As we continue with our StitchCharities’ Empowerment Workshops, we’re overjoyed to present more interviews with several more amazing facilitators and dynamic women leaders in the St. Louis community. These women make a huge impact in our community, empowering high school girls to embrace their own beauty while giving them the opportunity to dive further into the world of technology!
No doubt you’ve read the interviews we’ve already done with our inspiring workshop leaders. In the following interview with Natasha Harris, we dive further into how these influencers are making a difference and what motivates them to be the empowering women they are!
Natasha is a successful entrepreneur, born and raised here in St. Louis. By day, she’s an office manager for a local church and community resource center. But when she isn’t working her day job, she’s running her business, ART Haven Studios, where she takes on the roles of Makeup Artist and Beauty Coach. Her passion is to help women and young girls discover how beautiful and special they truly are. Natasha’s favorite quote is, “You are altogether beautiful my love; there is no flaw in you.”
Q: Natasha, what made you decide to be a part of this project?
A: I decided to be part of StitchCharities project because helping young women create a healthy perspective of who they are and helping them find their voice is beautiful, and something I wholeheartedly believe in.
Q: What message do you want girls to take away from the EYOB workshops?
A: The message I want girls to take away from EYOB workshops is that they are perfect just the way they are; they don’t have to fit in a box designed by others to be beautiful!
Q: Here at StitchCharities, we’re all about empowering women. We start by teaching our girls how to embrace their own beauty. What advice do you have as they journey through this process?
A: The best advice I can give young women is to define things for yourself. Discovering who you are is a process and journey and you won’t ever fully arrive, so do your best to enjoy every moment!
Q: We understand no one is 100% confident all the time, how do you handle self-doubt and uncertainty?
A: Honestly, I fake it ‘til I make it! Even when I have down moments, I still make it a point to mentally affirm myself, because I understand that sometimes these down moments are emotional and not a lifetime sentence. So I take it in stride, put my best foot forward, and move on.
Q: Why do you think it’s important for young girls to have self-love?
A: Self-love is important because it creates a healthy perspective of how you see and treat yourself and, in turn, how you see and treat those around you.
Q: What motivated you to choose the career path you are currently on?
A: I want women to feel beautiful and see how special they truly are!
Q: What one word best describes what you want to represent in your chosen career field?
Q: What were the biggest hurdles you faced as a female in the workforce?
A: I started as an insecure girl/woman, not sure of myself, so my biggest hurdles were my own self-doubt and fear.
Q: Many say the glass ceiling is tough for a woman in the workforce to break through. Do you agree? If so, why do you think this is the case?
A: I do agree that in many ways; the glass ceiling certainly puts up a fight to be broken. Some of the reasons are internal, such as: self-doubt, fear, lack of consistent motivation. On the other hand, some aspects are external (i.e. certain industries don’t get as much respect as they should because they are female dominated or even because women are still seen as the weaker sex).
Q: Who is your role model?
A: My role model is my Mom. I’ve seen life throw her many curve balls, but she never gives up.
Q: How have she inspired your journey?
A: My mom has been so supportive of all my needs in starting my business and beauty campaign, and is always encouraging and pushing me to be great.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: My favorite food is bread! Rolls, biscuits, muffins, bread sticks, sliced bread–I don’t discriminate!
Q: Who is your favorite music artist? Why?
A: My favorite music artist is Tamia. Vocally, she is amazing and a bit underrated. Lyrically, she’s relatable as a woman.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I would go to Australia; it seems like such a cool place to visit.
Q: Paint us a picture, what was high school like for you?
A: High school was such an odd time, I never felt like I fit. I was quiet, not super social, very awkward (at the time, I thought something was wrong with me because being an introvert, I didn’t quite know how to be social and fully speak up). I did not know it was just a difference of personalities, so I would beat myself up because I wasn’t like the other girls with a whole circle of friends. I remember my insecurities were amplified; I was taller than everyone else, wore glasses, and had a gap in my teeth. Academically, I did very well in school, but socially and emotionally high school was a roller-coaster. I had more internal battles than external. was very hard on myself and had unrealistic and unhealthy expectations.
Q: If you could do it over again, would you do anything differently?
A: Yes, and no! My experiences helped mold me into the woman I am today and because of that, it allows me to reach out to young girls who are feeling the way I felt in high school. That being said, I do wish I knew enough to have more self-love.
Q: Any advice for teen girls interested in starting their own business/entering the career field you are currently in?
A: My advice for teen girls who want to start their own business is to do your research and be brave! All your I’s won’t be dotted and all your T’s won’t be crossed, but do it anyway. As you grow as a businesswoman, learn to re-launch and adjust. Give yourself grace and enjoy the process!
Thanks, Natasha, for sharing your wonderful story with us!
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