“If you stand for nothing, you fall for everything”

We asked the community to tell us about the values and principles that guide their lives and businesses.

Deborah Chelette-Wilson | Life and Parent Coach, Author, Counselor, School of Soul Facilitator

The value of my spiritual self is what matters to me most. It is because of this connection and my experiences I have come to heal my traumatic past and reconnect with this aspect of what it is to be a human being. I call it my soul. When I am connected to the soul aspect of myself then I connect to an unlimited Source of wisdom and guidance beyond what I alone would do. I felt closer to my soul as a child before I was indoctrinated in the pain and fear of our human survival legacy. Trauma became a distraction from intermittent soulfull experiences. It has been a long journey back to my soulfull self and I appreciate myself for making it. We don’t have a school to remind us. That is why I created S.O.S. School of Soul. Read more>>

Yesenia Romero | Hair and Makeup Artist

I recently read the book, Untamed by Glennon Doyle, that changed my mindset on how I try to live my life. There was one specific phrase that stood out so clearly and it was…”We can do hard things.” I have been trying to live out this concept/principle since I read it. As entrepreneurs and business owners, we are constantly faced with “hard things”. It is how you approach these hard things that I feel makes a difference between your success and happiness in life and your disappointments and failures. Life isn’t easy and there will always be storms we must get through but it’s the mindset of just that; we can do hard things, that will get you through it. In the end we become stronger people, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Read more>>

Miranda Davis | Yoga Master Trainer/CEO of PerfectFit Christian Yoga Teacher Training/Biblical Counselor

Christian principles matter most to me because I align myself with biblical values. The basis of my yoga practice, which was once traditional, is now Christian. I infuse my faith into my teachings by using scripture for maximum value and impact on my students. Read more>>

ABBEY KILLIN | Artist! Songwriter, Actress

The value of self-defense. I know what you’re thinking, in an artistic world where everyone is open and vulnerable, how would that work. I think it’s important that your personal spirit and health isn’t overwhelmed to the point where you’re giving so much of yourself, there isn’t any of you left! It took me a long time to be ok with not going a hundred miles a minute. To be ok with not saying yes to everything, but to be thoughtful and selective. I think it’s important to remember that you without art, is still art. And is still enough. I remember being let down, didn’t get a call back or something and someone asked if it would ever stop me from singing? Or acting? No. As long as what lets you down doesn’t stop you, then you’re doing right by yourself. That’s what’s important to me. In my writing, most of it, is in a form of defense. If I’ve been hurt, I write about it in my defense. If I am feeling for a movement or cause, I write about it in support or in-defense of the causes I care about. Read more>>

Gabriella Corvina | Martial Artist, Actress, and Filmmaker

Talent and beauty can only take you so far. Like the saying goes, hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. I’ve always seen that in my life. I’ve always felt like an underdog in the industries I’ve entered. Especially in the Martial Arts world being a woman. I’ve always been one of the only women in a martial arts school but I’ve always depended on my work ethic in those moments. When I’m underestimated, that’s when I shine. I think everyone underestimates hard work. They’re always surprised to get tapped out by the girl. But that only comes from a competitive edge and a work ethic that won’t let up. Read more>>

Tiffany R. Easley | The SOAR Strategist

The principle of serving. I believe it is important for us to serve others by sharing our resources, time, and talent. Serving others postures our hearts to truly receive. Read more>>

Anh Pham | Makeup Artist

Being authentic is probably the most important principle to our brand. We pride ourselves in the work that we do, we are very honest about our capabilities and we do not stretch our time with our clients. We publish our pricing and do not have any hidden fees or costs to keep ourselves 100% transparent. I think, especially in this industry, budgets are being pushed higher and higher. We don’t want our clients to feel like hair and makeup should cost outrageously so we try to be as conscious of our pricing as possible but we also want our clients to feel connected with our artistry as well. We specialize in natural glam, focusing on enhancing features. It’s our best kind of work and we always want to be able to provide that for our clients so we ask our clients to view our portfolio, schedule a trial, and make sure our work fits what their vision is. We never want to overpromise and under-deliver so being true to our work and authentic is so important to us. Read more>>