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Life and Work with Moniek James

Today we’d like to introduce you to Moniek James.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Moniek. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
Renegade Creative Media Group was birthed from my other business, The Confetti Collective. I started TCC as a blog in 2013 after relocating to Arizona due to my husband’s military service. My hobby blog became a lifestyle platform with an ecommerce store and hosts events within two years. Business owners in my area and beyond began contacting me for help with their businesses. I helped with developing ideas, blogging, social media and setting up digital tools. I quickly realized that I had another business! Once I made that mental shift, I began setting up my consulting services and online products. I also began a partnership with the Small Business Development Center to host workshops that help small business owners in all areas of digital marketing. We’re currently working on growing our team so we’ll be able to provide a higher level of service to our customers and clients.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Entrepreneurship is an emotional rollercoaster, and nobody really talks about the difficult times. Aside from the challenges of trying to grow my business, learning the skills required to lead a team and creating my own work/life balance, I dealt with a bit of imposter syndrome. My advice for any woman beginning their journey is to discover who you are FIRST, and don’t be afraid to evolve…even if it’s difficult. I like to say that the caterpillar can’t get her wings if she’s not willing to go through the cocoon process, and I encourage women to go through the process know that the other side will be even more freeing and beautiful.

Please tell us about The Confetti Collective and Renegade Creative Media Group.
I consider myself to be a multi-passionate entrepreneur and I’m grateful to own businesses that fuel my passions. Through my lifestyle brand, I have the opportunity to surround myself with other women and remind them of how great they are. We create and publish inspiring content online and sell inspirational jewelry (other items are in the works) to inspire our audience to embrace what makes them unique and intentionally create big, beautiful lives.

Through Renegade Creative Media Group I get to channel my inner nerd and share tech tips and information to help business owners like me take their #BabyStepstoGreatness every day.

What sets me apart from others is that I live in the areas that I talk and teach about, and I share what I learn with my audiences. I’m a woman on my own journey of personal discovery and living my best life, and my experiences of owning two businesses equip me to be a force multiplier for other entrepreneurs. In addition to being a military spouse, I’m also an Army veteran, and my time as a soldier taught me discipline, strategy, teamwork, and leadership that I lean on every day. I’m able to motivate others to overcome their obstacles and achieve their goals.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
I believe the biggest barrier today to female leadership in the small business community is the internal struggle that we don’t deserve success or that nobody wants to hear what we have to offer, which is untrue.
The wonderful thing about being in the age of tech in entrepreneurship is that anyone can have a platform. Social media provides a virtual stage for anyone that wants to step up and lead. I love seeing women taking advantage of that, and I want to see more!

Pricing:

  • Affirmation Jewelry from The Confetti Collective – all under $50

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Image Credit:
K&L Artistic Lens, Angelstorms Photography

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