Inspire Interview: Chantal of Boyajian Trend Gallery

Woot woot! Another Inspire Interview today with Chantal of Boyajian Trend Gallery! She owns and runs not only a boutique that features jewelry and accessories from independent designers, but she’s also a stylist and blogger! Read more about her exciting life and business below!


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What is it you do?

I moved to Los Angeles in 2014 from Qatar and launched my eCommerce boutique, Boyajian Trend Gallery, in 2015. I curate interesting and unique jewelry & accessory collections from independent designers I find from around the world.

I am also a wardrobe stylist and blogger, writing about anything to do with style, sharing products I love to use and my experiences and places I visit in Los Angeles.

What inspired you to start your own blog/business?

Through my styling years, I naturally developed my own taste in style around the notion that my life is pretty fast paced, so I’ve had to find efficient ways of putting together looks that still allow me to express my style.

Accessories allow me to do that. I like to think of my clothes as blank canvases and I add personal touches through my jewelry, purses, shoes and so on.

With this, I developed an increasing love and appreciation for unique jewelry, and so I developed and launched Boyajian Trend Gallery.

I still continue to share my passion for all things style by blogging too. I love to help others find their comfort zone within their wardrobe. There is such a thing as combining comfort and style. If you choose classic, timeless pieces of clothing that will last you through the years, you can have fun through adding different accessories. You can these to transform the same look in to a number of styles.

Best piece of advice you were ever given?

Don’t compare yourself to others.

It’s easy to look at what other people are doing, comparing where they’re at and where you’re at. But you don’t know what struggles they’ve been through to get to where they are today.

Something that works for someone else, may not necessarily work for you. You just have to keep doing what you do, and even if you make mistakes, it’s never a loss. You learn and you grow from both your mistakes and successes.

And who knows, someone along the way will look up to you and you’ll never know, so keep developing and sharing, and simply just be you!

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What was the biggest challenge you faced when starting your blog/business?

Cutting through the noise online to reach my targeted audience. With everything being online today, it’s adamant to have an online presence of course.

Remaining patient can be testing, especially when working for yourself and without large budgets, so you have to try and test different methods. Sometimes I feel like I’m working and working and not seeing the return.

However, I’m a big believer that nothing good comes easy, and as long as you stay true to yourself, the people you target will find you, relate to you and love how you can help them in various ways.

And when you have happy customers, it trumps all other feelings, and is a great boost!

What’s the most important lesson you have learned so far?

That everyone is going to have their opinion causing you to doubt yourself. Whether they are right or wrong isn’t the point. In the end, for many instances you’re going to and should do what you want to do and believe is the right thing.

No one but you knows all the inside outs of your business, so no matter what decisions you make, you are responsible for all decisions. And if you make a mistake, which you will, (you don’t grow and learn without making them!), you learn from it and know how to do better next time.

What has been your biggest success so far?

I don’t think I have one specific big ‘win’ so far. I would say there have been many achievements I have gained over the past year since I launched my business, be it sales to happy customers all around the world, or getting placements in magazines.

When you have your own business, even some small little achievements some people may not understand why they are such a big deal to you, but to you they mean the world. Never discount any success, small or large!

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And your biggest failure?

Thinking and worrying too much about putting myself and my business more. Asking myself all the ‘why’s’ and ‘how’s’ rather than just going for it.

I may or may not have missed out on opportunities, I won’t know, but all I know I can control is to believe in myself more.

What does an average day look like for you?

I work from home, so if I’m not attending any meetings or events I can be found at home wearing anything stretchy, no makeup and hair tied up with empty mugs all around me from my copious amounts of tea and coffee I drink throughout the day.

I’m an early riser. I hate to miss the morning. I don’t like to rush. I wake up, drink my lemon water while I prepare my coffee, then I start my day.

If I have orders to fulfill I’ll get those packaged and shipped. I spend time on emails, I’m also part of several groups on Facebook which are business and/or social media related, so I check through those when I have a chance looking for opportunities either for my business or myself for collborations.

