Women History Month: Tameeka W. and Kenisha W.C.

Being in business for yourself is really the way to go.  You can be your own boss, set your own goals, and manage your life better than having to work for someone else. One of the greatest things about being in business is that everyone always sees the finished products. They never pay attention to the time where you missed family time, you don’t get paperwork correct, the blood sweat and tears, etc. It takes dedication to accomplish goals. With that being said, let’s talk to Tameeka W.; CEO of Right Way Home Care Services  and  Kenisha W.C; COO as they are opening up their own home care business.  I know that for me one of the greatest challenges can be having to find someone to assist in the caring of your loved one when they aren’t able do to do so. When my mother in law couldn’t care for herself the biggest issue was in how to maintain working, and being there for her everyday needs. We had to make the unfortunate decision to move her out of her home because we weren’t familiar with home care services that could have been available to assist. Thanks to Right Way Home Care Services another family will have the peace of mind that we didn’t.

What was your reason with opening Home Care Business?

We wanted to start the Home Care Business because of our personal and employment experiences. We both have a passion for helping people.

I (Tameeka) was a care giver during college before obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. My mother in law has Home Care that comes to her home and assist her with her needs. Watching the other companies and how they operated I decided to open my own business. My goal is to operate differently from the other companies that have been working with my family. This is when I introduced the Home Care business to my sister Keneisha who is a CNA to be and my business partner.

Keneisha has been a caregiver since she was 17 years old. When I introduced the idea of opening up a Home Care Agency she was excited and on board. With her experience as a CNA and my Social Work background I knew this would be a successful venture.

Have there been any failures with opening up a business or any failures that opened the door to success that you want to highlight?

One difficult time that we had with starting our business is obtaining our license. The first time we sent it out it was returned with more items needed. We had to do more research and get assistance from our consultant to send out the correction information. After further assistance, research, and hard work we were able to obtain our license.

Anyone who has ever had to be licensed or is thinking about being licensed should know there are strict guidelines in what is and what’s not accepted. So if you can get someone in the business that can assist you into making thing run smoothly for yourself.

What is the one thing you want to tell your younger self?

One thing that we would tell our younger self is to stay true to yourself. A woman should never let anyone distract them from achieving their goals. Everyone is not going to have your best interest at heart, but you have to persevere through the adversity to be successful.

Knowing who is in your corner and who isn’t important.  It’s one of the hardest lessons because everyone who has had longevity with you doesn’t mean they always make the final cut in your life. Be careful in making sure you can clearly see someone and listen to those around you.

How can women be champions through mistakes?

Women can be champions through their mistakes by learning from them. Women should understand that one mistake does not define them. They can either let that mistake break them or make them. It is important to sit back and evaluate the mistake and set goals to grow from the mistake. There is always room to be successful we just have to be motivated and work hard for the success.

Tell us in detail all we need to know about your business.

Right Way Home Care provides Non-Medical Home Care Services. The services that we provide but are not limited are personal care (bathing, dressing), ADL’s, Light House Keeping, Transportation to Medical Appointments or the Grocery Store, Medication Reminders, and Respite Care.

What are 3 goals you are actively working on and how will you achieve them?

The three goals that we are working on are introducing Right Way Home Care to the community, Becoming experts in the business, and obtaining consumers. We will achieve these goals by introducing the business at our event. We will be having a Grand Opening Celebration on May 18th. After the Grand Opening we will be open for service. We will attend conference and trainings to help us become experts in our business. Last, to achieve the third goal we will be doing marketing on Social Medial, in nursing facilities, hospitals, adult day care, and other locations.

 

Follow them on Facebook to obtain more information for the grand opening

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Right Way Home Care is located in Lancaster, PA

Their website is Right Way Home Care

You can follow them on Facebook

You can also find them on Instagram

Continued blessings to you both as you enter this new chapter of your lives. I pray that when someone needs assistance for their loved ones that they give you that call. There is honor in caring for those who have cared for so many of us all of their lives. I wish you both nothing but success.

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Tameeka Way, CEO of Right Way Home Care Services

Kenisha

Kenisha Wright-Carter, COO of Right Way Home Care Services

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Meet India Green of Naturally Indy; Urban Glow Cosmetics

I had the elite pleasure of meeting this super star of self-care and natural care guru when my oldest had her pining ceremony for Girl Scouts. Her poise and beauty intrigued me and I knew I had to bring her to my ToiTime followers.  Urban Glow Cosmetics is a unisex handmade natural skin care to enhance that natural glow. So what does a college student, a budding entrepreneur, and altogether natural beauty have to teach us?

