We had the good fortune of connecting with Monique Abbs and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Monique, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe taking risks is necessary in life. We never know how great we are, or what talents and skills we truly have unless we decide to take that risk and see for ourselves. If it weren’t for me taking risks, I don’t think I would be where I am today, honestly. It has helped me grow as a woman and a person, and develop the skills necessary to be successful as an entrepreneur and business professional.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a freelance photographer in Houston who loves to capture the most meaningful and exciting moments in life. All the way from sporting events to weddings and portraits, capturing the best moments is what allows us to revisit all of the emotions felt in one shot. Getting here definitely wasn’t easy, but it was very much so worth it. The learning process along the way makes things that much greater when you reach the light at the end of tunnel. One thing that helped me overcome challenges was that I constantly reminded myself of my goals and remained disciplined and consistent throughout the entire process. Every step is definitely a learning experience, but lessons well learned. If I had to tell the world who I am and what my brand stands for, I would say that my brand is authentic and free. Never let anyone or anything dictate who you are or where you end up in life. Write your own story !

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite spots to go to in Houston are Kamp Houston, Atomic Bottle, Domain Lounge, and Parma. These places are a great vibe no matter how you’re feeling and you will always have a good time.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout my family and friends who have supported all of my ideas and stood by me throughout my entire process, and seeing my strengths when I couldn’t see them. I love you guys!

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