do different designs. Iesha currently specializes in t-shirts, tutu sets, tumblers, custom hair bows, event decorating, and many more!

Iesha is passionate about her business and you can tell through her work. Iesha says she loves what she does because it gives her a chance to keep her mind fresh and creative while she gets to do different designs every day and work on different products which all giver her joy. Iesha says she loves her customers and some of them get birthday outfits from her every year and she enjoys seeing them grow up. What makes Iesha different from other monogramming shops around here you may be wondering. Well, Iesha is the sole owner and creator of all her work! Yes, Iesha does it all by herself, and she doesn’t do it for the money, she does monogramming because she enjoys it. While all business owners face challenges Iesha says the hardest part of running her business was running it while finishing her last year of college. Iesha was in school, running her business, working two jobs, doing an internship, and on top of all that raising her daughter as a single parent. Can you say wonder woman?

Iesha’s daughter is her biggest inspiration being her model, fashionista, strength and reason to keep striving. Iesha has a great support system including her boyfriend and family. Iesha doesn’t stop at custom work, but also does event decorating. Iesha started doing event decorating during her pregnancy. Iesha planned her own gender reveal and developed the love there. Iesha says her favorite event to decorate is baby showers.

Iesha says that God and her vision keeps her going. She knows that God gave her a gift for a reason and she wants to continue to use her gift. Iesha plans to open multiple store front locations and expand her business beyond belief. Not only that but Iesha wants to teach her daughter how to be a boss, that’s something that money can’t buy. Iesha’s biggest advice is her favorite bible scripture, “Be anxious for nothing, but in ALL things, make your request known to God.” Iesha stated, “the reason why I provide that advice is because there will be days you want to give up, you will feel disrespected by clients, you will feel like your craft isn’t good enough, but God will provide. If it’s meant for you, no one on earth can take it from you.”

You can reach Iesha Dunn on Facebook , Instagram: @bow_couture13 or email: bowcouture13@gmail.com

God’s Positioning System (GPS)

God’s Positioning System

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 New International Version (NIV)

 One thing I know I have a hard time grasping as a Christian is that God sends us through storms and not just the devil.  God uses storms for our good to help shape and mold us, but no matter the storm we must remember that God is in control. I like to think of God as my GPS or God’s Positioning System. No matter where I am in life I have to remind myself that God has me there for a reason. God has everything under control and just knowing that should bring a peace over us.

Just like a real GPS, God has our final destination mapped out. All we must do is follow His directions. Even if we face road blocks, detours, and speed bumps it’s okay because God has everything mapped out. Like the scripture above says even though I walk through the darkest valley I will fear no evil, for you are with me. We will face some dark times and valleys, but the good thing is that God is with us every step of the way. Stay encouraged and know that you are on God’s Positioning System and you are right where he wants you.

New Level, New Devils

New Level New Devils

17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold. 18 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; 19 so David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?” The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.” So that place was called Baal Perazim.  21 The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off. 2 Samuel 5:17-21 (NIV)

I’m sure we have all heard the expression new level, new devils. If you haven’t, it simply means that when you elevate in life you have more challenges that come your way. The good news is that God is with us every step of the way. Just like in the text, David has reached a new level in his life and he is being attacked. But God steps in and helps David. It is God’s will for us to go to higher levels and grow. We all pray and ask God to increase and enlarge our territory, but we get mad when we have to face trials and new Devils. How can you expect to grow if you never go through trials to make you stronger? We want the blessing without the lesson, but what we must understand is that if God takes us to a new level then we have His anointing over us. You can’t ask for the anointing and no battle. We must go through the whole process and trust God. Remember just like God helped David he will help you too.

Blessing Temporarily Unavailable

Blessing Temporarily Unavailable

I was on my lunch break running errands and I had to stop by the bank. Instead of waiting in line to see a teller I decided to go through the ATM. When I got up to the ATM the screen read, “This ATM is temporarily unavailable.” I was a little disappointed because I was in a rush and I didn’t want to go through the teller line. I drove around and went through the teller line and as I was waiting, another car drove up to the ATM and proceeded to draw money out. I thought to myself hmph now that’s not right. It was at that moment God spoke to me and said be patient.

What if our blessing is temporarily unavailable because we aren’t ready to receive it? I was in a rush to get some things done, but God had another plan. In life, we are so quick to take short cuts and take the easy way out but sometimes God has to let us go the long way. Sometimes we have to wait our turn and run our own race at our own pace. What God has for you is for you and no one else. Don’t get discouraged when you see others getting blessed or see others doing good, be patient your time is coming. Your blessing just may be temporarily unavailable. God has everything under control and everything happens in perfect timing.

