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Self-taught Fashion Designer Ty Kent Interview

What would be your advice to a self-taught fashion designer who struggles to make it in the industry?

Don’t focus on others’ ideas of what it means to “make it into the industry.” I think we have been programmed to fit into something to feel like we have “made” it. That is why so many seek labels and ways to define themselves based on some mold. Start establishing your definition of success, set your own goals, and set your own pace by staying focused on what inspired you to choose this artistry. A designer is an artist, and artists have a unique vision and purpose behind the artistry. Always stay focused on YOUR vision and purpose. So when you come across a rocky road on your journey, the turbulence won’t cause you to get off the path or turn around and give up.

How do you cope with this pandemic as an entrepreneur?

I adjust. Never get too comfortable in life because life always brings the unexpected. I don’t care who you are, how much money you make, how long you have been working in your career, or how successful you think you are. Never get too comfortable, and always be ready to adjust. No one is exempted from life’s curveballs. Please don’t feel like you are the only one going through it. Life isn’t picking on you, so don’t ever feel bullied because then that victim mindset will set in and create anxiety. Anxiety will throw you off your game. Don’t panic, access the situation, and adjust.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Do you have any fears looking into the future? If yes, what would they be?

In five years, I see God using me to pour into others like never before. I have a vision for the platform he has given me through my YouTube channel and my passion as a homeschooling mom. I also see myself having an established, recognizable brand representing my work as a designer and artist. Good things take time, and I have been working and building for years now, and I am finally in the stage of reintroducing my brand and sharing my heart in many forms. I even desire to publish a children’s book series. Could this all happen in 5 years? I don’t know. My focus is to work on the now and let God worry about them then.

What has been your most significant achievement since you’re in this industry?

I think gaining confidence and finding freedom in expressing who I am in an industry that (I feel) tries to push a mold. I taught myself, and it can be not very comforting when you see the many others who went to school, interned for some of the top designers, and of course, see so many other talented people in the industry. You can quickly get discouraged and see yourself as not good enough. If you can achieve confidence in yourself and your abilities, no one else’s light will ever be able to dim yours no matter what they have done and where they have been. Everyone has their unique light, and finding my light is the greatest thing I can ever accomplish because my light will forever guide me and keep me focused on my path.

How do you handle failure on a business point and in general?

The only form of failure is making a decision that redirects your path and purpose to the wrong destination. A journey is like a boxing match. You may win some rounds, and you may lose some rounds, but the knockout is all that matters. I believe you can get in the ring with the wrong opponent and find yourself fighting for something that was never meant for you to win. If it is intended for you to discontinue in that particular business, it is not a failure to let that business go. Sometimes we get excited about things and jump ahead of our instructions; it is ok to readjust and get back on the right path. Now, if it is meant for you to be where you are, the only form of failure will be giving up. You will feel that regret and resentment for the rest of your life because it is like losing a part of you. Everything you do in life should flow out of you naturally because it was meant for you. Don’t force yourself into things that you know you shouldn’t be doing. Now, if you are doing it for money reasons or to survive, that’s your decision. The great thing about life’s journey is that it takes you many places to learn many lessons. You only fail when you reject the lesson that was meant to be learned during that season.

How do you balance motherhood, business, and being an artist?

Setting my priorities straight and gracing myself in understanding my pace will be a little different from others in this season in my life. Being a mother is a part of who I am just as much as, if not more, than anything else I do in life. Different seasons will have various paces and priorities, and that’s ok. I adjust. As long as I am still going, that’s all that matters. Even if I am walking slowly and not running, I am always moving. Balancing those three things depends on the woman and what season they are in. Like I stated before, we can never get too comfortable because of the season change. It is easy to think everything will flow the way you want it to if you do x, y, and z. But life as a parent, business owner, or anything is so unpredictable. I think being open to adjusting is the key to always finding balance.

Who are your role model or influencers if you do have any?

I can’t pinpoint or name a role model in my life. I have had the honor to come across so many different people in my life, and hearing their stories or witnessing their seasons truly impacted my perception of life. Because I am so focused on knowing and understanding my journey, I try not to get tunnel vision on specific people’s journeys. It can become distracting and sometimes discouraging if I feel like I can’t measure up or not turn out like theirs. I believe we sometimes become blind to our journey’s beauty because we become so engulfed with others’ beauty. I get inspired and impacted by others all the time, but I don’t let their life become my model because I will never truly walk into the model I wasn’t created to be. We are all uniquely designed; no one model is alike.

Did anybody ever tell you that you inspired them?

The crazy thing about this question is that I’ve heard this so often, not realizing they were even paying attention in that way. It can be my little sister, just randomly expressing it while watching me nurture my children. It can be my father who thanks me and expresses how I inspired him by just encouraging him through some of the most challenging seasons in his life. It could be a girlfriend who expresses it at a brunch after having girl talk. It could be a subscriber expressing it after watching a tutorial on my channel. I have always lived my life, allowing God to use me to pour into others whatever way he sees fit. So, what many don’t realize is, the inspiration wasn’t coming from me. It was coming from Him. I was just a vessel who didn’t know God was using me at that moment to pour into them.

Would you say that your career is your actual purpose?

