No Risk. No Reward.

FullSizeRender-74This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of gathering 12 brilliant women who are shining bright and serving their community. When I host Queens & Conversation, it reminds me of my purpose, potential and passions. What I value most is that each one is unique and I leave feeling inspired, affirmed and empowered from the amazing conversation we share. There is something so beautiful about creating something you want to be a part of and sharing these special moments with women who you can relate to and fuel you to keep going.FullSizeRender-72I’m very intentional about handpicking each guest for Queens & Conversation and this was definitely an amazing group of women that vibed well. I was joined by Shayla, Ashley, Stephanie, Leslie, Arielle, Angela, Devanne, Lauren, Molly, Crystal, Ishia, and Mica. We met up for brunch at Eberly, which was founded upon a resilient and courageous Texas woman, Angelina Eberly, and is known for attracting creative risk takers, so I knew it would be a great fit us! Our theme was no risk, no reward.

We discussed the importance of stepping outside of our comfort zones, taking that leap of faith and letting God lead us very step of the way. Often times, we are stretched beyond our limits to be reminded of how powerful we truly are. We shared the sacrifices we had to make in order to get where we’re at today because regardless of what social media shows us, the journey won’t be perfect, but it will be worth it.FullSizeRender-73We closed out by each going around the table sharing what success means to us. Being that we live in a world that revolves around money, no ones answer had anything at all to do with material things. We all shared a common theme of having the freedom to create the life we deserve, seeing the people we love taken care of and leaving an empowering legacy for generations to come.

I can’t thank these women enough for showing up and being present, it truly means so much to me. I appreciate your time, energy and efforts to go against the grain to be the change you want to see. Continue to trust your greatness and respect your journey. Even though you may not be reaping the rewards right now, keep sowing your seeds and your garden will begin to bloom beautifully.

Surround yourself with people who see your value and remind you of it.

The next brunch will be held on July 23rd, more details coming soon!

Envision. Create. Conquer.

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As we approach the mid-year mark, I feel my mind begin to shift into perspective of self-reflection. I’m overflowing with love, gratitude, motivation, and humility as I prepare to finish the year strong. Flash back: 2 years-ago I was a college graduate and wasn’t sure how my journey would look, but I knew I had the power to create it on my own terms. I reached out to an old employer, to propose that I help rebrand their fashion boutique. I had worked with them in-store as a stylist/sales associate for eight months, so I was familiar with their brand and clientele. That immediately turned into a full-time Public Relations opportunity where I taught myself the ins & outs of building a brand and connecting with your community.

Now, if you are familiar with PR you already know that the #1 rule is: “If you don’t know, get familiar aka fake it til’ ya make it.” I challenged myself to wear many hats and learn the game of PR such as : social media manager, marketing director, moderator and content creator, it simply depended on the day and objective.

Don’t ask how to do it, just make sure it gets done. 

Queens-Hotel-31Once I became aware of my value and how I could leverage my skills to help others I saw a need for women in business. I noticed women were creating businesses rapidly, but weren’t aware of how to market themselves or their business. They downplayed their talents and referred to it as “a hobby or lil’ something I do here and there”. I was inspired to show them they can own their purpose and conquer their dreams. They had everything they needed to create the life they deserved and I wanted to motivate them to go get it!

What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn?

That since day one. She’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.

-Rupi Kaur

Queens-Hotel-33I’ve worked with hair salon owners, health/beauty connoisseurs, event planners and more. I say all this to share my testimony. In the beginning of my journey, I made mistakes, took some L’s and didn’t manage my money efficiently, but it was preparation for what lied ahead.

Fast forward to today: I’m working full-time at NaturallyCurly, the largest online haircare platform dedicated specifically to natural and curly hair. I’m creating and sharing compelling stories to empower women to embrace their beauty and walk in their purpose.

Coincidence? Nah. It’s called fate. 

By immersing myself into the community and sharing my gifts I was able to grow and leverage my network. I gained experience in the PR/Media industry and learned things that no book could have taught me. I truly feel everything is connected and each level in your life you must take risks and challenge yourself in order to move forward to the next level. With every opportunity, we have two options: step forward into faith or step back into safety.

You are exactly where you’re supposed to be. Walk in your light and live in your purpose. No matter what it takes, you are able and it is possible.

This season I encourage you to start thinking bigger, praying bigger & expecting bigger. God wants to take you where you’ve never been.

Be gentle with yourself and remember to honor the process.

It Gets Greater Later.

Queens-Hotel-37Don’t ever stop believing in your personal transformation. It’s still happening, even on days when you may not realize it or feel like it. 

Dress: Zara

Shoes: Aldo

MUA: Cassie Ybarra

Photography: Cassandra J. Klepac

Much love & many blessings

Founder & CEO

Alexandra Wilson

Girls Support Girls #Sisterhood

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than creating magic with creative, free-spirited and passionate women. Recently, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a local t-shirt company, Daisy Natives, my fabulous photographer friend Cassandra, and a few of her friends Samantha, Alexandria and Texas for a fun shoot at the carnival celebrating sisterhood.

