We had the good fortune of connecting with Marlaina Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marlaina, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Success for me is being able to fully and totally work in my passion as a communications professional and creative. The habits that I feel helped me succeed: 1. Tenaciously carving a space for myself in this industry. 2. Pushing myself beyond my discomforts and uncertainties. 3. Giving my inner child the space to heal, and honoring the difficult feelings that come with that.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
This year I exceeded every expectation I ever had for my business, and I literally can only thank God for that. I’m so proud of what’s happening, and what’s yet to come. When I started Dangerous Woman in 2016 I honestly started for all of the wrong reasons. I was dealing with a lot of resentment. I felt left out in so many ways because the things that I wanted the most weren’t working out. I graduated college with a lot of regrets, my family life wasn’t very stable, I was in between relationships, and it was extremely difficulty to find my footing in adult life. So creating Dangerous Woman was my on-going passion project that was supposed to save me. I used to joke that it wasn’t a business, but more of a creative project. I wasn’t concerned about money, even though I wanted to make money, because I was always in my feelings and just going through the motions. I was very anxious and insecure about it because I didn’t really know what I was doing, or what needed to happen with it. However, I was still willing to take every risk regardless of how crazy it all may have seemed. When I finally had my ah-ha moment, it hit me that I had to stop getting carried away in my feels. I needed to: 1. Really allow God to use me to do whatever it was He wanted me to do with this business. 2. Understand that the idea came into reality for a reason, even with all of my mistakes and haphazard management. 3. Doing this may not be about me, but the people that might need my help. I have finally been able to help women in a tangible way, live fully in my purpose, and actually make money while doing it. I wake up every day eager and excited to work with my clients, even when I am dead tired. I also work full-time as a communications professional, and I am learning so much alongside other incredible professionals. I’m finally exactly where I was dying to be years ago. Starting a business isn’t easy, especially not as a creative person. I have learned that direction is important, connection to purpose is important, and success eventually comes when we remain persistent even when we’re uncertain. Everything I accomplished this year probably could have happened 2 years ago, but I was literally too much of a mess to do it and I thought I could do it alone. I have no idea why God still blessed me with success in the middle of a pandemic, but it happened.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the city, but I really don’t go anywhere. 😭Is that horrible? My best friends are pretty low key too. All we need is food and time to talk. I’m always so busy so I really appreciate when I can meet up with my friends and have one-on-one time with them. So sorry that I am not exciting.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to Women In Transition, Inc., or WITness. I am beyond thankful for this organization because with these women my faith in Christ has been restored. My family, friends, and boyfriend also deserve credit too. They have supported me in so many ways personally and professionally. I am super grateful for such a strong support system.