Ann DeVeaux Boutique Launch

The Launching of Ann DeVeaux Boutique!

Ann DeVeaux Boutique

 

The term “serial entrepreneur” is attached to those of us Type A Personalities who find the wheels of entrepreneurial creativity ALWAYS spinning in our heads! Ideas come forth while in the shower, taking a walk in the park, driving along the highway, and especially for me, when I’m meditating. We test the viability of our ideas by running through scenarios of how our ideas will work, we weed out the bad ones and continue to iterate on the good ones. The ideas that are recurring and that tend to build momentum in my mind are usually the ones I test against my gut instinct/intuition and take the leap with those ideas that have vibrations that line up with my core dreams and desires. Most importantly, they must line up with my personal purpose and motto which is to “Uplift, Encourage and Inspire!”

 

See a need, test the market, create the brand….then JUMP!

 

My medical practice, is thriving and I feel so blessed from every angle of it! It’s not going anywhere…..I’m simply creating some “ in addition to” & “Increase”! My newest venture has been in the works for almost 2 years now and I’m finally ready to take that leap. Several months into the creation process I had a gut feeling that I should put these plans on hold because I had a gut feeling that the timing wasn’t right. I always trust my gut. I just left it there, didn’t work on it at all, and didn’t think about it most days. Until…………until the wheels in my head started spinning again. Only this time, they were spinning and indicating that the time is right to take that leap!

 

As a tall girl with curves, standard boutique S-M-L sizes just don’t work for me. In the past couple of years I’ve started to have some of my pieces custom made to accommodate my height and curves and it feels like I’ve hit a gold mine! I also started seeking out boutiques and brands that carry curvy girl sizes and I was hooked. I’ve decided to bring what I’ve found helpful for me to other Curvy Girls, Plus-Size Women, and Full-Figured Fashionistas!

Introducing………………………………

Ann DeVeaux Boutique
For the Curvy Girl, the Plus-Sized Woman, the Full-Figured Fashionista

www.AnnDeVeaux.com

          Ann DeVeaux Boutique is an online fashion hub I created for the curvy girl, the plus size woman, the full-figured fashionista, out of a need for curvy girl fashion not easily found in traditional box retailers and fashion boutiques. A Curvy girl should never have to sacrifice her love for fashion because of the size on a clothing tag or be relegated to a small selection of clothes in the far back corner of the store.

I’m so excited about this boutique because as Tom Ford says, “Dressing well is a form of good manners”. Be unapologetically confident in how you present yourself to the world every day and go for it!

The items we curate for our boutique range from casual, everyday clothing to fashion statement pieces. These pieces are stylish, comfortable, and flattering. We order and stock limited quantities of each piece to create a unique boutique experience so if you see it, BUY IT! As we’ve learned from our experience selling on the Amazon Marketplace, our pieces don’t stick around for long!

P.S – We never want to leave our non-curvy girls out. We have a gorgeous selection of fashion jewelry, handbags and other items available so every woman can feel fabulous in our fashions!

 

Dr. Carmen April                 Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux Boutique, an online fashion Boutique for the Curvy Girl, the Plus Sized Woman, the Full-Figured Fashionista! She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

 

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Figure Out What’s Really Important

Figure Out What’s Really Important

 

Dr. Carmen April

 

When you figure out what’s important in to you in this life, it’s easy to let go of what’s not. I can’t be everything to everybody and still be happy with myself so I’ve learned to focus on what’s important and let everything else fall into place as they may.

Where do your priorities stand? Do you feel pulled in many different directions and finding that you aren’t at peace with where those paths are taking you? If so, it’s time to make some changes! Make a list of the things/activities/roles in your life that are most important to you. These reflect your CORE desires. These are the big rocks you put in the bucket 1st. Everything else, the smaller rocks and the sand, fill in AFTER your priorities are taken care of. If you fill your bucket with the small rocks and sand first, there will be no room for those things most important to you. When you learn that you can count on yourself, nothing else counts!

 

Dr. Carmen April          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

Cheers to Six Years in Private Practice!

Cheers to Six Years in Private Practice!

