Success, Support & Staying the Course – Motivation from NaturalChica, Obia Ewah & AskpRoy

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As I mentioned in this post about last month’s Team Natural Curlfriends Brunch, the conversation with featured guests Obia Ewah of Obia Naturals, pRoy of AskpRoy and Mae of Natural Chica was deep, stimulating and inspirational. My plan was to share the vlog along with this post, but my Macbook had other ideas. While I get that sorted out, I wanted to share some of the takeaways from that each of the panelists shared. Today especially, I am having a really bad case of “Murphy’s Law” so I could use some motivation #realtalk

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Often when we see successful entrepreneurs/businesses/brands/people we don’t always get to see or hear the struggles they went through to get where they are. Mae of Natural Chica (pictured in black, along with Ambrosia Malborough who was the featured guest on Saturday ) was one of the persons I followed on YouTube when I first went natural. I was captivated by her relatable, down to earth personality which really came across in her videos.

Today with over 170K subscribers and lots of success to her name, Dr. Mae still has the same sweet charm and authentic personality.Here are some of the anecdotes she shared as it relates to success, getting support from others, working with brands and staying to the course.

  1. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.
  2. If it scares you, dive into it.
  3. Take advantage of new opportunities & don’t be scared.
  4. Nurture relationships. It will take you further than you can imagine.
  5. Don’t be afraid to say no to things that don’t fit into your vision.


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 I found pRoy a few years ago when I first joined Instagram. If there was a crown for the most hair color switch ups, she would wear it  She is also very down to earth and relatable, and creates awesome content. Here are some of the takeaways from pRoy who served also served as the brunch host.

  1. Be the best you
  2. Don’t be so focused on what everyone else is doing.
  3. It’s ok to say NO to some things so that you can grow into bigger things
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Obia Naturals is Dallas based brand run by sister/brother team Obia & Omini Ewah. I had the privilege of being at the event where they first launched 4 years ago, and it has been amazing to see their growth from then to now being carried in Target. Not only are their products amazing, but they are some of the most generous, authentic people I have come across.
Here are some of the takeaways from Obia who candidly shared the ups & downs and sacrifices she has made to grow her business (including moving back in with her parents).
  1. Be flexible in business
  2. The things that challenge you are the things that will lead to break through.
  3. If you want to be extraordinary you will have to do things that ordinary people won’t do.
  4. Be true to yourself. Know your mission, your focus and long term goals, and say no to things that fit that.

Where ever you are in your life/business, I hope that you were inspired by some of these nuggets. Once I get the video situation sorted out, I’ll embed it here :).

It’s always really motivating to me to see people “just like me” working hard and taking steps to live the live they want.

YOUR TURN: Which one of these takeaways resonated with you the most? 

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  • Really good takeaways! I hear much of the same things with regard to saying no when necessary and taking on things that challenge or scare you from many who’ve made a success of their brands. These types of events always give us that push and dose of REAL TALK that we need!

    PRoy is super down-to-earth and I had the chance to meet Obia here in NY a couple weeks ago. So sweet. And we’ve only spoken on IG lol but Mae and I have bonded over motherhood. Been rockin with her since 2010! I look forward to the video! 🙂

    • Hey Toia. Girl yes, you really have to, that’s the only way you will grow 🙂 We had some real convos and I’m working on getting this video to act right lol. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • RattlesandHeels

    Okay so after we get past all the fabulous hair in this post and Ambrosia who I LOVE…these are some really great reminders to stay on our parts with persistence with our eye on the prize and not in anyone else’s lane.

    • LOL…
      Yes, indeed. I wish my video would cooperate so I could upload the vlog :/ Ambrosia is so SWEET. I have watched her for a long time and it was great to meet her.