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Conversations with the Inspiring Ranaa Wiggins and Teena Miller

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ranaa Wiggins and Teena Miller.

Ranaa and Teena, please share your story with us. 
I would say my story is about making childhood dreams a reality by being exposed to the right people, places and then seizing those new opportunities that have been presented. I was at a point in my life where I felt as if I were made for more and spoke this out to a friend who reminded me about a dream I had once mentioned to them and they challenged me as to why I hadn’t brought that dream into fruition. I had expressed some years ago to that friend that since I was a young girl, I had wanted to create a magazine geared for women who were underrepresented and talk about topics that were unpopular in an honest and compelling way. When I met my blogging partner, Teena, we clicked in so many ways. We both had unconventional childhoods as we were both military brats who traveled quite a bit and as a result felt somewhat different as we never felt we could be categorized into one box nor did we feel like we should be. We connected as women who shared our experiences. Yet, our stories are similar we had our differences and I guess that is how Real Women Talk 2 was created. We wanted to have a platform where other women who had unique stories could come together and express their viewpoints whether they were taboo or unconventional without judgment.

Has it been a smooth road?
Absolutely not, but I would say that I am grateful to the challenges that have come our way as it has definitely helped us to grow. For both of us, this field was somewhat unfamiliar to us so we researched quite a bit on blogging overall and just hit the ground running. We created our logo, built our webpage ourselves, invested in equipment and software even in photography classes as we knew we wanted to use our own pictures for our blog posts. After launching our website, we were posting and getting positive feedback from our new friends but then we were faced with a new challenge – balancing our real lives and keeping up with blogging. I am married and I work full-time, therefore, I have to blog at night. Teena is a wife and mother of three children and is also a caregiver. We love blogging and would do it all day every day if we could but we also have to manage our real lives which can be a little challenging at time juggling all our hats. Our advice for other women would be #1 – just start working on your dreams. Don’t worry about having everything perfect before you begin. Also, as women we can have it all but only if you find ways to balance all that is on your plate.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Real Women Talk 2 story. Tell us more about the business.
We are lifestyle bloggers who give a raw uncut outlook on various aspects of life, love, relationships and more. I think what sets our blog apart from others is we talk about topics that are controversial and shed light on stories that are taboo and untold. Sometimes, this has been a little tricky to navigate around topics such as politics/voting, racism, mental health or even having conversations with our children about sex as some people are not comfortable with these topics at all. Women are not monolithic or one-dimensional so we feel that a blog shouldn’t be geared only around puppies and flowers (although we love both) and should offer variety. We feel that this is what sets us apart from others is that we do offer variety on our blog. Don’t get us wrong. Yes, we will give you beauty and fashion tips but we will also tell you if we had a horrible experience with the makeup products we were asked to test as well! We pride ourselves in being transparent and as a result have met some really amazing friends along the way who have been able to relate to our stories such as surviving domestic abuse or battling perioral dermatitis where I am literally showing pictures of my bumpy, inflamed skin to all. We cover the good, bad, and the ugly truth. We aren’t faking for the “gram!” 😉

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Honestly, just reaching out to folks and asking for mentorship has helped us tremendously! Doing so has helped us to meet some amazing women who like us who were also starting out with their blogs and looking for guidance on how to improve or even who had tips on tools and software that could make our lives much easier. We cherish those relationships and thankful to the ladies that have helped us along the way.

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Mircea Goia @mirceagoia

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