I run 5DollaDivas as a small family business from my home office in NC. I'm an independent Paparazzi consultant but more about that later. Here's a little about me and my journey...
Everything fell apart. When I say everything, I mean like...everything.
For 20+ years I worked in the health & IT industries and spent most of my time trying to get to a place in my career that would validate me. I finally got to that coveted place and then I looked around and didn't like myself so much. I felt a disconnect with my family, my church, and my friends. In fact, I really didn't have many friends. Everything was about work and I was not the nicest person to be around :(
I was forced to see myself. See the elephant. And deal with it.
I would love to say that I finally "got it," turned my life around, made good friends, repaired my family breaches, and made a bunch of money on my car--I mean started a thriving business. Ummm yeah that didn't happen. Instead I ignored the warning signs, burning red flags, and stubbornly pressed on in self-determination. I thought that once I "made it" I could address those pesky elephants. Welp, as life often does to hard-headed peeps, it ran me right into the oncoming traffic I refused to see. Everything fell apart. When I say everything, I mean like...everything.
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And that was all right BEFORE Covid-19 blessed us all.
I was utterly broken.
I was forced to see myself. See the elephant. And deal with it. After many months of what felt like crawling over broken glass down a long road, I came to the part where I asked myself how I could change and devote time to things that would have a lasting impact on others long after I was gone. I start putting more of my time into my family and helping my community. I enjoyed this newfound change but I needed a way to support myself financially as I branched out more. After all, my jobby-job was gone. My family was also on a long road to recovery so I needed to be careful to not rock the boat further with grandiose employment decisions. So I got ta thinking...
Behind-the-scenes I've always been an entrepreneur-type soul. While I worked my day job I'd tried my hands at many things looking for the perfect biz. I spent a lot of money (I mean LOTS) and had a lot of not-the-right-fit, complex, or I-hate-this-now-that-I'm-doing-it type deals. It's been a journey of sometimes painful self-discovery but not all bad! One of my hobby-turned-businesses ended up being the very thing I used to give back. This is me helping to run a meeting for a video project with the students from Building Hope Community Center. We partnered with building Hope to launch this video production/business mentorship a few months ago and are believing for big things! Also my family is now involved in the media ministry at church, all of us learning to use our talents for more than ourselves.
After many internal eye-rolls I gave her time to tell me more.
So going back to what I was saying...I started brainstorming ways I could support myself financially while freeing up more time to support my family and community. But I had a lot of heavy things I was dealing with still so I wanted to do something different this time; something...less complicated...something...well...fun.
You know how this goes. One of your bffs who's also a serial entrepreneur type reaches out about this new biz she (or he) is doing. After many internal eye-rolls (it's ok she knows I irk her) I gave her time to tell me more. I found out it was about selling jewelry which peeked my interests just enough. I finally watched one of her Facebook lives and that's when I got excited. She was in her element and glowing! I got why she liked it so much. I already had a mini obsession with jewelry so why not share it with others? It's a simple business model...buy...sell..rinse & repeat....if others wanna do it too show 'em how.
Although there are a lot of national agencies that do great work, we want our efforts to be concentrated in our community and with the underserved that don't get large amounts of funding.
So to make an absurdly long story shorter, that's how 5DollaDivas was born. My daughters help me out when I do livestreams (they're techies too) so it's a way for us to work together instead of me alone (which I really wanted). I have my signature more pricey jewelry sure, but I like a LOT of variety and I can't afford to spend half a check on earrings and bracelets like I used to (nor do I want to anymore). No, it's not for everybody and no business is and certainly no product ever is. For my little family though, Paparazzi checked a lot of boxes.
So what's the end game Fe?
My goal is to bring some fun-shine into your life with some trendy, affordable jewelry and to grow the biz to the point where I can dedicate more and more time to my family and to my community. Although there are a lot of national agencies that do great work, we want our efforts to be concentrated in our community and with the underserved that don't get large amounts of funding. Small and local are the types of organizations that helped me for years as a single mom. When you purchase from 5DollaDivas you are a helping my family serve others and are a direct part of my our transformation to fulfill a new and better much better dream.
Thank you for your support :)
If you're interested, I'll be sharing more of our family's story in my blog. It's been a wild ride!