Many people fantasize about quitting their jobs and chasing their dreams, but the fear of stepping out of their comfort zone, typically handcuffs them to security. An ambitious Fashion Stylist, Myah Clemons, went against the grain and skydived into her career after quitting her job last summer. During this journey, she concluded her Master’s program with a degree in Fashion Journalism, launched her blog Seaux Southern, and learned firsthand how it feels to see your vision come to fruition. After chatting with Myah, it was apparent why her focus and drive has kept her on the right track.
What is the boldest thing you've ever done?
Quitting my job was bold for me because I was never a person who would take a chance on not having consistent income. Money is security for me, so at one point in time I couldn’t understand the notion of the “starving artist.” But, I’ve gotten so much accomplished by quitting my job. To be honest, God has provided and thank God for husbands because my husband has provided as well. I definitely don’t regret my decision.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
During the summer I stayed at an Airbnb in Monterey California, and the owner’s mother lived at the property. One day I was having a conversation with her about my writing, and she told me “Just do a little.” She said that a sentence will turn into a paragraph, and a paragraph will turn into a book. If you just do a little it will turn into a lot; you have to start somewhere. Everyday I do a little something, even if I just send out one email or just cross one thing off my list, I still feel good.
Do what you say you’re going to do. It means a lot because if you do what you say you’re going to do it says that you can deliver; it means you’re responsible and you follow-up.
How do you find inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes when I’m driving because I’m a daydreamer. When I listen to music, I envision the video and create the look in my head. It’s never when I’m sitting down trying to brainstorm. That is why I always have journals or little notebooks I carry to write down ideas as they come to my mind.
What's a critical component in your time management?
Staying on task! I get distracted easily so I’ve learned to put off television until I have completed my work. I would say that whatever your vice is, don’t do it until you really have the time. Someone at my church once said “people who are focused don’t let anyone come between them and their goal and they don’t apologize for it.” That statement really put things in perspective for me.
What constitutes success?
Success is having the resources that you need and getting to a point where your goals are attainable.
What have you enjoyed most about your career choice?
Never wanting to stop doing it. I literally love it! Even though I complain sometimes, I never feel like I hate it. When you hate something you don’t go the extra mile.
What’s your favorite book?
Big Girls Don’t Cry by Connie Briscoe, because the story chronicled her life from childhood to adulthood. It was inspiring to read about the challenges and heartbreaks she experienced and see her come out so strong.
What song do you listen to when you need inspiration?
India Arie - Private Party
Donald Lawrence - Encourage Yourself