Shop Local: Liberation Threads


This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend an event at Liberation Threads which is a fair trade and American made boutique in Durham, North Carolina. At this particular event Rebecca the owner wanted to highlight Nepal this month and give her customers 30% off of all Nepal made products.

Opening a fair trade and American made boutique was dream of Rebecca’s for awhile and her and her husband came together to make Rebecca’s dream a reality. Liberation Threads has only been open for about two months and from what I saw and overheard at the event I can see Liberation Threads customer base isn’t going anywhere but up. Rebecca wanted to make the products affordable for her customers with the price point going no higher than $200. Everything that was displayed in the store had a feeling of reason and purpose.


One piece that stood out to me was a t-shirt saying “Be you”. I took that simple messaged and relayed it to my life and my future goals because for you to get where you want to go you have to be yourself. While talking to Rebecca she’s soft spoken but her responses came across so clear and you can hear the passion she has for Liberation Threads from the product knowledge to greeting her customers that comes into the boutique. I’m excited to see what the future brings from Rebecca and Liberation Threads. If you’re ever in Durham, North Carolina go check out Liberation Threads at 405 E Chapel Hill St Durham, NC 27701 United States . In early February Liberation Threads will be launching their e-commerce site. In the meantime check them out on their Instagram @liberationthreads

I hope you enjoyed this month’s Shop Local feature and if you want to be feature as a local shop or featured in general feel free to contact me. In the meantime check out the additional pictures I took at Liberation Threads down below.

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Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Shop Local Event

Want to support local shops? Want to give back on a global scale? Want to support women on their path to success? You’ll be able to find all of this at @liberationthreads. This weekend in Durham, NC Liberation Threads in their supports for Nepal.

I’ll be there and hope you will be too! 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee


Hey Aspirers! It felt amazing this afternoon in North Carolina and I wanted to dress like how I was feeling. I wanted to show you all what I put together.  

Jacket: Ashley by 26 International

Bodysuit: Buckle

Necklaces: Buckle

Belt: Wal-Mart

Pants: Just Black

Shoes: Soda 

Majority of my items could be found at a Buckle store or online from their website. You can also google the brands online. 

I hope you loved today’s ootd! 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Christmas Tree Lane

Hi Aspirers I wanted to share a few Christmas trees from my past Christmases. 

In 2010 was the year my mom decided we weren’t going to have a real Christmas tree. She finally got what she wanted. 

Also in 2010 my roommates and I decided to get ourselves a “little” tree. Wasn’t it cute!

In 2011 my organization Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship Inc. teamed up with Branches of Love. Each group decorated Christmas trees and each tree was given to families without a tree.

I hope you enjoyed my trip down Christmas Tree lane. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee 

Loveless Series: What do you think? 

Instead of writing a new post this week I want to know what you think of the loveless series? Do you want this series to continue? What would you like to read about? What you want me to continue a conversation on previous posts. I want to know your thought. 

Email me your thoughts here or comment below. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Spotlight Interview with Chisa Pennix-Brown


Chisa Pennix-Brown has over 14 years of experience in business coaching, community outreach, and social media insight, Chisa Pennix-Brown has transformed savoir faire and a long-time vision of helping her peers, into Lady Bizness, an organization committed to fostering healthy relationships, business opportunities, and providing events for Entrepreneurs in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad community. Since I’ve known Chisa I’ve thought of her as a master of all trades because she did so much. Now author has been added to her title with a book called “90 Day Focus” which is your action plan for success, a book that helps to transform your mindset towards prioritization and goal setting to help you complete your passion project. While starting this book two years ago Chisa had some struggle she had to overcome, which she had to change her mindset and get through the negativity in her life. While reading this book know that these same actions that will help you through success helped Chisa too.

I’ve had the pleasure to interview Chisa and talk about her success and her book. To find out what she had to say and get some tips on how you can be successful continue reading.

Q: What is your definition to success?

A: Success is what YOU make it. It can be something financial. For me the biggest thing is comfort. Are you comfortable? There are a lot of people who are rich but they are not comfortable. To me comfortable is better than making a lot of money. There is always going to be different levels of comfort but being comfortable with yourself and stop worrying about what everyone else has to say about you.

Q: Do you feel like you’ve reached success?

A: I’ve reached a certain level of success but there are other things that I want to do. Back to the book “90 Day Focus” the purpose of it is to continue to set goals for yourself so you’ll have something else to obtain. From 2014 when I started writing this book until now I’ve seen tremendous growth in myself and in relationships. I feel like there are certain levels of success I have reached but I still want more things.

Q: We are humans we all want more. In certain ways everyone wants to become successful do you feel that also it’s a combination of greed as well? How can you be successful and not greedy? How to stay humble?

A: My book will explain this but you have to give up something to get something. For example it’s a party I want to go to Friday night and I know I have to get up Saturday morning because I have a class to teach. If I go to that party I won’t be as effective as I need to be for the next day. I have to make grown up decision. This same concept can be used in relationships, saving money, and running a business. I don’t think is greedy but I do have a philosophy of being selfish but I have to do the best for myself so I can be successful. You have to look and evaluate on what you need versus what you want.

Chisa’s book came out in March of this year and she decided not to do a book tour because she felt like that was what everyone else was doing. “If I’m not a big celebrity so I can’t say I have a book and everyone is going to buy it. I knew people were going to buy this book of two reasons (1) they already knew me and (2) I had to give them reasons why they wanted my book. Before the book was out I had things set in motion like having workshops. I’m planning on having a book signing August 18th at the Greensboro Public Library from 6pm-8pm. I’ve done one in High Point, Charlotte, and Raleigh, NC”.


Q: Will there be a part two of this book?

A: Not a part two but I am planning on doing this as a series. I recognize there are different areas in life for this book. This is an action book to success so this book is for anyone. Other books will be about students getting ready to get out of high school, going to college, and entering the workforce. I’m thinking about the series going to seven but for now just this one the “90 Day Focus” at least until next year.

Q: Will a podcast be in your future so you’ll be able to reach people in different areas.

A: Right now I’m using Periscope for marketing with the “90 Day Focus” and Sound Cloud for inspirational messages. I also do the 90 Day Focus Conferences every year in January and smaller conferences later in the year. The conference is a great way to start your year. Before the end of the year I will be starting webinars. What’s great when you attend my conferences and workshops the book will be included.

Q: Can someone finish the book and reach success by 90 days or can it take them longer or complete it faster?

A: This book is also a workbook. It’s about how much time it takes you to get things in order and are you going to do everything that’s inside the workbook. You could finish the book in 90 days but also from the book you might realize there are somethings you have to contemplate. If it takes you longer then it takes you longer but I have a belief in what ever goals you have you can complete at least one in 90 days. That’s what happen to me. Once you get it going you’ll have a system you can replicate and keep it going.

I hope you enjoyed reading this interview with Chisa. To stay in touch with Chisa and to purchase her book. Check at all the links below to stay connected. Let me know if you enjoyed reading about Chisa and her book by like this post. Feel free to share it as well.





 Sincerely, Courtney Renee