We all go through challenges and obstacles in life, but it’s up to us to determine whether we sink or swim. Some people may know my story already, about overcoming bullying and teasing as a child, conquering self-esteem issues, breaking away from an unhealthy relationship, and running the rat race of corporate America. From those dark times, I've grown and used the experiences to start my own clothing line, because I refuse to sink and let my spirit die.

While attending different events in 2016, I met some wonderful individuals who, like me, experienced challenging situations which encouraged them to start their own businesses. Independent self-publishing authors, mentor-ship programs, non-profit organizations, photographers, media personalities, make-up artists, and even online clothing boutiques were some of the businesses, which, just by meeting them and hearing their stories, inspired me even more. I also met people who told me I inspired them. Whenever someone tells me that, I get a little shaken because I never thought I had that power.

 The world is in a critical state right now with too much negativity. For 2017 and beyond, I believe we will need to inspire and uplift each other more than ever by sharing some words of encouragement, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, volunteering, or just listening to someone who is trying to see some light at the end of a dark tunnel.

I am thrilled to share the Submit Your Story campaign. I would like to give you an opportunity to share how you overcame a challenge or obstacle to be the person you are today. The stories don't have to be too personal; just something inspiring and encouraging, since we never know who might be experiencing a similar situation. Your personal information will be kept private.

How do you enter the Submit Your Story Campaign?

1.     Submit a video or 500 words write up detailing your story

2.     Submit 2 high resolution pictures of yourself and consent to share your story and pictures or videos

We can't wait to be inspired by YOU!!!!!



get inspired by patricia dekler - 9/5/17

Meet Patricia Dekler... Her journey through this life has been challenging yet rewarding.  Since the age of seven, she has dealt with many obstacles, such as being diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. She had to go through school constantly criticized by her peers and family members, but at that time, this ...

get inspired by tiffany Sheppard - 8/30/17

Happy Birthday Tiffany We want to take the time to celebrate Co-designer of Nina Monique Voluptuous Boutique Tiffany Sheppard’s birthday by sharing her story!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  I am a 34-year-old daughter, sister, aunt and aspiring entrepreneur. I design clothes, do hair and makeup...



get inspired by marsha Guerrier - 8/29/17

I've worked in the financial and technology industry, both very male dominated fields for over 20 years where women were once few and far between. There were very little women in leadership roles and especially not anyone that looked like me. Fast forward 20 years and there are many women ...

get inspired by Nykeisha sanders - 8/22/17

Back in high school I was never the athletic type. The most I did was dance. I was still a chubby kid growing up and always envied skinny girls with belly shirts. Sports and physical activity wasn’t a part of my daily life. I remember in my high school years my pants size kept on increasing and I hated myself for that. I knew it was my fault but didn’t know what to do about it. I had friends that were lighter than me and much smaller than me and didn’t understand why I couldn’t be just like them.



get inspired by sparkle Richards - 8/8/17

It’s pretty difficult for a creative person to put the spotlight on themselves. Perhaps it is because we spend a lot of time behind the scenes, making the experience for others. It is hard for us to fathom that we could be of interest. Why not write a sonnet or a stanza to illuminate the depth of mind? Why not paint or produce works of art to show the inner most thought? 

get inspired by Nina roman - 7/18/17

What would you do with your life today if you chose to live? I am aware that we are all alive and breathing, but are we actually living? Are we as human beings serving our true purpose? Are we even aware of what our true purpose is? Most of us just let days pass and wait for it to magically improve. We want so much but do so little about it because we don’t think that we are capable of greatness. Fear and scarcity has subdued our minds, and has revealed itself through our actions, and the way we choose to live. When will it be your time? When will everyone see the person you were really meant to be?



get inspired by terr cacilia - 7/6/17

When you were 23 years old, were you a stylist, writer, model and influencer? If not, take the time to get to know the Style Maven Terr Cacilia. Not only is she extremely accomplished, but she is no stranger to dealing with various trials and tribulations we all face in life. Terr’s involvement with the plus size industry began in 2011 while she was a junior in high school. What lead her to find solace and support in the plus size community was a string of traumatic events that occurred over the course of 5 years. She had been ...

