Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.
Today’s DERRICK Interview is with DreaDaVinci who is first and foremost an artist. DreaDaVinci is a renaissance woman who wants to dominate today’s fashion landscape. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the Univeristy of Oregon in combination with studies abroad of art and culture have honed her creative eye and skill set. Drea utilizes her knowledge and experience in fashion blogging, celebrity styling, development of online boutiques, and marketing. Her design aesthetic ranges from fashion forward looks to timeless classics. Drea’s world travels have inspired a collection of clothing geared towards today’s tastemakers and trendsetters. DreaDavinci Clothing is a lifestyle and a movement that symbolizes the finer things and a love of the good life.
D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?
Above all, I want to be happy. My dream is to travel as much of the world as possible. I dream of living on a beautiful beach and painting pieces that I can incorporate into my clothing designs. I want to use my abilities to inspire other artists and business people alike to create and innovate. I had a dream of creating the dreadavinci brand and watching it manifest has been literally a dream come true!
E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of Oregon. I studied art and culture abroad and have traveled extensively, although there is so much more of the world I can’t wait to see! I use my education to help interpret the social constructs around us, and to practice critical thinking and to “think outside the Matrix” if you will. My first job out of college was in finance and I am so thankful to have a grasp on how to navigate the world of finance as it is vital in owning and running a company.
R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?
What makes my brand so strong is my team. I have one of the best designers in the world working with me, Dallas Stokes. He has been in the industry for decades and is extremely talented and well connected, with a hugely successful track record. I also have one of the best production managers in the business, Ralph De Blanc, with over 30 years of experience. He has a priceless skill set and a wealth of knowledge! We all speak the same language of working hard, upholding good business ethics, transparency in all matters of communication, loyalty, and honesty. The dreadavinci brand is unique in that the designs reflect our experiences as world travelers and connoisseurs of style.
R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?
I realized I was ready almost a year ago when I found the niche in the market that needed filling. I had previously owned an online boutique and had styled various celebrities. My experience in marketing towards a fashion based demographic, driving traffic and search engine optimization, social media marketing, blogging,finance, and buying and selling different clothing lines helped prepare me to have my own company. Also my background as an artist helped my confidence in my ability to design. I saw that there was a niche for my line, and it’s been a lot fun exploring that opportunity.
I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?
Dallas Stokes. Because his resume is unparalleled. He went straight from high school at the age of 17 designing shoes and brands that have literally transformed the entire industry. Look him up, his body of work is crazy.
C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?
I’m not sure if many people realize how challenging it really is to get a shoe line produced. The day that we had confirmation that my shoes were going to be made, tears of joy were cried. It still feels surreal to know that there’s an entire factory full of people working on my line, I have to pinch myself sometimes!
K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?
First and foremost, believe in yourself and never give up. Surround yourself with positivity. Don’t be afraid to sacrifice to get where you are going. Read and do your research! Two books really changed my life: The Four Agreements and the Law of Attraction. When one learns to harness the power of their minds and focus their mental towards manifesting magic, then magic happens! I am a huge advocate of practicing gratitude for all blessings. Surround yourself with people who are smart, successful, honest, and know more than you do. Don’t be afraid of failure, be afraid of the failure to try. “Don’t let anyone outwork you” is a mantra my Dad instilled in me, and those words remind me constantly to aim higher and work harder.
Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?
To be able to create a brand from just an idea in less than a year, and to have such a positive reception is truly humbling. I am so thankful for the opportunity, and so excited to share my designs with the world!
Visit Drea DaVinci for more information.
When someone you care about is battling an addiction, it’s a torment to watch such suffering. You know that the friend or family member is on a dead end road and you want to do something before it’s too late. While you can’t be the cure, you can help by guiding his or her path in the right direction. Try the following, five tips for helping loved ones break an addiction.
Be a Support System
Be a steadfast source of support for your loved one. No matter how rough the road to recovery gets, be there to pick him or her up after the fall. Expect anger and denial. Be prepared to hold on tight and weather a storm of emotions. If there are legal issues that need resolved, HarronLaw.com can help. If alcoholism is the source of the problem and DWI is involved, a competent attorney can defend your DWI case. Assist the victim of addiction in removing as many external burdens as possible so that he or she can concentrate on recovery.
Hold an Intervention
Gather friends and family together to confront the one suffering from addiction. Make it clear that you are all banding together out of love. You want to see a brighter future ahead for your loved one, not a funeral. On the present course, addiction is destroying everything in its path. It is time to stop the madness. Make sure everyone participating is prepared for a lengthy process and turn off all cellphones as interventions often require a long time to make progress and interruptions can ruin the effect.
Seek the Best Treatment Option
Your loved one will be overwhelmed by addiction. Assistance will be needed in navigating the maze of rehabilitation facilities. However, together you can search through available programs and find the right fit. Accompany your loved one to various facilities to see the placement for yourself, ask questions, and begin the admission process. You can also find out about counseling services to help friends and family cope with the effects of addiction.
Stay in Touch
Once treatment begins, continue to be a lifeline for your loved one. Send letters in the mail. Get in touch on the internet if it is allowed. Send care packages to lift the spirits. If it’s possible, make regular visits. Having a connection with a familiar and supportive person is often key in helping addicts process difficult and frightening changes.
