October Doll of the Month: Danielle

Published on Monday, October 17, 2011 in , , ,

Getting to Know our Doll of the Month!

D.O.L.L.S: If we took a look inside your refrigerator, what would we find?

Danielle: This is a good question…lol. You will find Soy Milk, eggs, cranberry juice, yogurt, some type of leftover dinner, and my favorite ice cream.

D.O.L.L.S: What’s your favorite way to wake up and what’s the first thing you do?

Danielle: I think about my day and decide what I have to do first. On a discipline day, I get on my treadmill for a workout.

D.O.L.L.S: Which ancient place would you like to go?

Danielle: Egypt!!!  I have always wanted to go there since high school. In my History class, we talked about the people, the art, and the culture. It just seems so beautiful and full of mystery and adventure.

D.O.L.L.S: Who is your favorite author and why?

Danielle: My favorite author is Nicholas Sparks. His books always keep me interested. My favorite book, “The Notebook,” turned into my favorite movie.

Looking Towards the Future with out Doll of the Month!

D.O.L.L.S: What dream are you currently pursuing?

Danielle: I am the founder and editor in chief of Goddess Magazine. This publication is a lifestyle magazine for urban teen girls. We focus on featuring young ladies on the cover as well in the magazine. We want our readers to have the opportunity to share their story with others. We also feature articles that give advice about school, dating/relationships, fashion, beauty, stress, etc. We have a staff of high school and college students.  In conjunction with the magazine, we  conduct workshops in the Chicagoland area. The workshops focus on self esteem and understanding the media.

Personally, I am pursuing my 2nd Masters in Community Counseling. My targeted completion date is May 2013. This degree will help me offer counseling services to teens either individuality or as a group.

D.O.L.L.S: What are the first steps you took to follow your dreams?

Danielle: The first steps I took was researching online and talking to people in the industry. I wanted to know more about the magazine industry and my target market. The next step was to write a business plan. This plan became the outline of Goddess Magazine.  I have changed the plan each year because the company is growing and expanding.   After I started the magazine, I realized I needed to know more about business, so I pursued my Masters of Business Administration degree. This degree helped me understand the important aspects of business in general.

D.O.L.L.S: What are some roadblocks that you have come across?

Danielle: Some roadblocks I have come across were trial and errors. I always say there isn’t a detailed book about running a teen magazine….Like those Books for Dummies series, so it has been a learning experience. Some roadblocks were me not fully understand my target market’s needs in the beginning, learning to create effective partnerships, and timing. Each roadblock helped me learn more about my company and myself. Another roadblock was understanding the meaning “No.” This word was told me a lot. I used to take it in a negative way. However, I have learned No, can mean so many things. I learned that I have to see the reason from their perceptive such as the timing could be wrong, financially it could not work, or maybe my request did not fit in their vision.  I look at roadblocks as something I can get around or just choose a totally different direction.

D.O.L.L.S: Who are some individuals in your field you admire and would like to work with in the future?

Danielle: This question is hard to answer because I admire so many different people. People who are living out their dreams, I admire them because it is not always easy….times can get difficult.  I admire those who work to improve the lives of children and teens.  I also admire the youth who say they will not let their environment define outcome and are determined to live out their dreams!

D.O.L.L.S: Is there anything that you’d like our readers to learn from you?

Danielle: I look at every situation as a learning experience. I evaluate it to see what I have learned. It is important to see how it can help you improve some areas in your life.

D.O.L.L.S: What advice do you have for young women your age?

Danielle: My advice for women my age is to give back to their communities.  Sharing your knowledge and time with someone can be very rewarding. I believe mentoring is so important. A young child needs a mentor that they can rely on, bring them positivity, and be a go to person.  This can help them overcome their circumstances to become a better person. There also shelters, schools, churches, etc that are always looking for volunteers and donations.

My other advice would be to dream big and go after what makes you happy. Happiness is a big part of life and it is what makes our days so much better. So if you can fulfill your dream by doing what makes you happy whether it is being a stay home mother, running your own business, or volunteering your time to an organization, it will help you be a better person.

D.O.L.L.S: At this point in your life, what makes you happiest?

Danielle: At this point,  knowing that I am following God’s plan make me happy. I know He is opening the right doors, providing me with the knowledge, introducing me to the right people, and showing me the way to reach my goals.

D.O.L.L.S: What motto do you live by?

Danielle: My motto I live by is “Success is a journey, not a destination.” This reminds me once a goal has been accomplished; I need to move on to the next goal. Success is continuous.

D.O.L.L.S: How do you stay motivated to accomplish your goals?

Danielle: My friends and family keep me motivated. They are my support system. However, meeting teen girls and sharing my mission with me drives and motivates me. I enjoy talking and sharing my experiences with them.  After talking with them, the girls will let me know my efforts are appreciated and they enjoyed the workshop sessions.  That is my motivation to keep pushing.

D.O.L.L.S: What can we look forward to from you in the future?

Danielle: In the future, you will see Goddess Magazine as a quarterly publication as of Jan. 2012. We will offer more articles and fun fashion ideas for our readers. In Chicago, we plan to host our Girl Talk series.  The series will focus on teen girls to help them make smarter decisions.  In August 2012, we will host our annual Dear Summer…Teen Expo for young girls. This expo will be a great event for girls to see the latest in fashions, attend fun and informational workshops, and hear from a panel of their peers about dating and relationships. You can look forward to the great partnerships we have for 2012. We are excited about the events we have planned for young ladies to be a part of!

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1 Response to October Doll of the Month: Danielle

October 17, 2011 at 7:54 PM

She is a Doll. Good interview, I wish her the best. We need more role models like her.