Millennial Maven: Dashley Wilson

Dashley Wilson has used her legacy of creativity to craft her digital media empire. Wilson brings her unique eye and perspective to all the artistic projects she undertakes as a production coordinator, photographer and magazine editor.

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A woman of many titles, Dashley isn’t afraid to put in the work to make her visions successful. When asked what sweat equity she has invested her career, Wilson stated that in addition to clocking in an average of 80 hours per week and working on personal development skills, she also utilizes her platform to bring awareness to mental health issues.

Wilson has battled with her mental health for most of her life but she firmly believes that her diagnoses don’t define her trajectory.

“I’ve learned how to let trauma roll off of me. I’ve learned how not to let trauma become who I am.” – Dashley Wilson, Digital Dashh Magazine

 

A belief that shines through in her work for her magazine, Digital Dashh. Dashley not only addresses her own battle through thought-provoking and honest articles on the subject but through her photography work for the magazine of which she completes by herself. Her dad passed on the passion for capturing life through a lens, and she has made it her mission to carry on his legacy through the love they both shared for the craft.

 

“I’m challenging the norm. I want to remind people that the possibilities are endless in life.” – Dashley Wilson, Digital Dashh Magazine

Dashley is a true maven, who is creating her own lane through her unique life experience. Having always been a bright child, she recalls being invited to advanced photography courses in her adolescence. Traveling, culture, and diversity were all stables in her childhood; allowing Wilson to create extraordinary vision through the stories she tells on Digital Dashh. Dashley’s hopes are to educate and inspire the world through her career endeavors.

 

To learn more about Dashley Willson , or her magazine, Digital Dashh follow her on Instagram @digitaldashh and email me at healthyshampy@gmail.com to become my next Millennial Maven.

-Shampaigne Graves, CPC Creator of The Healthy Shampy Blog (2)

 

 

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Walking Boldly in your Purpose: I failed so I could win

My first work of art was displayed in my daycare for years. Our class was just introduced to finger paints and while the other toddlers in my class choose more abstract styles of painting; I choose to paint my favorite TV character, Clifford the Big Red Dog. The director hung the painting on display at the front of the preschool with me credited as the artist. I made a ritual of stopping to stare at my picture, and read my name with the word artist preceding it. I knew my passion was art and I was sure that it would be my career of choice. That is until my father told me, “You know baby girl, most artists starve their whole lives. And I know how much you like nice things.” As I admired the diamond necklace I was gifted for my twelfth birthday.

Journalism lit me up in my secondary school years. From being a host on the radio show freshman year to writing for the Allen Eagle newspaper and yearbook; a career in writing I was destined to have. I mean it made so much sense. I had always used my writing for entertainment for myself. In middle school I managed to amass a following of over ten thousand kids who waited on bated breath each week for the Degrassi fan fiction posts on my Nickelodeon forum. And to this very day I still have a closet full of old notebooks filled with short stories, fiction novels and poems. Although I stopped pursuing writing as a career when my journalism teacher kindly pulled me to the side one day after yearbook and told me that I was too smart to waste my life on a career in journalism. Apparently it’s a dying field and again most journalists starve for their craft.

It was time to get practical.

When I started college I was determined to be a doctor. I saw my pediatrician practice thriving, my 2.5 children, and doting husband right in my mind’s eye I just had to get through the mountain of schooling. And things were going well, my adoring boyfriend had plans of being my husband and we agreed on the idea of kids, I had a spot in the school of science with a major in biology, I was going to do it. I was going to make this whole “stable ordinary life” thing work.

Then I took chemistry, and plans changed because I mean have you taken chemistry?! I reevaluated my desire for medical school which involved a lot more chemistry, and decided that dentistry would be a better path for me. I mean sure it’s harder to get into dental school than medical school and of course there was more chemistry but I had a plan to live a rational life and I was going to stick to it but again plans changed. Are you catching the overall theme here?

I had to transfer schools.

Unfortunately I didn’t meet the requirements for the school of science and had to pick a place holder major until I could get my math requirement and apply to be a biology major again. So I picked Kinesiology, it had a medical track and I actually liked the description of the course material. I took my first introduction to human nutrition course and fell in love. Utilizing something as simple as how and what people ate to analyze the psychology behind the person opened up a whole new world to me. And I finished my math requirement but after taking Childhood Obesity, I knew I found the right fit and graduated with a bachelor of science in Kinesiolgy.

