One of our favorite things to do is to ask the folks we are inspired by what they are inspired by. We’ve shared some of their responses below.

Iyabo-Mesa Serikali | Photographer/Digital Media Creator

I am most inspired by my community and the places, people, and experiences that I surround myself with. When I see others reaching goals and chasing their dreams and actually coming up it just inspires me to do more, go harder and whatever you do just don’t stop, it’s okay to rest but keeping that momentum and consistency will always get you there. Love definitely keeps me inspired. I have so much love in my heart, some would say I am definitely a hopeless romantic but love inspired me to create and gives me insights and perspectives that help channel growth in other areas. Community, love, and connections with people just fuel my need to grow and expand and also share that with the next person in my community so they can too. Read more>>

Michelle & Mann | Massage Therapist & Energy Healer

Michaiah and I are inspired by our purpose and the growth process we get to witness that our clients go through. Read more>>

Jerissa Hall | Business Owner

Nothing inspires me more than accomplishments. I love when I complete something rather it’s something brand new or something that I figured out how to make it better; the feeling of getting it done is second to none. High Horse Hair Store LLC has given me all kinds of things to figure out. I had plenty of things to learn like registering my LLC, website design, marketing, accounting, and so much more. I had lots of accomplishments some bigger than others but all extremely inspirational! Just knowing that if I set my mind to it, I can achieve it. In this day and age, the internet provides so many resources you can literally accomplish anything you want. Read more>>

D’kayhlah McCune | Business Owner & Youtuber

I’m inspired by being totally independent and truly never having to depend on anyone for my success. I work hard to provide for myself, because to be completely transparent I have no choice. I don’t have anyone to fall back on if things go left, or if I fail at my dreams. I’m responsible for my own happiness, and I’m also responsible for my own success. I try to keep that in mind in everything that I do, small or big because everything you do in life can affect you in someway. That’s what inspires me to keep going and being the best ME possible everyday and to continue striving for my success. Read more>>

Ariel Theresa | Photographer

I am inspired by the journey of motherhood. Becoming a mother has shown me just how fast time flies, and that in the blink of an eye, moments turn into memories. If one is not careful to be present in the moment, the details of the now memories quickly fade. Read more>>

Joya Owens | Songwriter|Music Business Consultant|Founder of The Friendship Society

Daniel Hayward said there are three states that must take place in every successful person. Those three states are confidence, motivation and focus. Emotion is part of human nature. Whether to give up or keep going, is a natural question. There are some days you are going to be fired up and others you’re less motivated. But never give up! I’ve never given up because I know, giving up is where failure lives. And I fear them both. Read more>>

Joncarlo Cortese | Cannabis Grower, musician (The Real Goonie Jay)

My life has been filled with challenges, mostly caused by my own doing. I feel like if you want to achieve something bad enough giving up is only for the weak. With music it took me over 10 years to turn a profit. But the vision and the steps over the 10 years make the rest of the journey easier. It’s the same thing with my actual buisnesses as well. Goonie Genetics is my first legitimate attempt in the cannabis industry. All the arrests didn’t make me want to give up, they taught me to keep trying until the formula is right. In more ways than one. Which if I had just “gave up” I firmly believe even if it was temporary, I couldn’t leave freely as I do now. Read more>>

Jevonte’ Pittman | Private Chef & Caterer

The day mind is no longer running will be the day that I give up. As long as I’m continuing to brainstorm new ideas to add to my arsenal, I will never give up. My brain is the main source to my visions and success. It allows me to continuously accomplish new levels, and elevate further on my journey. No brain, no longevity. Read more>>