Today we highlight the beautiful Diana R. Ramsey, author and founder of SistersWithBeauty. Check out this awesome interview.
What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Diana R. Ramsey, and I help women transition out of darkness and into light by motivating them in their natural hair journey and life transition.
Are there any childhood experiences that led you to where you are today?
All my life as a child I was always talking, moving, and doing something that made me happy, even if it was for just that moment. Experiences such as dancing in front of my mother’s company always remind me how eager I was to be in front, never shying away from being seen. Coupled with this and my love for talking to people my age, slightly older, or senior to me, I can say my entire life has developed me. As children we are fearless and only learn fear as see others try and fail. .
Where did your passion come from?
God, King Jesus, the source of my soul. Next question..:)
What is SistersWithBeauty?
SistersWithBeauty is a life brand built on the principles of transition, evolution, and transformation. SistersWithBeauty is a safe haven housed online for Butterflies (followers) to use as a resource for their mind, body, and spirit. What began as a Natural Hair website, has grown into a full on transition headquarters. Full of insightful content on how one can treat their hair, and life better while navigating through their #ButterflyTransition.
Who are some of your favorite topics to blog about?
Transition, Self-Care, Natural Hair, Female Empowerment & Encouragement, Single Black Girl Life (I’ll be on that until God pairs me and my other rib up)
Who do you look to for inspiration?
Other black women who are leaders in their industry. These are not always your prime suspects like Oprah, although yes, Mama O is on my list. I like to pull inspiration from real people such as my #BlessedFriend Jessica, who’s finally listening to people who’ve loved her jewelry making in secret but is now starting to step out there and release it to the public. Luvvie Ajayi is another example and prime suspect on my inspiration list. Meeting her in 2013, I never imagined she would inspire me everyday to go get my wins, but she does and in fabulous shoes. I also look to nature, I’ve always felt like God knew my love language, which is #Visual, I see inspiration in the sky, sun, trees, butterflies flying (I literally see one everyday since starting SistersWithBeauty, #Promise).
What tangible piece of advice would you give young girls who want to be
where you are?
Fall in love with yourself first. This advice seems random but truth is, if you want to stand in front of people, be authentic, transparent, and teach them what you’ve been through, you’re going to have to fall in love with yourself. No one will believe a word you say if you speak it from an insecure tongue. You also must be willing to talk in an empty room until people learn to listen to you. If you are there only when people love you, or like you, or hype you up, you will never help the person you are meant to help. Fall in love with you first, build confidence in your abilities and talents and bam, you’ll be mentally prepared when someone doesn’t agree with you, or tries to defame you.
What do you love most about being a woman?
The FREEDOM to be a woman, my kind of woman. I love the way we can reinvent ourselves within 24 hours. I love how we can support one another and still support ourselves. I love our power, especially after we realize we are the source of it. There is literally nothing like seeing a woman on fire in her purpose.
What is the key to finding balance in your personal and professional life?
Knowing that there won’t be true balance until you cut out the bull-shit. Yes, I cursed but let me tell you why. There is no other word to truly highlight time wasted, things sucking the life out of you, or people that don’t need to be there as much as Bull-Shit. If you can find a better word that holds the same intense weight, congrats, use it and share it with the group.
What has been the greatest moment in your career thus far?
Becoming an Author. I didn’t see the vision 5 years ago when God told me to start SistersWithBeauty. Life after authorship is just better. After releasing a very personal book filled with well me, I realized I’d told my secrets so they couldn’t turn around and tell on me. I freed myself of the trappings of silence and now I literally find petty ways to roll in that I’m an author in a sentence everyday. #AuthorsBeLike
What has been your least favorite moment in your career thus far?
Separating myself in two while pursuing my dreams. Having a full time job and a full time dream has had it’s frustrations. If I can be honest I’m not always feeling blessed to have a career, but when I’m able to pay for my coach services with Julian B. Kiganda, I know God is telling me to be patient and turn to him. It’s still my least favorite moment but it has benefits so until my official leave date, I just roll with it.
What is one thing many people do not know about you?
I curse and when I say people I mean my Butterflies who follow SistersWithBeauty. I don’t hide this fact from my friends, nor family but when I started SistersWithBeauty, I took the same approach I did with my professional career. I believed there were just somethings such as cursing that just didn’t need to be on the table, so I didn’t say much of a river damn in or around my business. What I’ve realized is that action contributed to me not always feeling like I could be my 100% self. Like if something pissed me off I found myself just being silent out of fear that I wouldn’t be able to control myself and curse from sun up to sun down. Today, not so much, I’m seeing being myself, and the total expression of that woman is the good, bad, and the ugly. I’m a positive person who if pushed will verbally assassinate you, there here are the damn facts. As I work on being a better person I replace the harsh “B” word with “Bish” but you know what I mean, and I’m OK with that.
Our fun question: If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
I would be a Butterfly so I wouldn’t have to continuously convince other women that they too are Butterflies, see what I did there.
What does the future hold for you?
Light, blessings, gains, lessons, and wins.
I don’t plan on turning down or off in my pursuit to changing the narrative I’ve seen in my life about black women. We are everything and even more than we are feared to be. If I have to go at it alone, I will but I know God and he doesn’t operate in a space of loneliness. I will continue to develop as an author, speaker, and transition couch, because there are wings to set free.
Where can people find you?
You can find me at the hot spot known as SistersWithBeauty.com and soon DianaRRamsey.com, releasing Oct 2016.
I’m on the Twitters, Facebooks, and Instagrams under the following:
Facebooks: SistersWithBeauty; DianaRRamsey
Instagrams: SistersWithBeauty; DianaRRamsey
Twitters: SisWithBeauty; DianaRRamsey
I am finally to a point where I know where I’m going and I understand getting there will require me to break out, speak up, and even curse a little. I’m so ready and can’t wait to see you. -Diana R. Ramsey
All photography by: EYEImagery