We had the good fortune of connecting with Bri Steele and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bri, how do you think about risk?
Risk is a necessary uncomfortable. In order for us to reach a new level of growth, we have to feel the fear associated with risk and do it anyway. Personally, risk has played a major role in my elevation over the last 5 years. If I had not taken any risk, I would not have moved back to Dallas. I would not have served a year as an AmeriCorps Vista. I would not have experienced self-employment and thus launched OleGirlHouse. Risk can be uncomfortable, but it is definitely the most rewarding no matter the outcome.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My fiber art is handwoven with the intention of filling sacred spaces with love and life. What sets me apart is my ability to build and nurture relationships with my OleGirlTribe while incorporating symbolism into the pieces I create. I want my tribe to feel the love when they open their handmade order. The constant growth of OleGirlHouse is exciting to me while building connections with other creatives in my community.
A lot of lessons learned are how I got to where I am today professionally. It’s not easy being a person that has multiple passions to be told that I should focus my efforts on one area. The most valuable lesson I’ve learned thus far is to pursue all of your goals and dreams until they are fulfilled. Don’t give up! STOP listening to everyone telling you how it is supposed to be done. Some people are valid in what they say but you have to walk your journey and build your own trust. Everyone’s entrepreneurial journey is not linear. There are infinite possibilities to success, remember that.
I want the world to know that OleGirlHouse is here to challenge everyone to be more intentional about what we allow into our homes. Be mindful that we are investing in items that are uplifting the vibrations in our home, not taking away from it. With so much negativity going on in the world, coming into a home filled with peace is something that cannot be bought; and that is what OleGirlHouse is about.
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.
When my best friend visits, I will take her to White Rock Lake to go kayaking and to walk the trail. We are both from Atlanta which has a lot to do with our appreciation for nature, not to mention how it brings this sense of peace within oneself. Next, we will go explore the McKinney Trolley because I think it is a great way to see different aspects of the city. Plus, there is tons of food and we love to eat. The Dallas Farmers Market is a staple because of PLANT SHOPPING (for me). Plus, we will have the opportunity to support local businesses. Lastly, we will enjoy a game or two of semi-professional basketball. I’m a fan of the sport and I always learn something new.
In my opinion, the most fun, interesting, and exciting people I’ve come across are local business owners. From my recent experiences, we are truly a community of people who are looking to build each other up. We don’t view each other as competition but more so of how can we help each other and collaborate.
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?
I would love to dedicate my growth and success to my Spirit Mom, Aunt Velma. With her continued guidance and support, she has given me so many resources to build the new foundation I am creating for myself and my family. In my lowest of times, she taught me how to take accountability for my life which allowed me to choose the life I wanted to live. She consistently inspires and motivates me to go beyond the limits that are set on us based on societal standards. Aunt Velma has taught me more than I could’ve ever imagined and she is one of my best friends. I am forever grateful for what she has done and continues to do for me.
Thank you Victoria Bell for pushing me beyond my self-limiting beliefs. For inspiring me beyond my current circumstance to always see the light at the end of the tunnel. I love you, soul sister!
Thank you Damien Reid for taking me in and allowing me one year to focus on my business without expectations.
Thank you mama for embedding in me the dream of being an entrepreneur. I was fortunate enough to have an entrepreneurial example to show me that owning your own business is an option.
Thank you to my Network family who first invested in OleGirlHouse before she became to be.
I want to thank everyone who has ever inspired me personally and professionally because the lessons you taught me have molded me into a beautiful, blissful, and mindful woman.
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Black and White/ Yin and Yang (2), Yellow Earrings, and Yellow Macrame Basket by Tre’Oshula Monet Double Hoop Plant Hanger Photos (3) by Rachel Mayo