I Know The Plans I Have For You…Do You Know?

The first month of this new year comes to an end in just a few days. As many of you have, I started this year with confidence of great success and growth. However, in this first month, I’ve experienced a few things I didn’t necessarily expect. Although I’m aware that everything isn’t a perfect ride, it won’t always be smooth sailing; I just wasn’t expecting things to be this way so early on.

I know business wise, my plans were to flourish and do as much as I could. I was preparing to work with a company I’d wanted to work with for quite some time. I went as far as to signing a contract. I was ready to work. However, there was no contact at all for work. I reached out consistently and I was pretty much ignored. And to this day, there’s been no response to any of my contact. So it’s my assumption that the contract just fell through, for what ever reason.

After this situation, a company I’d already been working with just went inactive. After an email in December, I received a message saying they’d be up and running the following week. Over a month later, there’s been no activity with them. After emails and calls, there’s been no contact on their end explaining the difficulty.

After these two situations, an issue in my personal life occurred. I ended a friendship with a friend of many years. It’s always been an up and down ride with this particular friend, but I don’t think I necessarily thought it would get to this point again. And although, I wasn’t angry about it (because I’m sure this was the best route, so I have no regrets) it was something that wasn’t expected at this time in my life.

With all of this over a span of a few weeks, I could’ve been discouraged and wanted to fall back from things for a while. I could’ve been discouraged and thought that things just won’t work out for me. But, I wasn’t, at all. Does it always feel good to revisit a feeling of confusion, of course not. But I’m able to bounce back because I know what’s ahead. I was reminded that there’s greatness ahead for me, no matter what my current situations are. You really have to know it for yourself to be able to continue on with your journey towards success.

The Bible lets me know that God has a plan for me. It says in Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭11‬ NIV)’ I know this for sure, therefore, I can continue on knowing I’m going to win. It’s one thing for God to have a plan for us, but there’s another to know and truly believe it. You have to know for sure.

Things may not have looked the best as these situations occurred, but I know God has a plan for me. Not plans to harm me, but plans to prosper me. He plans for me to succeed. He plans for me to flourish richly. I won’t be stuck on what didn’t work out, but rather what I was able to learn from it. It’s all beneficial to my growth and success. I will continue to work as hard as I’ve been, if not much harder.

So I encourage you not to fret and become discouraged when things don’t go according to your plans. Know and believe that God has a plan for your life. Rest assured that everything that you go through is stepping stones for where you’re headed. Learn from it and know that you will prosper!

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Feature: The House of Vaughn with Ms. CEO, Tammy Vaughn

House of Vaughn is a clothing company that specializes in “fashion for the classically edgy”.
This line brings a very unique style to the fashion industry. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing founder and CEO, Tammy Vaughn. Below you will hear all about this lovely lady, her designs, and what’s coming next for The House of Vaughn.

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(Founder and CEO, Tammy Vaughn, rocking her custom made Ms. CEO shirt.)

Miss Jones: For those who aren’t familiar with you, tell us a little about yourself.

Tammy Vaughn: I am a Christian. I was born in Alabama, where I spent two years before moving to New York with my family. I am the eldest of four children. And I also work with the Board of Education. I went to High School of Fashion, took some classes at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), received my BA from the College of Nee Rochelle, a BA from United Christian College and received my Masters in Organizational Behavior from NYU.
Miss Jones: How did you start your clothing line?

Tammy Vaughn: I started the business in June of 2014. I made my debut at a fashion show at my church. I have an advisor board of three people which gives me different perspectives. They each have their own specific field; one is a business owner, another works with a Project Runway winner, and the last is in the marketing field.
I started with a dream and a sewing machine. Because of school, I knew my way around the industry a little. Such as pattern making and the basics of a dress.

MJ: When did you discover your love for fashion?

