Word for today…. LOVE
Love unselfishly, whole, unbiased, and true no matter what you do..
Dating vs. Family
You vs. Dating vs. Family
Person you’re dating vs. Family
Heterosexual Dating vs. Homosexual Dating
Heterosexual Family vs. Dating vs. Homosexual Family vs. Dating
Either way, two different upbringings coming together will often have issues to work through because not everyone is raised the same! There are differences, actions, ideas, beliefs etc. that some people are not willing to accept… Who says that your family must accept the person you’re dating? Who says that the person you’re dating must accept your family? Is that an unspoken rule? Is that mutual respect? Then what happens if neither parties wants to do the latter? Is one person just stuck with having to chose between family and the person that they are dating?
What insight do you have on dating that you can give?
Name and Location
1. What is your passion in life?
My passion is to be a successful creative director/designer/stylist lol. I love helping people, especially when it involves clothing and accessory choices.
2. What is your current job?
I currently work as an accounting assistant in a law firm. This by no means is my career. It’s that “I needed a job out of college and this is what I came up with” instance. I received my Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications and am looking to utilize that degree in the creative field. So now I am on a serious job hunt (anyone in the Chicago area can definitely forward me any job openings if you hear of anything lol).
3. Do you own your own business? If so, what is the name and the mission?
I did take a leap of faith and launched my own business called Luxcheri, pronounced “luxury” with Cheri being my middle name. Right now it is a compilation of handmade jewelry and accessories along with vintage jewelry. I plan to add my own clothing line and reconstructed/thrifted vintage clothing, but I am starting small first in order to build a solid customer base. The mission is to provide unique options for anyone’s styling needs, whether it’s with jewelry or clothing. I am all about one-of-a-kind pieces because it allows people to express their personal style without being cookie cutter.
4. Did you have any fears when first starting your business?
I have what you call kakorrhaphiophobia, fear of failing. I know I am not the only one. Sometimes, that gets the best of my and like in so many past projects, I would just give up. But this time, I am like, what the heck, if I fail, at least I tried and I can always try again until I succeed. After all success is nothing without failure. So this time in my endeavors, I am really pushing myself to go beyond the limits and just produce things that I like and stick with it, good or bad.
5. Did you have any insecurities when first starting your own business?
Yes!! I always get this feeling that people will not like what I produce and that scares me. Often times, I hold back more in those instances rather than just letting it be. I put a lot of time, energy, and thought into the pieces I create, so just like anyone else, I always want to hear good feedback. But I have realized everyone rocks to the rhythm of their own drum, so I have to understand some people will like it and some people won’t. I just make sure I go hard for those who do like it.
6. Describe your brand in one word.
7. Do you have any past failures that you can tell what you did to learn from them?
I have failed many times, so it’s hard to pick just one instance, but if I had to pick one, it would be not going for my dream in the beginning. What I mean by that is, I wish I would have followed my heart when deciding on college. Don’t get me wrong, college is and has been very great to me, but I just wish I would have went to fashion school instead of the traditional college. I let people get into my head saying it’s going to be hard, not enough money, blah, blah, blah. If I had followed my own heart, I think I would have been better off. So I would consider that a failure, not following my own heart. But now I try to listen to my gut instincts and just go for what I like instead of letting others persuade me.
8. Who are your target consumers? Would you want to change this?
Urban professionals are my target consumer. I don’t think I would change this. I think urban professionals have a lot of purchasing power, which is a very good thing.
9. What inspires you?
This is a hard question because it is literally everything from color to art or even random people on the bus or walking down the street as I go to work. I love looking at things and picking them apart to see what else it can become.
10. Who inspires you?
I have a few people who inspire me.
My mom – for her creativity and sense of style. I learned a lot from her.
My pooh Felix – for his motivation, drive, and positive reinforcement that actually helped me jump start my business.
Aunt Bonita – the most outgoing and creative woman you’ll ever meet. She keeps it real all the time and she’s herself without any regrets.
Andrea aka Peachie – She is a very influential and inspirational person in my life as she is a young entrepreneur who has really been a mentor to me in helping me start my journey.
11. What is always at the back of your mind?
I am always trying to figure out what’s next and how can I make it unique. Everyone and their momma create jewelry or clothing to some capacity and what I don’t ever want to do is copy or mimic someone else. I always want it to be a reflection of me. I have found that hard as some of the bracelets I create are similar to other designers, and that is one of the main reasons I decided to expand outside of that. I like things to be my own. Of course if my customers ask for something, I make it happen, but I always try to put my own twist on things.
12. What do you want to change about your job or career right now?
The monotony. I like to be moving around, not stuck at a desk entering in data all day, and that’s pretty much what I do. It becomes very hard on some days when there is absolutely nothing to do. I want a job that I actually look forward to going to everyday. But as of now, I have to be thankful that I have a job.
13. What advice do you have for others?
Go for what you know and what you like. Once you get that mindset, nothing can really stop you at that point.
14. How do you motivate yourself?
I look at my current situation and ask myself is this what I want to be doing in the next 5, 10, 15 years and then I kick it into high tail gear and start sketching and creating. I want to enjoy my life, not be a negative Nancy about why nothing is going right. You have to enjoy life.
15. Did you have any obstacles that you overcame to get to where you are now?
I think during this whole process, I have had to become more talkative. I tend to be a tad quiet and very modest/shy when it comes to projects I am working on or am a part of. It’s weird because a part of me does like the limelight, and then the other part is like, no it’s too much. But I definitely have been coming out of my shell more and that’s pretty big for me.
16. Where can we find you on the web?
I am working on getting my website together as we speak. The launch date was suppose to be on August 17th, an ode to my mother for her birthday, but there have been some technical difficulties that have come up. So I am planning to launch in a couple of weeks. I at least hope to be running on August 31.