It was still a social degree but it was social science. Big difference (trust me.)

After graduating, the disappointment of adulthood set in. I found myself being underpaid, underappreciated, and overworked. I knew that whatever career path I choose throughout adolescence, I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. The art gallery, magazine, and pediatrician practice were all goals I saw myself working towards after I established myself as an authority in those fields.

I had to make yet another change.

The only hope I had was to invest in myself, so I took a leap. I took certification courses, brushed up on my nutrition material, applied for business certificates, created a website and opened up business accounts. I utilized little pieces of my old dreams to breathe life into my new one. Entrepreneurship presented the opportunity to become the artist, writer, speaker and life changer I always wanted to be.

Whether it’s creating new graphics for my business marketing, writing for my blog and other publications, or working with my coaching and business clients; I am utilizing all the talents I already possessed to make my dreams come true.

My ambitions have come full circle. For so long I was sold the lie that in order to be successful I had to do work that was “sensible.” Sensible got me a job as a receptionist, making just enough money to pay for my monthly expenses and tuition to get a new “sensible career.”

Bold gave me purpose. Being bold enough to amplify my voice in the world gave me an audience. Being bold enough to build a business, gave me a career in a profession that feels like home. Being bold enough to enough to make peace with failure gave me a fire for success that I never knew.

And a realization that I failed so many times before so that I could win right now. I walk boldly in my purpose now, with my intuition, and life experience as my guide.

-Shampaigne Graves, CPC Creator of The Healthy Shampy Blog (2)

 

A vision in the making: May 2017 Vision Board

 

May 26, 2017

This blog is not simply a personal mental health journal but a recording of a dream in the making. These are my own words about my struggles and achievements after losing the love of my life. While building a brand, business, and finding myself again.

Vision Board Goals:

  1. Create a Youtube channel documenting opening my business as young black millennial.
  2. Gain a client base of inspired individuals who believe in our company’s vision on health.
  3. Quit my job in 3 months to a year. Juggle part-time entrepreneurship while working.
  4. WRITE MORE (articles, Harrison’s story, My story)
  5. Offer a guide on the ins and outs of starting a business for millennials who have no idea where to start.

Find time to travel, find time to paint, find time for photography. Be consistent with therapy/psychiatry. Be unashamed and open with struggles with mental health.

Reading these words almost a year later as I transfer my writing to a new medium is insightful. I believe that the most noble subject to study will always be one’s self. Often times when I am wrapped up in the grind of my day, I forget to think about how far I’ve come.

I have created my YouTube channel. Although I only have one video up, I am editing my second.

I’ve quit my job! You ever have a never-ending distaste for something that has been a part of the human experience for centuries? Well for me that thing is working for other people. More specifically having other people tell me what to do for less than $50 an hour. You know it’s funny how much clarity instructions and deadlines have when someone is paying me what my time is truly worth. In other words, I’ve known since I’ve started in the workforce that I was going to be my own boss.

The accomplishment I am most proud of is my writing. Taking the musing of an imaginative mind with an affinity towards complex diction to a larger platform on this blog has been a dream. I cannot wait to expand my writing portfolio with more published features and start to process of that novel.

 

-Shampaigne Graves, CPC Creator of The Healthy Shampy Blog (2)

 

Welcome to my New Blog!

Welcome to the Healthy Shampy Blog. The purpose of this blog is to bring humor, entertainment and a unique millennial perspective to the conversation on entrepreneurship, trailblazing and life training.

I started this blog in May 2017 as a mental health journal after experiencing the loss of my best friend. Soon this simple blog chronicling my hectic, wild and unbelievable life, transformed into a vehicle that has allowed me to do influencer work with small businesses all over the country, launch my freelance writing career, and amplify my voice in the world.

My content is about the honest journey of taking the ultimate leap of faith and investing in yourself. Being a person who wants to live outside the box, and forge a path uniquely their own comes with tough obstacles. There will be issues such as self limiting beliefs, financial set backs and credibility challenges that will arise. Yet if you do the hard work of crafting a brand, finding a tribe and setting goals, your vision will actualize itself.

Join me as I continue to navigate life while building my brand and businesses. And while you’re here, enjoy lifestyle, travel and wellness posts. As well as authentic perspectives on the ups and downs of being a millennial entrepreneur and trailblazer.

 

-Shampaigne Graves, CPC Creator of The Healthy Shampy Blog (2)