Voyage ATL Interview

Life and Work with Aleka C. Thrash . Today we’d like to introduce you to Aleka C. Thrash.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Aleka. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My purpose is to inspire individuals to live authentically, as a result, Naturally A.C.T. was launched as a lifestyle blog and event hub for how-to workshops. I have been a professional portrait and lifestyle photographer for over a decade. I am privileged with the gift of noticing the inner beauty in others and portraying that beauty through my company ACTPhotoMedia. In 2015 co-founder of Kinky Hair Connection an annual event created to connect, support, and encourage naturals as well as those considering the transition and actually transitioning. The goal is to help women and young girls embrace who they were born to be – naturally.

In 2019 Wrapped by A.C.T. was birthed. Wrapped by A.C.T. is the expression of Naturally A.C.T. through fabrics and headdresses. The head-wrap line empowers those who choose to adorn themselves with a sense of pride and provides an outlet for creativity.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The beginning of my journey was very difficult. I struggled with self-doubt. I knew I had good ideas yet felt that no one cared. After I hosted my first workshop and people actually showed up, I realized what I had to offer people not just wanted but they needed.

My journey to self-confidence and entrepreneurship has been a challenge. I have stopped and started more times then I would like to admit. I have learned the importance of having people around you who will remind you of your why even if they don’t understand. Yes, there are many things you can do on your own however, you will soar when you have the right people in your corner.

Moving forward I am determined to be consistent. I have seen the rewards of consistency and not giving up, it’s worth it to get up and try again after you have been knocked down. My advice for others – DO NOT QUIT! If you need to pivot, pivot just do not quit.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Wrapped By A.C.T. – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
With three businesses ACTPhotoMedia which focus on photography and other media, NaturallyACT focuses on sharing my experiences via blogging and how-to workshops and Wrapped by A.C.T. which is the expression of Naturally A.C.T. through fabrics and headdresses.

I have learned to be a master multi-tasker. What sets me apart from others is knowing I can’t do it alone. In addition to amazing family, friends and the best customers, Corinthia E. Croom serves as the creative director with ACTPhotoMedia. While Connie’s Fig Leaf Shop serves as the lead seamstress for Wrapped By A.C.T.

I am most proud of my newest venture Wrapped By A.C.T. Many women want to wear headwraps as a fashion statement yet don’t know how to tie them. Wrapped by A.C.T offers a variety of satin lined headwraps with how-to tips and tricks to keep you looking fabulous.

Wrapped by ACT has a limited-edition approach, with ten fabric options and four design choices in stock. The fabrics are sourced from London and the patterns are handpicked. We used a local seamstress to make each headwrap. A unique option you’ll find is the satin lining to protect the hair from friction. In addition to pre-recorded how-to videos, we offer a one-on-one online sessions for an additional fee.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Before you seek out a mentor, coach or career sponsor, you need to know what your end goals are. Each serves a different role. Write out your goals both tangible and intangible. The same goes for networking ask yourself some questions.

I like to use the 5Ws” guideline in just about everything (Who, What, Where, When and Why). Example: Why am I attending this event? Who will be there? Why do I want to connect this person? Why should this person connect to me? What do they have to offer that I need? What do I have to offer that they need? Where can this go from here?

The key element in any connection, especially with a mentor, is the follow-up plan. You need to ensure you both are aware of objectives and goals. This can also be applied when networking.

I believe intentionality is important, handing our business card out just because is not the best use of your time or theirs. When you go to networking events it good to take your time to get to know people. Additionally, following up with people will set you apart, many people take business cards and don’t do anything with them. Follow up and follow through growth is key.

Pricing:

Head-Ties Start at $20-40

Contact Info:

Wrapped By A.C.T. Official Launch

Super excited to announce the official launch of #WrappedByACT.

Learn how to style your new head-wrap for every day of the week and shop the NEW #WrappedByACT Collection. Enjoy Music, light bites, and giveaways! Also featuring how to get the right twist-out with Kayon Crosby of Nourish Your Curls Boutique.

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Wrapped by A.C.T. is the expression of Naturally A.C.T. through fabrics and headdresses. The head-wrap line empowers those who choose to adorn themselves with a sense of pride and provides an outlet for creativity. With a limited edition approach, each head-wrap will be released in no more than 15 of design in stock. A unique option you’ll find is the satin lining to protect the hair from friction. Accommodations have been made for long and short haired folks by providing 3 length options to include children as well. Wrapped by A.C.T., cloth crowns for King’s and queens

Quick } Get Ready With Me!

Products used:

  • The Mane Choice® | Pink Lemonade and Coconut Super Anti-Oxidant & Texture Beautifier Curl Boosting Sherbet
  • The Mane Choice® | Pink Lemonade & Coconut Super Antioxidant & Texture Beautifier Mousse
  • The Mane Choice® | Multi-Vitamin Scalp Nourishing Growth Oil
  • The Mane Choice® Ancient | Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Oil
  • COVERGIRL | TruBlend Face Primer
  • NYE Love In Rio Eyeshadow Palette
  • MAC Cosmetics | Mineralize-Skinfinish-Natural
  • The LipBar | As If and Hart Breaker
  • Target | Jacket/Vest – Dress | Gabrielle Union Collection at New York & Company

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💁🏾‍♀️ Same Girl Difference Hair 🤳🏿New Year New Look

Wisdom  – Obedience  – No Regrets

I believe that is going to be a break out year.

