We had the good fortune of connecting with Sasha Nicole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sasha, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I look at risk as secondary never primary. When I do things in business and my career I don’t see risk, all I see is opportunity. This type of thinking requires a lot of courage and belief in yourself, but when it comes to certain things, I have the faith that I am capable. Does that mean that I win all the time? No, in fact I have had many losses, but when I give it everything I have in to whatever decision I have made and it was made with the intention of betterment, then there is no loss and I absorb every lesson for the next risk I take. I have made huge risks in starting a brand, in switching jobs, in doing a Podcast tour and some have really helped me grow in ways money can’t buy. Others have cost me financially, but when it comes to money that’s the one thing I always feel you can recover.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
While my story is not unique to the entrepreneurial world, it is nonetheless unique in its own way. I am someone who still works the 9-5 while running my business. What sets me a part is my authenticity and transparency. I share the inner working and personal stories of my life and how I’ve done, achieved, and overcame anything I am working on or have gone through. I’m very proud of the nonprofit organization I started that was recently awarded its 501c3. Partum Evolution, Inc. is an organization dedicated to women of color experiencing postpartum depression and really sets out to destigmatize the topic of mental surrounding motherhood. It was something I started as the basis for my own experience where after giving birth to my daughter, I had thoughts of harming her. I’m also really proud of recently releasing my own brand Fearless Nfluence which aims to encourage others to overcome their fears and live boldly in their truth.
I got to where I am through so many failures. When I graduated college, I bought a one way ticket to Los Angeles with hardly any money and a dream. No job or plan, just a vision. It didn’t work out and I set down the traditional path of working a regular 9-5 job. I failed several times at that as I wasn’t always the best employee. At some point, I finally decided to get serious with my career and accept that I needed to make another way to accomplish my dreams. I spent so much time trying to make room at other people’s table, that I learned the best way sometimes is to create your own table, and make room for yourself. The best way I overcame my failures and continued challenges was by literally continuing to get back up and to keep going. To push through the fear and the pain, recognize my bad moments and sit in them and utilize intention to heal myself from any traumas I was carrying, along with giving myself grace. It’s not easy and I still fail daily, but I decide each day which direction I want to go and that will lead the course of my life. I want the world to know that my brand is one truly dedicated to inspiring and helping others. That I am a servant of enlightenment and a serious advocate for all things mental health. I want people to heal.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If a friend was visiting the area, I would tell them to go to Urban Social any day of the week, Chapman and Kirby’s for Sunday Brunch, Ahmahle, Triple J’s Smokehouse for some amazing BBQ, 5015, and there’s so many more places I could list. I would say be open and stay hydrated because there is always something to do!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In this stage of my journey right now, I have learned to lean in on friends more than I ever have. I appreciate the feedback I have gotten from dear friends of mine like Marquese, Keshia, Amanda, Tisha, KeKe, Shadei, and so many more who have really showed up for me in this season as I go to the next level.
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