We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandria Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandria, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson I’ve learned with balancing a conventional 9 to 5 and pursuing my entrepreneurial dreams is YOU CAN NOT DO IT ALL. I’ll be the first to admit that I am hesitant to delegate or even ask for help but in business you can not operate like that. I quickly learned that I’m not an expert at all things business related. While I’m a quick learn, I’m not an expert and as a business owner you need to surround yourself with experts.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a mix of creative, professional and business. I know it seems weird but I’ve always been creative when it comes to writing and coming up with ideas. Professionally, I just launched my Realtor career and even when I don’t say it enough I’m doing pretty darn good to be about a year in. As far as business, I’m a t-shirt curator. I make custom or standard statement t-shirts that represent the culture.
Honestly, I’m still figuring out things in all three areas but I’m learning to take up the space the universe has carved out for me. I make a lot of sacrifices to get to the success that I’ve had so far. There are times when I want to just sleep in or do something else but I know I have a book deadline, or a t-shirt order to complete or class to take for real estate or properties to show on weekends I want to go out of town. It’s all about sacrifices. Not to the the point that you don’t enjoy life. Networking is also very important for success. It hasn’t been easy. I’m an introvert at heart so networking was an anxiety inducing activity for me but overtime I’ve become comfortable with working the room.
I want the world to know there is so much more to come from Alexandria Enterprises, LLC. I’m just a small town girl who has decided to go for it and I’m taking up my space as a black woman, business woman and creative.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend decided to visit me for a week (which she totally should), I would take her to some of my favorite spots. We are really chill and like to hang in more than hang out but the first place we would visit is Mr. Everything for their rice dishes. We would also visit Chateau Elon for a little spa time. Of course, I’d take her to home decor stores so she could decorate at least one room for me. Before Le Petit Marche closed, that would have been on list for us to have lunch. If we just needed a quick get out, Blue Cantina would be an option. I also like Sips Under the Sea at the Aquarium. Outside of that a rooftop day party would be right up her alley and for me anything dealign with being outdoors would work.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My tribe deserves a shout out. My tribe includes my family and friends. I have quite a few people that play significant roles in my life for the many ventures I embark on but I love how my oldest sister is my sounding block, sound advice and check mate when I need her. She’ll say she isn’t as creative as me but when it’s time to brainstorm ideas she throws them at me. I appreciate her more than she knows. However, like I said earlier, my whole tribe shows up for me in some way all the time. It’s not easy throwing caution to the wind and doing different ventures and failing sometimes. But it makes a BIG difference when you have folks in your corner that constantly show up for you.
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