As you may know, one of the missions of Truly Charmed is to serve as a platform for local creatives. You would be amazed at the undiscovered talent around us. I always look forward to introducing you to new artists who are destined to make their mark. I am very excited to introduce you to gospel artist Tia Renee. Read on to meet this talented inspirational vocalist…
Who is Tia Renee?
I am an up and coming gospel artist from Columbia, SC. I am currently the praise and worship leader at Triumph International Ministries in Columbia, SC.
What would you say are three of your greatest accomplishments so far?
1. Becoming a cosmetology instructor
2. Recording my first single
3. Recording my album
What has been a major obstacle in achieving your dreams?
I would have to say fear. I have overcome fear by truly believing in myself and what I have to offer to the world. I know that I am built for this.
What is one source of inspiration for you?
I would have to say music. I've been singing since the age of 3.
What advice would you give to someone who is at a major crossroads or potential setback in their life?
No matter what it looks like or no matter how you may feel, you will make it. God would never put more on you than you can bare. There is nothing too hard for Him. You will MAKE IT!!
How can readers enjoy the music of Tia Renee?
I will be releasing my first single entitled Jesus on January 20, 2017. Follow me on social media for all updates and announcements.
Go HERE for a snippet of Tia Renee’s beautiful vocals!
Tia Renee on Social Media
Here’s my favorite part of modeling: photoshoots! I love the creativity behind coordinating a good shoot-everything from scouting the perfect location to choosing a storyline or theme to striking unique poses. I love showcasing the talents of up and coming designers or the latest offerings of my favorite boutiques. It may look easy but photoshoots are hard work. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes, but I enjoy every minute of it. Read on to check out tidbits and pics from some of my latest shoots.
Moto’Chic Photoshoot with Photographer Rodrick Williams
This was my first time coordinating a photoshoot. The biker concept was influenced by the huge biker club scene present in South Carolina. We had to bring the chic component by showcasing fall looks from Outter Wear boutique. Photographer, Rodrick Williams (Agent 31 Studios) has an eye like none other, and an endearing appreciation for the full-figured community. It shows in the final product!
Styles from Beautiful Sisters United Meet and Greet
Last week, I told you about my experience at the Beautiful Sisters United Luncheon. While this wasn’t technically a photoshoot, we got in a few great shots at the event.
Bad Gals Unite, a production of Styled by Mea and K. Felder Photography
Stylist and model, Mea Davis, of Columbia, SC is known for her unique and cutting-edge fashion projects (including events and photoshoots). In addition, she is a thriftinista like none other who simply has an innate eye for fashion. Last year I had the pleasure of participating in Styled by Mea’s AfroPunk photoshoot. It was an unforgettable experience. This year, there was Bad Gals Unite! As expected, great things were created at this shoot. K. Felder Photography did an excellent job of capturing the essence of the shoot’s theme.
I can't wait to bring you images from my next photoshoot. Do you love to be in front of the camera? Comment below and let me know what you think about my 2016 shoots.
Around this same time last year, I had reached a point of feeling miserable with life. I could not pinpoint the reason that I felt this way. I’ve heard others say that God makes you uncomfortable in your situation when it’s time for growth. Looking back on things, I believe this to be true in my case. Here’s a blog post that I wrote about the adventure that started after I decided to pursue my dreams. In this post, I want to focus on how YOU can put doubt aside and live your charmed life. Here are five tips to pursuing your passion.
Identify Your Passion
One of my favorite quotes from Oprah Winfrey goes “you know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it”. This goes hand in hand with finding your purpose. What is that thing that you always think about, that you always want to know more about? What makes you happy and fulfilled?
Make Time for Yourself
As women, we wear so many hats. Unfortunately, we often give ourselves the leftovers, or nothing at all. After we’ve been everything to everybody, we often neglect our own needs. Having “me time” is not selfish.
Stop Doubting Yourself
No matter what you have been told about yourself in the past…no matter how hopeless situations may seem…muster the courage to live the life that makes you happy. Let go of anyone, anything, and any thought that causes you to doubt yourself.
Do Not Give Up On Yourself
We all come across disappointments at some point. The key is to push forward toward your goals despite them. In fact, use those stumbling blocks as lessons learned that will only strengthen you and not defeat you.
Press the Mute Button on the Naysayers
Those people who don’t believe in you because they don’t believe in themselves…yea…those people. Don’t give them the time of day. Give no credence to the negative seeds that they try to leave with you. Understand that naysayers are often those miserable people who love company. Don’t sit with them!
Since making the decision to not only live but, THRIVE, I have had the most amazing experiences. In the past year, I’ve traveled more than ever. My confidence is better than it has ever been. Now, anything seems possible. Is everything perfect? Absolutely not. However, the good far outweighs the bad. I feel that I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing in life, and I just know that there is so much more to come. I wish the same for you. Throw caution to the wind. Take care of yourself. Insist on living the life that you deserve. It’s why you’re here! Go for it!
Here are some shots from my latest fashion shows!
The 2nd Annual Evaluation Plus Size Fashion Show
by Esteem'd Productionz
Special thanks to Jay Sweat Photography, Charlotte, NC!
Stylon & Blvd. by London Douglas
Special thanks to Careese Robinson Digital Photography!
