We had the good fortune of connecting with Cicely Carr and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cicely, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was exposed to entrepreneurship at around 7th grade. I participated in Young Entrepreneurs, an entrepreneurship program where we were taught so many business concepts and skills and explored creating a product to sell. I was hooked. I developed a “hustle” spirit and have had many small businesses ranging from MLMs to women’s accessories to handmade items and now books. I really love the idea of “pushing my passion” more of my love to uplift and inspire others. One of my purposes here on earth is to show and give love and I knew that my business had to do the same. I couldn’t just sell to sell and I couldn’t sell something that wasn’t my passion and I knew this because I was SELLING… I didn’t want to sell, I wanted people to experience my passion and love.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always appreciated self-expression in many forms but one that resonated with me the most was through writing. I wrote poetry, short stories, and more on and off. Blogging was a thing for me, but I never took it seriously until I was met with a divorce. I began writing about Thriving After Divorce and reached a few people that thanked me for my transparency, it helped them. I began seeing it for something even greater. I believed in self-care and living your best life and so my blog transformed and evolved! I relocated to the Dallas area and connected with other bloggers and began building community. Those connections allowed me to be introduced to marketing reps, business owners, and more giving me opportunities to interview dope people and cover amazing events. As I struggled with my day job as a teacher, I needed other ways to decompress and deal with anxiety and stress. I found myself creating even more DIY projects, T-Shirts, and becoming an artist. I have been teaching myself how to paint for the past two years and this therapy has become not only a passion but a business. What I do is called a Creative Business, creating positive and powerful art, books, workshops, articles, and more. I love to create and want to do it as a career. My goal is to become a full-time creative and having my bookstore where I can share my love of literacy and creativity will allow me to go after my goal.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Deep Ellum and Downtown! I love the arts and culture that Dallas offers! First stop, downtown to the Trolly. We will ride around and hop off at the many spots, the main one Klyde Warren Park. Then we will head to Bishop Arts and do a little shopping and eating! I love the Bishop Cider! A flight please, and thank you! Then head to Legacy West and Legacy Hall for of course, more shopping and food!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My number one shout out is to my mother, she is my biggest champion and supporter. She will always stand in my corner, and for that, I am grateful. Another shout out is to my family, the ones that invested time, money, and an ear! Another is the people who support my blog Bougie Black Blogger, my art CReneeArt, and bookstore Kindred Creatives ALP, without you I would give up! Knowing that there are people that believe in my mission and purpose and support in the many ways that they do is adding fuel to my fire!

Website: www.bougieblackblogger.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/bougieblackblogger

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