I love CoverGirl for adding more diversity to the company… Not to mention Janelle is fabulous and Natural.. She goes to show that being true to yourself works and most important is needed more in the industry where individuals change to be popular…
No words needed from me.. Please ENJOY!!!!!
Name and Location
Alona Thompson/St.Louis, MO
How old were you when you “came out”?
How old were you when you knew that you were attracted to the same sex?
5 or 6
How did your family react?
My family reacted very well actually..they love what I love
Do you label yourself?
I label myself a woman 1st, but the community labels me a stud.
What is one misconception about the LBGTQ “Lifestyle” that you want to get rid of?
One misconception of the LBGTQ “lifestyle” that I want to get rid of is that lesbians are attracted to all women, we have a type as well.
How can you help the LGBTQ Youth?
Help make them aware of the diseases that you can catch as a gay youth..and what ways to protect themselves.
Do you think that you were born gay?
Good question, I am still unsure of that.
How do you feel about religion being the basis of homosexuality bashing?
There are still those that use religion as a basis for bashing, people will always pick and choose parts from the bible or Koran or whatever your religion is to make a point.
Do you have children? If yes, how do you “successfully” parent being LGBTQ?
No I do not, but I have raised a few and I am truthful and honest about everything I am and everything I do.
How do you make sure that you are being positive?
I pray a lot, and I maintain a positive attitude thru the most negative times.
Where can we find you on the web?
Facebook “Alona Thompson”
I have been mentoring youth since I was 15, while still apart of the youth crowd. I started with the community cheerleading team and never stopped… mentoring is something that I take serious, because our youth are being misguided. I will never stop mentoring the youth because they are the future of America. From drama filled reality tv shows to sex being everywhere you turn your head something that has to give. Having positive women and men in our youth life’s they will be better prepared to face the world.
I have different services that can benefit different personalities:
Mentoring, Blogging, Facilitating and Presenting workshops on topics like Self-Esteem, Self-Worth, Sexual Abuse, Childhood Sexual Abuse, LGBTQ issues (many others but these are the main topics)… I speak about my life growning up and the obstacles that I overcame. I am currently working on ebooks and preparing to write my memoir. I just finished school, so my schedule has more space for clients and events….
I say all of this to say, that I am qualified. Simply because of what I have gone through growing up! I am following my passion and the words of God. I was put here to help, I went through what I went through so that God could use me as a vessel.. (click on my about me page to read more about what I went through) I help others heal through issues they have now and have had since childhood. Some individuals go through life ignoring issues that are obvious to others but not themselves. They are not obvious because they choose to not let them be….
Denial is the devils playground. Don’t let him play in your backyard! Get the help you need now so that you can live a healthy and gracious life.
If you know someone who would benefit from mentoring or some programs that need facilitators for seminars or workshops let me know! I am able to travel as well. Email me: javaniamwebb at gmail dot com
When you are born into a family….and mostly everyone is normal.. Normal being Heterosexual in my case, it’s hard being the outcast..
Let me explain…..
I am a proud lesbian, my family feels I am in a phase.. Well let’s just say I have outgrown the phase age stage in my life… The moment I came out of the closet I broke free and have been trying to defend who I was ever since.
Why am I constantly defending who I am though?
This is a question I cannot answer because I have a need to want to be loved.. Loved from my family. I care what my family thinks of me, not people who don’t give two shits nor know who I truly am (let’s get this common miscommunication clear) I think I care so much because my aunts and uncles helped raise me where my mother and father fell short and then when my mother died they stepped in even more. So there’s a different dynamic relationship here…..
However, I have to and must follow the same advice that I give my clients who are dealing with or have dealt with the same issues.
God did not make any mistakes with me.
I am who I am.
I will not change who I am for my family.
I will not hide who I am.
I am in love with Javania.
I will not continue to defend my attraction.
I therefore will not longer feel as if I am the Black Sheep in my family.
Have you ever felt like the oddball in your family? Share your story below.
(this photo is not the singles edition cover, photo is taken from personal IPhone and the book was paid for by me)
My sis is reading the edition that Gary Chapman intended to be for women and men who are married or engaged to get married..but it seems that single people wanted something to help them in the love department as welllllll…….. When she advised me to get the copy I immediately took offense because I thought she had jokes.. But I am actually glad that she told me about it. I just started this book and I am loving reading every minute of it.. (This is the first book that I am reading on my IPad and it’s not bad)
The premise of the book is for you to fully know your love language before you can know someone else’s love language and that it is okay if your languages do not match, but you have to be willing to fulfill your partners language. Of course the examples are for heterosexual couples, but I do not think that this book excludes homosexual couples. (this is just my opinion, if you know of a book that talks about love and it’s strictly for homosexuals let me know in the comments)
I haven’t gotten to the part where he explains the different languages of love but I am looking forward to finding that out! I will update when I figure out.. 🙂
What does this word mean to you?
For me, ‘self-control’ has to do with my health… I have been ‘trying’ to loose weight since I gained it the summer after I graduated from High School…
annnnd after I gained the Freshman 60 NOT 30…..
But in reality I haven’t been trying hard enough…
I love food, but I LOVEEEEE sweets..
This is essentially why I cannot or have not lost any weight.. My self-esteem is quite high….until I try on a dress or jeans that used to fit correctly…. 🙁 I know that for me to truly be satisfied with my weight and the way my clothes fit I have to be toned and in a healthy way. I am now in a process where I am starting to think about how I live and I know that for me to be truly healthy I MUST make a lifestyle change, not just choose to go on a diet where I will loose 5-20 pounds but then gain it right backkk.
What about you? What does self-control me to you?