Motivating Smiles

They say first impressions are everything! Well we know a Doctor who can help make your first impression, an unforgettable one! Boss Up Magazine spoke with the amazing Dr. Simone A. Ellis, so if you’re needing or wanting an amazing smile, Dr. Ellis is just the right Dentist for you!
Originally from Kansas City, KS, but now residing in Houston, TX, Dr. Ellis is a Dentist and owner of the Smiles Design Studios in Missouri City, TX! (Nicceee!) For Dr. Ellis, she believes that it is her duty, in this world, to try each day to be the best version of herself, and to make those who love her proud. It’s no wonder why she is such a BOSS!!
So what made Dr. Ellis decide to become a Dentist? Dr. Ellis tells us that her Father took her to one of his dental appointments to get a tooth pulled, and she fell in love with the procedure at the age of 7. Dr. Ellis later learned that because her Father came from a low socioeconomic status, Dental care wasn’t regular for him, which unfortunately cost him his teeth as an adult.

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“I decided to turn her curiosity into purpose! I decided to help educate those who may not have the resources or means to understand the importance of dentistry!”

Dr. Ellis attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry, now known as Rutgers, located in in New Jersey! She has been a Dentist for 8+ years and specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry!

“Changing the way someone smiles is such a beautiful thing. It gives people such great confidence and the investment that every time you smile you receive back!”

Dr. Ellis tells us that the most exciting moments in her career, was getting to treat a huge superstar very early on. She was over the moon and says that It made her realize that what she was doing was good enough for a celebrity to request her services. Dr. Ellis tells us that she gets the opportunity to work on great people every day, but you don’t forget moments like that.
Dr. Ellis tells us that in Dental school, the business aspect of opening a practice is not discussed thoroughly. Consequently, you receive a large sum of money to open your practice, but are inexperienced on how to manage it. Just like any business there are metrics and systems that need to be understood and put in place in the beginning.

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“Since I got out of school and opened my practice one year after graduation, it became apparent to me that I needed to focus on the business of dentistry, so that my practice could thrive.”

Not only is Dr. Ellis a phenomenal Dentist, she is also an amazing Motivational Speaker! Dr. Ellis speaks on Practice Management, and focuses primarily on the practice owner. Dr. Ellis also talks about topics such as Team Building, Marketing, Million Dollar Mistakes, and Practice Systemization are a few topics that are heavily sought out, for her to discuss. Not only does she do motivational speaking, she also goes out to offices and train doctors and their team, so that everyone is on board.

Dr. Ellis tells us that she feels that the information she shares is beneficial for the Dental student as well as the Associate doctor. Dr. Ellis also tells us that on some of her Facebook we series, she has come to find that other businesses find the information and contact she delivers is useful!!

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“I have spent countless hours of investing and studying on things that help practices to be successful, as well as continue to be very candid about my failures in owning a practice. Many times, people want to hear from someone who has experienced the same trials and tribulations, and I’m able to offer that.”

 

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“In my industry unfortunately, there are not that many faces that look like me. African Americans in dentistry is still unfortunately underrepresented and to me I wanted to combine my passion with purpose. I love dentistry and I also have had to become passionate about practice management, so I have combined both. I started speaking at local dental chapters and quickly moved to speaking at conferences. It is amazing to educate others on how to run a successful practice.”

 

During her last year of dental school, Dr. Ellis was asked to speak at the SND conference in 2009. It was her first taste of understanding the importance of educating people on something that you have become an expert in. From that moment on, she knew that if she got the opportunity to continue to speak at conferences or events, and discuss her life lessons and success stories, she would be able to change the world in a much bigger way than she ever imagined. (Amazing!!)

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“What an amazing feeling it was to be on stage with aspiring peers who were so interested in advice that I could offer now that I had graduated.”

Make sure you keep up with Dr. Ellis, as she hoping to release her first book sometime this year, as well as find the land for her expansion practice! (Get Excited!!) Not only that, but Dr. Ellis may add another podcast to her current “Docs” podcast, which will be titled “The Ambitious Dentist.”