TV: When I was about five years old, I found my passion for fashion. I always liked drawing. I would also make clothes for my dolls out if paper towels, aluminum foil, socks, or whatever I could find.
It came easy for me. In the third grade I was entered into a contest. It was just fun for to be able to draw. I ended up winning the contest and having an article in the Daily News about me. The best part was, at the very end of the project I added the sky quickly, and that was the part of the picture they liked the most. However, things went haywire in high school. Senior year is always the year that you showcase your own designs at the fashion show. When I asked my teacher when I’d be able to focus on and showcase my design, he told me I wouldn’t be. He told me that I wasn’t good enough. Because of this situation, I decided to go another direction. In the process, I became discouraged by people who were important to me, they thought I was wasting my time. At those moments, I wasn’t strong enough emotionally or spiritually. But I found my way right back to fashion.

MJ: What were some of your biggest struggles?

TV: Some of my biggest struggles are time management. I work a full time job and have obligations to my church, so it’s been difficult to create a balanced schedule. However, I’ve decided to take time out everyday to focus on my line. And I’ve learned to say no sometimes. I feel as though I’ve been gifted with this and I’d be dishonoring God if I don’t share what He has given me. I have a responsibility to use what I’ve been given, so I’m learning to set my priorities in order accordingly.

MJ: Who or what were some of your biggest inspirations?

TV: I would say over-comers in general. Whether it be someone with a handicap, or someone who was able to continue their education and graduate. It doesn’t have to be a celebrity. It’s encouraging to see older people especially who go back to dreams and goals they’ve once created in their life. I really had to push myself, so I love to see others who have have been able to overcome and accomplish their goals.

MJ: What has been your biggest accomplishments?

TV: I would say my biggest accomplishment is actually stepping in this direction and enjoying every experience. Every step is an accomplishment, taking strides.

MJ: What do you hope to gain?

TV: My ultimate goal is to have an international store and brand. I want to be able to help others, be a resource, and give back. I can be able to use the fame to be a blessing to others.

MJ: Do you do any work with young people?

TV: Yes, I’ve worked with the the summer camp at my church, teaching the youth work ethics and giving them tools. I’ve also just gained a mentee. She just bought a sewing machine and I’ll be helping her start with her interest in fashion. I also teach the young people in my church to praise dance. Helping the young people develop their gifts.

MJ: How do you want your company to be perceived?

TV: A company with great customer service and integrity. If it’s not something you like, I will make it right. As well as being compassionate.

MJ: What was your driving force?

TV:My relationship with God. The more I availed myself to God, the more I was able to overcome. It helped me build my strength. My advisors have also helped me as well. They constantly push and encourage me.

MJ: We’re your family supportive in your interest as a child?

TV: Growing up, my parents outlook on life differed from mine so encouragement in this area seemed useless and nonexistence. However, as I grew up, my sisters would encourage me to go after my dream.

MJ: How were you able to overcome your obstacles?

TV: It feels good good when I’m in a quiet place sewing. I can feel life coming back to me. Going to a fabric store is like a drug for me. Being able to work on what I love helps me to overcome any obstacle.

MJ: What’s next for The House of Vaughn?

TV: I am currently working on new designs. I am planning to compete in a business competition hoping to introduce a bridal line. This will be my second time. I didn’t win the first time around, but I want to continue to keep going.

MJ: What advice would you give to others?

TV: Read up and do your research. Get to know as much as you can, and talk to someone else that’s going down the same path. Set up appointments to see how much they know and can impart into you. Also, be happy where you are. Take small steps if you have to. Also, be realistic and honest. Ask yourself these questions: Can you dedicate the time? What are you willing to give up?

Below you’ll see a few designs from The House of Vaughn:

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(Tammy Vaughn debuting The House of Vaughn, June 2014.)

