There are so many reasons I would decide to showcase my friends on this website but if I can narrow it down to two distinct reasons then firstly, I am surrounded by some serious go-getters, who are not only unsatisfied with the rat-race of single income living but are inspirations to countless other in living fully by embracing who they are and what they are good at. Secondly, they are my friends! So that already makes them awesome. “Women at Work” is a series of interviews that give a sneak peek into the minds of exceptional women making strides in their respective industries. It is my hope that you relate to at least one of them and your inner mogul will awaken. First on my long list of women at work is Myra Rolle of Rouge Room also known as Godiva Werk but best known as the lash plug. Myra seems to easily balance a full time job, a business of her own, a strenuous work out schedule (a successful one, at that) and a healthy social life. I’ve been fortunate to know this beautiful woman for years and every chance I get, I support her through purchases and sharing her brand. Here’s what we discussed recently.
When did you know you were doing something ‘right’ with Rouge Room?
I knew I was doing something right when I started going out in public and having people notice me as “the lash girl” and the number of referrals I started to receive.
What are you passionate about?
I’m really passionate about life and living a fulfilled one. I enjoy helping people, I feel fulfilled when I’m able to make people feel good about themselves.
What is your typical day like?
Wake up at 4:30 am.
My gym session goes from 5 am to 6/6:20 am.
After the gym, I head home to get ready for my 9-5. Throughout the day, I update my business social media pages, I aim for first thing in the morning, lunch time and night time.
I’m usually in bed before 10pm (I can’t hang lol)!
How are you inspiring other women today?
I’m inspiring women by just being here. I just want for all women to know that no matter what you go through, you’re able to bounce back. You’re beautiful, talented and capable of many things no matter if the odds are against you!
What do you believe in, faith wise and how do you think it has that impacted your work?
I believe that everything happens for a reason. I also believe that out of struggle, we often find our greatest blessings. I believe that if we put our faith in God, all will be well. Life isn’t always easy, but “smooth seas never made a skilled sailor!”
How many business ideas have you come up with so far? What successes and failures have you experienced?
So far, I’ve come up with about 2 business ideas. Rouge Room started as a joint venture. Scripts by Sade is fairly new and is something that comes naturally for me. I’ve learnt that sometimes it’s not always a good idea to mix business with pleasure (i.e. Friendships), especially if you have a soft heart like I do. Owning your own business is not always easy, it is not as glamorous as it seems. I’ve shed many tears, lost friendships, encountered not so nice customers, lost money and the list goes on. The beauty of it all is being able to defy the odds and keep things pushing. It’s really amazing to see someone wearing the product they purchased from you and feeling good about them or seeing your work in someone’s store. God is faithful!
What scares you the most about your profession/hustle?
In all honesty, the old me would’ve said the competition. However, nothing scares me now! What’s for me will always be for me. What/who inspires you?
In real life, my mother inspires me. I probably don’t tell her enough but she’s easily the strongest person I know. I’ve watched her endure so much yet still remains as resilient and poised as ever. On the other hand, I’m really inspired by beauty guru Makeup Shayla, her work ethic is amazing, she started from the bottom and created a name for herself, something I really aspire to do and can you say BODY GOALS, lol! What was the last book you read?
Joyce Meyer- Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits
What is your favorite restaurant in Nassau?
I’m a sushi lover, so I have two: Social House & Seafront Sushi. What are your go-to meals to cook?
Breakfast: eggs & spinach,
Dinner/lunch: baked chicken & vegetables.. Keep it tight lol
Junkanoo or Carnival?
Junkanoo! It’s my culture... I feel as though our culture is becoming extinct and there are some things that should be kept authentically Bahamian What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
Love myself, genuinely. Every flaw, every imperfection. To stand up on my own two feet as a confident woman, no matter what society thought of me!
What does your self-care look like?
For me self-care is surrounding myself with people who genuinely love and care for me, who value my friendship and only want the best for me. Self- care is letting go all of the negative vibes and energies, taking care of my mental health and of course, putting God first. My self-care also includes working out regularly and eating healthy.
What are your beauty must-haves?
This is easy! I must have my favorite foundation is the Revlon Photoready Airbrush Effect, favorite mascara Maybelline Big Shot in Baddest Black, favorite lip gloss MAC Lust, liquid eyeliner, concealer and a pair of lashes... OH and a highlighter, or a few lol!
Photo Credit: Blair J Meadows
Do you know any awesome Women at Work? Tweet your suggestions to me @_lovejaz