 

 

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If you’re interested in becoming a Dentist, Dr. Ellis has the following advice,

“So one of my favorite bible verses is First Corinthians 9:26 – “So I run like someone who has a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something, not just air.”

If you’re interested in becoming a Motivational Speaker, Dr. Ellis has the following advice,
“Continue to be diligent and centralize your message as much as you can. Also do events for free in the beginning, so that you can continue to get traction and build up your confidence.”
If you’re interested in having Dr. Ellis give you an amazing smile, you can visit her at:

Smile Design Studios Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
6130 Highway 6
Missouri City, TX 77459
281-969-7388
www.sdshouston.com

“We do have individuals fly to come and get their dental work done so don’t hesitate to look us up online.”

Be sure to follow Dr. Ellis and her Dentistry on:
Instagram: Dr. Ellis Ellis
Facebook: Simone Ellis

For speaking engagements, check out her website at:
www.theambitiousdentist.com

Until next time…
“Boss Up and Be Blessed”

Black Health Lifestyle

Want a fresh start for a healthier lifestyle, but unsure of where to start? Looking to get your body right for the new year or that special occasion, but need some motivation? Well we have just the right motivator for you!! Check it out…

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Port Charlotte, FL, Destiny Colson is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Creator of the blog BlackHealthLifestyle! (Dope right?!) For Destiny, joy and feeling happiness is her motivation. Knowing that she can help educate and motivate positivity to others, through her wellness work, is what gives her a daily push!

So how did the BlackHealthLifestyle blog come to life? Destiny tells us that while she was browsing through the top fitness and wellness social media pages, she realized that people of color were few and far in between. At that point, Destiny decided that she wanted to provide a place where people of color, can go and see reflections of themselves improving their health and wellness. (#BlackExcellence!!)

The BlackHealthLifestyle blog was launched in April of 2017, and it provides a starting point for those that want to acquire and maintain a healthier life. Destiny believes her blog is vital to the world, as it showcases many ways and places that a person can work on their wellness. Though her target audience is herself, friends, and family, Destiny states that any and everyone can benefit from the BlackHealthLifestyle blog! (Boss Status!)

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“I wish to reflect self-acceptance as much as self-betterment. I want people to know health is not a look, it’s a way of life. It’s the decisions you make for what you put in your body and what you do with it, “a healthier lifestyle”.”

For Destiny, working a full-time job, taking private clients, and traveling to see family created a challenge of “time” initially for her blog, but that did not stop her grind!! Destiny says through it all, she is most proud knowing that she’s personally touched so many lives.

“The testimonials I get in my direct messages is what pushes me. I have also picked up several high-profile clients for my personal business, which has definitely made it easier to spend more time on my blog.”

 

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“Representation matters. I’m aware that in our community, everyone is not able to spend time or money in the gym, or on personal classes. I want to give examples of more cost/ time efficient ways to work on your wellness. My initial goal was to raise awareness that we are here also. That black people and other people of color can and do live healthy lives. We travel, we eat well, and that we can find ways in any circumstance to live our best, most well lives. I think that it is still just beginning for BHL. Even though we’ve grown so much faster than I had expected, we still have a ways to go.

 

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If you’re looking to start your own blog, Destiny has the following advice:

“Get to know your target audience, utilize your insight tools that social media gives you, and provide plenty of content. Less is usually more, but in this case more is definitely best.”

 

 

 

Make sure you keep up with the BlackHealthlifestyle blog, as Destiny is working with different fitness bloggers, and is planning a few different classes that she will be providing starting in 2018! (Yassss!!)

To follow and keep up with Destiny and her BlackHealthLifestyle blog, follow:

Blog Instagram: @BlackHealthLifestyle

Destiny Instagram: @Sunshiineinc

Destiny has a few final words for our readers:
I hope everyone checks us out! Leave a comment that Boss Up Mag sent you! We are accepting new 2018 clients for personal workout regimens, diet plans, and #BlackHealthLifestyle coaching to fit health into your life as is. Send us a DM or Email for pricing and information. Thank you all so much for this opportunity! I look forward to working with you in the future. Keep in touch!
—xXo

 

The BLK BOX

Have you been searching for, wanting to purchase, and use Black owned and created products? Are you a Black Entrepreneur or Business Owner, that is looking to gain more exposure? Want your business to be listed amongst other amazing Black Businesses? Well we have just the right resource for you!