Let’s meet CEO and founder of Urban Glow Cosmetics, India and find out……

I wanted to know what made this Junior college student majoring in Media Studies and Production Major with a certificate in Event Leadership and entrepreneur want to make her start? Why natural care products?

I have always had a passion for natural products, since I went completely natural in regards to my hair. The more I learned about my hair’s health, I realized that your hair is a reflection of your overall health and using chemically based skin care has no benefits to your skin, hair or body! I want my hair and skin to reflect my lifestyle and I saw a hole in the market and decided that I would fill it. As many “natural” skincare companies as you may see, believe it or not some contain unnatural ingredients or are just too expensive. Urban Glow Cosmetics targets college students especially with our affordable products and are easily accessible. Outside of college campuses, we aim to restore self-care practices in the lives of both women and men. 

When I was in college especially one that didn’t cater to the needs of African-American students, the only real stores were on campus or our local Wal-mart.  Often times the disconnect on what we needed and what was available was slim pickings. I would find that often times as a student back in the early 2000 before I realized anything about natural hair care or skin products, students would just wait for a break or find a student on campus that would be kitchen chemists or hair dressers. I am glad that India realizes the market here for Temple students and beyond.

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I know with anything in life nothing comes easy.  I wanted to know one of the lessons that she has learned along the way trying to bridge this gap.

Patience is truly a virtue! There were times when I felt that I was moving too slow compared to others and their businesses and that caused me to fail on my first ever batch of masks. I rushed and didn’t use all the ingredients I knew I should have caused them all to mold over before I could even began selling. That taught me to not compare myself to others, but to use others’ success to motivate me! I learned to trust my own process. 

That’s a word. I know we all can take a lesson out of India’s book and apply that lesson across the board. Comparing yourself to someone else will always make you feel less adequate. Run your own race. Take pride in what you do. It will all come together in time. Easier to say and so much harder to do. So trust the process and keep the course.

I am still VERY new at business owning so I am still tackling my time management! Since I am the president of Campus Curlz Temple University chapter, an active member of the AmeriCorps Next Steps national  volunteering organization, and I work it has been difficult. I schedule days where I do specific tasks only and it definitely takes discipline. I have days scheduled where I only work on Urban Glow orders and other days where I only do Campus Curlz related work, volunteer, and so on. There have been plenty of times when I have been overwhelmed, but I know I have to just get better with discipline. I love all that I do, so I know I will make it work for me. My friends and family are very supportive of what I do so I can still bond with them while working on my brand. 

Having support as you complete  your goals is important. India’s schedule of being a student and a business owner seems overwhelming but what I do know is that when you are determined you can make anything work. So what’s stopping you?  Only you know the answers. Even in temporary failure as India had with her first set of masks, her ability to refocus instead of giving up is key.

Nothing worth having is going to just fall in your lap. Even if the idea does, it takes work to maintain. So I wanted to know from India, what sacrifices she has experienced this far in her own journey?

I have had to sacrifice a lot since launching Urban Glow Cosmetics, but one major sacrifice I’ve made thus far would be my “free time”. I have sat out on family events, social events, sleep, etc. just to make sure I am doing what is needed for Urban Glow Cosmetics. I used to feel upset about it, but the more time I spend working on my craft the less it feel like a sacrifice for me. 

 Could you make this type of sacrifice for your dream? Think about it. If you had to miss out on some events, or time with your family members, could you? I know I could and have in the past. Sometimes we have to let those around us know that we love them but this comes first. 

Everyone who reads ToiTime knows at this point how much I am a champion of self-care. It’s important to take time out for yourself while you serve or even times before you can serve someone else. With that in mind I wanted to know how does self-care coincide with Urban Glow Cosmetics?

Self-care is the basis of my business! Self-care is a term people think they know, but it consists of so much more! Urban Glow Cosmetics serves as the physical part of self-care, but I want to expand this and give people the opportunity to reclaim the word, understand what it means, and have them incorporate it into their everyday lifestyle naturally. 

As we are only a mere days into the New Year, what was the one thing that you felt you missed in 2018?

If i’m understanding the question correctly, one thing I feel like I missed out on was promoting myself at events. I was offered a spot at multiple vending events and I didn’t have confidence in myself at the time and I passed up those opportunities. 

