Meet Donna - CEO and Founder of The FreeStyle App and your No Code Tech Coach

Meet Donna

My name is Donna, and i'm your No Code Tech Coach

My Story:

I was going through one of the toughest seasons of my life...I guess you could say I was somewhat in a state of isolation when I birthed the idea of The FreeStyle App.. Looking back at that time, I barely had the energy to do the things I enjoyed, let alone the energy to focus on creating something new. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพ‍โ™€๏ธ 

I’ve always been the type that family and friends turn to for inspiration and support, I genuinely care about helping others, and if you know me, well you know my family is EVERTHING to me ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ.

So when my younger brother moved in with me during one the hardest times of my life... I guess I stepped into big sis mode... He was new to the city ๐ŸŒƒ , looking for a job ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพ‍๐Ÿ’ผ, and well just trying to adjust. So naturally I wanted to help him.

He was juggling a lot, and I Didn’t always have the answers... but when he needed help finding a barber ๐Ÿ’ˆ I knew that was one question I could help with ๐Ÿ˜„

I remember hitting up all my guy friends asking them if they could recommend a barber that they trust. Lol...

I later realized sooooo many people were also searching for trusted referrals. I was in a season of personal uncertainty and isolation...but I guess Wanting to help had a way of lifting me up... And so, The FreeStyle App ๐Ÿ“ฑwas created.โค๏ธ

What happened in the next months to follow from first having a crazy idea of an app ๐Ÿค”, to actually Launching it ๐Ÿš€ in the App Store ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ ..reminds me of the saying “a rose ๐ŸŒน that grew from concrete” ...

Never in a million years would I have said that this country girl from Memphis (shout-out to Nigeria as well ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Never forget where you came from) no background in IT or Tech would have a whole App in the App Store?!? ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโค๏ธ

Seems contradictory.. but I’ve since learned that beautiful things CAN grow out of hard times.

Even though the odds appeared stacked against me ๐Ÿšซno background in technology
๐Ÿšซlimited resources๐Ÿ’ฐ

I just knew I had a crazy idea ๐Ÿ’ก that was bigger than me. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

I knew that The FreeStyle App would help create jobs and opportunities for our people...help give them opportunities to create that will allow them to feed their families for a lifetime.

Through sharing trusted word of mouth referrals with friends on The FreeStyle App, potential clients connect with hard to find professionals and professionals connect with new clients.

I believe in the power of creating a win win world ๐ŸŒ - everybody eats. This is how we truly uplift one another.

Now as we find ourselves in a season of Quarantine and isolation, I can’t help but remember my own past season of isolation and therefore feeling a need to teach the gems ๐Ÿ’Ž and hacks ๐Ÿ˜‰ that helped me.

Many of us have bright million dollar ๐Ÿ’ต ideas ๐Ÿ’ก. And being quarantined has given us all a new found appreciation for our favorite APPs and online businesses. They’ve helped to connect us in our new world of social distancing.

Now more that ever businesses and consumers are relying on technology to connect.

Crisis moments though uncomfortable, also present opportunity.

Use that creativity and free time and take a chance on your ideas to help you find a new path to freedom:
Created that APP sis(bro)! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜†

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breathe the world.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend benderโ€Š—โ€Šthen probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

— Christopher Morley

Enjoy the morning.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend benderโ€Š—โ€Šthen probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever. I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300.

It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Free your mind.

 The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend benderโ€Š—โ€Šthen probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Photography is better shared.

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