Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Curtis.
Hi Danielle, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My story started like a lot of single women, I wanted to do something that would bring in more money for my family and I. I have always been considered creative so I tried to put that creativity to use. It began with my blog, DaniGirl Living. I have always loved to write. It was a way to get the thoughts out of my head as well as a form of therapy. I began sharing my posts with no expectation of it becoming anything. But to my surprise, people that I didn’t even know we’re paying attention.
One day, while writing, I made myself some tea. For some reason, I stared at my mug and was disappointed that I was drinking from such a generic looking mug. So, I created three mugs that had images on them that I felt would attract women in their 30s and 40s. I prayed about it and posted them on my blog and went to bed. The next morning, I woke up to sold out orders! Those mugs turned into wine glasses, which turned into t-shirts, which turned into hoodies, which turned into me having an entire store section on my site.
My blog has blossomed into a travel and dining clog that I absolutely get a thrill out of doing! Sharing my experiences and having people ask for tips and tricks when it comes to booking hotels, to where to eat, to budgeting is so rewarding. My blog has been a double rainbow. Not only does it provide information and entertainment to its readers, it also gives me a sense of peace and relaxation. I am so grateful to be able to experience the world and meet wonderful people and dine on amazing food! And to be able to pass that along to help and maybe push some people to get out of their comfort zones do the same thing is amazing!
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not always been a smooth road. But I am grateful for the lumps and bumps that have come along the way. I think about it like this: When on a long road trip, of course, we want a smooth and easy ride. A drive with no traffic, no accidents, and no potholes would be perfect, right? But if you are like I am, that would make me too comfortable and I would end up falling asleep behind the wheel. It’s those “incidents” that tend to wake us up. When I first added the store to my site, I honestly had no idea about selling products. I knew nothing about taxes, I didn’t factor in the cost of my material when pricing my merchandise, and the list goes on. Then there was time management. I work a very stressful and challenging full-time job. But I was determined to still put in just as much time in with DGL as I was my full time; it was almost impossible. I had to learn how to distribute my time to offer not only the best content and material but to maintain a work/ personal life balance.
All were considered “growing pains’. I got through them and you will too!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am owner and operator of DaniGirl Living, a daily lifestyle and travel blog. I am currently a one woman business (creator, writer, manager, producer). I do it all. But as business grows, that will change. I am also a full-time customer service agent at a major airline at BWI. Though the position can be very challenging, it definitely has its rewards.
In 2018, I was declared legally blind due to an eye disease. For a long period of time, I was not allowed to drive and reading simple things such as a restaurant menu was difficult. But I continued to do what I could with little or no help. I was determined not to let the fact that I could not see hinder me from fulfilling the life I envisioned for myself. I am very proud that I did not let my lack of sight hinder my lack of vision!
What sets me apart? That is a hard question to answer simply because I don’t know everyone else’s story nor do I try to compare mine to someone else’s. However, my determination and drive is unmatched. If I set my mind to achieve something, it will happen! I may have to deviate from original plans and courses of action or adjust; my thought process but it will happen!
We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I took a risk and moved from a tiny town in Virginia (South Boston) and moved to Baltimore, alone, five years ago. When I applied for the airline that I currently work for, I was hired on the spot. I had very limited time to pack up and move. I was (temporarily) leaving my family behind and had to come to this big city alone. It was a risk but a risk that I gladly took.
Risks are something we should all learn to take. The fear of risk taking is sure to lead to complacency and a permanent residency in your comfort zone. Will you fail? Sometimes. But just think if the risk leads you to success! Oh, what a feeling!
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- Website: itsdgl.com
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