 

Are You in Good Hands?

Are You in Good Hands?

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” John 10:28-30
New International Version (NIV)

I’m sure we are all familiar with the All State commercial with the actor asking, “are you in good hands?” Well, today I want to know are you in good hands? We all put our trust in insurance companies, doctors, lawyers, our employers, etc. but do you put your trust in the Lord? The scripture above states that we belong to God and no one can snatch us out of his hands. God should be the head of our lives and we should trust him wholeheartedly. Even when it feels we are going through tough times God still has us in His hands. He may be quiet when we are in a storm, but He is always there. No matter what, God is always by our side. I dare you to trust Him, and I dare you to put your life in His hands. For He has so much better for us than we have planned for ourselves. All you have to do is trust and believe in Him.

Freedom Friday with Zacketa Janay Pitts

When God gives you a calling you must chase that calling and put it to use, that is exactly what photographer Zacketa Janay Pitts did. Originally from Opelika, AL Zacketa enjoys taking pictures, being with family, and going to church. Zacketa is like no other, she doesn’t compromise with the world, she stands strong on her faith and what she believes in and that makes her all the different. Photagraphy is Zacketa’s calling and God has placed it in her heart. Zacketa has put her all into her business and it shows in all of her work. Zacketa has an eye and can see what others cannot, she makes her vision come to life through her pictures.  Don’t believe me? Take a look at her work for yourself. Zacketa, like many photographers, started doing photography for fun and fell in love with it just a little over 3 years ago. I love and admire Zacketa’s business name, Gifted Hands. She says she was literally sitting down and God gave her the name. God has gifted her hands to fulfill his purpose and she does a great job at it. Zacketa has a wonderful support system behind her, her motivators and supporters who inspire her the most, her parents. Zacketa says her parents brought her up in the most amazing way; they strive for greatness each day teaching her holiness, how to live, budgeting, how to enjoy life, etc. Zacketa’s heroes are her parents, grandmother, and older god sister Brittney Singleton. Zacketa says her parents and grandmother give her a reason to do what she loves every day, her god sister keeps her going, and most importantly they all keep her on track spiritually.

Zacketa goes above and beyond with her business and makes sure to put her all into every session. In five years, Zacketa plans to be fully established in her business, and plans to have her own studio to do indoor shoots.  To reach her goal Zacketa stays productive, works on building clientele, and researching everything she can about photography. Out of the 3 years Zacketa has been a photographer, she has come to love capturing family portraits and engagement sessions the most. She says, “I just love seeing the love between my clients.” Zacketa does not specialize in any one type of photography but she says she loves wedding photography although it is a lot of work. She enjoys seeing the love between the couple and with the family supporting them during their big day. Zacketa made sure to mention a photographer she looks up to, Tanisha Stephens. Tanisha is a phenomenal photographer who is a single mom raising three kids, but still manages to stay on top of her game. Zacketa has perfected her craft from learning as much as she can online and from Tanisha as well. When shooting, Zacketa researches some poses the night before her session and makes sure to set reminders so she at least arrives 3o mins prior to the session.

To anyone wanting to pursue photography Zacketa says it takes dedication, and a lot of hard work. If you can stay focused and set a goal on where you want to be you can do anything! Also, keep in mind about the amount of time editing takes. Zacketa says editing can take about 2-3 weeks to complete. Although photography may not be for everyone, God has gifted Zacketa’s hands and equipped her with the right people in her life to help support her.

If anyone would like to book a session with Zacketa her information is listed below.

Facebook : Zacketa Janay Pitts, Business Page: Gifted Hands Photography

Cell : 334.663.7779

IG : zacketajanaypitts

*Inbox for any pricing inquires*

Ask, Seek, Knock

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 New International Version (NIV)

God is in the business of giving. Just like the scripture above says, ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open. All we have to do is ask and God will give it to us. He may not come when we want Him, but He’s always on time. Where we all get confused is when we ask, seek, or knock and God doesn’t give us the things the way we pictured them. For example, you ask God for strength. How else will God give you strength if He doesn’t give you a task where you can develop strength? How can you ask for patience and you are not put in situations to develop patience? For a while I would always get confused when I prayed and asked God for strength, peace, or other things and I would face difficult times after. I finally realized it was because God putting me in situations to develop the things I asked for. I pictured God just handing me patience, handing me strength, handing me an A on my test. But that is not how God works. God will give us what we need and open doors for us, but we have to do our part. We make one step and God will make the rest.

How can someone strive to be physically strong if they never exercise? God puts us through the same training. So, the next time you ask God for something be patient and trust Him, even if it doesn’t look how you pictured it, believe in him.

