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

Hi Danni, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
I love the saying “you never lose, you learn”. Life has so many moments. Moments where you are happy, thriving, and moments where you don’t know what today, let alone tomorrow brings. Those down moments can be unexpected and  bring on self doubt and feelings of defeat. I personally believe in the power of the mind. We have what we think. We are electric beings and if we think and speak success, those things are attainable and attractive to our lives. With that being said if we channel more into what we can learn during our down season, even in those moments we can grow. Changing the mind from a losing mentality to “what can I learn in this?” has the ability to push us further while at the same time protecting our mental wellbeing. Our behaviors all stem from our thoughts, even the ones we don’t acknowledge (subconsciously). Therefore, I like to channel in the most positive ways to think about every obstacle in life. It keeps me at peace and in self reflective ways to become better and make better decisions.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Aside from my love of curating events, I have an extensive background in Healthcare with a BAS in Health Care Management. However, due to personal and professional encounters with individuals of all walks of life I was drawn to the field of Mental Health. I went back to school and pursued a masters in Clinical Social Work with a focus specifically in mental illness. The thing that sets me apart from others is the fact that not only do I create spaces to have a good time, but my mission is to advocate and educate individuals on mental wellness. During my dance classes I provide techniques, resources, and information on how to care for our mental health. I wanted to take the best of both interests and bring them together creating the ultimate experience. Having an outlet to alleviate stress or express yourself through art does wonders for the mind and emotional regulation. I plan to continue this movement for future events and social outings. Throughout my journey I have learned that it doesn’t matter how good life has been to you, a breakdown can happen to anyone. The more we educate ourselves on the topic, the more equipped we can be to help ourselves and our community. My targeted population is the African American community because we are deemed the least likely to seek help, but at the top of the list struggling with mental illness. We are coming to a place where mental health is not only a conversation, it’s a movement and I want to be a part of making that change. The more we know, the more we can grow. I want the world to know that my brand is more than sexy dance classes, and a good time. It’s women empowerment, mental wellness, resources, a safe space, it’s an EXPERIENCE! I am currently working on a self help workbook, and apparel to represent my brand and mission. I am excited about sharing my creations with the world. These products will be available for purchase in the near future.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s funny that this question comes up because this was just the case this past weekend. I am from Chicago born and raised. I have recently moved to Texas within the last few months. I am still learning about the new spaces and places to check out. However, I have a few spots I like to visit on the regular. Back at home there is only one Pappadeaux restaurant so it’s a must whenever someone comes into town. My friend came here to celebrate her birthday. We went to Kocktails + Kitchen (it wasn’t open in Chicago before I left), we went to the Money Bagg concert, and enjoyed a pool party at a Mansion. It was an overall eventful weekend. She had so much fun she extended her stay for two extra days. When they say everything is big in TX, I am now a firm believer. There’s so much more to do here compared to home. I will forever love my hometown, but I am grateful for the change of scenery and all the things my new residence has to offer. I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of all the cool things I look forward to trying.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to credit my parents for playing such an influential role in my life. Although they parted ways very early in my life, they’ve both vowed to do the best they could in making sure they were present in my life and provided the tools I needed to be a decent human being. My heart, my worldviews, my desires to contribute to the world all stems from what I was exposed to and taught throughout my childhood. Through the ups and the downs I have learned a lot from my parents and I wouldn’t change anything about my story. As a single mother my mom taught me leadership, strength, determination, and self respect. My father taught me how to work hard for the things I want and treat everyone with dignity and kindness. I am grateful to them for who I am today.

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