Basically I spend the day with my laptop.

It’s not easy working alone, especially from home, so I have to be very disciplined. I allow myself to take breaks, especially when I find it hard to focus. It’s very important to give yourself a mental breaks when needed.

I tend to get more motivated and creative in the evenings, so many days after 5pm is when I really get down to work. I try to set myself a minimum number of hours to work each day, as long as I reach that minimum number it helps me feel more accomplished.

What do you hope to accomplish with your blog/business in the next year?

I hope to inspire women to do what they love to do, be who they want to be, and not to adhere to what others tell them is right or wrong.

I love to show my style, but I equally love to tell how I got there in hopes that others use that mindset to find their own style that they feel comfortable in and rock it!

When it comes to my business, I hope to continue to find successful ways of growing its online presence and build my tribe who love to find unique pieces of jewelry and accessories, and to know that they can always come and find something different at Boyajian Trend Gallery.

In the future I hope to expand the range of accessories and also bring in pieces for children and men.

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Can you give 3 pieces of advice to anyone considering starting a similar business?

Be patient. It’s not going to be easy. There’s going to be days where you feel alone or frustrated, but everyone has these days. Having a good support system is important. Speaking to friends, family, anyone you feel comfortable with and just letting your thoughts out helps a lot. Just as much as I have these days, I have days where I’m PUMPED and super motivated. Anything can trigger it, be it a happy customer giving feedback, or a comment on a blog post from a stranger telling you how inspired they are. Just remember, things take time. Keep patient, persistent and positive!

Network. I go to a lot of networking events. Sometimes they may not be directly beneficial to my business, but at least it gets me out, it helps me talk more about my business, I get to meet people who are also doing their own thing and talking to them is a tremendous help! You also get to meet people who you can collaborate with. I also connect with a lot of awesome people online who I end up doing work with, but unfortunately never get to meet many of them, so it’s a nice bonus when you meet someone face to face and can develop a more personal relationship with.

You’re never going to be 100% ready. I would wait and wait, thinking one day I’ll wake and be like ‘Oh, I know exactly how I’m going to do this’. In my case, life happened and forced me in to going for it, and looking back, there are many things I would have done differently, but almost everyone I speak to says the same! If you are able to keep your existing job and begin your own business on the side until you have more of a grip of it before leaving your 9-5, definitely do!

And finally, where can we find you online?

For my baby, aka my business, Boyajian Trend Gallery for all things jewels and purses, you can head to BoyajianTrendGallery.com and follow on Instagram & Facebook  or @Boyajian on Twitter.

For moi, you can find me at ChantalBoyajian.com and Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat @ChantalBoyajian.


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Welcome Change and Allow Yourself to Grow + Tips on How I Do It!

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This year has felt like a whirlwind of constant change so far, but I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt this happy for this long.

The more I focus on the positive things in life, the better things get.

It’s as if all of the things I’ve done these past few years are finally working: setting goals, reading self-help books, forcing myself out of my comfort zone and trying new things. I say finally, because I’ve been really trying to reach this level of happiness and self-love for four years now! When I was first introduced to the law of attraction I was a mess and quite resistant to the idea at first, but over time I opened myself up to it along with many other practices, and all of them have contributed to this change in myself.

The journey to get to this point felt scary, and almost like I was going backwards, because with each new thing I felt like I was reliving all of the pain I didn’t want to face. But I needed to. It’s so awkward and even painful when you first start dealing with your problems, but it’s so worth it in the end. And even though I’m at a point where I can honestly say I care about myself and I’m excited to be alive, I know this isn’t where it ends. There is a never-ending journey ahead of me.

In just a few weeks I found out Nick and I will be moving into a 3 bedroom townhouse, and we’ll finally have the space we need to grow our home businesses. I also got a part-time job that I so badly wanted, and it was hard as hell to get, but I can’t wait to start and push myself to be the best employee I can be. I also took on a few new writing gigs that are fun and exciting. And all of these things will help me continue to grow and I can see even bigger changes coming soon!

