FLM: What’s the hardest part about this industry and being a mother?
I had my businesses before I had kids. I wanted to homeschool them or at least have a nanny by my side so I have my kids with me at all times. I was really hell bent on showcasing to the world that it’s possible to be a mama and a businesswoman at the same time! It was a lot harder than I thought. The women who make it look easy have a lot of money, haha. I think the hard part is really the times where I really have to tell my kids that they have to stay home. That’s the hardest because my goal is to have them with me at all times. My goal is to teach them through experience, through them seeing, through their life stories being: ‘I was there with my mother when…, I helped my mother when and I’m an expert because I’ve been doing this since I was 3, 4, 5, whatever…’ The hardest part is to not have them with me. And then the other hard part is when the industry overlooks me because I am a mother and a lot of people will [ask] how does that relate? Well, there are things that you have to do when you go out to communicate with people and I try to invite people into my world so they can see, talk, communicate and share. I think that people really have to understand when it comes to women. We do so much because we have families [and] because we’re doing more aspects in the business than you can see on top of running families. We have to do things a little differently, that means, I have a location that I am maintaining and it would be great for people to come to that location if there’s something they want from me. Honestly, I can give you the best experience at my location than I can give you out in the world because I don’t have all my tools at my disposal to really show you what’s going on. The hard thing is just people understanding that sometimes you got to go where the story is, and a lot of times they don’t do that. So men get pushed forward more than women because men don’t have to breastfeed a baby, they can up and leave and whatever and sometimes I’ve got to stop.
FLM: What’s next for Danii?
Expansion! Growing the businesses that I currently have that are pretty much doing well, relative to the other businesses that I started a long time ago. Just expanding them, growing them, and getting them to audiences wider that New York and Texas.
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FLM: What’s the fiercest thing in your purse?
So, I don’t have a purse but I do carry around a book bag and my book bag is literally like my office. It’s my mobile office and the most important thing in that book bag is my laptop, even more so than my phone because my laptop gives me access to the world - access to information. It’s a mini library, it’s a mini workstation, it’s my art studio - I have all my applications on there. Anything I want or need, I can get through the portal of my computer. My phone would be secondary because that gives me access to the internet wherever I am, whether there’s access available or not