The following pictures were taken during the interview at the Marriott Marquis in NYC:

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Here’s a sneak peak of what you can look forward to from The House of Vaughn. These are exclusive sketches from Ms. CEO herself:
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As you can see from these various designs, The House of Vaughn is a great asset to the fashion world. These current designs are beautiful and these sketches will have you waiting in anticipation for what’s to come. It was a pleasure to take a glimpse into The House of Vaughn and share it with you all. Tammy is not only a wonderful designer, but a wonderful person with a great heart. Her story, her passion, and her enthusiasm is amazing.

To check out more designs and to purchase a Ms. CEO shirt or any other pieces, please visit The House of Vaughn networks. Website: http://www.houseofvaughn.com. Instagram: @thehouseofvaugn. Email: thehouseofvaugn@gmail.com.

You Can Have It If You Want It

Often times we see the things that we want, and feel like we can’t get it. Maybe we have feelings of inadequacy or even feel that we aren’t deserving of all that we want. Or that it’s just not in arms reach and isn’t realistic enough to be ours. But allow me to let you in on a little secret….you can have it if you really want it.

I learned a little late in the game too, so no worries if you weren’t aware :). Below are a few ways that’ll ensure that you get exactly what you want. That is, if you really want it.

•Speak it into the atmosphere. What you put out, comes back to you. When you begin to speak things even though it’s not here as yet, you’re showing your faith. And with faith, all things are possible.

•Believe it. You have to believe it for yourself. You have to believe that no matter what comes up against you, this thing is going to work out for you.

•Claim it. After you’ve spoke it and start to believe it, already act as if it’s yours. Start walking in confidence, believing that it’s your season. Walk with boldness, declaring that you already have it.

•Work for it. Nothing will happen if you don’t work for you. When you believe and claim it, it’ll push you to go even harder for exactly what you want. When you put in the work that’s required, you’re showing just how bad you want it.

•Receive it. When it begins to manifest, welcome it. Don’t be surprised of feel that you’re not ready, just take it all in. After all that you put forth, you deserve it. Enjoy the fruit of your labor.

No matter what it is that you desire, know that it’s possible to attain. That level of success that you hope to accomplish, know that you can reach it. All you have to do is want it bad enough. Speak it, believe it, claim it, work for it, and receive all that’s meant for you to have. You have to step out on faith, but trust you can get there!

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Do What It Takes!

I sat and pondered what my first post of the year would look like. Whether I should do a formal letter or just a blog post. And it caused me to think, sometimes we overthink things and miss the purpose.

My blog is solely to encourage others. And as long as that remains the central theme, it doesn’t matter how I do it. In the past few weeks, I realized there was so much more that needed to be done and shared. I realized I needed to dig deeper. There was a different level I needed to reach, a way to make a bigger impact on the lives of others. And I’ve decided that being more open was the way to start. I posted a quote on Instagram about two weeks ago stating that I needed to be more vulnerable in my posts. It’s really the best way to reach someone. When they know they’re not the only one that’s experienced a difficult moment, it gives them hope. It encourages others to keep pushing because they now know that they can make it.

Coming into this new year, I’m focused more than ever to create positive change in the lives of others. And I promise to do what it takes. Being more vulnerable in my writing is the first step. I have to be able to relate to others in order for change to occur. Telling my story will give others someone to keep going down the path with.

I then realize I need to do my research. Not all of my methods will work. So it is my job to do my research and find other ways, different avenues to get to where I need to be. I have to take action.
I will also not be afraid to team up with others in the same direction. I can’t change the world on my own, so why not link up with people who have the same goal as I do.

And with this comes sacrifice. It won’t be easy, but my passion and determination won’t allow me to quit. It will allow me to make the necessary sacrifices to get to where I need to be. This year, I intend to get closer to reaching my goals. And these are the ways I plan to do it.

What are some of your goals for the year? How do you plan to accomplish them? Are you willing to do what it takes?

I encourage you to take the time out to plan how you will take action this year. Think about it, write it, and be willing to go the extra mile. Be honest with yourself and always stay open. Keep a determined attitude and stay committed. And whatever you do, do whatever it takes to reach those goals that you have set for yourself!

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