I’m constantly seeking ways to get out of my comfort Zone & try something different!

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Corinthians 2:9 


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Special thank you to Ms. Connie of Connies Fig Leaf Shop for the custom gown and cape.#NaturallyACT

#MichelleTaughtMe

#MICHELLETAUGHTME | Lessons Learnt from Former First Lady Michelle Obama

As First Lady Michelle Obama leaves The White House but never our hearts, I had to take a few moments to show major love, respect, and honor. She has inspired and encouraged me in so many ways; I really appreciate her intelligence, passion and style. She is clear about her values and what she believes in. Thank you First Lady Michelle Obama for the many lessons you have taught me.

20110427-tows-obama-michelle-style-6-600x411STYLEClassy, regal, and just a touch edge is how I would describe Michelle Obama’s style. She knows how to rock a bright colored, cinched waist dress and lets not forget about her arms! We all know she is an advocate for exercise which keeps her looking stunning in just about everything.

What I have learned most when it comes to style is to not be afraid of prints. She really knows how to rock a vibrant-bold print shamelessly. As a curvy girl I am always looking for style inspiration and I love that Lady Obama doesn’t hide her shape, she shows her curves off with class and dignity.  

hairHAIR: I may prefer to rock my natural curls; however, Mrs. Obama has proven that straightened hair can be just as versatile. I love everything about her ever-changing style from a sleek bang, to her signature bob, a classic updo, or even soft curls.

c760159c365d4a52c9a97bb48e0e0907FAMILY: The grace she exudes, to me, is her legacy. The unfailing love she shows her husband and daughters: President Barack Obama, Malia, and Sasha and the respect she has for her mother, Marian, is such an amazing example of what it means to keep family first. (“My first job in all honesty is going to continue to be mom-in-chief. Making sure that in this transition, which will be even more of a transition for the girls… that they are settled and that they know they will continue to be the center of our universe.” –Michelle Obama)

 

 

slide_1563_21779_largeLEADERSHIP: I am amazed that despite all the hate, disrespect, and downright cruelty people show her; she remained confident, compassionate, and forgiving. “Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, like you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond, that you do what you say you’re going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them and even if you don’t agree with them.”– Michelle Obama.  That is still one of my favorite to date. (1)

u112p5029t2d378692f24dt20110623100116As the First Lady she taught us about healthy eating habits and encouraged us all to get moving by exercising more. We saw her plant and grow vegetables that were used to make the first family’s meals and prepare for White House dinners. “And let’s be clear: It’s not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren’t healthy. It’s also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy.” –Michelle Obama (2)

These are just a fews ways Mrs. Michelle Obama has inspired me; I could go on for days. As as we say farewell to our First Lady, I hope that she continues to inspires us in new ways.

Books & Articles referenced:

  1. Michelle Obama in her Own Words: The Views and Values of America’s First Lady
  2. American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America)
  3. Photos Via Goole Search

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2nd Annual Kinky Hair Connection

Della Marie Levi of Rock Candy Earrings & Things By Della Marie and Aleka C. Thrash of Naturally ACT Present the 2nd Annual Kinky Hair Connection.

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Event Features:Music, Workshops, Giveaways, Refreshments, Local Vendors, Panel Discussion, Special Guests, and so much more. Join us for a #NaturallyFabulous time!!! 

Our Purpose: To connect, support, and encourage naturals, as well as those considering and transitioning, by helping them embrace, who they were born to be. 

NOTE: All who register online will be entered into a contest to win a cash prize. Online ticket sales end Friday, November 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM. Tickets will be available at the door for $18.00 Adult Admission and $12.00Child Admission (ages 5 – 15). 

What Is A Natural Hair Meet Up: A natural hair meet up is a place where those, who have chosen styles that highlight their natural, unadulterated hair texture, gather to provide each other with support, resources and encouragement along the journey to embrace who they were born to be. It is also for people, who are considering returning to their natural hair texture and those, who want to know more about kinky, coily, loc’d or curly hair and how to care for it.

Click Link to Register:www.KinkyHairConnectionGR.eventbrite.com

Check Out Highlights from Last Year: www.KinkyHairConnectionGR.com/eventhighlights/

To Learn More About The Event Hosts:www.KinkyHairConnectionGR.com/cofounders/

For inquiries or questions email us at: KinkyHairConnectionGR@gmail.com

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Embrace The Natural You Expo – Haul

New Video up on my Youtube channel….  Check out my goodies form EMBRACE The Natural You – 3rd Annual Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo. Be sure to like and subscribe  😀

Items Purchursed include:

  • Lipstick Cult: Lipstickcult.com
  • Curlitude: Curlitude.storenvy.com
  • QRedew: qredew.com

 

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