Member Monday Feature: Juliana Da Costa

It's Member Monday and we're featuring Juliana Da Costa, owner of the graphic design company JulianaDaCostaDesign. Follow @julianadacostadesign on Instagram to see her creative journey. 

What is your business/career and/or side hustle?

Graphic Design

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?

Opening my own business, creating a website and Etsy Store. 

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions?

Keep hustling, everything happens at the right time! Meanwhile be driven to improve an area in your life or business that you know can be better.

What do you want to be known for? 

I want to inspire people to pursue their dreams. Everything is possible with a good amount of motivation. This is the land of opportunities, just take yours.

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most?

The documentary "Abstract" from Netflix; it's for sure inspiring. Makes me want to never give up and improve my artwork. Music, art, and artists are what inspire me. I love to cheer up with "Never give Up" from Sia. The support of other boss ladies Thays Franca and Denise Keegan definitely helped to give a step further in my career.

Lacey McLaughlin
Are you selling your value?

Do you ever struggle to feel confident when you’re putting your newest “thing” out into the world? You know it’s valuable, but sometimes you just can’t put that value into words.

Eryn Morgan, a business and marketing strategist based in Pennsylvania, works with entrepreneurs to help them break through this very issue. As a creative, there is a lot of ickiness around profiting from our passions and Eryn dispels the myth that you can’t make a difference AND profit.

During The Boss Lady Retreat on Aug. 26 & 27, Eryn will address these very issues during her presentation “Selling Your Value.” During her presentation, our boss ladies will learn:

  • How to recognize your influence and stand in your power

  • How to price your services so that you can get ahead in your business

  • How to create marketing that is in alignment with your value and your story

  • How to create powerful connections that will allow you to change lives

  • How to harness your feminine power and create the business you want

Eryn is the Founder of Eagle and Mouse and developed her expertise in the literary arts, planning and marketing events for over 75 exceptional writers, including Elizabeth Gilbert, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and even Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.She’s worked with creative entrepreneurs, famous writers and women across the country and helped propel many of them into six figure businesses. We are beyond stoked that she’ll be sharing her genius insight and secrets for identifying and then selling your own heart-centered value.

Want to meet Eryn? Join us for a Facebook Live interview on the Boss Lady Retreat Facebook page June 3 at 11 a.m. 

If you are ready to connect with your soul passion and profit, grab your ticket by emailing us at ideadinners@gmail.com  and getting payment details or register here. 

Lacey McLaughlin
Meet Boss Lady Claire Brubaker

It's Member Monday and we are featuring Claire Brubaker, executive information coordinator at SMA Behavioral Healthcare and owner of CE Photography. We love her zest for life, love for community and willingness to always lend a helping hand to her fellow boss ladies. Follow @clairesnapsphotos on Instagram or check our her website for more information.  

What is your business/career and/or side hustle? 

I’m the Executive Information Coordinator at SMA Behavioral Healthcare. SMA specializes in providing comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services in 4 counties: St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler, and Volusia. Now expanding to primary care support in Volusia. My side hustle is my first love..Photography! I graduated from the University of Central Florida with my Bachelor of Arts in Photographic Technology from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies. Eager to capture life through the lens – I developed a photography business, CE Photography. 

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?

I was voted ‘Nonprofit Professional of the Year’ with inclusion on the 40 under 40 list for the Volusia/Flagler area! Yippie! Community service is important to me. It has been incredibly fulfilling to watch our community flourish and to feel like I get to be apart of it.

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions? 

Balance. Aim to find and embrace balance. As boss ladies.. we tend to be above & beyond ambitious to take on the whole world in one big bite... and usually in the style of a one-woman-band jam. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Or, to carve out some “me time". Put that oxygen mask on yourself first and foremost.. and then you can break down all the walls, ceilings, and stigmas we face. 

What do you want to be known for? I want to be known for my compassion and my creativity. 

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most? I probably sound like a broken record… but our community. Our community has been my most valuable asset. The Leadership Daytona program gave me the tools I need to be a better leader, and a behind the scenes view of the gems that make up our beautiful city. The Volusia Young Professionals Group introduced me to a vast gathering of young movers & shakers. The MOAS Young Philanthropists has showed me ways to support the arts & culture of our area. Idea Dinners has offered me engaging connections and intimate conversation.The Boss Lady Community has guided me to embrace a stronger sense of female empowerment and an unstoppable woman-warrior bond… or, as the Parks & Recreation character Leslie Nope would say “Uteruses-before-Duderuses”, and “Ovaries-before-broveries”. The people around me and the organizations I’m a part of continue to shape and inspire me. <3 

Lacey McLaughlin
Member Monday: Meet Sandra Abdalian

It’s Member Monday and we’re featuring Sandra Abdalian, a strengths coach from New Smyrna Beach with her own coaching business, Strengths with Sandra. Follow Strengths with Sandra on Facebook or check out her website for more information.

