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Tavana Darris is the content creator of STRIVEDESTINATION, a platform dedicated to Biz Talk, Family & Kids, Lifestyle and Reviews. Tavana enjoys family, friends, travel, food and tranquil moments that bring about peace and balance to her busy life.
What made you want to start on this venture?
I’ve always wanted a have a business of my own, but I had no clue or the motivation to actually make that happen. But, in 2014 after I left my position in higher education, that was my opportunity to learn me and invest in myself. In early 2015 I applied for my business license.
How long did it take you to decide to take the first step?
I took about a year to take the first step into entrepreneurship.
What were some of the things that hold you back from taking chances?
The unknown and not having a baby sitter when opportunities come up.
What tips do you have for building yourself up when self-doubt and negativity takes over?
I have to remember what the bible says in Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
How do you feel about your success at this point?
I’m not where I want to be, but I am where I should be right now at this moment and on the path I’m creating for myself.
What kinds of things lead to feelings of burn out for you? How do you deal with that?
Prospecting. Since I’m currently service based, I have to always look for prospects. It can get really hard not only find them, but sorting out who is really interested in my services.
The way to deal with this is by letting people’s yes be yes and no be no. I don’t pressure anyone to work with me, yet I’m constantly presenting to people online and in person and I try not to let obvious opportunities pass me by despite how challenging it may seem.
What forms of self-care do you find work best for you?
The best form of self-care for me is alone time so I can rejuvenate and either indulge on or explore more of me.
When you know the next step to get where you want to be is going to require taking a chance that scares you, how do you prepare yourself to take the leap? Or do you just go for it?
I try to find others who has gone where I’m about to go so I can kind of “prep myself”. So, I either ask around or see what I can find online to help me feel more comfortable about my next steps. If that doesn’t work, I just go for it and expect the best for me. Gotta find out what’s on the other side either way, right?
What are you afraid of in relation to this venture?
I’m not really afraid anymore. I’m just ready to fully live out what I’m investing in. I’m excited about this path I’m taking because it’s a path the Lord has allowed me to be on and something I’m making with my “own hands”. Something I didn’t have the opportunity to do a few years ago.
What is your favorite positivity practice or quote?
I practice pushing back the dark.