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Today we’d like to introduce you to Felecity Havens.

Hi Felecity, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I never really chose my journey, it chose me.

Coming out of college a 2,000 point scorer, 2-time All-American and leading scorer in program history I just knew that my journey was to play ball for at least the next ten years of my life. But God had a different plan than I had for myself. I graduated from the University of Mount Olive with my Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Education. Quickly after that, I was recruited to play and picked up by a D1 team out of Kalithea Greece called the “Esperides”. This was honestly a dream of mine since I picked up a basketball. But I was very surprised when I got there that I didn’t feel IN PURPOSE. I sort of just felt like I was checking off another goal on my list that I created when I was a little girl. Truth be told to play pro ball was actually the last thing on that list and it became clear to me that that was my ceiling for this all along.

While I was in Greece I would find myself spending more time sketching designs, creating websites, jotting down brand ideas, visiting independent boutiques and just picking the owner’s brains as to how they got to where they are and what inspired them the most. It became clear to me then and there that I had other desires and interests that consumed my thoughts a lot more than ball did at that time.

I loved basketball but I felt as if I was fulfilling a goal that I made for myself as a child and not living up to who I wanted to be in that present moment of who I am now! So I decided that it was time for me to give up ball and pursue my creative career as an entrepreneur.

My knack for creativity and freedom of expression goes back all the way to when I was in middle school. Wearing things that nobody else was wearing and making sure that I had a certain level of individuality about myself. I never tried nor desired to look like anyone else. I just wanted to be the best version of myself that I could possibly be. I carried this same mindset throughout high school but I do feel like it was more challenging for me to do so seeing that I already stood out like a sore thumb being an open, biracial, homosexual in a predominately white school. This really allowed me to live my truth out loud and it made me to secure in who I am today. I am proud of who I am.

When I got to college I met a few friends that really fed my creative spirit and boosted my confidence when it came to the things I was making and ideas I was pitching. My friend Octavian was the first one to put a camera in my hand and that I am so grateful for. We would reconstruct clothes and go on different photo shoots around campus and just do whatever we could to get our ideas into physical form. Our college was in the middle of nowhere so it forced us to think outside of the box and kept us secluded. These friends of mine were just attending the university for academics, they were a part of the few kids at our school who weren’t athletes but I promise that these guys were the coolest people I’ve ever met to this day. They really shaped my taste to be what it is today and helped me believe in my vision and some of them are still in my life today and I’m blessed to have them and to be able to build with them.

Now all of this has led me to where I am today. After leaving Greece I’ve been back in my home state of Ohio, crafting and working on my brands and pursuing the things that have been pulling on my heart for as long as I can remember.

I created my brand called “thirdx a charm” (pronounced third•times•a•charm) in 2019. This brand is a product/service company. I don’t like to label it as a clothing brand because one day I desire to make more than just clothes and I also think it’s vital to be a service to others and create opportunities for those around you, whether that’s through charity work, community impact, mentoring programs and so on.

The meaning behind the brand name is very simple. It just means that no matter how many times you fall down, no matter how many times you fail, no matter how many times you get it wrong you will eventually get back up, get on your feet and get it right. “The third times a charm”. I went to 3 different universities before I figured out my purpose in hoops, just to figure out that my purpose isn’t even in hoops at all. Sometimes you don’t get it right the first time and it may take multiple tries but eventually, you will overcome whatever it is that you are going through. Adversity only makes you stronger and makes the end goal much more rewarding. I believe that the journey is more important than anything because there are lessons in the losses.

The second brand that I am a part of is called “Selected Proverbs”. This brand is a “Buy, Sell, Trade” a retail business that I help run with my dear friend and business partner Shykel Jones. We specialize in having the dopest vintage clothing available for purchase in our area and we are very passionate about bringing people together through the love of clothes and community. We are recently known for our pop-ups and different events we host because the vibe that we create is surreal when you gather like-minded folk together. It’s all love. Each piece was hand-picked and selected by us, for you!

And lastly my brand and media outlet “FOR PEOPLE LIKE US”. This is a platform that was built by me to push and propel creatives through different avenues. Whether it’s featuring them and their story on the page or sharing their latest work, we are all about helping creatives grow their following. We also throw events “for people like us” and gather like-minded people together to network with one another in hopes that they can build something that will help both parties succeed. FPLU is all about helping creatives express and expand.

The headquarters for everting that I do is located at Halo Live studios which is owned by a mentor of mine who goes by the name of Shawn Daley. That is where most of my events go down and where you can find me most of the time.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Never has it been “smooth” or “easy” to get to where I am today. I am not even close to where I want to be but I know I’m so far from where I came from. I have surpassed all the barriers I first had created in my mind that told me it would take years and years just to get certain things off the ground but they are off the ground and ready for take-off at this point. It’s only a matter of consistency and work ethic.

Plus in the industry of art and fashion and entrepreneurship, it’s a tough market. We are all passionate about our work and we all have great ideas. But it’s the intangibles that keep us around.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My brands specialize in standing for something. From “thirdx a charm” to “For People Like Us”, they all have a significant meaning and it’s bigger than me. I released a hat last fall that has a saying that my brand is very well known for in my area. The hat reads “Growth Over Company”. That is what “thirdx a charm” is all about. Sacrificing to Grow. Choosing growth over everything else, even when it’s not convenient this brand is all about growing to become a better you.

Besides my brands, I am also known for my photography from time to time. I’m always taking pictures and always have a film camera in my hand when I’m feeling good. I feel like the film really allows me to capture my perspective the way I want to. Grainy, classic and vintage. That’s me. And recently my latest role that I began to step into last year was managing the behind-the-scenes work for different fashion shows and different designers that I have grown with over the years. Managing backstage, styling her and there and just helping things start in line as far as that goes.

I am most proud of my relationship with those that I consider to be friends and family. I am most proud of my friends who are also artists, models, designers and entrepreneurs because the journey is not easy and they keep me going. They inspire me.

I believe what sets me apart is my desire to fulfill my calling and purpose in life. My fav bible verse ever Is John 13:7. “You do not understand what I am doing now, but later you will.” I live by that and follow wherever my calling takes me.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
come check out “thirdx a charm” newest release at the Sandusky Pride Festival Downtown Sandusky, Oh June 25th. We will be one of many vendors and we’ll be dropping our limited PRIDE x THIRDX A CHARM collection which will be available at our section during the festival!

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Image Credits
Shot by John Michel Scott Campbell Syncere Moore Skylar Havens & i shot the product shots for my brand

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