On Wednesday’s we highlightHER 👑
This week we are highlighting the stunning Glennda Benson. I’ve known Glennda for over a decade. She’s very intelligent and has always been determined to crush any goal she sets for herself. I admire her passion for wanting to know more and wanting to be more. Glennda has overcome every obstacle in her path and is now a businesswoman setting new goals! She is what we call resilient. I thank Glennda for sharing how she found her freedom and the meaning behind her business. THERE SHE GO!
“Hi! I am Glennda, also known as GiGi; 36-year-old mother of two wonderful girls, Kenya (11 years old) and Kennedi (a year old). I currently work full time as an Assistant Branch Manager at M&T Bank and recently graduated with a Master in Business Administration and a concentration in Organizational Leadership. Education has always been important to me and I have always sought it with full force. There were times that I wanted to give up while finishing my MBA but I didn’t! I vividly remember Kenya looking at me one night, after I said I was going to drop out (she was 6 at the time) and she said “how would you like it if I dropped out of school?!” Whelp, that gave me the kick I needed to finish!
I am somewhat of an introvert, not the socially awkward type. However, I do prefer my alone time (more like time where no one is around but my kids and my love). Being that I am somewhat of an introvert, I am honestly shocked that I made the decision to start a blog AND my own company (Nyelle Creations)!
I started MomChronicles.org back in 2018 after giving birth to my last child! I have ALWAYS wanted an outlet and place to speak my mind (MY WAY) as a woman, mother, and wife! What started as a dream and a joke between Kenya, Myself and Jeffrey (my love), very quickly became reality. Kenya is the real MVP as she hyped me up to start the blog and so I did!
In April 2019, I founded my company Nyelle Creations, however it was birthed a long time ago when Kenya was a tiny tot! The name Nyelle originated as a combination of both Kenya and Kennedi’s middle names (Nyra and Noelle). At the age of two Kenya was diagnosed with eczema and I personally did/do not like taking medication of any kind so I couldn’t fathom putting steroids in or on my baby. So I began to do some research and came across a plethora of articles with the same key words, natural, Shea butter, moisturized, etc……so I began (almost 9 years ago now) making my own soap, sugar scrubs, toothpaste, and whipped shea butter! I wanted as close to natural as possible products to use on our skin, without the harsh additives.
Fast forward to 2018 and having my last and final baby, who was also diagnosed with eczema, I said well I already know the cure to fight against it so let me continue the trend. Back In April, I attended a Farmers Market here in Baltimore where I live and I saw so many people that looked like myself (brown women, of all ages) at this market and I said “this could be me, but what could I sell at the market?” I had no clue at that time, so I went home and was sharing with my family yet another idea I had and yet again they supported me. I began to research platforms to sell my products on and began pushing my products on Instagram first and then Etsy! Once word go out, the love began to flow and since then, the support has been phenomenal!
I must say before the support and before actually launching my business, there was plenty of self doubt! I doubted whether I was called to do this? Was this my lane? What if people don’t support? What if they do and I can’t keep up with my orders? Why should they support me? Are my products reasonably priced? What if my products aren’t good enough? Etc.
Yet again I shared all my fears with my two biggest supports Kenya and Jeffrey, who both said what do you have to lose? NOTHING AT ALL! So, FINALLY I hit the launch button on Etsy and never looked back! I must say it has been so FREEING working for myself and doing what I LOVE and what makes me happy all while keeping others moisturized, smooth, and clean! Both my blog and my business offers me a huge sense of FREEDOM, one that I’ve never had before in life. It has become my place of peace and a safe space for me to rest my mind, because it’s what I LOVE!
So if you have a dream or vision, don’t think of it as too big or small, because it is not small at all. Small beginnings lead to great big humble endings. Despise not the small beginnings because you never know who you will inspire, meet, save, or touch. If you have a dream share it with those closest to you as they will be the most honest and supportive. Block out the negativity and press forward! Just do it, as you only get one life to live and love, so live it doing what makes you feel free and happy!
Having my children taught me that I want and need a lifestyle that affords me the freedom to be there for them at any moment. My girls both saved and purposed me. Someday I will look back on this moment and I’ll be so glad I didn’t give up! Be blessed.
Love and Light always wins!!!
DOING LIFE AND THINGS MY WAY!!!!
Visit my Etsy site at Nyellecreations.etsy.com