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Refocused Magazine Spotlight: Shana J Ray

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Where are you from? Tell us about yourself.

I always laugh at this question and respond I’m from everywhere and no I’m not a military brat. My mom likes to move closer parents, so we’ve lived down most of the East Coast. I was born in New York and raised there for 4 years. Afterward, we moved to Virginia till I was nine, then we moved to Florida and we’ve been in Florida ever since. Currently, I am now raising my own family in Florida which includes my two daughters, my husband, our dog and I. I’ve been in Florida for a total of 20 years.

Tell us about your Youtube channel and what it is all about.

Almost two years ago I started my second YouTube channel, Shana J Ray. After getting a bit bored with my first channel which was only about natural hair I decided when I made a new one that it would be about a little bit of everything. Like a lifestyle sort of channel, but I still incorporate natural hair in because that’s a big thing for me. I’ve always gotten natural hair questions for all the years. I’ve been natural for 15 years and my nine-year-old and three-year-old daughters of course, have natural hair. Not to mention I started my husband’s locked for a second time. So natural hair takes up a good amount of my life and my channel. I also talk about natural alternatives and a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. My girls are being raised vegetarian and I am a year into being vegan after being a pescatarian for nearly 10 years.  I also homeschool my girls so I highlight that on my channel. Not to mention I’ve struggled with self-image issues and negative self-talk for most of my life so I talk about how I’m working on myself to overcome those types of issues. Otherwise, my channel has random fun things like various hauls, challenges, and vlogs.

What drives you to be successful?

I really think I was born with it. I’ve always wanted to be a well-known and successful person. I come from a family with entrepreneurs and driven people on both sides. I’ve always had my hands and something to make moves, craft and make money since I was at least five. My first “business” was selling stickers in second grade for $0.10 each. Now, as a mother for almost 10 years now, I want so much for the family that I need to push as hard as possible. It’s not only about the money, but it’s also about what experiences we will be able to have as a family with the money we make. I also want to be around my kids full-time have these experiences with them but not have to clock in. I also have a video on my YouTube channel where I discussed a few other things that help me stay motivated in general.

What are some of the challenges you face on the entrepreneurship journey?

Wanting to do so much and have so much for my family to enjoy and I yet I still have to be patient as I work my way up. I know  I will get there as long as I continue to put in the effort. I love to have many outlets as well, I can’t just do one or two things at a time. It can get me to a point where I feel very overwhelmed, but I still keep trying to organize myself so that it’s less hectic somehow. In a recent burnout, I discovered keeping a separate creative hobby refreshed my soul and spirit I was able to start back at pushing to keep doing better.

How do you stay balanced between work and family?

Honestly, I don’t feel like i have found my balence between the two yet.  However, like most things in life, the work and family dynamics are constantly changing. With that in mind, I always keep changing things around in my schedule. So I have a mix of scheduling techniques. Recently, I made a content calendar and that helped a lot to the point where certain things became automatically. One more technique that I have practiced for years, is utilizing my phone calendar which is linked to my Gmail. My family and I are able to schedule events through each other’s email at something will be overlapping or not. Balancing work and family is not easy, I’ve just been learning to adapt and overcome to the major parts.

What advice would you give to new entrepreneurs?

Be consistent and paient.I say this so much to everyone because it helps in so many aspects of life, but you need to stay consistent and patient with what you would like to accomplish. Something that I took to long to learn. You have to keep creating, learning, and applying what you are learning on a regular basis. Then the hardest part is staying patience while putting in all this work without seeing much in return in the beginning. You have to keep in mind that success or whatever outcome you are looking for is coming. I gave up early with things that gave up way to early with things that I was trying to accomplish so many times because I thought I wasn’t getting anywhere. Then I started people that began at the same time as me with the same resources (sometimes less) becoming “quickly” successful. I’ve since been patience and I am slowly but surely seeing to benefits.  

Anything you would like to share with our readers (events/projects/future goals)?

I always have something going on that I am working on, sometimes too much. I like to stay busy creating. At the moment my biggest work is my growing Youtube channel of course. I have always had my passion for fashion design for Anahs Designs on a slow burner. My newest projects are my blog Raisingbosses.com which is a mindset, growth and essential information on how I am trying to develop myself while raising a family. Lastly, my newest creative hobby, but nearly lifelong passion, I recently picked is photography SJ Ray Photography. I have refreshed my creativity overall. I am probably missing something because really have a lot going on but that’s because that’s how I like to be.

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I’m a mom of two little girls, I wanted to be a fashion designer since I was 12. I’ve been slow to pursue my passion and it’s been harder with children as well a full time job. I’ve started pursuing other things to build up income to soon focus on my children, to be able to enjoy life without being stuck at a desk and also to be able to enjoy sewing & designing. I started YouTubing (YouTube.com/shanajray) over a year ago, there’s a little of everything on my YouTube. The main topics are natural hair, vegan food and children rearing/homeschooling. I’m slowly growing on YouTube I’d like to grow my out reach and help others learn more about taking care of natural hair and natural alternatives in life . I’ve recently started a blog last October called raisingbosses.com it’s mainly about me as a mother learning about business, self help/development, law of attraction and all the ups and downs in between.

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Gene Hildebrand and Pastor David Lee Brown

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Annually, on the first Sunday in October, LIFE CHAIN invites the churches in each city and town across North America to stand on a designated local sidewalk and pray for 90 minutes

Pastor David Lee Brown


https://www.10days.net/


10 Days is a prayer meeting for your whole city. The goal is for a season where Jesus Christ is the focus of every heart in your city for 10 entire days!

