We had the good fortune of connecting with YOLANDA MARANT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi YOLANDA, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The most important factor behind my success is God. I am a God girl. I have been a Christian “church girl” since I was a kid. I come from a long line of believers – preachers and singers. While I do know and understand hard work is required to achieve success, for me it doesn’t work without God in it and around it. He gave me an incredible gift to create to see words beyond a screen. He is the #1 factor.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I got to where I am today with hard work, early mornings, long nights, and a lot of tears! I have amazing creative friends who push me to be better! By NO means has it been easy! SMH! I’ve wanted to quit so many times and sometimes STILL do! It’s not easy serving multiple people daily who have different personalities, wants, and needs. At times it can be overwhelming. But I know giving up is not the answer! So, I push forward. I know there’s something bigger waiting for me and I won’t get there if I give up in the middle of it. I overcome challenges daily!
I learn lessons every day! One of the biggest: everyone is not interested in being “successful” and you can’t make them. True success requires a considerable amount of hard work, consistency, and vulnerability. That can be a lot for most people.
There may be many stories like mine. I may be one of many. But I believe what sets me apart is my heart, desire to win, be more than what others said I couldn’t, and to achieve what my grandparents weren’t able to, due to the times and race. My story is rough. Looking at me you wouldn’t know it’s a story of hurt, abuse, pain, disappointment but a story of an overcomer with triumphs and victories. It took all I had to get to where I am today, overcoming childhood molestation, educational struggles and misplacement in the school system, body insecurities, and the list goes on.
My life hasn’t been easy for sure but I am still here, which suggests there is more to do. I refuse to allow anything to make me throw in the towel. Quitting is never an option. My story may help someone else! That’s one of many things that excites me the most! There is some little girl or boy watching and it is possible I may give them the help they need to make it to the next day.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
While I am no longer a Colorado resident but a proud native. Here’s what a weekend in Denver looks like….
Breakfast at Etai’s Bakery Cafe in Stapleton. I LOVE this place! It has amazing food with great healthy options. Then off to the Nail Salon, one of my favorite spots is Diva Nails in Aurora. Lori is one of the best nail techs I’ve had in years! It’s shopping next at Northfield in Stapleton. There is so much to do in this area. Grab some good walking shoes and get moving! We could grab lunch or dinner at places like Bar-Louie or Zen.
The next day we start with worship at The Connection Church and or Friendship Baptist Church. Then off to Sunday Dinner at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, The Cheesecake Factory, or Maggiano’s Little Italy. Whichever one has the shortest wait! LOL! Ending the day with a movie at the Denver Pavilions or enjoying the Downtown Aquarium.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The 1st set of people that come to mind are my grandparents – The late Rev. Frank and Callie Earl. They were very gifted and Entrepreneurs before their time. Then Pastor Quacy L. Smith helped me launch my business over 15 years ago. And of course my parents Ralph and Malliah Marant along with a numerous amount of family and friends.
Lamar Harvey of Lundizign Solly Photography