Be Prepared for the Homecoming
Once your loved one has completed a rehabilitation program, roll out the welcome mat. Remember that it will be an ongoing effort to maintain sobriety. Surround the recovering addict with positive influences to help her or him remain on the straight and narrow. Be sure to remain vigilant to help guard against relapses.
Breaking the vicious cycle of addiction is never easy. It will take continuous effort and a strong circle of friends. As you take these steps, you will be able to help your loved one successfully navigate the difficult road to recovery.
The #1 Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.
Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Kimberly Gauthier who is the owner of Keep the Tail Wagging, an online magazine for dog lovers that shares tips on dog care. Kimberly started blogging in 2009 and today has found success in pet blogging, consults with bloggers and books speaking engagements to share what she’s learned.
D is for Dream. My dream is to be a full time blogger. I write Keep the Tail Wagging, which is an online magazine for dog lovers that shares tips on dog training, behavior, nutrition, health, safety, and new products. I want to build my site into the number one resource for dog lovers with 1,000,000 people visiting my site monthly (weekly, daily?).
E is for Encourage. I’m encouraged by my followers who take the time out of their day to stop by my site to see what I’ve posted, share my site with their friends, and interact with me daily online (and in person). Whenever someone sends me an email (or approaches me at the dog park) with kudos on my site, I rise 2 feet off the ground knowing that I’m on the right path.
R is for Resource. I’m a good student. I started blogging in 2009 and quickly fell in love with it; from there, I read books, watched videos, and listened to webinars on the subject to learn as much as I can on blogging. My genuine enthusiasm for the subject comes through in my blog and my readers enjoy that I weave my own experience with our dogs in to the articles.
R is for Ready. I realized it when I attended my first blogging conference. I was blown away by the doors that could be opened to me as a blogger and immediately changed my perception of blogging and what my goals were. That was in 2011; this year, I’ll be speaking at that blogging conference and I hope that I can fire up a new group of bloggers.
I is for Individual. This is a hard one, because blogging about dogs has allowed me to connect with some amazing people. But one person that people should definitely know about is Dr. Cathy Alinovi of Hoofstock Veterinary Service. Dr. Cathy has been a great resource for me when I’m researching health topics for my site. She has a genuine love of animals and educating people about how best to care for their pets. Many people think that all veterinarians feel this way, but anyone who has a pet can tell you that it can be difficult to connect with a veterinarian who has an open mind, stays up to date on new ideas, and is willing to discuss alternative treatments with pet families.
C is for Continue. Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times when he was inventing the light bulb. There are many quotes by famous people who failed many times. As long as I’m learning something from each failure, as long as I’m becoming better at what I do (a better blogger, a better dog owner, and a better person), then I count each failure as a valuable lesson and I get excited. It’s like I passed a course and I’m ready for the next one. The only true failure is when we do something wrong over and over, because we’re too afraid to try something new. That’s definitely not me.
K is for Key. Appreciate what you have today. I make a point of thanking my followers and others who are beneficial in helping me “keep the tail wagging.” I do this many ways and have learned that by focusing on the people I’ve connected with, I don’t have to worry so much about finding new readers/subscribers, because my followers and colleagues will gladly recommend me to their friends, family and colleagues. Word of mouth is a power tool and it’s FREE!
Visit Kimberly Gauthier for more information.
by Stephen Edwards
Are you looking to propel your website higher up the rankings this year? Thinking of following some engaging tips that can help you in getting the best out of your website? Well, if you are, then this article is perfect for you! In the following paragraphs, we have discussed some of the best and the most rewarding search engine optimization tips that a person can make use of in order to increase the repute of their website and gain a higher amount of followers. There are lots of people who fail to get a good understanding of search engine optimization, and if you are looking to attain a higher page rank and get a large influx of traffic, then you will have to work pretty hard for your website.
One of the best new things that you can try out this year is Squidoo Lens Creation. There are lots of web masters who are creating Squidoo lenses for their pages, and it is fast becoming as one of the most popular ways of marketing your website. If you create a Squidoo Lens for your own page and properly customize it in order to make it look good, it can easily become the source of a windfall of traffic for you. More and more people are using Squidoo Lenses in order to gain access to good and attractive websites, and if your page is properly presented in a Squidoo lens, you can really get good returns.
Apart from this, another great way to optimize your website is blog posts. Guest blogging and constantly updating your website on a daily basis are two very important things that will give you immense results if done correctly. You need to make sure that you are able to write good reviews and interesting articles for your page, as that is one of the most important things. Unless the content on your page is catchy enough, you will not be able to keep users hooked on to your page for very long. Also, written content tends to get old extremely quickly, so make sure that you rapidly upload new data on to your website at regular intervals.
Another great SEO tip that you can make use of in 2012 is to upload graphical content on to your website. It is common knowledge that Google takes in to account a whole host of things when setting up its page ranks, and pictures and videos are just two of the factors. If you know how to properly optimize your website, then you should know that both of these tips will come in a lot of handy for you. Optimizing your website is very important and there are new ways that are coming up on a constant basis, so if you are looking to set up your page and increase its rankings, utilizing these tips is very important. It will also help you in getting a better response from your website as well.