As a woman, as a Black woman, as a Black business owner, I've felt the sting of other people's opinions and preconceptions—and I'm sure we all have at some point. It's all too easy to get caught up in what other people think of you, or to try and live your life according to someone else's expectations—and it's not just bad for your mental health: it's bad for your goals and aspirations.

I believe that self-love is the only way forward. When you love yourself, you feel confident being yourself—and when you feel confident being yourself, you accomplish things that no one but yourself would have thought possible. That's how I've been able to create Melencia Jewels.

You are perfectly unique, and you are exactly who I want wearing my jewels. You don't need anyone else's approval, and what others think of you should have no bearing on how you live your life. I hope that by living in my truth and doing what I love, you are inspired and motivated to live in your truth, and do what you love.

I can't wait to see what bold moves you make next!