When I first looked at this image of myself I literally said ￼yuck… Aleka you haven’t lost any weight you actually look bigger. So much negative talk and doubt ran through my mind. You’re not trying hard enough you’re not making enough change you need to do more, do more, do more.￼￼..
Then I realize change takes time and lots of effort. So be joyful in the small wins. Celebrate for not giving up on yourself. That is a major win within itself.
So this is my encouragement for every woman and girl who is suffering from weight issues especially related to medical conditions:
Give yourself a break, You are doing GREAT!
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.
Head-Ties Start at $20-40
📝Joy is an internal emotion it exists despite hardships and traumatic experiences. Joy is your soul foundation, that connects you to your source (God), and it helps you appreciate life’s benefits: family, friends nature, freedom, your home, your body…
📖 The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. ~ Psalm 28:7
Gratitude is apart of the journey to happiness. Happiness isn’t earned, won, consumed or even given. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, consistency, and gratitude! #NaturallyACT
Dear Insecurity, I have decided to break up with you (after listening to the podcast episode Dear consistency, I have decided to stop breaking up with you. – Tough Skin Soft Heart by Shannon Cohen.)!
Insecurity, now that we are no longer in a relationship my focus is to practice being objective, reflecting on my successes/accomplishments, learning from my mistakes, assessing my circumstances, engaging in positive self-talk. I have made a full commitment to practice Self-Appreciation
It takes courage to left go of old mindsets. Today, reflection “Learn how to love yourself. Process failure and disappointment as EVENTS not who you are” – quote by @myleik
I’ve found myself leaning a lot this past year. I am blessed to have amazing friends who I can lean on. I was challenged to lean further into my creativity. But this year I also found myself leaning on to my own understanding at times. There were times where I tried to take matters into my own hands and those were the times I felt unstable. Here I am. Wiser. Stronger. Better. I commit to confessing Proverbs 3:5-6 over my life and pray that my heart would not be weary while waiting.
There are so many ways to wear a headwrap! Go check out my first #WrapSession and be sure to like and subscribe more videos to come. 😉
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This makes five years since Della and Aleka created the Kinky Hair Connection. This year is all about Celebrating our natural hair, locs, & culture! EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE for $15 but only through July 31, 2019. Ticket prices increase on August 1, 2019.
- Music – DJ
- Hustle Lessons
Let’s Celebrate Year Five!!
VENDORS, VOLUNTEERS, and SPONSORSHIP opportunities available email KinkyHairConnectionGR@gmail.com for details
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
I had the opportunity to host a vendor table at have at The Dream Big Sister Circle & Dream Big Fair on 5/4/2019. Soft-launch of my new headwrap collection Wrapped By A.C.T. I love to use headwraps as a part of myself express and as a tool to live my life authenticity while inspiring others to do the same.
Thanks to #C3TalkToMe for this awesome recap.
I had the opportunity to facilitate the Social Media discussion at the monthly Hook a Sista Up Accountability Meeting on Tuesday, April 23.
• Quality Headshots make you stand out in the crowd
• Update your headshot at least every two years.