get inspired by Natasha wilson - 6/13/17

It is amazing what we can overcome in our lives. The next time you are thinking about a difficult challenge you are dealing with, you need to breathe and remember that you are not alone. We all face trials and tribulations in our life. It is how you deal with the really hard stuff that sets you apart in this world. Check out Natashia Wilson’s unbelievable journey and celebrate just how powerful she really is! 



get inspired by ebony walker - 5/25/17

Being a plus size model is no easy feat. There are plenty of people who will tell you what you need to look like and what success means to them. It is up to you to decide who you want to be in the industry.  When it comes to Ebony Walker, everything clicked in June 2015 when she decided not to just be the “normal” wife and mom of three kids. She decided to live. That meant doing something she has always wanted to do since she was 15. She decided at 33 that she wanted to be a model.  Ebony started researching local events coming up in the DMV area that she could attend and network in.

get inspired by Marlena matute - 5/4/17

Bloggers like Marlena Matute of Big City Curvy Girl Thin Wallet is writing about more than fashion. She is sharing her story in a way that inspires and motivates us all. I think it’s hard to explain why you keep pushing when you’re facing a situation in which no one would blame you if you quit. During the summer of 2014, I found myself homeless for the second time in my life. I was a 24 year old Master’s degree recipient …



get inspired by ginger gregory - 4/18/17

Is there something you want to do but you have let naysayers stand in your way? Ginger Gregory, author of Sylvie Sedan, refused to let no’s or naysayers stand in her way. She published her book and she is excited to share her story with us all.  After watching Ginger’s story are, you ready to take on obstacles standing in your way?

get inspired by Katina page - the lipedema queen - 3/28/17

Katia with her Surgeon Dr. Gruener and Dr. Max Gomez from CBS News. Have you ever felt like you and your body are in a battle? Katia Page is sharing her inspirational story of what she has been battling for years. As a young girl, I had to grow up really early because when I was 8 years old my mother started suffering from mental illness stemming from someone slipping something in her drink. Not only was I battling the reality that my mother was no longer able to take care of me, but I also had to deal with the fact that my body was failing me.



get inspired by Model iv mercedes - 3/21/17

Life is full of the unexpected. It is how we handle the rainy days that shows the world what we are really made of. Model and Domestic Violence Advocate Iv Mercedes shares her courageous story of how she found self-love and confidence despite the experiences she endured as a child. I would call my life thus far a diamond in the rough.  Through all the events in my life, I always wanted to be better to myself, to inspire and be inspired by others.  I don't remember my mother before the age of 9.  At that time …

get inspired by model & artist faith costa - 3/7/17

Life is not always easy. At some point in everyone's life, there are challenges that one must overcome. For me, I've definitely had a few. Growing up I was more than fortunate to have a loving and supportive family and a beautiful home. Still to this day, I have those things and I never go a day without being grateful for it all. However, even with those things in my favor, I found out relatively early on in life that I had clinical depression, anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Being a little girl and realizing ...



serving my purpose - nina Monique - 11/17/16

Recently I was asked to speak at a mentoring program called Young Women with Purpose, a non-profit organization that serves girls from age 8 - 18 years old. Angela Evans, from Jersey City, NJ, created this organization to Empower, Encourage and Inspire young girls to accept their challenges, while making the best out of every situation, regardless to how unfortunate their circumstances may be. When Ms. Evans asked me to be a mentor and to speak at her event, I jumped at the opportunity because I remember being a child and needing support from other females.

bullied child turned ceo - 11/16/16

I remember when I was in grammar school, I was constantly teased and bullied about my weight and complexion. It also didn’t help wearing glasses, only adding fuel to the fire. These issues caused me to grow up with a complex about myself, which I held on to for a very long time. My family always told me I was beautiful, but when you step out into society and you're hit with negative opinions from others; it can be overwhelming. The usual bully ...