Representing Berkeley, CA (Bay Area stand up!!) Monique Dee is an Entrepreneur, Creator of her very own Black Business Directory, and the Creator of The BLK BOX! (BOSS Status!) With her family and community being the source of her motivation, Monique strives to provide the ultimate resource!

How did the BLK BOX come to creation? Monique tells us that she got tired of hearing people saying that they don’t where to locate Black owned and created products! (We heard that!) So what exactly is The BLK BOX ? The BLK BOX is a box of 4-5 black owned products, provided by different Black owned businesses, from her Black Business Directory!! (BOOM!)

 

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“I wanted all black businesses to be able to be involved, but I realized that not all businesses have physical products, so we created a business directory to be able to service all black business owner.”

 

 

Monique tells us that funding was a challenge she faced, with jumpstarting her company. She has investors wo were ready to invest, but they fell through a month before her first product release date. Although it was extremely hard and discouraging for her, considering the last-minute drop of investors and having a small-time frame, Monique pushed through and made her first release a true success!!

“Aside from building the website, responding to emails, getting the vendors, running the socials and packing the boxes by herself, I – A 26-year-old self-employed entrepreneur living in California – also found myself trying to figure out a last-minute budget. Which was totally fine, it’s my business, you know?”

The BLK BOX takes around 2-3 months of preparation for release, sometimes less depending on when it is set to be released. The BLK BOX comes with pre-selected products and interested buyers are not able to select which products they received. Unlike other product boxes, the BLK BOX doesn’t do pre-ordering or subscription boxes, just exclusive releases. The BLK BOX is then available until it is sold out! (Such A Boss!)

“My goal is to release them spontaneously to make sure our followers are on their toes and paying attention.”

Looking to get your product featured in the BLK BOX?  Make sure you join her Black Business Directory, as it is the only way for your products to be in the BLK BOX!
Make sure you keep up with Monique and the BLK BOX, as she will be participating in Colin Kaepernick’s upcoming “Know Your Rights” Camp event, and will also be a guest speaker at the Boss Up Magazine’s Entrepreneur event, “Bosses and Business,” in Chicago, IL on July 21st !

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If you’re interested in purchasing the BLK BOX, you can do so online at:
www.theblkbox.com

To get your business listed in the Black Business Directory, you can do so by going straight to the store on her website or by clicking the banner at the top of “Directory” page on her website www.theblkbox.com. Be sure to always contact her first, as she may have discount codes available!

 

If you’re looking to start your own company or directory, Monique has the following advice,

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“Stay passionate, surround yourself with like-minded people and don’t be afraid to support your brothers and sisters. It’s a struggle for all entrepreneurs at some point; We go higher faster when we show each other support. And also, don’t let anyone talk you out of your dream! Let the naysayers be your motivation —What’s for you will always be for you.”

 

 

You can follow Monique and the BLK BOX on all social media at:
Instagram | Twitter | Facebook: @theblkboxco

Until next time…
“Boss Up and Be Blessed”

 

 

The Fitness Guru

Do you tell yourself you’re going to the gym, but some how end up not going? Looking for someone to help you through your journey to better health? Well we have just the right person to help you with your needs!! Meet Myles Mayfield, the phenomenal Fitness Trainer!
All the way from Chicago, IL, Myles Mayfield is an Independent Certified Fitness Trainer and is motivated by waking up each day! Myles stated that he has the utmost appreciation for life, especially because no day is guaranteed. (Amen!)

“I view every day as an opportunity to reach my goals.”

So how did Myles get into Fitness? It was during his second year of college, that he discovered his passion for Fitness! He soon began to take his health very seriously and his body began to change. However, little did Myles know, the change in his body caught the eye of some of his classmates, who too wanted their bodies to change. At no charge to those interested, he shared his passion by unofficially training a few people who were interested. He turned out to be fairly good at it, and it gave him a feeling of pure satisfaction. (Definitely a BOSS move!)