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As you may know, two months ago I started working full-time at NaturallyCurly, as a content editor, sharing compelling stories to empower women to embrace their beauty and walk in their purpose.  Recently, I wrote an article about the importance of sisterhood : 5 Ways You Can Support Other Women Today and wanted to keep the conversation going.

 Now more than ever, we must embrace our “sisters” (biological or not) and remind them of their magic. So, I ask you, how can you support other women?

 

“Women can support other women  by being accepting of each other and not in competition or jealous of each there. Being an emotional support (being real with each other about topics that affect us daily such as beauty, career, relationships, dating, etc. Also, by supporting and promoting each other’s businesses. Showing respect towards each other and praising and empowering each other’s strengths and gifts”

-Cassie Luong 

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“One way I feel women can support each other is to believe in ourselves and to love ourselves more. Only when we believe that we are enough can we truly support one another. Without fear. Fear moves us to compare, judge, and hate. I feel that we compare ourselves to others out of fear that we aren’t adequate when in fact, each one of us are born more than adequate. We are born goddesses. We are born creators. We all have beautiful gifts to offer the world. Let’s support each other by showing love to ourselves and letting that love shine into every decision we make. No fear. No hate. Just love.”

Texas Monroe

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True sisterhood cannot be forced, it takes time, patience, love and reciprocity. Being your sister’s keeper shouldn’t feel like an unwanted responsibility, but a reflex. The beautiful thing about sisterhood is it requires no limits, no race, no class or geography. Sisterhood is a rare connection that transforms us as we mature from young girls into women sharing our struggles, experiences and learnings.

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Whether it be collaborating, listening without judgement or supporting a woman-owned business, there are many ways women can support each other!

There is nothing I value more than sisterhood. The type of sisterhood that is transparent, authentic and empowering. We’re all fighting so many battles within that sometimes, we simply need a reminder of our magic, a shoulder to lean on, an advocate to support us when we don’t have the energy to and lastly sisters that believe in our vision. Continue to conquer from within and let your light shine bright!

If we don’t help each other, who will? And if not in this time, when?

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Photography: Cassandra J. Klepac

T-shirts: Daisy Natives

Girl Squad: Left to Right Me, Alexandria Subia, Texas Monroe, Cassie Luong, and Samantha.

Turn Your Pain Into Power: Share Your Truths

How often do you go to a networking event and it seems like forced interaction with others? You’re asked questions like, what do you do? What brought you here? Then, sip your drink awkwardly wondering what else to say. Now, that I’ve been in Austin for almost 2 years, I don’t only want to exchange business cards, but focus more on cultivating relationships and creating memorable experiences with passionate women who also want to see change in our community.

When I envisioned the “Queens & Conversion” brunch, I knew I wanted to create an intimate experience where women can take the mask off, sit at a table of no more than 15, have authentic conversation with other business-minded women and share empowering stories to encourage one another to keep going.

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Over the weekend, I was joined by an amazing group of women including Social Media Queen Alexis Davis, Creative Queen Ashland Viscosi, Hair Queen Brandelyn Heath-Green, PR Queen Jasmine Vallejo, Girl Power Queen Kay Williams, Health Queen Rakima Dolliole, Fashion Queen Shani Michelle and Cooking Queen Sydney Hardwick at Grand Lux for Queens & Conversation.

For most of us it was our first time meeting, but that didn’t stop us from sharing our truths. We shared painful movements in our lives, how they helped mold who we have become, but most importantly how those circumstances didn’t break us, but made us stronger and wiser. We shared the importance of asking for help and knowing that it doesn’t mean that we’re weak or inadequate, but that we deserve to surround ourselves with reliable and worthy people who can pick us up when we fall. Lastly, we shared how we individually find balance wearing so many hats and make time for ourselves through the chaos and remain faithful through it all.

 

Anyone can speak their mind. It takes more courage and vulnerability to speak your heart.

Much love & many blessings

Founder & CEO

Alexandra Wilson

 

 

 

Serve with a Purpose: The Power of a Dynamic Network

img_3281I recently celebrated my 25th birthday and I’m beyond thankful for all the clarity and confirmation it brought. It’s funny because the older we get, the more we can appreciate the priceless gifts we discover within ourselves each year. Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with some amazing women in Austin and I want to provide a platform for businesswomen, entrepreneurs and innovators to meet, discuss ideas, goals and passions. I was inspired to launch the brunch series, “Queens & Conversation”, to create a dynamic network of passionate women who can build authentic relationships within an intimate setting, while discussing ways we can create and collaborate to serve our community.queensbrunch-2Last Sunday, I hosted “Queens & Conversation” at Geraldine’s and was joined by the dance Queen Lily Shepard, cooking Queen Sydney Hardwick, Marketing Queen Ashton Haywood, Beauty Queen Courtney Darden,  Legal Queen Erin Quander and Camera Queen Cassandra Klepac. We talked about the importance of being open to learn from one another, ways we can balance our daily lives and projects we can collaborate on. Being that most of us are digitally connected, it felt so good to be in the presence of other strong women who serve with a purpose.queensbrunch-18When women support each other, build each other up and spot each other strengths, we show that we are LIMITLESS! I encourage you to keep practicing your craft, sharing your journey, surrounding yourself around those that feed your soul and challenge your perspective. You are worthy of loving, nourishing and authentic relationships that build you up to conquer from within.queensbrunch-13“Queen, you have the power to be a great leader but when you join forces and share your gifts with other great individuals, you will become legendary.”

