We had the good fortune of connecting with Chrystal Haynes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chrystal, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Growing myself! I make it a point to read every day, listen to success podcasts and associate with people who are going in the same direction as me. I rely heavily on mentorship and that has contributed greatly to the success I’ve had in my business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
FifteenAndFifteen is my handbag business where I sew and designer handbags. The name of my business was named after my favorite bible verse John 15:15. I’ve been sewing for about 5 years now and am only getting better with much practice! I’ve gotten where I am now from being consistent and not giving up. Looking for resources that could help me along the way and talking to people who are where I want to be. I’ve learned that one of the best things you can do is develop relationships with people because I have had many doors opened for me because of who I took time to get to know. I pray often which has helped me overcome challenges along the way as well as seeking guidance from my mentors.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
They could visit Klyde Warren Park for sure! Then head over to Southside on Lamar to see local businesses including Dallas Designing Dreams. Then grab a bite to eat at Southside Chicken, Wings and Grits because their wings are amazing!! Take a drive to White Rock Lake or catch a boat ride at Lake Hubbard. And if possible, check out some local museums such as the DMA and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Hope they have enough energy, LOL!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My sewing teachers Arthur Porter and Clara Robertson have helped me tremendously with my handbags and creating quality products. They own Dallas Designing Dreams which has been a huge blessing in my life. Also, there are two books that really helped me along the way: The People Factor by Van Moody and The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. Great reads that caused me to challenge myself and my associations.