It’s a call to take a break from what’s normal on earth so we can enter into what’s normal in heaven.  Revelation chapters 4-5 describe the kind of worship that’s normal in heaven.  10 Days is a call to take vacation time, fast from ordinary life and daily distractions in order to see what’s normal in heaven happen in your city.

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ENGAGE! publishes the Christian Community Calendar weekly.

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Prosperitus Solutions is headquartered on the Southwest side of San Antonio, Texas and serving the Department of Defense since 2011. Prosperitus employs more than 100 staff nationwide with footprints in over 8 states.

Mission Statement: To attract and ignite talent resulting in prosperous solutions for our customers and community.

Our skill-sets cover:

• Medical Services
• Information Technology
• Logistics
• Finance
• Marketing
• Human Resources

We have put together a Lean Experienced Corporate staff with one mission, to provide Exceptional Service to our customers and foster long lasting profitable partnerships with our teaming companies.

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Lisa Burkhardt Worley – Author, Speaker, and Founder of Pearls of Promise Ministries

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Lisa Burkhardt Worley is an author, speaker, and founder of Pearls of Promise Ministries, (www.pearlsofpromiseministries.com) a ministry that helps women overcome life’s trials through sharing the strength and love of Christ. Her books include the Pearls of Promisedevotional, and If I Only Had…Wrapping Yourself in God’s Truth During Storms of Insecurity. If I Only Had…is the winner of three national and regional writing awards.

Lisa spent nineteen years in television as a sports anchor and reporter, appearing nationally on both HBO Sports and ESPN, but midway through her career, God got her attention through a devastating job loss. At that point, she rededicated her life, and her television career to him.

Lisa, who endured a troubled childhood, is a living example of how the Lord “restores what the locusts have eaten.” Her father, a Jewish doctor, died suddenly two months before she was born. Her mother never recovered from his death, struggling with mental illness the rest of her life. Lisa praises God for his loving care of her during this period of her life, and shares her story to encourage others.

Lisa has been married for 28 years to Jeff and has two sons, Kyle and Bret.

http://pearlsofpromiseministries.com/

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Rico Rodriguez (Owner)

www.facebook.com/Rockafellas-Barber-Shop-105026620034718/?ref=page_internal

1733 Babcock
San Antonio, Texas 78229

Phone: (210) 782-5188


ENGAGE! publishes the Christian Community Calendar weekly.

www.facebook.com/engagesa

Supporters:

Prosperitus Solutions is headquartered on the Southwest side of San Antonio, Texas and serving the Department of Defense since 2011. Prosperitus employs more than 100 staff nationwide with footprints in over 8 states.

Mission Statement: To attract and ignite talent resulting in prosperous solutions for our customers and community.

Our skill-sets cover:

• Medical Services
• Information Technology
• Logistics
• Finance
• Marketing
• Human Resources

We have put together a Lean Experienced Corporate staff with one mission, to provide Exceptional Service to our customers and foster long lasting profitable partnerships with our teaming companies.

www.prosperitussolutions.com/prosperitus

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by River City Donuts
1723 Babock Rd. San Antonio, TX 78229

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by Bay Bay McClinton of All Sports Speed and Conditioning

www.allsportsfitness.net

All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by D.W. Brooks Funeral Home
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San Antonio, TX 78202
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Justin Vera – Music Artist

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Guest: Justin Vera

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Justin Vera, more commonly known as J Vera, is an American singer/songwriter and worship leader from San Antonio, TX. He leads worship at Good Shepherd Church of God and has the gift of evangelizing. J is currently in the studio creating new music and refining his sound. He find his inspiration in his testimonies, but most importantly through the Word of God. Moreover, this vocalist has a sound that is truly unique and all his own. Since coming into a relationship with Jesus, J has focused on spreading the gospel through social media which has garnered more than 90,000 followers with 80,000 of that following on the broadcasting app Live.Me. The recording studio has become a second home for J and live shows have become a platform to share his faith, music, but more so, bring people into a genuine relationship with God.

https://jveramusic.com/

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Rockafellas Barber Shop San Antonio

Rico Rodriguez (Owner)

www.facebook.com/Rockafellas-Barber-Shop-105026620034718/?ref=page_internal

1733 Babcock
San Antonio, Texas 78229

Phone: (210) 782-5188


ENGAGE! publishes the Christian Community Calendar weekly.

www.facebook.com/engagesa

Supporters:

Prosperitus Solutions is headquartered on the Southwest side of San Antonio, Texas and serving the Department of Defense since 2011. Prosperitus employs more than 100 staff nationwide with footprints in over 8 states.

Mission Statement: To attract and ignite talent resulting in prosperous solutions for our customers and community.

Our skill-sets cover:

• Medical Services
• Information Technology
• Logistics
• Finance
• Marketing
• Human Resources

We have put together a Lean Experienced Corporate staff with one mission, to provide Exceptional Service to our customers and foster long lasting profitable partnerships with our teaming companies.

www.prosperitussolutions.com/prosperitus

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by River City Donuts
1723 Babock Rd. San Antonio, TX 78229

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by Bay Bay McClinton of All Sports Speed and Conditioning

www.allsportsfitness.net

All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by D.W. Brooks Funeral Home
2950 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78202
Email: info@dwbrooksfh.com
Phone: 210-223-2045
Website: dwbrooksfuneralhome.com

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