“I was studying to become a teacher which I enjoyed. After graduating college, I decided to try teaching what I love and teach it on my own time. Shortly after, I began working on my certification.”

Myles earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Chicago State University, and earned his Fitness Trainer Certification through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). Though his Fitness Trainer Certification is an 8-month long self-paced program, Myles stated that it took him 3 months of intense studying to earn his Fitness Trainer Certificate. (BOSS Status!) Myles stated that his experience in fitness and knowledge he gained during his undergrad studies helped him A LOT.
So you may be wondering why it is beneficial or important to have a Fitness Trainer? Myles tells us that Fitness Trainers are excellent accountability partners.

 

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“We are a reliable resource for most of your fitness needs, always ask questions. We have the ability to push you further than you would push yourself. Fitness Trainers create a solid plan for you to execute, no guess-work. Most people believe that we are all arrogant, and overly aggressive assholes. Lol! We are a good partner to have when you decide to invest in your health.”

 

Myles solely provides fitness related training, which includes goal setting and tracking, daily workout programming, nutritional guidance, group fitness classes, and unlimited motivation. He specializes in weight training for muscular strength and endurance, but he also has solid experience in all other areas of health and performance related fitness, such as cardiovascular strength & endurance, flexibility, body composition, agility, and power. (BOOM!)
He has worked with hundreds of clients over the years, and has worked with 35-40 clients who have trained consistently and reached their specific goals. Most of his clients have concerns and goals regarding fat loss and increasing overall physical health, with their results depending on the client’s goals and commitment to the plan they create. As a Fitness Trainer, Myles enjoys meeting, interacting, and building relationships with culturally diverse people.

In the beginning, his biggest challenge was finding a stable location to train clients. Due to him not having his own gym as of yet, Myles found it very difficult to locate a fully equipped facility that would allow him to rent their space and operate independently. However, this has not stopped Myles at all!

 

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Myles got his first big break as a Fitness Trainer when he ran his first beach boot camp! Myles told us,

“I sat on this idea of teaching “beach boot-camps” during the summer months. After a few months, I stopped thinking and started executing. The beach boot-camps were a success. 10 to 15 people showed up to 39th St. /Oakwood Beach and gave their best effort each week. My mother encouraged me to move to Hyde Park on the Southeast side of Chicago which was a 5-minute drive from the beach. The move led me to locate and partner with The Space in Hyde Park. The Space is a great facility under great ownership that allowed me the opportunity to train clients and help grow my business. I’ve learned and grown a lot. I am grateful for The Space, my mother, and every single person who supported the beach boot-camps.”

 

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“It is important that you stay hydrated, stretch, eat clean, and STAY CONSISTENT!
I believe that no supplement or product can equate to consistency, discipline, and dedication to exercise and a diet of clean whole foods.”

“We all fall off track, but don’t stay off track. Figure out what went wrong, ask questions, make adjustments, and get right back on. Fitness is just as much a mental journey as it is a physical journey.”

 

Myles has recently competed in his first powerlifting competition, with placing 3rd in his weight class. When Myles isn’t competing in competitions or training clients, he is exploring food and travel!

 

“I love to travel and eat. I am currently exploring the world one city and country at a time. I have to figure out how to make a living traveling the world and experiencing other cultures through fitness and food!”

 

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If you’re looking to become a Fitness Trainer, Myles has the following advice,

“I wished that I knew that setting goals are essential to succeed. I function so much better when I am working towards something specific. Always have a date on a calendar”
“Read lots of books, ask lots of questions, learn daily, and practice often. As with anything in life, you will get out of this what you put into it. You have the power to change someone’s life for the better, do not take it for granted. Lastly, do your best to train independently. If you have to work for a gym, use it as a learning experience and keep growing.”

Make sure you keep up with Myles, as he is currently working with two other really great Chicago based trainers, on a super cool and fun YouTube channel and Podcast! So stay tuned!

