“If you stand for nothing, you fall for everything”

We asked the community to tell us about the values and principles that guide their lives and businesses.

Keiani Taylor | Poet, Musician, Educator, Mother

To quote Frank Ocean’s mom, “Be yourself and know that that’s good enough.” I think it’s so important for everyone to be themselves. I make it a priority ensure that those around me feel comfortable being who they are. Read more>>

Michaela van Beinum | Light Artist, Abstract Painter, & Electrical Engineer

A concept that continues to intrigue me is the unique perspectives and perceptions of life as individuals. In each pair of eyes, the world is an entirely different set of relationships with the surrounding environment. What drives me is how my view differs so significantly from others and how I can also relate to just about everyone on some level. I feel like a curious child when I create. Holding objects to the light, spilling paint on a canvas, watching how different mediums blend. It is a constant play that keeps my perspective of art and creation unique. Read more>>

Cierra Miller- Douglas | Custom Wig Maker & Instructor

Integrity. I believe that having integrity or the lack of defines a person. Having integrity means that you have a moral compass that you whole heartedly believe in and your actions, thoughts reflect that as well. When you have integrity you treat people well in any form of dealings whether that’s personally or in business relationships. Read more>>