In Their Element: Sabrina Adams
n the Spring of 2015 I was tasked to attend the Envision Fashion Show at the Orchestra Hall In Minneapolis. This was surprisingly my first fashion show and it fulfilled one of my childhood dreams. A highlight of the night was during the social hour where I met Sabrina Adams. She walked into the room wearing a white ‘70s inspired blazer paired with white jeans and a mint top that accented her skin flawlessly. I decided I should walk over and compliment her and Kay Dawson (Foxy Brown Skin) because they matched. This one compliment ignited a whole night of laughs, manifestations, and the beginning of a superb friendship.
No one could have guessed that four years later, that one compliment was the best decisions of my career. During the fashion show I expressed how I wanted my own blog and shared the ideas I was developing. Sabrina shared her ideas for her personal blog that she was working on relaunching. Fast forward to 2016, Sabrina became my very first client as a graphic designer. She commissioned me for her logo, and launched her blog in early 2016.
I have since enjoyed watching Sabrina grow into her element. She has gone through some tough times in 2018 but Sabrina is determined to make 2019 worth it. You can find her at Aura Boutique, writing for her blog, traveling to some very exotic places, solving a algebra equation, or brightening the room with her contagious smile.
Who are you and what have you accomplished?
I am Sabrina Adams, creator of Fierce & Flawed, a fashion and lifestyle blog. I started the blog in 2014 but it was kind of a hidden gem until 2016. I kept it extremely private when I first started it. I was so nervous to share it with anyone. I'm not sure why I kept it a secret for so long, it seems so silly now. Over the years I've been blessed with many amazing opportunities. I started working at Aura Boutique in March of 2017, where I help manage and buy clothes for our storefront. With encouragement from those around me, I launched Fierce & Flawed merchandise, hosted my own intimate fashion show in collaboration with True Vanity Hair Collection, and styled a Aura Boutique collection for the Volk Holiday Fashion show. I've collaborated and modeled for many local brands like Ruva Afric Wear, Queenie and Pearl Vintage, and Studiiyo23.
Who are you this year vs. 2 years ago?
Two years ago I was working a desk job for a health insurance company. I just began stepping outside of my comfort zone and taking my brand seriously. I was still a little timid and full of self doubt. I didn't really know who I was or what I wanted.
Today I am fearless. I am working full time in fashion, growing and learning everyday. I've adapted to being uncomfortable so it's pretty much a norm now. I'm really loving the process.
What are your favorite things in life?
Spending time with my family and friends for sure. I have a very small circle so I really value and appreciate those around me. Traveling, creating outfit inspiration, tasting amazing new foods, and connecting with God are some of the things that bring me the most joy in life
How have you developed into your career?
Okay, now I am going to give you some major tea, the key to all types of success. All of my growth and development, personal, career, etc is all due to me STEPPING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE! That's it, that's all. Once I decided to unapologetically put myself out there and promote myself and my blog, everything else just came. Unless there is a timing issue or something, I try to take every opportunity that comes my way. If it's going to give me those little nerve bubbles in my stomach, guess what? I'm doing it! If I make a mistake or fail then so what. I did it, I conquered a fear and learned in the process. I'm going to dust myself off and try again.
How does school factor into your schedule?
It's definitely not easy. I'd say school is probably my least favorite thing to prioritize, but I've made a conscious decision and promise to myself to put it first right now.
I completed my general associate's degree right after high school and lets just say I understand the saying "college isn't for everybody". It was rough, you're forced to take courses you're not all that excited about. It takes a lot of self discipline. So after that degree, I needed a break. I had absolutely no idea what field I wanted to major in, I had no idea who I really was or what I wanted out of life. Now here I am, age 25, starting yet another education journey pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Business. Over the years I realized America is a business, our entire world is a business. I've always aspired to be an entrepreneur of some sort, so I figured a Business degree would be worth the time, effort, and money. I keep telling myself, these two years will fly by, just stay focused.
Why do you travel? How has it affected you?
I started traveling out of curiosity. I love meeting new people and seeing new places. Now I travel to learn more about myself. I read a blog online a while back saying how everyone should move away from their hometown at some point in life to really allow yourself the space to grow personally. That resonated with me in so many ways. When you grow up in a small state/city everyone tends to know everyone. As you grow you change, but the people you grew up around don't always acknowledge that change. People like to treat you like you’re still the same girl they went to high school with. In a way, that can challenge your growth, keeping all of that negative energy around. Every time I travel I learn something new about myself. It's easier to step outside of your comfort zone in a place where you don't really know anyone.
Where are a few of your favorite places to visit?
Wow, that is a hard one. I love every place I've visited but if I had to choose New York, California, and Atlanta would be my top three so far!
How have you managed to get in your element?
I'm going to let you in on a little secret. I haven't always been confident in the things I have been doing. In the beginning of my journey I compared myself to others way more than I should have. I used to talk down on myself about everything. I'm not the best writer, my personal style is too plain, I hate my facial expressions in photos, my Fierce & Flawed T-Shirts weren't exactly how I envisioned them, etc. With all of the self sabotage I did you would think I would've given up completely by now. But God wouldn't allow me too. He let me cry rivers about it and take breaks from time to time when needed, but he never put it on my heart to just give up. I've been putting my relationship with him first this year, building on my spirituality and praying more. God builds my confidence and sets me in my element more and more everyday.
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