As I continue to move forward in my life, I like to remind myself of how far I’ve come by looking back through journals, photo albums, blog posts and even social media shares. I can see the growth taking place just by the images and words I shared, and that motivates me.

Far too often we forget about all that we’ve endured, conquered and left behind to get to the place we are now, but we shouldn’t. Ignoring or forgetting the things we’ve been through is like saying it didn’t happen or it didn’t matter, but all of it did happen and it did matter. Without our experiences we wouldn’t be who we are today.

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So if you’re feeling stuck in your own life, or want to propel yourself forward, here are a few things you can try:

These are just a few simple things I’ve done, and do regularly, that have helped me change for the better.

What are some things you have found helpful on your own self-love journey?

Related Post: 10 Ways to Make Change Happen in Your Life

 

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Let’s Take a Photo Adventure Together!

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Are you dying to take more pictures, but lost that spark of inspiration?

Are you hoping to learn how to take better pictures, but aren’t interested in learning the technical aspects of photography?

Are you looking for a creative outlet you can use to express yourself anytime, anywhere?

Or maybe you’re looking for a way to fall back in love with your life, and with yourself?

If you thought yes to any of these questions, then let’s go on a photo adventure together!

 

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My new ecourse Capture Your Life is a course that combines photography, self development and love, and is just super fun!

Every lesson provides tips on how to take better photos, photo prompts and some kind of other assignment, typically a list of questions to get you thinking about your life.

Photography is just a small part of my life, but it is a creative outlet I have loved since I was first given a camera (a disposable film camera on a family camping trip). The process of seeing life through a camera lens and capturing it for later enjoyment became an obsession. Since then I have taken film photography in high school, studied photojournalism in college and have taught myself how to use a DSLR in more recent years.

I enjoy capturing many parts of life: nature, landscapes, city streets, abstract, animals, people, events, a moment in time, and more. If it catches my attention and affection for any reason, I’m likely to capture it.

And that’s what Capture Your Life is about.

It’s about capturing your life. Capturing the things you find beautiful, the people you love, the way something makes you feel, a moment in time, and every other part of life, too.

Capture Your Life is NOT:

  • A book or guide on how to use your camera.
  • A manual or a how-to book.

 

There are three purposes for this ecourse:

  • A fun adventure to help you fall in love with taking pictures, whether it’s a new love or an old love.
  • To help you open your eyes and notice all of the beauty that surrounds you in your every day life.
  • A creative journey to help connect you with yourself, your life and your dreams.

 

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This ecourse is for you if:

  • You want to get more comfortable with taking pictures.
  • You want to turn each day into a photo-adventure, a treasure hunt, and open your eyes to the beauty that is all around you.
  • You want to learn more about yourself and your life through the wonderful world of photography.

What you will learn:

Through multiple lessons, all focusing on different types of treasure hunts, I will provide dozens of photo prompts to invoke the creativity in you. Each chapter has a different theme with new lessons and personal stories. I’ve written this course so that the lessons flow easily from one chapter to the next. This way you can apply previous lessons to the current one, which will help create your best photos and open your mind in new and interesting ways.

A few challenges include:

  • light
  • colours
  • patterns
  • shapes
  • self portraits
  • rule of thirds
  • shadows
  • loved ones
  • pets
  • nature
  • home
  • and much much more.

There’s a little bit of everything!

In addition, you will get:

  • This entire course as a PDF ebook.
  • A PDF workbook with assignments for different lessons.
  • Printable photo prompt checklist.
  • A copy of my digital photo zine.

 

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So what do you say?

Are you ready to live, love and grow through photography?

 
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Go here to learn more about my ecourse Capture Your Life! It’s only $37, not because it isn’t worth more, but because I want it to be affordable for everybody! And to make it even more affordable, I’m offering you guys a 50% discount! Just use the coupon code HALFOFF.

