Bold Broads highlights women founders and creative [read: BADASS] small business owners about how they really deal with the ups and downs of running a BOLD business. These women share honest wisdom and tough lessons to support you in collectively making good shit happen in your own women-led startup or small business. Meet VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia, the artist behind the Soul Revival Healing Arts. Let's meet her, shall we?
1. STARTING A BUSINESS IS HARD AND SOMETIMES LONELY. WHAT THE F*CK MOTIVATED YOU TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
I once heard someone say, "Follow YOUR dreams, or someone else will hire you to follow theirs." It was life-changing. I've always been the kind of woman who envisioned big success. I knew I wanted to infuse my creativity, empathy, ideation and insatiable work ethic for the greater good. So I figured, after working various jobs in various industries (literally everything from retail management to HR)...why NOT allow my own vision a shot at being manifested? I couldn't think of any reason not to - so I went for it.
2. HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED TO KEEP THRIVING IN A CREATIVE SPACE WHERE EVERYONE SEEMS TO ONE-UP EACH OTHER?
Remembering the "why" behind the "why". If I simply LOVE to create and help other people, I'd do it for free. So it's purely the love of making things. Even in the darkest moments. If I can muster up enough energy to create something new; be it an idea or a writing a poem for myself, taking pics of nature on my iPhone. I know ultimately it'll feed my spirit. And I believe THIS will translate into a creative project of some sort. It always does.
3. SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES ARE OFTEN QUIETLY SUPPORTED BY A COLLECTIVE OF WOMEN MENTORS, FRIENDS AND BUSINESS OWNERS. WHAT COMMUNITIES AND RESOURCES HAVE BEEN MOST PIVOTAL TO YOUR OWN BUSINESS SUCCESS?
Most pivotal? No doubt, The Collective of (Us). Yes, I'm super biased. Because before I hired a business coach and joined a community of badass creatives who do not take "no, can't, or impossible" as truth is precisely what I needed. To see that modeled, transparently, in deep authentic connection and sisterhood that spanned across the globe reaffirmed my own value. The resources found in this community are what I was truly able to build on and reach back to years later.
All in all, I'd say it was truly a boost in my confidence as a woman. I knew I was gifted. I knew I had purpose. But I just didn't how to use the resources of the millennial age (webinars, e-courses, apps & virtual trainings via video platforms) to my benefit. Now I can hop on any virtual device to connect with even more creatives. And as an Alum, I know my sisters will always have my back. This keeps me rockin.
4. NO BULLSH*T; WHAT'S THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS? AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT; HOW ARE YOU WORKING TO OVERCOME THIS?
The most challenging part is sometimes I feel blatantly misunderstood and undervalued. As if I have this invisible "luxury" of being a creative, but also having the audacity to believe I can also be a bold businesswoman.
In the past, this has discouraged me tremendously. I thought I really needed people to validate me or give me permission to charge for my art, products, book, or services. It was devastating - but ultimately I learned the hard way that this was a behavior precedent set by me. With poor boundaries and a lower value than the quality of my work and worth.
Overcoming this require a huge shift in mindset, a few major setbacks, and a really honest check-in about my direction and the clarity I needed. My spiritual foundation is the core of the work I do. But as one teacher said on a webinar I took years ago, "You can't be the light of the world if you can't pay your light bill!" Nuff said.
5. SHARE THE MOST HELPFUL PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER BEEN GIVEN.
My own personal motto is this: A broken wing doesn't mean you can't fly.
Here's why: My story would shock most, as I've already survived a great deal of trauma and hardship in my life. However, I REFUSE to BE DEFINED BY THAT.
The best example I can give is that I'm usually that chic in the room, elegant and regal with a radiant joy. I'm also a mother. Just because I smile and exude warmth doesn't mean I'm not also scrappy, resilient and forward-thinking. So it's the balance of knowing, "Yes. I've been through a lot...AND I'm still here. So when I make the sale, teach the workshop, write the book, or speak on the stage...this is all of ME.
I'm now thriving, because I can own the broken parts and still realize I'm whole.
I UNAPOLOGETICALLY OWN MY BOLD BROAD BADASSERY BECAUSE...
There's only ONE Verse. I'm So grateful to still be rocking and being a Rebel and Visionary. I'm old enough to have grown kids and somehow still look like I"m in my 20s!
I love myself. I love my style, my flaws, and especially my heart. It beats with a bold, vibrant spark and radical hope for change in the world.
BOLD BROAD BONUS***FAVE APP OR WEBSITE?
Right now, I'm ALL about ConvertKit which has helped me simplify my e-mail marketing! It's so easy to use and their support team is INCREDIBLE.
**I'm also totally geeking out on Gretchen Rubin's Better app. Anything that allows me to be myself and have a community within community. #REBEL
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia, a.k.a "Verse" is an abstract painter, poet, facilitator & speaker on a mission to infuse the world with healing energy and light.
Her business, Soul Revival Healing Arts, is where you can find her original art, prints, upcoming exhibits and creative projects. She is currently writing her second book: soil.water.truth.