I believe your purpose is in who you are, not what you do. So, I think you can fulfill your purpose while operating in your career and still be operating in your purpose outside of your job. I believe many times we confuse our gifts and talents with being our purpose. God can use your skills and talents to fulfill your purpose, but they aren’t your purpose. When you limit your goal to being a title of something that you do, you limit the impact of your purpose.

You are now homeschooling two beautiful children; how are they impacting your journey as a fashion designer?

I am now officially a mom of 3, and it is funny you asked this question because I was telling my hubby how each of my kids unlocked a superpower in me with each pregnancy that trauma, others, and just life tried to keep hidden in me. My firstborn unlocked confidence in me that I didn’t know I had. My second-born took that confidence to the next level and unlocked a story of courage in me that I didn’t know was possible. My third opened a level of clarity that took both my confidence and courage to a whole new level. They have impacted me as a woman who pours over into everything else that I do. My journey would not be the same without them.

Written By: Shendor Menvarayzz

Health and Fitness

Weight-loss journey & ways to stay motivated

In dedication to Janielle Wright, 100LB weight-loss in 10-mos.

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Getting started on the journey

Starting a weight-loss journey is a decisive decision a person make regarding their willingness to achieve results. The key to a successful weight-loss journey is the person’s motivation factor. However, determination is what will get them started and ready on an intense and invigorating journey. I understand not all people desiring a weight-loss journey is self-motivated and perhaps might need encouragement from others. Depending on the level of pro-activeness will determine the person level of success. For the people who need motivation and an extra push, consulting a fitness coach or workout partner is just as motivating and excellent. It’ll guarantee results and the progress towards achieving concrete weight-loss goals. Nevertheless, for those who are self-motivated and geared up with the willingness to get started on a successful weight-loss journey alone, I applaud you every step of the way. A weight-loss journey may not always be the most comfortable milestone to achieve, but the hard work and efforts are so rewarding.

Understanding the reason for weight-loss 

     The number one reason for your weight loss journey will always be your starting point. It’s a gentle reminder of why you started and how far you’ve progressed in your journey. For instance, before and after photos are evidence of a person’s weight-loss journey uphill, meaning each milestone achieved resulting in apparent changes in weight, in which others will notice the difference. Nevertheless, practicing a healthy diet and exercise routine will guarantee interval results. The process will require sufficient amount of patience, mental strength and action, more importantly its imperative to work at your own paste and speed. Your weight-loss journey isn’t a competition against anyone else. It is about “keeping your eyes on the prize,” the prize being your weight-loss goal.

Healthy Affirmations

    Practicing healthy affirmation to fortify your mental strength is a working charm to keep you in transformation mode. Affirmation help keeps you motivated and encouraged you to eventually manifest high vibration, not just on your weight-loss journey but also with your entire life. If you don’t know what type of affirmation to use, listed below are some positive and uplifting affirmations:

•    I love and care for my body

•    I love the taste of healthy food

•    I am enjoying exercising

•    I love and feel great

Those affirmations are a few of many other statements inspired to get you started and motivated. After all, you deserve the best and you are worthy of the best. I understand as the journey gets tough, you are always one step closer towards accomplishing your goals. Whenever you get wary, think of those affirmations and repeat after me “I can do this, and I will do this” and say it again “I can do this, and I will do this.” Don’t ever doubt what you can do!

Life & Culture

The Power in Forgiveness

Imagine being betrayed or overwhelmed with disappointment caused by another. The impact of the pain isn’t felt intrinsically; it is often a psychological pain and cycle. A mental complexity one must reason with; to release themselves from perpetuating the pain. Each person’s circumstance is succumbed by the perplexities of one’s mental turmoil (a repeated cycle of offense in the mind). The memory and recollection of thoughts linked to one’s detrimental experience is the gap between recognition and reality. Therefore, a person’s behavior becomes the catalyst of how they’ll respond or react to those who administered the betrayal or disappointment to them.

However, despite the hurt one feels, the practical way of release is the bridge between one’s acceptance and acts of forgiveness. Every problem has a solution, and every pain felt is also a process of healing. When one recognizes the power in forgiveness, it is a sense of ownership and restoration of trust. When trust is restored, it’s like a broken glass pieced together in a more endearing and cautious matter. When a person decides to forgive and gain back their power, higher wisdom, knowledge, and understandings is finally achieved.


The Power of Letting Go

At some point in our lives we all reach a point of deciding to “let go“. Letting go of what’s not within our control or no longer serve a purpose in our lives. It is a matter of realizing PEACE is more important to reserve rather than seeking to achieve the inevitable (chasing after what isn’t within our control). To reserve one’s peace is to master self-control and divinely unfold self-love.

‘Letting go’ do not mean it is the end of the world, it is the end to a new beginning. Some times those new beginnings are unexpected event’s and circumstances, unwarranted. However, circumstantial events are meant to push ones limit to the next level or apply pressure for transformation ending in a change. We all have a purpose and journey to fulfill in this life time, why not make it worth while by learning when to let go, heal, keep going and growing. We are what we set our mind’s to therefore the mind is limitless and is only condition by one’s emotion.

Emotions is only signal of self- awareness of what we are experiencing for the moment. Therefore, when the mind is not conditioned by emotional disturbance; it is then we realize letting go is the best thing to do for one’s on well being. Dare to re-channel your thoughts, energy and frequency with good vibrations and extend your mind to limitless dimensions. Discover the power within you by letting go and deciding to live from within.
“Just as it is from within, likewise it is from without.”