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Inspire Interviews: Vaida from Don’t Tell Anyone

This week I have another awesome Inspire Interview for you! Meet Vaida from Don’t Tell Anyone! She’s a a freelance graphic designer, photographer and lifestyle blogger, and her style is so beautiful and different from my own! She offers a lot of great advice on building a successful blog and business (like finding your own voice!).


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What is it you do?

I’m a freelance graphic designer, photographer and lifestyle blogger. I mainly focus on blog and branding design, I also have a huge passion for the photography and that is becoming my second full time job! As per blog ­ it’s all about things motivating and inspiring, fitness, healthier lifestyle, food, art & design, and fashion. I know it’s a lot under one roof, but these are the things that inspire me the most, and things that makes me who I am and what I do.

What inspired you to start your own blog/business?

My love for art & design, also my life in general. I started my blog along with the blog design business. I had a huge love for blogs, and so that’s why I decided I want to create designs for those. And then at the end I realized that in order to understand the blog’s aesthetics and the tech part – I must have a blog myself. Tho that was probably one of the best things that I’ve done. I now can’t imagine not having a blog, it’s a huge part of my life!

Best piece of advice you were ever given?

“Focus less on winning the approval of others. It is your life and you decide if you want it to be a crazy adventure or a harmonious flow. There is no right or wrong.”

What was the biggest challenge you faced when starting your blog/business?

To find/discover my style, speaking voice, sticking to it and growing the community. I’ve always been switching from one to another, tho finally I’ve found my ways and can see how much I’ve learnt and changed.

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What’s the most important lesson you have learned so far?

That without self-confidence and courage I can’t really achieve anything long-lasting. When I’m working on something, or trying to achieve something – I have to leave all the doubts behind. It is good to be self-critical sometimes, but too self-critical and scared – won’t do any good at all!

What has been your biggest success so far?

Finding my own style, speaking voice and sticking to those! These have helped me to grow the community, followers and getting noticed and approved by huge brands and companies.

 

And your biggest failure?

Not being consistent at some point. I used to have a huge community,  many clients, but then I lost it all once. I stopped blogging, and being consistent, I’ve also put not effort into social media and that leaded me to some kind of a bankrupt. At some point it was very much needed, but at that time I didn’t have my own kind of style, and as much knowledge as I have now, so it was a failure indeed!

What does an average day look like for you?

I wake up early, usually 6-7 o’clock, I start my day with some bathroom time, then little morning workout routine or stretching. I then have a breakfast with my boyfriend, after it’s I take a shower and around 8:30 open my laptop. Then my workday starts with some email reading and little social media catch up. The first part of the day is my most productive – so I dedicate it all to creativity, blog posts, and design work. By midday ( 13:00) I work on social media, promotions, I catch up with emails, connect with people, and do some social media scheduling. Around 16:00 I stop all the design work if I don’t have many and give all the time to education: blogs reading, e-courses, podcasts, books, e-books and so on! I also give some time for updating my blog or website if needed! Usually from 19:00 I close my laptop, and give all the time to relaxation or usually I join my boyfriend for some evening workouts. These mostly happen 4 times a week! :)

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What do you hope to accomplish with your blog/business in the next year?

I really want to grow the bigger client and blog community, accomplish all the design and photography tasks that I’ve put on my goals list! I’ve also got some really exciting projects, and I’d like to grow within those as well!

Can you give 3 pieces of advice to anyone considering starting a similar business?

Believe in yourself no matter what. Usually the first thought or idea that comes to your mind is the best one! Tho sometimes we tend to give it up. But don’t! Write it down, maybe not today, but one day you will see it as a genial idea! :)  Name your weaknesses and strengths, know them and work on them. Focus on your strengths, do the best you can, but also don’t forget to work on your weaknesses – if not possible, hire or find someone to do the work that you’re weak at! Don’t be afraid, don’t let the fear put you down! And never forget that you don’t need to know everything, and there’s nothing wrong about that!

And finally, where can we find you online?

Design and photography work: www.donttellanyone.net

Blog: www.donttellanyone.net/blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vaida_DTA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vaidadta/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/vaidadta/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donttellanyoneArts/


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