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Check Out Quanda R. Graves’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Quanda R. Graves.

Hi Quanda R., so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Fondly known by my sobriquet, Until. I’m an author, writer, poet and all-around creative who is the owner of QS Simple Treasures & Greetings, LLC. A company that has sub businesses but also hosts greeting cards, Oolong Tea, literature and more all from my design. This simply means I am poet with products and services. I turned my passion into a lucrative fashion.

How I started was first, honing down my dreams, seeing which one I wanted to tackle first. Once that took place, I researched all of what I needed to start. Next, I created a price sheet to begin the process of manifesting my dream. Furthermore, I checked off each item I purchased off the list and that’s how I got here. I knew what I needed, wanted and went after it.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road was not smooth at all. It took me ten years to self-publish my first book, “I Just Want To Write!” of 2014 because money was scarce and life was constantly getting in the way. At times it looked so bleak that it jolted me in wanting to give up. But my belief system is strong, in God and in myself. I quickly learned that “Giving up” is not in my DNA so I knew I had to keep moving forward and putting God first to get there. Some of the struggles were first, prioritizing, saving money to furnish my dreams without obtaining a loan.

Last but not least tuning out the voices of everyone around me because when you’re striving or pushing for something, you want to do. Oftentimes, people love to offer unsolicited advice, suggestions and ideas to you, because they are too afraid to go after their own dreams or just trying to help. But I find that at the beginning, it has to be a journey of solitude for a while, just until the foundation is solidly laid.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
What I do and specialize in is providing encouragement, motivation and inspiration through any creative medium I see fit to use. I am most known for writing, being creative and bringing joy. *smile* What I’m most proud of is my relationship with God because that sets the tone for everything in my life and that’s how my dreams are manifested.

What I believe what sets me apart from others is my ability to see the silver lining in every cloud.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
Yes. The important lessons I’ve learned (or remembered) is to always follow your instincts. Never to take life for granted. “Seize The Day” and most importantly, keep, build and hone your relationship with the Lord because in these trying times, He will guide you in the midst of it all and you’ll be great in His care.

Pricing:

  • Dreaming Of A Place $19.88 includes taxes, shipping and handling
  • I Just Want to Write! $19.88 includes taxes, shipping and handling
  • Dreams Are Meant To Be Lived Oolong Tea $19.88 includes taxes, shipping and handling
  • I’m Sorry “The Art” Collection Greeting Cards $5.08 ea. $29.07 co. Blank/w Message includes taxes, shipping and handling
  • The Why Don’t “Bright Idea” Loves Series $4.58 ea $15.01 co includes taxes, shipping and handling

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Dreams Are Meant To Be Lived Oolong Tea Ad by Shaun Brown of Corbro Designs

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