The next brunch will be held Feb.25th if you’re interested in attending or being a host, email alexandramarie_a1@yahoo.com for all inquiries.

Photography by Cassandra Klepac 

Much love & many blessings

Founder & CEO

Alexandra Wilson

Keep Going: 4 Lessons You Learn Your First Year of Entrepreneurship

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Lately, I’ve been in self-reflection mode. Re-evaluating my brand, relationships and experiences. Last year, I put all my energy into creating Queens Conquer and connecting with my local community here in Austin, I didn’t take time for myself. So this year, I’ve been working towards cultivating a morning routine, acting on my intuition and surrounding myself in situations that serve me.

It’s officially been one year since I created Queens Conquer and entrepreneurship is definitely not as glamorous as most make it seem. Even though they are many wins to celebrate, there are many learnings that come from building a brand in the start-up stage. It’s important to remember that your biggest challenge is just as much your gift. Here’s a few things I learned that not only apply to my business, but personal life as well.

Choose Progress Over Perfection: 

When building a personal brand it’s important to remember that you’re human. Be patient with yourself and always do what fills you-not what you think others want you to do.  Even though you may not be where you think you should be, you’re making progress. Practice your craft and challenge yourself to be more consistent. (This really resonates with me because I found myself thinking I had to share “perfect” content, when people actually prefer consistency. Even if the picture isn’t “perfect”, share your story and be bold in your delivery.)

Don’t be Afraid to Ask: 

Often times we feel that if we ask for help it’s a burden, but know that it’s okay to ask for help, ask questions and ask for opportunities. It doesn’t make you weak and know that you don’t have to do it all, alone. (Ladies, we often wear many hats and can do it all, but we don’t have to. Remember, you can do anything, but not everything.)

Say No without Feeling Guilty or Explaining Yourself:

In the first year of building your brand you will come across lots of opportunities, but remember you aren’t obligated to be a part of everything. Remain true to yourself and your priorities. Have the courage to say no to the requests that don’t align with your interests, values or lifestyle. Don’t feel guilty or obligated to give a reason. Saying no doesn’t require justification. Those who are for you will understand. (By saying no you’re making room for the yeses that you want)

With Change, Comes Work. Take Time to Rest:

Being an entrepreneur and working from home, I love that I have the power to create my  own schedule, but that doesn’t mean I have to work from sun up to sun down. Create a schedule just like you were at a regular job. Incorporate 30 min breaks to eat a healthy snack, stretch, or get active . Make your health a priority, mentally and physically. (Rest, recharge, and repeat)

To my fellow entrepreneurs, what is a lesson you learned in the first year(s) of building your brand?

As you continue to conquer your dreams, remember you are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously, Queen. Trust your greatness!

Much love & many blessings

Founder & CEO of Queens Conquer

Alexandra Wilson

 

Finish Strong: 7 Ways to Bounce Back from Burnout


Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it has officially set in that this year is almost over – it’s crunch time! After a week full of family, friends and food, it took me a couple days to gain momentum and get back in the swing of things. Anytime I feel stressed or under pressure, I go out for a run to free my mind. Over the weekend, I ran the trail around Lady Bird Lake and was inspired to share some inspiration to encourage you to bounce back and power up!

Whether you’re working towards meeting yearly goals, studying for finals or finishing up projects, it’s time to recharge & plan our power moves for the first quarter of 2017.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed or uninspired take a deep breath & remember why you started. Here are a few tips to recharge:

  1. Meditate: Close your eyes and visualize your goals, dreams and aspirations. Speak positivity into your life and create a daily affirmation like “My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.”
  2. Take a Break: Do everything in moderation. Give yourself 15 min breaks throughout the day to refresh your brain. Stand up, stretch and eat a healthy snack to get some energy.
  3. Write: Wake up each morning with intentions to conquer the day. Write down your thoughts, goals and to do’s. Then ,create a priority list and how you’ll you take action. Remember, small plans first, with realistic goals, builds confidence, then make bigger plans with bigger goals. Always have a plan.
  4. Unplug: Put the phone down, turn the TV off and get off the computer. Escape the digital distraction, information overload and experience the people around you. Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around, you could miss it.
  5. Get Active: Remember, health is wealth. Give yourself at least 30 minutes a day to go out for a walk, dance to your favorite playlist or attend a yoga class. Make it count!
  6. Read: Find a cozy corner and cuddle up with your favorite book. Get carried away in a good story and let your mind wander.
  7. Practice gratitude: Be grateful for how far you’ve come & trust that you’ve got everything inside of you to conquer what lies ahead. Remain grateful for all lessons and blessings you have endured this year, it’s only preparing you for what’s to come.

Remember, you become what you believe. Make your next move your best move. You hold all the power to success. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Finish strong and conquer from within.

Much love & many blessings,

Founder & CEO of Queens Conquer

Alexandra Wilson