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Aleka Thrash: Planting, Pursuing, Prospering

Meet Aleka Thrash. She is an entrepreneur based in the state of Michigan. She is a natural hair blogger (NaturallyACT) as well as a photographer (ACT Photomedia).

Aleka began her journey as a natural hair blogger when she came up with the idea of doing something with her love for natural hair. She didn’t know what direction to take. She sought a confidence coach, Veverly Austin, of Confident Living. The coach asked Aleka “What problem are you going to solve?” That question sparked something within Aleka. She learned that she needed to think about what would set her apart from other hair bloggers.

Aleka admitted that at times she can be a self-doubter and had to develop confidence in herself that she had something to offer. For example, when it came to having topics for her blog she learned to pay attention to the questions she received from people about her hair. From there, she realized that there was more to hair than what you put on it and do to it, but healthy hair also included what you put inside of your body. She began to focus on those things and work to be consistent with posting her blogs. Around the same time, Aleka’s confidence coach challenged her by discussing her ability to instruct a class/workshop. Aleka accepted the opportunity and recalls having 15 people attend her first class. This helped her feel confident to move forward with other endeavors involving her love for hair.

Aleka began reaching out to various hair product companies to partner with her for her giveaways and for her reviews of their products. She sent 150 emails and only received four responses of “yes.” She did not see that as a moment to be discouraged, instead she reached out to the companies again to find out why their responses were “no.” Aleka believed it was a learning opportunity to discover what areas she could improve in so the future response would be “yes.”

When it comes to her endeavors for photography, Aleka’s dream was to become a photographer for a publication to capture images for an article or story. However, she finds herself on the other end of the lens. She works as a photographer but has experienced being featured in publications for her various roles as an entrepreneur and has recently been honored to receive a local community award for her business of photography. While things aren’t panning out the way Aleka hoped, she has learned to “trust God when the plan shifts.”

Aleka is finally in her groove of reaping her harvest in her business endeavors. She has gone from having her first class/workshop to being asked for one-on-one hair tutorials. She has experienced the favor of God with her friends, mentors, and her businesses. Because of the success, she asks God for those that she can help pursue their goals/dreams and share her experiences with them so they can flourish too.

Aleka could have convinced herself that photography and blogging was something enough people were doing and given up on the idea of pursuing either area. She did not! Aleka pursued and turned adverse moments into learning opportunities. Don’t give up on your dreams/interest. Think outside the box and discover a way to reach people with your passion.

The editor was was raised as a pastor’s daughter in the city of Chicago and now resides in southern Illinois and is married to a minister. Don’t mistake her roles as a preacher’s kid (p.k.) and a preacher’s wife (p.k.) as a lack for awareness for what happens in the life of the average woman. She has had acquaintances and friendships over the years with women from all walks of life and the one thing that she has had in common with them all is her faith. Through those relationships she learned that everyone has moments of doubt, discouragement and even triumphs. The key is to have a connection to other believers so they can encourage each other through the ups and downs of life. That is what inspired her to create Nouveau Exposure Magazine. She has purposed to find other believers with testimonies of success after struggle, dreams coming to fruition by applying faith and action as well as lessons on self love. email address: SharondaCawthon@nouveauexposure.org