When Sequoya Gaines-Trott found herself stressed out after searching for the "perfect job", she stepped away from the computer and started painting. It gave her time for self reflection and nourishment, and led her to life coaching, meditation, and various tools for self development. Fostering her own creativity also led her to create Array of Gratitude LLC, a creative wellness company that provides services and products so that people embrace their most authentic selves. We recently asked her some questions about her journey.
What motivated or inspired you to start your own business?
My health and well being. I started a business before this one and I honestly didn’t know how to collaborate with people and promote my business with such a low budget. I was handling EVERYTHING all by myself and really didn't even know what or how to ask for help. I was running myself in circles, stressed out! My mental and emotional health began to diminish, and not too long after I physically got sick. During my break, I turned back to my "roots" and painted. I grew up crafting with my mom – she always had us creating something. I felt the urge to paint during my downtime as well as get back into the healing arts of Message Therapy and Reiki, which lead to me mediation practices.
Have you had to overcome any significant barriers in business or in life, and how did you manage to conquer them?
My whole life I felt like I've been up against financial barriers, coming from a poor town and not having much access or opportunities about business and entrepreneurship. As a college graduate, my school didn't even have much information on entrepreneurship, nor business as an artist. I feel like everything I learn was pretty much self-taught and determination since I had such a passion to have my own business and help people. It was a lot of soul searching, because I really wasn't sure what type of business I wanted when I started, I just knew I wanted my own. In hindsight, this is why my first business model failed. Array of gratitude was birthed through a more mature place of service and helping others on a broader scale. I'm not sure if I conquered all of my adversity but taking the time out to learn how to cope with stress, and teach/share with others about what I've gone through and how to find balance with your well-being sure has helped me grow (internally and externally).
What is one piece of advice you wish you had heard, and listened to - in life or in business?
Follow your passion, but make sure you know how to complete your smaller goals from your big goals.
What worry or concern - or excitement! - wakes you up in the middle of the night?
I worry about how I can find more ways to get my business seen. How can I reach more people and help them in a way that isn't burdensome to my well-being.
What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to soon develop a non-profit that can allow people to learn to develop their creative style and heal from whatever blocks them from turning their adversities into personal gains. I want to have more workshops and products that make personal growth fun.
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