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          A little over 6.5 years ago I had a dream, a vision, a plan to start my own practice from scratch in the city of Nashville where I could count the number of people I knew here on one hand! It seemed like a daunting task to some, but I can honestly say that from the moment that idea planted itself in my mind, I fully believed I could do it, never doubted myself and never looked back! Statistics show that most small businesses fail within the first 5 years. In fact, more than 90% of them do. However, It’s been exactly 6 years since I opened my doors on Jan. 10th, 2011 with just 2 patients on a cold snowy, icy day and I’ve been rocking and rolling ever since! I thank God for it all, even the times I wanted to throw in the towel because I’ve grown from the experience. The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center is not a side hustle or an extra job in addition to another. It’s my full time, 24-7, 365 days per year, even in the middle of the night when I get an emergency call, and even when I’m on “vacation”, baby!

It began with nothing more than a vision in my mind, God’s direction and provision, the support of my family, and has grown because of my dedicated work, the trust of medical colleagues referring their patients to me, friends and sorority sisters who are my “unofficial” marketing team and are always sending patients my way, and the support of the thousands of patients who have trusted me to care for them ! I’m #Grateful

Dr Carmen April Speaker          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Law of Attraction Practitioner and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

Grateful for 5.5+ Years of Entrepreneurship

Grateful for 5.5+ Years of Entrepreneurship

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          As those of you who regularly read my blog know, in addition to being a blogger I have a career…..the one that actually pays the bills and for which I studied and toiled and stayed in school and residency for what seemed like FOREVER to achieve lol! As “Dr. Carmen April” I am an entrepreneur and owner of my medical practice, The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC for the past 5 years. When I was first getting started in my medical practice, I heard over and over and OVER again that most small businesses fail within their first couple of years of operation. In fact, that statistic is more specifically around 90% of small businesses FAILING in their first couple of years. Making it to 5 years is definitely something to be celebrated and I certainly have! I thank God every SINGLE day for the success of my business!

          There have been times, especially in the beginning where I grew weary because the money coming into the business seemed to be at a snail’s pace compared to the money going out! There have been many times where I have been frustrated with dealing with health insurance companies lowering reimbursements year after year when the cost of doing business continues to increase. There are many things that I, along with any other entrepreneur COULD complain about and have complained about as it pertains to our businesses, BUT the day I started to express more GRATITUDE than I did complain about everything that was wrong in the medical industry, a SHIFT happened! It was as if expressing Gratitude un-clogged a pipe and allowed an abundance of good things to flow into my medical practice! Opportunities for financial increase came my way and I was in position to take full advantage of it.

           Some entrepreneurs are afraid to openly talk about “money” especially in fields that service people and the community, such as in medicine. My main job as a doctor is to diagnose and treat my patients with the best medical care possible and I’m confident I do that. However, if the money is not available to run the business properly, that does not happen. Entrepreneurs have to get comfortable talking about money! When it comes to the finances of my business, My small business is no different from the big hospitals and health centers, no different from your every day restaurant or clothing store. They all require positive cash flow, great report with patients/clients and the community, marketing, advertising, good money management, etc to make them successful.

           It’s been 6+ years since I first nurtured the idea of starting my own practice and it’s still amazing to think back on every storm I weathered to get to this very point. A couple THOUSAND patients later from the first day I hung my shingle and opened the doors to my practice, I have a renewed strength and tenacity to see it grow even more! God is great and I give Him all the glory and honor for the success of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC!

          My prayer for my business: “Lord, I thank you for giving me the idea and the courage to pursue my dream of starting my own medical practice. The opportunity came before I thought I was ready to take the leap, but you had already equipped me with everything I needed to get it done! Every bit of any amount of success I have experienced in this business is because of you and for that I say Thank You. During the trials, and doubts, and hard times, you were also there and didn’t let me fall. You didn’t let me quit. I continue to pray for every single patient who walks through the doors of this practice. Bless them Lord and bless me to use my knowledge, skills and intuition to medically treat them to the best of my ability. Bless my employees that they continue to find satisfaction in their work with me and this business and allow them to be a blessing to the patients as well. I know that these accomplishments you’ve allowed me to have at such a young age, inspire others and for that I am Grateful! There have been many people along the way who I have looked to for inspiration and I’m glad that I’m now able to pay it forward. Lord, continue to allow me to uplift, encourage and inspire other people through the work of my mind and my hands. I pray that all my endeavors are prosperous and are used to serve you and uplift your kingdom! In your son Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.” –Carmen