If you’re interested in booking Myles for any of his services, you can do so by:
Email: mayfieldmotivation@gmail.com
Website: www.mayfieldmotivation.com
Instagram: mayfield_motivation.
“Pick one and don’t hesitate to contact me! I will respond within 24-48 hours.” – Myles Mayfield

Myles also has a final comment for all of our readers:
Please don’t neglect your health. If you are not sure where to start, contact me and ask questions. So many people approach me after bad news from a doctor visit, don’t be that person. I truly believe that health is wealth, do not take it for granted. Thank you Boss Up Magazine, for this opportunity. I wish you nothing but success in the days ahead.

 

The SLAY Queen!

Taking photos soon, but aren’t quite photoshoot ready? Do you have an upcoming event, that you know requires a FIERCE look? Want your make-up done, but unsure of who to go to? Well we have just the right person for you, who can give you an unbelievable SLAY! Meet Philisha Asia!

All the way from Los Angeles, CA, Philisha Asia is the Make-Up Artist that can slay your look like no other! (Chile…!) With Jesus being her prime motivation, as well as becoming her own BOSS being her motivation, Philisha’s passion of make-up is nothing but FIERCE!

Her eye for makeup started young and it continued to grow with Philisha throughout her life. Though makeup was not her original passion, that did not stop Philisha. Initially, Philisha went to school for medicine. So what sparked the passion of make-up for Philisha? One day, after watching a video of someone else applying make-up, she casually stated to herself, “I can do that”, and picked up a brush to try it out for herself. After trying out it, Philisha realized what her true passion was! (BOOM!)

After that first transformation I literally felt a passion rise up inside of me and realized “This is what I’m SUPPOSED to be doing” and I haven’t stopped yet!

 

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While jumpstarting her business, Philisha dealt with a fear of small clientele, which she felt would hinder the growth of her business. However, Philisha quickly learned that her fear was no longer!

I’m so thankful that I’ve learned that my mouth is the most powerful tool. With me speaking life over my business, growth and success DAILY, I know God is going to continue to open doors I never thought were possible, because of my faith in him and the life I speak into myself daily. Makeup is MY gift but I’m very resourceful and if I don’t do it, I’m sure I know someone who can lol.

Get excited ladies because Philisha specializes in ALL types of makeup! She told us that she doesn’t put a limit on herself or her gift, and she lives by the scripture,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Amen!)

Philisha stated that her clients request nice, soft, natural looks OR the over top bold SLAY for the GODS look! Philisha says that she is here for them both! (YAAASSSS!!!) Philisha loves natural and glamour looks, and also enjoys creating outside of the box looks, bold colorful eye, fiercely stained lips, and of course DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA looks!

 

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I always tell my clients to find an amazing mild soap for sensitive skin and wash your face!!!! I prefer plain baby wash. It’s not too harsh and doesn’t dry you out. I love it.

 

 

 

When asked which celebrity idol she would style, if given the opportunity, Philisha stated,

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“So if you know me, you know I LOVE Queen Bey! Just to be in her presence doing her makeup means I have finally grown to the level God promised me. Its deep yall. Plus, she is the true definition of “Girl Power!”

“I provide services for ANY occasion. Honey if you want to go to the grocery store, I can do a nasty slay for you just for that! You do not have to be on a red carpet to look good! Lol!”

 

 

 

If you are interested in becoming a make-up artist, Philisha has the following advice,

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“Pray and ask God for exactly what you want for your business first and foremost. Gain exposure by exhibiting your work on platforms such as social media, use your resources, network with others around you and those in the same industry, be accepting of criticism and always be willing to learn. Most importantly, believe in yourself no matter what people think or say. Use negative comments as strength and turn them positive. Hey at least someone is talking about you right?! What’s for you is for you and no one can take that from you. Never forget it. The world is yours, go get it!”

“Be positive, don’t let fear stop you from trying, trust God and enjoy your journey” #PhilishaAsia

If you are looking to book Philisha for her amazing services, you can do so via email: PhilishaAsia@yahoo.com

Be sure to keep an eye on Philisha and her business, as she has many great upcoming events and opportunities for 2018! (Get excited!) You can follow Philisha on:

Instagram: @ptbmakeup — Let me know “Boss Up Magazine” sent you, I’ll hook you up.