We had the good fortune of connecting with Janiya Simon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Janiya, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m from a small town Salem , New Jersey . It’s not the best environment but a lot of gems reside there. Salem is a place where we love to hustle because there are very little opportunities there. My background made me strong & determined . Both of my parents are victimized to the streets and I made the choice to EVOLVE instead of repeat. I had to eliminate what wasnt helping me grow & made an opportunity for myself.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Im a lash artist & aesthetician student ! I’m proud to be my own boss . I started my lash business in October 2020 , the month i relocated Atlanta Ga . I faced many challenges perfecting my craft because i didn’t know a lot of people in Atlanta. I overcame those challenges by offering free services , passing out business cards, networking with people, paying for promotion, and consistently educating myself! I learned to not be so hard on myself, to have faith in myself & keep God first in anything that i do even my career ! It started out as an hustle and grew into my passion ! I’ve been very transparent through my journey & I’m glad I’m able to motivate other woman through my journey !

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite place to go is a Black owned smoothie shop named Juiceheads ATL . I would take my best friend there because the smoothies taste amazing!! & they also sell chakra tea that tastes just a good as the smoothies. From the very first day i stepped in i fell in love with the aesthetic. It’s beautiful . My best friend would love the whole vibe , the music, the cbd hookah & the information that theyll give to get in tune with herself.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My grandparents made me who i am today ! I owe my grandmother the world and it upsets me that my grandpop is no longer here with me to see me become successful. I lost him dec 24th 2020 on my plane ride home to visit them so it definitely crushed me. They took me in at 8 yrs old , the kept me active in sports, i played an instrument and sang in the choir . My grandmother showed me how to be a hard worker &to be selfless . She is the strongest woman i know with a beautiful voice . My grandfather introduced me to politics as he would pick me up from practice & take me to his meetings . He was active in church & the community. We would read the Readers Digest together daily,. He was loyal to everyone in his life . We used to visit the nursing home were my grandmother worked , and we would visit each room sing & pray with the clients. I’m forever grateful for the sacrifices they made to give me the best life . Ive always looked at my grandparents as my hero’s !

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