We have a brand new #wingwoman this week, featuring Michelle Afia Owusu! Michelle recently launched a new business called Majesty which sells elegant silk accessories for your skin and hair. In our interview, Michelle opens up about how time is the key thing to making all of her important relationships work, how she views finding her purpose similar to dating, and how her mom's resourcefulness when she was younger still inspires her today. Continue reading to learn all about the amazing, Michelle!
1. What makes you happy?
A good laugh, I love to laugh, hear people laugh and find reasons to smile. If I'm hanging out with someone, watching a show, reading a book, thinking a thought, hearing about someone's day and it makes me or them chuckle, laugh, or smile - that's happiness to me.
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
Learn to love rejection, it's a part of following your dreams.
3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
That every person on the planet has access to clean, fresh, running water and nutritious food.
4. How did you find your purpose?
I'm still looking for my purpose. A wise person once told me that, finding your purpose is a lot like finding a partner. You have to date around, and try different things until you find the right one. I'm currently in the dating process and figuring out what I enjoy most, and where I can provide the most value.
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
My biggest pain point in building relationships is managing time. I think it's really important to cherish all of the relationships you have in your life, which means checking in, following up, hanging out celebrating them, encouraging them and that all takes considerable time. It's important to me to reserve time for those that matter most in my life.
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
That confrontation can be the scariest thing, but it's a beautiful thing. If something doesn't feel right, let them know; if they are truly your friend, they'll understand, and if you're truly their friend, you'll forgive, and vice versa.
7. Who are your SHEroes (AKA female heroes)?
My Mother, Agnes Adomako. We didn't grow up with a lot, but she was resourceful and always figured out ways to make sure we had everything we needed. Oprah Winfrey, she was the first black woman I saw growing up on television that was making a difference in the lives of people everywhere. Harriet Tubman, her courage, dedication, and strength is something I admire to this day. Maya Angelou, her way of words has brought so much creativity, excitement, and healing to my life. Issa Rae and Michaela Coel, these woman share who they are, what they are made of, and their story on the TV screen. They do it with diligence, grace and vulnerability, and have really inspired myself and many others to share their story.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
Jason Calacanis - Angel Podcast
Let Love Have the Last Word - Common
The Water Dancer - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Start with Why - Simon Sinek
9. Where can we find you?
You can find me on instagram at @Michelle.afia or my business account @yourmajesty.shop.