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Dr Carmen April Speaker        Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Law of Attraction Practitioner and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

On Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Service

On Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Service

Dr. Carmen April

            A couple of weeks ago my really great friend/College Roommate/Sorority Sister featured me on her blog. I was tickled pink over this because she is one of the most creative people I’ve ever met in my life and am honored that she’s featured me! She interviewed me about everything from Entrepreneurship and Leadership to proper foot health and my annual sock drive. We talked for well over an hour and somehow she managed to whittle the interview down to the three features you can find here:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Enjoy!

Dr. Carmen April            Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Award (NELA) Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

You can follow her daily #Leadership insights on Twitter @DrCarmenApril

Think Before You Post!

Think Before You Post!

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               I was doing a Keynote Lecture Presentation at a Leadership Conference a while back and had a question posed by an audience member that I thought was great to share here. I was presenting on Leadership and specifically how Blogging can be used to Build a Brand and become a thought Leader in any given field. A Young Woman in the audience raised her hand after my presentation and says she has subjects she wants to blog about, but that she would not necessarily want an employer or someone hiring her for a job to see. She asked me what she should do…………..

DON’T POST IT!

               You should assume that ANYTHING posted on the internet, whether it be on blogs, social media, YouTube, emails etc is there forever! You should never post anything to the internet that you’re not comfortable with everyone seeing!

                I’ve read statistics that as high as 60% of HR and hiring managers “Google” potential job candidates during the search process. You certainly don’t want them coming across information that would be detrimental to your reputation or you being hired for or keeping a job.

Trust your gut! If your gut is telling you not to post something to the internet or emails (especially work emails!!) DON’T do it!

THINK BEFORE YOU POST!

– Dr. April

Dr. Carmen April's Speaker Series

Dr. Carmen April’s Speaker Series

               Dr. Carmen April is a young entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

If You Confuse People, You Lose People

If You Confuse People, You Lose People

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              A while back, I was an audience member at a business pitching event. One gentleman got up to deliver his pitch and within the first 2 minutes, completely confused everyone in the room about his idea. He lost half the audience within the first couple minutes and these folks checked out for the rest of his presentation. The other couple of people who remained attentive did so only to rip his presentation to shreds with questions once he was done.

              I’m sure you’ve seen this before if you’re a fan of ABC’s hit program, Shark Tank. Individuals come forth to pitch their inventions to the millionaire sharks and either walk away with an investment from one of the sharks or go home empty-handed. Their fate depends on how well they deliver their pitch and get the sharks to believe in them. It doesn’t take long for the sharks to smell “blood in the water” if the person pitching doesn’t do a great job delivering.

               When crafting your message about who you are and why anyone should believe in you, be it your Leadership abilities, or product or services you are selling, you have to simplify your message. Simplifying your message will take some work, but is essential to communicating why you do what you do and why what you offer is beneficial.

                  In the early stages of working to craft my brand message, I realized I had to highlight the value I bring to both my clients and teams I am leading. It’s not enough for me to emphasize why I’m interested in doing what I love doing for myself. I have to convey the benefit of my passion to others.

Here are 5 tips to remember when working to clarify your brand message:

1.) Follow the KIS Method  – Keep It Simple! People love clear, simple messages that aren’t hard to digest

2.) Know you product or service well – better than anyone else!

3.) Be able to deliver your message to anyone in a 30 second pitch

4.) Remember your value proposition to your consumer

5.) Don’t confuse people because WHEN YOU CONFUSE THEM, YOU LOSE THEM!

Dr. Carmen April's Speaker Series

Dr. Carmen April’s Speaker Series

         Dr. Carmen April is a young entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

You can follow her daily #Leadership insights on Twitter @DrCarmenApril