I’ve said this many times before- great things happen when positive women come together with a purpose in mind. This was certainly the case at Hats & Chats, a networking event held by Daisy Mack creator, Kimberly Suber. Twenty-seven enthusiastic business women came together, adorned in beautiful hats, ready to mix, mingle, and make new business contacts. The mixer was held at a lovely new spot in Columbia, Jonez, located at 1004 Gervais St. You should definitely check it out (classy atmosphere, great food and staff).
This was not the first Daisy Mack event that I attended, so I came with expectations of Hats & Chats being a powerful event. Powerful event? Yes, it was. The event began with each lady introducing herself and giving her business’ elevator pitch. A diverse range of businesses were represented, from charitable organizations to event planners to real estate firms. Being among such driven women was a great experience, and several attendees seemed to have similar sentiments about the event. Ladies described their experience during Hats & Chats as “motivational”, “inspiring”, and one attendee even expressed that the information received during the event has encouraged her to go in a completely different direction with her business.
I do have to say that Ms. Suber offered extremely valuable information during the work session. I had the pen and paper in hand, as well as my voice recorder going to be sure that I did not miss any of the gems being dropped during the session J. One piece of advice that will stick with me and seemed to resonate with many of the ladies in attendance was Ms. Suber’s statement to “never think that you have arrived”. Check out the slide below for more savvy business tips from Kimberly Suber.
As the wonderful afternoon of fellowship, networking, and learning came to an end, Ms. Suber informed us that we had been “Daisy Macked”, her signature phrase giving homage to the people who influenced her entrepreneurial spirit: her very stylish and powerhouse grandmother (Daisy) and her grandfather (Mack) who, though he was paralyzed for 32 years, managed to find great success as an entrepreneur.
Hats & Chats was a wonderful learning experience, to say the least. Follow Kimberly Bella Suber on social media so that you can catch the next opportunity to be “Daisy Macked”!
View photos from Hat’s & Chats below. Photos courtesy of Daryn Murphy/Visions Made Plain.
Until next time…
Nshiraba Serwah of AfricStyle Initiatives is launching her “I Am Just Beautiful” promotion. Through the “I Am Just Beautiful” movement, Nshiraba aims to encourage women to embrace self-confidence and acceptance of their own unique beauty. Here’s what Nshiraba had to say about this upcoming event:
“We are all made unique, and we have to embrace and celebrate that. Women in particular are so centered on our physical appearance. We try so hard to look like others, instead of looking like ourselves. This is why I want to do this project. “I Am Just Beautiful” is not a question. It’s a statement. We are all beautiful in our own way”—Nshiraba Serwah, AfricStyle Initiatives
Nshiraba is calling women of all shapes and sizes who are comfortable in their own skin, as well as those who may be struggling with self-esteem issues to come out and participate in this shoot for AfricStyle’s “I Am Just Beautiful” promotion. AfricStyle Initiatives will put together a movie/slideshow using the beautiful images captured at the event.
Let’s Support This Event!
“I Am Just Beautiful” by AfricStyle Initiatives
A promotional shoot encouraging women to be confident and embrace their beauty
Who: Women of All Shapes and Sizes!
When: Sunday June 14, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Finlay Park, Columbia SC
Questions? Email AfricStyle Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org
About AfricStyle Initiatives
AfricStyle Initiatives is an organization established in 2013, focused on promoting African culture and heritage. The group sponsors wonderful community events, including service projects, and fashion events. Follow AfricStyle Initiatives on Facebook so that you won’t miss an event!
Truly Charmed is all about women coming together to uplift one another so that we can claim our Charmed Lives! I am in full support of “I Am Just Beautiful”, and I know that it will be a great success!
Just a few months ago, I found myself suffering an identity crisis. I've been a single mom for almost 16 years now. All of this time, my existence had been completely wrapped up in Zaire and Christal: nurturing, providing for, grinding for, dreaming for, and everything else...for Zaire and Christal. I was and I still am determined to be the best mom possible to my children. But, a few months ago, reality hit. My babies are no longer babies. They're both teens now, and they don't need me as much as they used to. I found myself with more "me" time on my hands. Typically, "me time" is golden to a busy parent, but I truly did not know what to do with it. Over the years, I had neglected to nurture my own interests and talents, so who was I now that my children have become older and more independent? This was a hard pill to swallow.
I would come home from work and wait for them to finish with their various after-school activities. I would lay on the couch, watching tv, bored out of my mind. I found myself becoming depressed, and decided that I had to do something about it. When I made that decision everything seemed to blossom at once. I started living. I have always identified writing as my God-given talent, but I had been doing nothing with this gift. I had been sitting on it for years. It was finally time for me to write and share it on a public platform. So, my blog, Truly Charmed was born on November 22, 2014. It's a labor of love for me! Another dream of mine---modeling. One week after starting my blog, I started rehearsals for my very first fashion show. It was an awesome experience, and now I am hooked.
As parents, we work so very hard to care for our children, but we can't forget about ourselves. I know that so many of us do it, but let's LIVE. What's a dream of yours that you keep putting off? What gifts are you sitting on? While you're nurturing your children, be sure to also feed into your own interests. I am so happy that I decided to get up off of that couch. You can, too! What will be your first move?
Check out photos of my first photo shoot, first fashion show, and upcoming shows in the gallery below!