DCFunemployment: Tell the people – Who are you?
Courtney Rae O’Neal of Courted! “More than fashion – it’s a Lifestyle”. Courted! is a personal styling service and fashion blog. At Courted! we help clients through personal shopping and mobile services to enhance or develop and execute their personal style.
DCF: What does being funemployed mean to you & what was your path to funemployment?
CO: Funemployed means doing what you love. And that path for me is still being written…stay tuned.
DCF: Who was your first cheerleader?
CO: Two of my former coworkers, I’d have to say, as each individual encouraged me to pursue different aspects of the business.
DCF: What experiences in your life prepared you for where you are now?
CO: I believe that working in politics has benefited me as a business owner, because it has made me very resourceful.
DCF: Where do you get your inspiration and/or motivation?
CO: Creativity. My own and other people’s. The circle of inspiration! (DCF: It’s important to have those people around you that fill you up!)
DCF: What does balance mean to you and how do find balance?
AO: Balance to me means having the ability to not spend 90% of your time devoted to one person, at one place or doing one thing.
Balance is EVERYTHING.
DCF: What sacrifices did you have to make to get here?
AO: I have just invested a lot of time, money, myself and now the buy-in of others.
DCF: What struggles have you faced as a women in your industry?
AO: I think all stylists face the challenge of being taken seriously in their profession, but I am not working on just my individual reputation, as much as constantly working on developing a business brand. This feat has a learning curve, as well as natural challenges that anyone faces as they embark upon something new. Otherwise I find that in general, women shopping for themselves are more challenging as clients than men, but are more supportive as consumers and followers.
DCF: What is the early advice you didn’t listen to that you wish you had?
AO: I really try to live without regrets, thus I may best be able to answer this by saying that perhaps I wish I had started Courted! sooner.
DCF: What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?
AO: I have no specific answer. Each failure teaches you not to make the same mistake twice. We fail to fail better the next time.
DCF: What is your proudest moment?
AO: Mmmm…. I’d have to say launch of Courted!’s site and the personal private wins for Courted! that no one else knows, except a few close Courted! insiders.
DCF: What’s next?
AO: Courted! has recently extended its arm to design and released the “”BEEN WOKE”” t-shirt line. These Courted! exclusively designed tees for men & women feature the statement “”Been Woke Since”” and a select year or phrase. The founder of Courted! is a contributor to Capitol Standard Magazine.
For more information visit: www.courtedstyle.com