What is your business/career and/or side hustle? 

I am a Strengths Coach! I help individuals and organizations uncover their strengths in order to maximize their potential.  With individuals, this takes the form of Career and Life Coaching, and with organizations it is team-building that helps promote positive communication, collaboration and employee engagement.

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?  

I started a Mastermind Group of some local ladies who are meeting regularly to inspire and motivate each other to be the best versions of ourselves and live our best lives.

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions?

Investing in yourself is the best investment you could ever make!  Your life will be dramatically changed if you invest just a minimal 3% of your income into yourself in the form of books, seminars, coaching etc.  This will skyrocket your success!

What do you want to be known for?  

I want to be known for someone who is always loving and serving others.

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most?  

My biggest inspiration in starting my own business was Dan Miller at www.48days.com.  Between his personal coaching, podcast, and blog I would not be where I am today without him.  He has inspired me to think outside of the box and design the life I want to have.  His book 48 Days to the Work You Love is a must-have for anyone searching to design a career and life they love!

Also, business coaching with my friend Jill Davis at http://www.jilldaviscoaching.com/ has helped me move to the next level with my business.  You can never underestimate the power of a fantastic coach!

Lacey McLaughlin
Member Monday: Meet Kahlin Grant

 

It’s Member Monday and we’re featuring Synergy Billing Talent Acquisition Manager Kahlin Grant. Follow kahlingrant on Instagram and Kahlin.Kelly on Snapchat to keep up with her!

What is your business/career and/or side hustle?
I am the talent acquisition manager for Synergy Billing, a rapidly growing medical billing company in Daytona Beach. I don't look at myself as a recruiter as much as I do a marketer with recruiting tendencies. It is my job not just to find, but to attract the best talent and convert hires into employer brand ambassadors. 


What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?

I’ve created a unique employer branding and employee engagement campaign called #SynergyLife which has changed the way we recruit and market to potential talent in the community. We now are using the campaign on promotional items, and I even been asked to speak about it at an upcoming panel event on recruitment and retention. Also, I was honored as the Young Private Sector Professional of the Year by the Volusia Flagler Business Journal, which was a pretty boss moment!


What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions?

Your network is your net worth. Never underestimate or under value the power of networking and building your circles of connections. There is so much power in human to human connection- which is another reason why I love the Boss Lady Community. I always love the opportunity to meet someone new, as you never know where that connection will take you or them down the road.


What do you want to be known for? 
 I would like to be known as the go-to person for employer brand marketing and recruitment marketing, as well as a fun, caring goofball, and great mom and wife.

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most?

Reading “Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office” helped transition me from being somewhat of an easy-going, people pleasing pushover, to embracing my own opinions, popular or not, trusting my gut and being more strategic in my decision making.  Also, I think I've gotten as much inspiration from alone time as I have from meeting and conversing with new people. I think others help to spark the thoughts and ideas that with some self-reflection, can lead a firestorm of revolutions. 

Lacey McLaughlin
Member Monday: Meet Alexis Galerno

 

It’s Member Monday and we’re featuring blogger and personal wellness coach Alexis Galerno of Two Kids and an Oven. We love her passion for healthy living and supporting fellow boss ladies. Follow @twokidsandanoven on Instagram to see what she’s up to!

What is your business/career and/or side hustle?

Personal wellness coach who helps you create new and shift current habitudes in order to find a lifestyle suitable for you and your goals. We help with meal planning, prepping, and overcoming hurdles that may hinder a healthy lifestyle. 
 

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?

Stepped out of my comfort zone and started offering meal planning and prepping workshops which has led to nearly 100 people becoming better stewards of planning and taking personal care time in order to get themselves  closer to their goals. Having the opportunity to pour into others is amazing! 

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions?

Your thoughts control your actions. Choose them wisely! Don't let the "noise" get in your way on leaving your mark and planting your flag! 

What do you want to be known for? 

I want to matter! Knowing that I can help others to their full potential is one thing, I want others to achieve it as well! I want to leave a legacy in my faith, family, and business. 

