I’ve been reading my Facebook friend, B-Side Diva, Ingrid Bazin’s, posts as she cheers sisters on in regard to becoming entrepreneurs. She is a successful event promoter in the “Magic City”, Miami, Florida. I have been to a B-Side event or two, and trust me, Ingrid is outspoken, demanding, and about the business of running her business. She isn’t intimidated by the male dominated field of event promotion, in fact, she has a strong following and plenty of men who are B-Side devotees. Not only do they respect her femininity : they respect her as a business woman.
All week, as I have finalized details, polished my business plan, researched the viability of my business, applied for loans and licenses, and got ready for the next phase; Ingrid has been unknowingly cheering me on. Her posts reminded me that beside (not behind) every strong man there is an even stronger woman; I am capable of doing even more than I can imagine; and, actions speak louder than words. I’ve always been self made, never had my bills paid, cars purchased, or stuff put in my name by any man. If anything I’ve played the fool by putting real estate in my name and taking on debt while being partnered with a man who did not have my best interests in mind. It was an expensive lesson. One I will never forget. Truth told, the only man who went out of his way to provide for me was my father; yes, before, during, and after marriage. Sad but true. Hey, my picker is broken; I’ve sent it out for repairs. I know my money getting girls out there are shaking their heads and patting their Louis Vuitton bags because they know where the cash at! Ladies, I commend you, if you can do it-more power to you. That’s one business I’ve never learned. I’ve never been the type of girl that allowed myself to be taken care of. I’ve always been able to do for self or rely on my family in a bind. Mind you, if a nice man would like to buy me a Range Rover, I will gladly accept. 🙂
There was one post that made me poke my chest out and beam with pride as I executed my many tasks of becoming an entrepreneur: she said, “SHOUTS OUT TO ALL MY SELF EMPLOYED DIVAS WHO NEVER LAID DOWN TO GET ON TOP”. Thanks to all of you ladies that are out there doing it for self! I’ll see y’all at the top, give me a minute…I’m coming!