We had the good fortune of connecting with Tasialiana “Slaps” Carter and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tasialiana “Slaps”, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work life balance is super important. When I first started out 3 years ago I didn’t focus on insurance as much. I focused on my poetry business because it was a great outlet for me with my vocal expressions during a time of serious healing and shadow work. Nowadays I focus on insurance because of financial education and protection within my community. I realized the community needs to leave legacies through art for the community, and through wealth for their families to live when the voice dies.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Today I own an insurance agency and to say the least I am beyond blessed. I am able to use my poetry voice while educating others on financial education and to be honest, I think this is something the community needs. Anything easy isn’t worth having so trust me when I tell you being a woman entrepreneur has had a long road of struggles. Every obstacle I had, probably went across God’s ear and my therapist plate first. Beyond that I have fantastic mentors and a great support system to get me through the hurdles. Truth is you need people. You need a good connection system to successful through life. Everyone who has insurance with me trust that in a time of need, I will have the means to protect them. Protect their car, their house, their lives their kids. Relationships with people are essential and needed to be successful in this world. I believe that is something ALL PEOPLE should know, not just artists and entrepreneurs.

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.
Its pretty intense to put this together so here is my best shot.

Monday -Definitely start the week with Local Seat (courtesy of Meek as a referral). Local seat is a homegrown poetry/karaoke spot near TSU. BYOB, affordable and always a vibe.

Tuesday – EL TAQUITO kitchen and probably a home hangout; I love tacu tuesdays but the best tacos in houston come from food trucks lol

Wednesday- The Sugar room- it’s a cute, quiet bar off washington. Actually deemed a hidden gem of houston.

Thursday- THE SPOT EADO- DJ SHANTE one of my favorite DJs has a residency there; great authentic Houston vibes

Friday- Montrose (the gayborhood). Personally even though my friend is not gay I think its something everyone should experience. Barhopping, cheap drinks, lots of drag queens with make up better than celebritites lol

Saturday- BRUNCH at Lucille’s (authentic soul food, a Houston must). Dinner at Qirans ( authentic Indian 5 star, classy piano sitting). A night out at Amahle.

Sunday- BRUNCH @ PHIL & DEREKS (another Houston must, authentic soul) & Taste Bar Kitchen at night (more so for Marium Echo my favorite singer not because of their food lol)

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Angela Shaw Adam Davis
April Davis
Cyleshia Stone
Mark Carter
Rhoda Carter
Courtney Burth
Jody Prevatt
Oscar Martinez -Salrica Dance







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