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most?

I love "The Carpenter" by John Gordon, "Chop Wood Carry Water" by Joshua Medcalf and "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson. All some of the first books I read in my journey to become more. Very simple books that helped make drastic mindset shifts and changed my perspective in many ways! 

Lacey McLaughlin

It’s Member Monday and we’re featuring Kate Frost of Polished Digital and Kate Frost Inc. in New Smyrna Beach. We love her girl boss style, attitude and big heart. Follow @polisheddigital and @katefrostinc on Instagram to keep up with her stylish adventures.

What is your business? I own a digital marketing and full-service social media company. Our clients range from local car dealers to international beauty brands.

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss? In February Forever 21 tweeted a photo I took for my client Palladio Beauty and it was also featured on Refinery 29. Last month I celebrated my 8 year business anniversary. Both made me feel like a boss!  

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions? Surround yourself with people who inspire you to do more. Your circle may get smaller, but I’d rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies.  

What do you want to be known for? There are plenty of sayers and not do-ers. I want to be known as a do-er.

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most? #GIRLBOSS – duh!

Lacey McLaughlin
Member Monday: Meet Denise Keegan

It’s member Monday and we’re giving a shout out to Ormond Beach resident Denise Keegan, owner of the stationary and gift shop Nine Seven Co. Follow her on Instagram at @shopninesevenco and check out her website ninesevenco.com

What is your business/career and/or side hustle?

I am the owner and designer behind Nine Seven Co., an online stationery and gift shop, know for its sassy and sometimes brutally honest greeting cards. 

Why did you start your business? 

My business actually came from a difficult transition in my life. I went to college to become a teacher. I taught for four years and loved every minute of it. After getting married and having our daughter, Anna, we moved out of state for my husband's job. I had a rough time adjusting to so many changes at once. I decided to explore my creative side since I have past experience with design--and poof! It turned into a business! I honestly did not expect to be where I am today and with the goals that I have set for myself. After figuring out where I want to take my business, I rebranded last year under the name 'Nine Seven Co.' as my daughter was born on September 7, 2013. If it weren't for her, I may not be doing what I am doing today. I strive to be a positive role model for her. I want her to see that with embracing change, adding a little hustle and heart, you can do anything you set out to. 

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?

Rebranding! I think just the fact that I finally took a risk and followed my heart and figured out who I am as a designer. I am no longer afraid to create designs that are sassy and fun! I held back when I initially started, and now that I've been true to my style, I feel like a total boss! It's those very designs that landed me features on BuzzFeed and Huffington Post! 

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions?

Own your mistakes because they are proof that you are trying. The best thing you can do is find a community of people who can support you and help guide you, because you can't do everything alone. Make sure that you pay it forward. If someone offers their time to help you, make sure you have their back when they need you too!

What do you want to be known for? 

I want to be known as a person who genuinely puts my heart into my work. I really value my connections with others and I constantly push myself to make sure that I can create designs that people will want to be part of their memories. 

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most?

I constantly read blogs and stories of how other shops in the stationery industry made it big. I've also grown fond of the 'How I Built This' podcast from NPR. But honestly, the best resources are the amazing women that I have connected with through The Boss Lady Community. Even though we all work in different fields, there is so much we learn from one another. I love the fact that the women I've met aren't afraid to share their challenges. I think when people come from different work backgrounds and can offer a solution that I may not have explored, it's a pretty powerful thing. 

Lacey McLaughlin
Member Monday: Meet Hollee Palot

It's Member Monday and we're featuring Hollee Palot, account executive at Benedict Advertising & Marketing who works on campaigns for Subway Restaurants. Catch up with her on Instagram by following holleebelle.

What is your business/career and/or side hustle?
Account Executive at Benedict Advertising & Marketing working on Subway Restaurants

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?

I’ve made a goal to work on being less introverted in a professional social atmosphere. This year I’ve made it a point to push myself outside my comfort zone many times presenting in meetings and networking at events.

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions?

I like to quote Michael Benedict on this, because I tend to beat myself up pretty bad after making a mistake and constantly have to be reminded - 
“Problems happen, we all make mistakes. We have to own up to them, fix them and become smarter and create better opportunities in the future because of them.”.

What do you want to be known for? 

I want to be known for always giving my best, no matter what.

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most?

