On The Rise: Personal Style Blogger, Tiffany Battle

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Tiffany Battle’s bold and unapologetic sense of style has caught the attentions of many.  Her striking silhouettes and prints are every girl’s #closetgoals. However, besides inspiring your fashion style, she recently launched a passion project, This Space is Reserved, an uplifting platform helping others push through any negative experience they face and how to overcome them. Let’s find out more about Tiffany and her latest adventure.

Tell us about a little bit about yourself.

I’m Tiffany Battle, the Personal Style Blogger and Online Influencer of The Werk! Place. My background is in Chemical Engineering, and I’ve worked in the industry for over 9 years!

By nature, I’m a very logical and methodical person. Couple that with being able to conquer math and science successfully, engineering seemed like the perfect fit. I struggled throughout my career to find creative outlets within the engineering field, so The Werk! Place was a great option. I started blogging back in 2012 and I haven’t looked back since.

 How did you get into the world of fashion blogging?

The Werk! Place was started back in October 2012 after a monumental international birthday trip and a short visit to Paris during Fashion Week. Paris Fashion Week was such a movie! I immediately went to purchase a DLSR camera, bought a domain name, created the site, put on a cute outfit and created my first blog post.

thewerkplaceetchegolucabomberjacket10You’ve turned your passion into profit, what are some obstacles you faced in the early stages?

I’m still knee-deep in it! I’m facing obstacles right now in terms of what to prioritize and where to invest money. I’m in the risk taking phase. Everything that I’m doing right now is a toss-up, and I just pray that it works out. That’s the real real.

Tell us about your latest project This Space is Reserved.

I started This Space Is Reserved (thisspaceisreserved.tumblr.com) the week of my 4th Blogiversay. It’s a passion project that celebrates ridding yourself and your life of negative influences. I would see these ‘No Parking’ signs all around the city and they started to become symbols of telling the negativity that it could not park here in my life any longer. I wanted to share that power.

How important was it for you create this platform?

The platform is a very important reminder to take control of your thoughts and your life. Sure, life happens to all of us but it’s how we react to those moments in life that will make the difference. Thoughts become things. The moment that you can start to see the positive in any situation, you’ve won.

I can’t pass a ‘No Parking’ sign without feeling liberated. It’s a gentle reminder to rise above those thoughts and keep on keeping on.

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On the Rise: Tola Lawal

2015headshot2-1When I think of the word Go Getter, there are a few individuals that comes to mind and Tola Lawal is one of them. Having been the driving force behind some of the best marketing brand , Tola’s work ethic and knack for marketing speaks for itself. These days, you can find Tola doing another type of branding – one that involves providing the youth with the tools needed to pursue a higher education. Read more about Tola below!

1.Where were you 6 months after college?

I always knew I wanted to be in PR/ Marketing but I didn’t know how to get there. After graduation, I applied to various roles in marketing however, after many failed attempts I came across a temp agency that helped me get to my destination and the rest was history. I highly recommend college graduates to reach out to a temp agency and build a relationship with a recruiter in the beginning of their job search.

2.Tell me about your career journey to counseling.

Throughout out my career, I have always been the point of contact for advice, especially when it came to college counseling. When I was laid off in 2014 from BET, I took that opportunity to fuel my curiosity. I first started with doing a tour discussing the transition from high school to college which was sponsored by Black Enterprise. I then launched my non- profit organization Gyrl Wonder. Now, as Assistant of Director of College Success I have never found myself more comfortable and passionate about my job and I enjoy every second of it.

tola_in_class3. What sparked Tola Speaks?

I am a Marketer by nature, I realized that if I wanted to do speaking engagements focused on the youth, I needed to create a successful brand around it.

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On The Rise: Ayana Iman

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Around this time last year I stumbled across an article titled Letting Go: I Quit My Job” as I was on my way home from work. Not wanting to miss the context, I held my phone tightly and searched for a nearby bench to digest every word the author Ayana Iman penciled down.  She was very clear on why following her own happiness was more important than clocking in. Since then, I have been a supporter of this amazing soul who  whose risk taking abilities has open new door of opportunities. Let’s find out more about Ayana Iman below.

Tell me a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Ayana Iman, I’m a 25-year-old professional speaker and aspiring life coach. I am the mother of one, a beautiful three-year-old girl named Ayo, the joy of my life. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Strategic Communications. My professional goals include creating a conference in 2018 for the expansion of #AuthenticConvos, and helping 100,000 people cultivate an attitude of gratitude

Where were you 6 months after college?

6-months after undergrad, I was fired from my first post-graduate job and on the verge of becoming homeless. Soon after, I found out I was pregnant. Let’s just say the top of the year; including graduation, a great internship and travel were a stark difference than how it ended.

You launched an e-book on gratitude last year, how important is it to be grateful?

It’s very important to be grateful, especially because it is the starting point of all abundance. Gratitude remains when happiness fades, it keeps us present and allows us to experience some joy. It is the same reason my current situation looks completely different than 4 years ago. Instead of focusing on lack, I looked at the areas I was abundant, from the love of my family to my health; it all played a role in my progression.

54c1bb94-bc3a-42ff-81e6-9e09491ee16bYou are a serial entrepreneur, how do you stay on top of things while managing your personal life?

I am still in the beginning stages of my career building a foundation and learning how to become a successful entrepreneur. However, being busy comes with the territory, and I prioritize my time with my family, especially my daughter and boyfriend. They are very involved with my projects so it makes it easier to manage my personal life.

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