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On Giving Myself Permission to Hustle


Permission to hustle inaugural event Carnival Paradise.

On Giving Myself Permission to Hustle

Last week I took a working vacation and gave myself permission to hustle.

Wait, let me start at the beginning.

As you know, I never wanted to be an entrepreneur. I’ve always felt that that hustle just wasn’t in me.  I had a degree, a career, and a family to help support.

Nope, all that hustle related to being an entrepreneur just wasn’t for me.

I liked having my paycheck every 2 weeks. And my benefits and my 401K.

But…I always had this itch.

I thought that I was completely satisfied, and that having my blog as my hobby was all I wanted.  But the truth was: I had never truly given myself the permission to hustle.

Permission to just do what I love…and make money at it. Permission to make my passion my job. And even though I ‘ve been doing this for 8 months now, I don’t think I had given myself enough credit on doing what I love..for money.

So when I got an invitation to attend the Permission to Hustle Retreat hosted by Audrey McCelland and Vera Sweeney on the Carnival Paradise, I knew I had to say yes.

audrey and vera open up the permission to hustle retreat

And friends, it was just what I needed.

I came away with ideas and new tribes and support. All week long, I learned from women in this space. There was no backbiting, no drama, no I’m better than you are…Just a lot of support and knowledge being shared.

Black girl magic at the permission to hustle retreat

photo credit @DaniFaust

It was wonderful.

Being a mom and wife with a business you are trying to build is stressful. I STILL wake up at 4 am to get things done. I still worry about bills and profit margins and budgets just like everyone else. There is a high learning curve and I don’t always feel like I’m winning or getting my message through or even being the brand that I want to be.

sunrise at the permission to hustle retreat

But one thing stood out. There was one overriding theme behind every speaker, every attendee and from Vera and Audrey:

'You are your niche market. You! Yes, you! There is no one else like you, so own your superpower and rock that thing! ' Click to Tweet

Well, friends, I am going to rock this thing. I work hard. Because my Daddy didn’t raise a failure and because as Beyonce says : “I’ma  keep running cause a winner don’t quit on themselves.”

If you want to know more or are just looking for the support of a few awesome women, head over to Permission to Hustle, to learn more.

Stay tuned later this week when I tell you all about the play part of this trip. was on a cruise ship for goodness sake!




Crystal Apple

Friday 19th of October 2018

I'm getting to a place where I'm feeling super uninspired at my job. My problem isn't that I don't want to be an entrepreneur but that I've let fear hold me back. So I'm with you...I'm giving myself permission to hustle too!

Jennifer Owens

Monday 8th of October 2018

Sounds like fun! I love the “ Permission to Hustle” title and theme!????