As February is coming to a close and the world celebrates inspirational people of color for Black History Month. I wanted to take this time to celebrate three influential women of color who I think are doing it right when it comes to their businesses, and I am honored to call call them my friends.
When I first started blogging over 10 years ago as a means to connect with other mothers who are dealing with the same struggles as I, and to share with other families our experiences being a family with a child with special needs, I never imagined all the amazing and powerful women I would have the fortune of meeting.
As I was slowly finding that tribe of women/families through blogging and social media, I realized there is a whole other world of incredibly talented, passionate women bloggers who like me are telling their stories. Although their journeys and stories where somewhat different then mind we were still able to create an incredible bond. A mutual respect for each other that then developed into good friendships.
As I took the time to get to know each of them personally, I realized how powerful, intelligent, funny and caring they all are. Talented women who use the means of blogging and social media to advocate, empower and educate other women.
I don’t see them as black women, but as friends. Women who I admire and respect, as successful entrepreneurs. Women who I see as passionate and caring entrepreneurs who want to build others up. So who are these women, well let me introduce you to them.
Amiyrah has done it all in my eyes. From being a successful blogger to Star Trek cover on Parade magazine. She has been featured on Dr. Ox, Good Morning America and just recently was featured on FabLife. Her and her amazing husband Brandon, now have a very successful, fun Lularoe shop on Facebook. If you know anything about Lularoe, it’s the “in thing” right now, everyone is sporting Lularoe, from work to school, to PTA to ladies nights out, everyone is feeling good in their Lularoe. So if you want a fun, engaging group to find awesome Lularoe, come check them out. I promise you won’t be sorry.
She also has supportive and informational Facebook group, A Full Life On Less, where she is talking about everything from new and fun ways to live a full life on less. From unique homemaking ideas, to sharing inexpensive yet awesome recipes, and fun family activities, to meal planning to budgeting. Amiyrah has a such a fun, bubbly personality I see why people are genuinely attracted to her, but the best thing is she is so personable.
Next let me take this time to introduce you to another successful blogger, Brandi Riley.
Brandi is the bomb.com! Seriously, an incredibly intelligent, incredibly giving person. I have spent many hours on the phone with Brandi as my blogging coach and I have learned so much and my blog has really grown with her support. She is so creative and loves to empower women to reach their best. Hence why she is the owner of a very successful Facebook group, Courage To Earn. If you want inspiration, guidance, support and friendship as a blogger this is the place to be.
She is also a recognized African American blogger at Mama Knows It All where she shares intimate stories of being a single, black mom, and how she empowers her beautiful daughter to be who she is and to love herself. She has a wonderful, supportive husband and is now expecting her second child. Brandi is phenomenal at working with brands and teaches us bloggers how to partner with them successfully.
When she schedules a Facebook Live chat you want to be apart of it, because she shares some amazing nuggets of information. She has such an adorable personality and truly cares about others.
Lastly I want to take a moment to introduce you to my friend, Timoria McQueen Saba.
I met Timoria through our community Facebook group as she was in the midst to moving to our town. A fellow New Jerseyan I instantly took to her fun, loving personality. I can remember the day we first met, we sat in our small town farmers market I guess that’s what we will call it, not knowing each other except from our Facebook posts. We sat for hours talking, getting to know each other and our families, we instantly connected.
Timoria is a fighter in my eyes. She is what I see when I hear the word “advocate”. As a Maternal Health Advocate her story is one of struggle, and courage. You can read more about it at her website. You can also read her posts that have been featured on the Huffington Post, as she is a contributing writer.
I love Timoria she is a go-getter, she is a change maker. She wants to shake things up for the good, and I love her for it.
She created the Hopkinton Diversity and Cultural Alliance in our town where we share about community, inclusion and respect. I was so grateful to have been asked to be a speaker at our first event.
(Timoria welcoming everyone)
She has spent many days speaking to Congress about getting the “Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act” passed and I want to congratulate her and all the other women, because they got it done!
She loves to support other women from being the Coordinator/Speaker of the ‘Emotional Wellbeing After Baby’ group at our local hospital supporting other mothers with maternal postpartum, to being the supportive voice on the other end of the phone when emotional women call for support to a hotline. She is there for them.
So I would personally like to thank these amazing women for their professionalism, for their support and for their friendship.
As a Special Needs Mom & Lifestyle Blogger, I am passionate about spreading awareness and acceptance for children with special needs, and to give others a glimpse into our life as a typical family with a little something special. I love to talk about fashion, travel, children activities, healthy lifestyles and more!