Rewards How a DIY Spirit Can Make Every Day a Success Story
by | March 13, 2020
by | March 13, 2020
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Tiarra Hamlett’s life is in flux. She and her husband, Mike, who’s also her business partner, are in the middle of tackling a gut renovation of their home, largely on their own. (The occasional online how-to video helps out.) Meanwhile, they’re raising their 2-year-old daughter, Penelope, a perpetual early riser. Meanwhile, they’re running a community-minded local business, launched in 2015, which today includes its own storefront boutique and a print magazine. Yet all the while, Tiarra is the picture of calm.
It’s not just that she’s unfazed by all the stuff going on; she appears to thrive on it. “I love doing,” Tiarra says proudly.
To catch up with – and snag some tips from – this multitalented (and multitasking) mom, small-business owner and all-around creative type, Life and Money by Citi recently spent a day with Tiarra in and around her home. And that meant paying a visit to the Bronx, the northernmost borough of New York City, where Tiarra grew up and where her business, The Bronx Brand, is helping to support and raise awareness of the growing artistic energy of the area.
Tiarra left a career as a marketing director to launch her own business. “To be fully reliant on it less than five years later I think is a great accomplishment,” she says. “And we’re raising a beautiful, smart little girl at the same time. And I don't want to compromise either one. I think you can do them both.”
How does Tiarra make the most of every day? Check out the video above, and then read on to get five of this self-described do-it-yourselfer’s best tips for remaining positive and productive when work, life and everything else happen all at once.
With each day, the rewards of Tiarra’s hustle seem more tangible. It’s reflected in her home, her business and her community. When it comes to daughter Penelope, Tiarra sees her hard work as having an even more powerful impact.
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“Whereas before being a parent,” she says, “legacy wasn't something that really crossed my mind. But now I'm very conscious of, what can I give Penelope? What can she inherit from me in the future? And not just tangibly; I want her to see character and see work ethic. And those are things I really, really want to instill in her. So it motivates me even more. Give 100%, because your daughter's watching you.”
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