 

Freedom Friday with Danyelle Brewer

I know you have heard of the jack of all trades, but have you heard of the lady of all trades? Meet Ms. Danyelle Brewer, make-up artist, beauty blogger, radio personality, and ordained minister. Danyelle is originally from La Grange, Ga. Danyelle started her craft as a child as she has always had a passion for music and art. In high school Danyelle signed up for dual credits to accomplish cosmetology and barbering. After Danyelle graduated from high school, she enrolled at West Georgia Technical College full-time as a cosmetology and barbering student and shortly obtained her diploma. In 2008 Danyelle received her state board license. Ms. Danyelle has over 10 years of experience with beauty and fashion making her an expert in her field as she stays up to date on current trends. Danyelle continues her learning while attending classes for creative skills in the art of hair, barbering, and makeup. After working a full-time job for 9 years Danyelle quit her day job and took a leap of faith to do cosmetology full-time and open her own business.

Danyelle opened Dany’s Beauty Bar, located at 1205 Hamilton Rd in La Grange, Ga after 3 months of quitting her job. Dany’s Beauty Bar offers flawless full face applications, virgin hair, brow microbladding, facial treatments, eyebrow arching, lash extensions and sew-in installs. You may be wondering what makes Danyelle different from other make-up artists? She enjoys meeting, inspiring and connecting to people, she also has a desire to advance in her career of beauty and reach a goal of gracing many loved magazine covers, television screens, and even being able to teach the art of beauty, fashion, and music.

Some of Ms. Danyelle’s favorite products are witch hazel for cleaning and prepping of the skin. Danyelle’s go to look is what she calls the Dany’s Angel. Dany’s Angel is where you fill in your brows using an eye pencil of your choice (lightly touching the hair in a swift motion) naturally concealing your brows and problem areas, use your exact shade of foundation and powder, add lashes, nude lip tint and highlight your nose and under eye area, omit the contour and GO! Danyelle enjoys working weddings and proms.

Danyelle doesn’t just stop at being a cosmetologist, she is also featured on a radio station called MDR RADIO which airs on Sirus XM and BTR every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 pm EST. The show taps into love, relationships, and unsigned artists. In addition with radio, Danyelle also has a passion for ministering to others. Danyelle believes everyone needs an inspiring word from GOD from the awesome book of the Bible. Danyelle is the lady of all trades and states that she loves doing all that she does because she gets a chance to make women feel beautiful, meet new people, broadcast live, and minister to strangers.

Danyelle has makeup applications and hair services each starting at $25. Danyelle is available to speak, host, and minister at any event as she loves youth functions, plus size functions, and people with disabilities. With Danyelle being a plus size make-up artist and a mother of 2 children with special needs these topics are dear to her. Danyelle has a few upcoming events this month on May 13th she will be hosting her Fierce & Flawless Makeup Class. May 20th, Danyelle will be hosting her 1st Networking Mixer , bring your business cards, and dress to impress in your pink and black. If you wish to book Ms. Danyelle for any event or wish to attend any of her upcoming events please contact her or click the links above.

Facebook:  Danyelle Brewer Donnavone. Twitter: @msdanyelle Cell: 706-412-0780. Book Appointment

Easier Said Than Done

The old saying goes, it’s easier said than done, and that saying is so true. Over the course of a couple of weeks I have been giving others advice and it’s always easy to give advice when it is not you. When giving advice we try to be supportive, caring, and give words of wisdom but the truth is, it is always easier to say things when we are not the ones having to go through it. It’s easy to say give it to God and stop worrying when you’re not the one with the problems. It’s easy to say they are in a better place now when it’s not your loved one that has passed. It’s easy to say keep your head up when your life isn’t the one falling apart. You see, I was facing a test myself this morning and I had to stop and pray to get my thoughts together. I try not to ask the question “why me Lord”, so I asked God what is it that I need to learn from this situation and what do I need to do. God simply spoke to me and said, trust me. For the past week, God has been giving me test after test about being still and trusting Him, and today I think I finally passed. It was hard and took numerous attempts, but I finally gave it to God and moved on. We cannot get in the way of God’s plan. If we do, He will move us out of the way or let our plans go through just so we have no choice but to let His will be done.

I always tell others pray, leave it in God’s hands and trust Him, but what about when you have to use your own advice? Today I had to surrender and say okay God, I trust you. I know how it feels and I know it’s hard when you’re going through things to stay positive and trust God, but we must do it. Keep your head high and keep a smile on your face. It’s okay that you’re going through things, but never keep your head down. Lean on God and trust Him. God has a better plan for us than we can imagine. God has already written out our lives and everything happens for a reason, we just have to trust Him.

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