Wise Women Wednesday: Whitney Maven

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Q. Who are you? What is your background? 
A. I'm a business person at heart, however I also have a intense love of fashion that stems from the fact that fashion is where I gained my confidence. I was born and raised right here in High Point, North Carolina. I graduated with my Bachelors in Fashion Business Management, minor in Economics from the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City. While in New York, I gained experience working in the areas of event production for fashion shows, wholesale sales, and wardrobe styling during New York Fashion Week. From there, I moved to St. Louis for a little while to be with my high school sweetheart, who was in the military at the time. While in St. Louis, I also worked as a Buying intern for Famous Footwear before ultimately moving back to North Carolina a little over a year and a half ago. I'm also in the middle of obtaining my Masters degree in Strategic Communication from Liberty University.  

Q. What is your work?
A. Currently, I am a Replenishment Specialist at VF Corporation for Walmart under the Wrangler and Lee denim brands. As a replenishment specialist, my responsibility is to ensure that each and every Walmart remains stocked with our goods. I also run a fashion blog on the side. But, I hate to just call it a fashion blog because I also post poetry, stories about my relationship, and other life advice aside from just what I wearing. I guess you can say that it's more of a personal blog with a fashion twist.  

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Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I have three. The first is growing my personal brand, the second is my clothing line and the third is my poetry book!

Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?  
A. I've been meaning to tell you this Alisha, but for some reason I've never had the chance. The moment actually happened during a Wise Women panel. It was particularly the panel that had the owner of Boho Blu, Jenny, as one of the speakers. I was still working my job in retail at the time and was super eager to find something new. During the panel, Jenny spoke about how her husband had worked in replenishment at VF Corporation up until he left to help out with their business. I personally had been applying to VF Corporation ever since I moved back to North Carolina a year ago so I knew that I absolutely needed to connect with Jenny after the panel. This was extremely scary to me because I didn't really know what I was gonna say to her nor did I want her to think that I was trying to leech off of her husbands success. Long story short I did end up talking to Jenny after the panel and it went just as awkward as I thought it would. Jenny was super nice about it though. But, the magic happened about two weeks after the panel ended when I received a phone call from VF Corp to interview for their replenishment specialist opening. I’m not lying when I tell you that this was the best interview that I’ve ever had! They told me that I got the job the next day. I met with Jenny at the next wise women panel and told her about the news and even she was in chills. It’s safe to say that I manifested this job into my life!  

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Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it?  If not why not what's stopping you? 
A. My purpose in life is to inspire the hearts of the masses. I want people to become ignited whenever they look at me or hear my story. Ultimately, I want others to know that they too can find their purpose, live their passion, be happy and achieve their dreams. Since starting Whitney Maven and growing my personal brand, I've had many people reach out to me, some I know from school and some I only know through social media and tell me that I inspire them. Since, I know that my sole purpose in life is to inspire others I know that I'm on the right track and that I must keep going.  

Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. I would tell her that she is perfect just the way she is! I would also tell her to plaster the verse from Psalms 139:14 onto her wall which states "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." 

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Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. "All that glitters is not gold."  I first heard this saying while watching a episode of SpongeBob while I was in grade school and it has always stuck with me for some reason. I even put this quote in my senior yearbook! I love it because it's a statement ultimately about gratitude and being thankful for the life that you have. After all, a person can appear to be happy, beautiful and successful, but you never know the many trials and tribulations they face on a daily basis to have what you may perceive as a blessing.

Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. Following my passion and knowing that there are people out there who are looking up to me. I'm the first in my family to do a lot of things so I have to keep pushing no matter what because its necessary that I pave the way to success for my family. But, perhaps my biggest source of fuel is my mom. I've seen her overcome so many obstacles in her life in pursuit of her dreams. A few of these obstacles include going from being on welfare and living in public housing to owning her own home, obtaining her college degree, and becoming a school teacher. Her work ethic, drive and determination inspires me daily and motivates me to always keep going despite the many obstacles that cross my path.

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Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. If you would like to follow my journey my website is whitneymaven.com. I'm also on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram under Whitney Maven as well.

Q. What's your favorite yoga pose? 
A. I've only been practicing yoga for about six months so I'm relatively new to everything. I remember when I first started there was this one pose that baffled the heck outta me. I mean, a lot of poses at the time baffled me but this particular pose seemed like some sort of sorcery. I never thought in a million years that I would be able to balance this pose. It's called the crow pose. It's my favorite because this particular pose has showed me that if you keep an open mind and continue to consistently work at something you will eventually reach what you seek.

Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. Abundance to me means achieving true happiness and I achieve this by actively practicing the art of gratitude. Each and every morning when I wake up I thank God for my life, my happiness, health, and safety. I also pray the same for my family, friends and loved ones. Just a little story, less than two years ago I was in a completely different space financially, spiritually and emotionally. I had no money, no job, no car and I was living with my boyfriends mom. I had lost all hope and almost gave up on life completely. Since then, my entire life has did a complete 180 and I can finally say that I’m happy! Some days are rough but I maintain this euphoria by always being thankful and appreciating the simplicity of life.

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