Today we’d like to introduce you to Marquita “Lady Q” Redd-Hickson.
Hi Marquita, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Let me start by saying I have many aliases. In the wellness world, my name is Lady Q… one of my first clients named me that. In media, I go by Simone’ Skyye, my alter ego. Now that that’s out of the way, let me share my story. It’s funny because how I got started and where I am today is because I am the servant of the people. I can credit that to my late grandmother Nina B. Redd, who raised me as her own since I was three months old.
“Mama” which is what she was affectionately called, was far from shy and kept it real and honest at all times. She was always an ear to listen, a voice of encouragement, reason, and had a giving heart larger than the universe. Her calling of servitude had her involved in many things. She worked as a lunch aide at the neighborhood elementary school and belonged to an array of auxiliaries and organizations within The Historic Leadenhall Baptist Church and Sharp Leadenhall Community, one of the neighborhoods I grew up in. She was always supporting young people and helping the less fortunate.
Because she was my caregiver, she often had me alongside her in all that she did. After a long day of serving and taking care of the household, she would have me grease her hair which included massaging her scalp and feet… this was my initial introduction to wellness unknowing to me. After I was done, she would feel relief and it made me happy knowing she felt better. She is my She-ro, and was a super go-getter. I can honestly say that she instilled those same qualities in me. My heart was broken when she transitioned in 2020, but I am grateful to God he blessed me with her.
She influenced me so much that it was only natural for me to be very active in school sports, belong to different organizations, such as the morning announcements crew, student government, drama, media club, and modern dance, just to name a few; even held key leadership positions. High school made me realize the importance of wellness as I suffered from Quad cramps. Massage would relieve the pain. Wellness also included me stepping away from the limelight to do things that made me happy such as singing, rapping, creating, writing, dramatic reading, and enjoying nature. The bond my Grandmother and I shared was very influential in me pursuing a career in the United States Air Force upon graduation. I joined at the age of 17 years of age with parental consent.
While serving, I quickly found myself once again in positions of helping and leading. Basically, making a difference, but now on a much larger scale. I loved serving in the AF. I was always speaking, developing something to make things operate better, taking care of the people, and just making people feel better. Once my time in the AF was over, I wanted to pursue a career that allowed me to yet again serve the people, helping them feel better on a holistic level, and share to the world why wellness is so vital. The answer was really simple.
It was for me to enter the wellness world. I immediately went to school to learn esthetics and massage therapy. This choice made me happy, but I still didn’t feel complete. One day, a friend asked me to fill in as a host on their show because of my experience in media and public speaking. After the show, I felt like I was floating. That’s when I realized that this was what I was missing.
Hello, wellness and media world. She has arrived!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth process getting to this point, but happy I went through it because I learned a lot. It is so much to running a business, especially as a solopreneur. You find yourself playing every role necessary to run a successful business. You are the CEO, COO, admin team, marketing and event team, project manager, trainer, customer service manager, janitor, every level of Human Resources, mechanic, etc. It just never stops.
You are a walking billboard and always networking. Your days can be super long and lets not even think about when you are in creative mode. Your brain will be chatty and it becomes hard to quiet it. Sometimes you find yourself wanting to upgrade your facilities or wanting to expand your brand, but the finances may not come fast enough to do so.
Another struggle for me was the home life/work balance. I sometimes have to interfere in my family time to run my businesses. Unfortunately, I had to miss a lot of family time and important moments with my children.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I wear several hats in business. My first hat is in wellness. I am licensed massage therapist and licensed aesthetician that owns The Refresh and Renew Wellness Studio. I have two locations in Maryland that I serve which is in Baltimore, MD and Clinton, MD. We specialize and are known for body treatments, body waxing, massage therapy, skincare corrections and maintenance, personal holistic services, and spa parties for teens, men, and women.
We believe in treating all clients as V.I.Ps and promote normalizing self-care. Self-care is so important and the world needs it. We truly can’t function at optimal level without it. What sets us apart from other spas and wellness businesses is that we customize the entire service… even down to the music, are super personable, and totally make it about our clients. We deliver more than wellness, we deliver an experience. My other hat(s) is under my stage name, Simone’ Skyye. Now Simone’ Skyye is an actress, model, influencer, and radio personality for Ripped Radio Network. On Ripped Radio, I host a very uplifting and positive radio show titled “We Good Ova Here!”
Why, because WE GOOD OVA HERE! Every day you wake up is a great day!! The purpose of the show is to highlight and showcase very positive stories not just in Baltimore or the DMV, but all over the world! We have had all kinds of guests on the show from artists, business owners, financial consultants, wellness providers, and more. We want to encourage, inspire, inform, and uplift our listeners and viewers.
There is enough negative news, so its refreshing to hear about the “GOOD” going on in the world. If we spread enough positivity, it will be contagious. That is what we want to do!! Let’s spread that like a wildfire!!!
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
The important lesson I have learned along my journey is to stay humble, stay grounded in faith, embrace and express appreciation to your family, friends, and supporters, take your professional development seriously because you can never learn enough, and remain grateful. Take the glass half full approach. Every situation can be a blessing or a lesson. I heard this before and it really stuck with me.
That saying pulls me thru the frustration and prevents me from not giving up. Marinate in positive energy and stay away from the negative energy. I have great days and I have good days… not bad days (all about mindset). Invest in systems, that will keep you from yanking your hair out LOL. Know that it is ok to be human. Humans have emotions, its okay to express them. If you need to cry let it out. If you are excited, show it.
If you are ecstatic, show that too! Forgive yourself and understand that you can’t possibly know everything. Lastly, you can only control what is in your realm of control. We all wear a cape, but every now and then we have to remove it and drop it off at the cleaners, wink.
- Massage therapy starts off at $85
- Facials start at $65
- Body Waxing prices vary per body part
- Spa parties are customized, so prices vary
- Chair massage for events, customized prices
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.refreshnrenew4u.com
- Instagram: @r_rwellnessbmore and @r_rwellnesspgc
- Facebook: Refresh and Renew Wellness Studio (formerly LQ Body & Skin Care Studio)
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