We all have been there before. There is a time to say no. No when you feel like you are being pressed in the wrong direction. No when you feel like you are being used. However no can backfire. Thinking you haven’t done enough to be invited to the table can be just as damaging as being pressed too thin. If you are being brought to the table and its nothing that takes away from you in any way, consider your No to a Yes. You are just as worthy. IF you find that those at the table seem more polished, use it as a way to fine tune your skills sets. Ask questions of those seasoned. As a blogger I have had many times when I didn’t even attend. I was like I need more years under me. However after striking away fear, I found that I had just as much to offer as my fellow bloggers when attending. India get to the table, and smile with pride-you got it!

What does the future look for India and Urban Glow Cosmetics?

My plans and goals for Urban Glow Cosmetics is to develop into more than just a natural skin care company. I want to have several events, conferences, and retreats focusing on self-care, self-love, and the empowerment of women. My brand “Naturally Indy” will expand globally, so not only will I provide physical products but self-care goes deeper than the physical and I want to help women on their journeys mentally, emotionally, and physically through my events, conferences, retreats, etc. My ultimate end goal that will combine my field of study (Media Studies and Production) and my passion projects will be have my own TV Show that talks about numerous topics to help and motivate women. 

Girl you better say that! Speak it and work towards it, I know that this is just the beginning.

What is your message for women? For the Community? For Yourself?

“ It is okay to be selfish with you. It is important to take care of you. Be sure that you’re on the top of the list of people who you care for and take care of. “

To Myself: “ Stop waiting to turn into some perfect version of yourself and start enjoying being who you are in the present. Everything else will align.”

To my Community: “ Help each other! There are so many ways  to help your people, your friends, and your family. Do your part because support goes a long way!” 

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Men natural care products are for you too. Trust me skin of all kind can benefit from natural skin care products and is necessary for all. Also ladies, makeup can be that much more flawless when the skin underneath is just as “beat” without it. In 2019, do yourself a favor and treat your skin just as well as you do with the products that you put on top of it. With that in mind here’s how you can bring these affordable products to your home.  Also watch out for more, 2019 new products are dropping. Don’t miss out:

Urban Glow Cosmetics

If you will be in Philadelphia Pa area on February 2, 2019 join India and fellow other entrepreneurs at the Boss Babe Link Up. This event is a ticket paid event and will include food and a chance to be around other goal oriented women. You can find the information below:

Boss Babe Link Up

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And for those who claim they are too busy for self-care, lets end that talk in 2019. There are a thousand ways you can self-care.  For my busy on the go college students, moms, women and men who are always on the go get ahold of the masks as they are “to-go” sized and travel friendly. That means there is no reason you can’t afford them this year or grab and go either! Go and grab it and let’s flood this entrepreneur with love with our support as well as we can support her with our dollars too!

Follow India at her social media handles below:

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Monday Motivation: Count you blessings

Today is April 30th. That means that the end of the month is here and we are about to step into a new month.

Often times we judge ourselves on what others have done in comparison to what we have done. Learn to count your blessings! Invest in what you need and want to do!

I’ll start off the list and you feel empowered to write down the things you did this month that was a blessing to you or towards someone else. When you have it done be grateful for the opportunities. We haven’t arrived so you can once you’re done make a new list of things you want to do for May!!

April blessings:

  1. Celebrated my dad’s bday
  2. Met my new Niece
  3. Celebrated my Grandma’s bday
  4. Celebrated my Aunt’s bday
  5. Celebrated my Sister in Law’s bday
  6. Survived my kids’ changing schedules
  7. Had an amazing dental check up
  8. Completed my sleep study
  9. Maintained my weight
  10. Went on a solo vacation
  11. Consistent with the blog
  12. Offered and accepted a new job
  13. Supported friends
  14. Kept financial goals
  15. Attended all social events while maintaining my anxiety
  16. Ran into an old friend
  17. Reached out to a few friends via phone calls
  18. Mailed letters to 2 friends
  19. Went on date nights
  20. Practiced self-care

Again the point is to highlight at the end of the month the blessings in what you have achieved without bringing what others are doing to compare. Will you find a few things that you still have yet to achieve? Absolutely! However once you get used to writing down what you have done you will use that good energy to set your next month up! Shine your own light! Be your own kind of blessing! Crush your goals!