We had the good fortune of connecting with Hailey, Brandy & Rachel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hailey, Brandy & Rachel, every day, we hear about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
We came up with the idea of our business one day while we were all on FaceTime. Often times our “quick calls” ended up being 3 hours of us venting, talking through problems, joking, and more often than not crying. In the midst of it we realized how much healing we got just through our calls and we wanted to share our conversations with others. Our hope is that through our podcast, our listeners will experience the same joy and healing that we did and ultimately feel as though they have a safe space to retrieve to.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We initially started our podcast (She, Me, Her) with the hopes to create a space where women could come together and through our differences, we would be able to discover our similarities and love one another despite; however, it quickly transformed into something more. First and foremost we keep God at the center at all times. We recognize that this is something that He placed on our hearts to develop and we let Him guide our conversations. Through the different series we have done, there were plenty of times where our conversations took a turn from what we originally planned, but it’s in those conversations where self discovery and release happens the most for us and our listeners. We’re most proud of the growth of the podcast, especially the fact that we have listeners around the world, it’s truly mind blowing, but we still have work to do! We got to where we are today through God’s grace and through hard work but it was NOT easy. We all have very busy schedules and it gets hard and sometimes frustrating to coordinate when everyone has a lot on their plate and time seems to be constrained. Additionally, this was a very hard year for each of us. From job losses, job stressors, anxiety, uncertainty, family losses, etc. it felt tough to keep going at times, but we knew we had a purpose to fulfill. The main way we overcame our challenges was by leaning on each other. It’s important to have friends that are able to lift you up and help you carry your cross when it becomes too heavy. Additionally, our episodes that turned into therapy sessions helped us as well, but having each other was very crucial and beneficial. One of the main lessons we learned and are still learning is to be patient, whether it’s with one another or with the process of growing the podcast, it takes time. It’s easy to look at where others are and compare ourselves and feel like we’re not accomplishing enough, but like our pastor said, the key is being “obedient in the same direction.” Through this venture we’re not only learning more about ourselves, but one another. We have a saying among us that “it’s bigger than us” which serves as a reminder that in all that we do, it’s meant to bring God the glory. Through our story we hope to provide inspiration to some young girl or anyone in that case who might be facing something that we’ve gone through. We want to encourage them to not give up because if we could overcome it, they can too. Our hope is to be a vessel so that through us people can see God.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely go to Lucille’s for dinner or if we wanted soul food on the go, Esther’s. For Saturday brunch we would do Olive and Twist because the food is good, the cocktails are great and our friend Kelci DJ’s there on Saturday, so the music is always spot on. We would have to check out the Black Market that weekend as well and of course the FOMO Factory for the experience but most importantly the pictures! To close out our weekend we would take our friend to get the best funnel cakes in town at the Funnel Bar located in EADO.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We want to shout out God first and foremost because without Him we wouldn’t be here. We would also like to shout out Reggie Davis who has been our mentor and a big help to us when we first decided to get our podcast started. Additionally, we want to shout out Jordan Franklin who has been our unofficial manager and also our attorney. We would like to shout out Vonnie Tatum who gave our information to Voyage. Last but certainly not least, we would like to shoutout our amazing listeners all over the world who take the time out to listen to us weekly. We can’t thank you guys enough for all of your support!
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