We had the good fortune of connecting with Simone Alexandria and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Simone, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve been wanting to start a Blog for a long time but was too worried about others not being interested and caring too much about other people’s opinions. But after experiencing life and having my daughters, my perspective shifted. How can I teach my daughters to be themselves confidently and to not let others’ opinions stop them from achieving their goals and dreams if I am not a first partaker. Their lives changed mine and they are the reason I took the leap to start my Blog “GOD’s very own Butter” that is set to be launched soon.
My thought process behind starting my Blog/Brand is to show my life candidly as a Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister and Friend. The good, the bad, and the not so pretty. I feel like we live in a society where everything is glamorized and a-lot of times people aren’t honest about who and where they are or even what they are really dealing with. I feel like the world is in a huge identity crisis, especially women. My goal and inspiration is to show women that I am just like them, WE are all the same in some way or another. Whether it is being a christian, wife, mother, daughter, sister, or friend, we as women all have something in common.
I also want to show people what the love of GOD really is. Most churches unfortunately have become a toxic place for many because of man made rules and traditions. Because of that I want to show who GOD is and what he stands for. GOD is love and we truly show that we love GOD by how we love other humans. That’s where “GOD’s very own Butter” comes from. Butter is used to spread and I believe my purpose is to be used by GOD to spread his love for mankind. And if I can inspire one person, that is good enough for me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I currently work for Progressive as a claim adjuster but prior to working for Progressive, I worked for Hertz for over 5 years. I was laid off from Hertz due to COVID which was a little hurtful because I had worked so hard at Hertz to get to where I was. I started off as a transporter, worked my way up to running my own Branch, and then to the corporate side as a Recruiter. I was so excited because I was learning a different side of the company but all things work together for our good. Although, COVID caused some things to shift, I am so proud of all the success I had at Hertz. I received over 5 promotions in my 5 years there and though sometimes I wanted to give up, I am so proud of myself for not doing so.
Was it easy? The answer is a BIG FAT NO! I faced many obstacles but I had to learn from them, dust myself off, and make the change. I’ll share a few key things that I learned.
– Perception is reality. Sometimes you may not feel like you have said anything wrong and not even meant anything harmful by what you say but perception is reality. Everybody does not perceive things the same, so what may not be offensive to you, may be offensive to others. So doing a little fine tuning can make the world of a difference. Whether it be being a little bit more cautious of your body language or the tone of your voice can save many unnecessary conflicts.
-Keep a work-life balance. When it is time for you to clock out, clock out! Live outside of work and don’t just live work. That work will be there when you clock in tomorrow, trust me, it isn’t going anywhere.
-Build rapport and connect with people. Don’t burn bridges. You never know who you will need in the future. A-lot of times it’s not what you know but who you know!
At every one of my interviews for my promotions, I always asked what was 1 word to describe their experience at work and I would always start with mine. My word was humble. Humble because I had to really take the low seat and get out of my way to really succeed. Not lose myself but take constructive criticism and advice, digest it, and apply it. I can honestly say it was not peaches and cream all the time, but listening and applying made the world of difference in my success. I am far from perfect and sometimes it was hard accepting my flaws but I learned from them and it has brought me success in everything I touch.
I want the world to know that nothing I have wanted or worked for has come easy but it was totally worth it to not give up!
So like Snoop said, “I want to thank me for me, I want to thank me for believing in me, and I want to thank me for putting in all this hard work!”. Lol
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was in town, there are so many places in Houston I could take them. I would definitely take them to Houston’s Color Factory, the Houston Zoo, the Flower Vault and the Museum District just off the top of my head. To eat, we are for sure trying out the hot spots in Houston to eat. There are so many different places to try but for starters we would be going to Taste Bar, Breakfast Club, Lucille’s, and Reggae Hut just to name a few. It’s a must that we go to the Galleria to do some shopping and possibly ice skate. Also, I believe Houston has some of the best thrift stores so we would definitely be hitting up some thrift stores to do some thrifting.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my Shoutout to my amazing husband Leon and daughters Dakota Skye, Denver Jade, and Noelle Skye who now lives with Jesus (RIH Noelle).
My husband has been my biggest supporter from listening to all my ideas, encouraging me when I want to give up, and literally learning photography to help me with my content. Leon is literally my rock and always reminding me that I got this and I can do anything I put my mind to. I love you Leon – Olive Juice – Alligator Food.
My babies. They are the absolute reason I can’t give up and seeing their beautiful faces daily is a constant reminder of why I am doing the things I do. I want them to see through my life that they can do whatever it is that they want to do and be whoever they want to be.
I love them so much because they love me wholeheartedly just the way I am, the good, the bad, and not so pretty.
Facebook: Sim Alexandria
First photo: IG: @l_straughter83 of LS Images
Photographer: IG: @christinadeshomme https://
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