The Wizard of Ads: Turning Words Into Magic And Dreamers Into Millionaires

Lacey McLaughlin
Member Monday: Meet Lauren Lanier

It’s Member Monday and we’re featuring Ormond Beach resident Lauren Lanier, a licensed insurance rep for State Farm and owner of Anchored Marketing, where she helps promote small businesses.

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?  

My goal this year was to slowly grow my business and retain my current clients and I have been able to do so.

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions?

Just go for it!  I dreamed of creating my own business and finally I jumped in feet first. I wish I made the leap sooner 

What do you want to be known for? 

I want to be known for being a loving wife - trustworthy friend & thoughtful family member 

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most?

Honestly the Boss Lady group has inspired me as well as my girlfriends whom are also business owners. I love to learn, vent and bounce ideas off other women to get their views

Lacey McLaughlin
Member Monday: Meet Sara Mather

It's Member Monday and we are featuring Sara Mather, CFO and office manager for Undercover Tourist. She's a numbers guru with a big heart and always willing to help out a fellow boss lady! Follow Smather0380 to catch up with her Instagram!

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?

In the past year, I have brought my employees together as a team.  That has been a HUGE accomplishment for me as there used to be 2 camps in my office.  It was a constant struggle.  We also went through an accounting software switch. I worked diligently with both the software company and our IT department to provide a smooth transition and still provide timely financial statements to our owners.  

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions?

My advice is not everyday is going to be rosey and feel good.  It is the struggle that helps you grow.  Growth is hard.  I think you have to work through what doesn't work to find what does.  

What do you want to be known for? 

I want to be known as a boss lady who was caring but firm.  God and family will always be first for myself and my employees but you need to give me 100% on the job.  I pride myself in making decisions that are in the best interest of the company and I expect that mentality from my employees.

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most?

Honestly, I have been most inspired by the Bible.  God sets the standard for my life high.  Jesus displayed the type of people God wants us to be.  I have been blessed to have strong female role models in my life and I am grateful to God for them. 

Lacey McLaughlin
Member Monday: Meet Brittny Lowe
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It’s Member Monday and we’re featuring Brittny Lowe, a Florida native and founder of Bloom Guru and Twin Flame Bohemia. She is a creative soul with a colorful imagination who is passionate about taking business ideas and helping them bloom. She specializes in small business branding and is the creator of Ormond Restaurant Week. Follow @bloomguru and @twinflamebohemia to see what she’s up to!

Tell us about your hustle!

Bloom Guru is a local grown company planting the seeds for locally owned businesses. We take what you have and make it bloom; specializing in business branding, organic marketing and community events. There is no limit to what we can create together! Twin Flame Bohemia | bohemian boutique is a lifestyle "brand" that will give back and promote self-empowerment. Shop gifts for yourself and your best boss babes! Be un-apologetically YOU! 

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?

My love child, Twin Flame Bohemia, had a complete rebirth! I re-birthed a business that had been sitting on the back burner for over a year and completely changed my mindset. This was something that had me torn and burnt out for a long time. Now I am excited to be refreshed, renewed and smarter this time around!

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions?

I don't think too much about what I want to do. I make a decision and I go for it. Your passion is calling and you MUST GO! 

What do you want to be known for?

Hmm, this is deep. If I died tomorrow I wouldn't want to be "known" for something. I'd want to know that I ignited a feeling within others of community, passion, creativity, freedom and love for life, yourself and one another! 

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most?

People inspire me. Yeah I may read a few pages of a book here or there or find a new video app but it’s who I meet that helps me build the next step on my journey!

 

Lacey McLaughlin
Member Monday: Meet Ciara Ocasio

Welcome to Member Monday where we feature a Boss Lady Retreat member who inspires us! Today we are featuring Ciara Ocasio, Development Coordinator at the Conklin Center for the Blind who also doubles as a talented photographer, vegan foodie and event planner. Ciara was also part of the winning team for Startup Weekend Daytona last fall!  Follow her on Instagram: @ciaraocasio

What’s one thing you’ve accomplished this year that made you feel boss?

After many years of wanting, waiting and saving, I finally booked a trip to Rome, Italy! The trip and accommodations have been fully paid for by me, and that made me feel like a total boss!

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with other boss ladies who are pursuing their passions?

If you want to see positive change in your community, life, business, etc. then you have to make yourself a part of it! Remarkable things are possible when you make quality of life (for yourself and others) a top priority.

What do you want to be known for?

I would like to be known for my dependability, honesty, and my constant need to grow.  

What books or resources have inspired or helped you the most?

"The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz

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