SnF: Sherane Heron

SnF: Sherane Heron

You know the saying that there are no coincidences with God only divine encounters?? Well this couldn’t be truer for how I came into contact with Sherane Heron.

I decided one day on Twitter that I needed to follow some more people who were inspirational and had an interest in fashion.  I was scrolling through another follower’s friends (creepy I know lol) and came across her twitter profile.  What stood out to me was not only was her online vintage boutique but her zest for sharing the gospel with others.  I thought it was interesting and inspirational how she used her love for fashion and coupled that with her ministry.  I immediately fell in love with her tweets and soon enough signed up for a mentoring session she offers.

She describes her style has fun and eclectic and I couldn’t agree more!  She loves mixing vintage and modern pieces in order to tell a story without saying a word!  I personally adore her love for vintage pieces.  She knows exactly how to pair both so that they come together seamlessly and are still fashionable.

 SnF: Sherane Heron

 SnF: Sherane Heron

I think my style represents my gift of wisdom with my youthful personality.

I can relate to Sherane given my current situation and seeing how God used her and moved in her life invigorates and inspires me.  Sometimes we get so caught up in our own situation that we can’t see how it can be used to inspire others.  Our tests, our struggles are not just for us.  They happen so that they can be used to help someone else who will find themselves in a similar situation.

I’ve learned so much and have been inspired by this amazing Woman of God.  She embodies SnF, has a heart for people and is living her life to the fullest.

She was kind enough to do an interview with me, check it out below and get inspired!

Tell me a little bit about yourself? Where are you from?

My name is Sherane Heron and I am originally from Somerset, NJ. I was born in a West Indian household- my entire family is from Jamaica. I’m actually the only person in my family born in the United States. I moved to Georgia at the age of 14 and it has been home ever since.

What is/are your passion(s) in life? When did you first discover them?

My ultimate passion is to empower people to live their God- given purpose. I use my gifts of teaching, writing, multi-media and fashion to fulfill this mission. I’ve always loved the arts as a child yet I didn’t realize my passion to inspire through the arts until I became an adult. I have about 7 years of experience as a professional Television Producer and Editor. My first business called Watch This Media, LLC was all about media production. I’ve completed projects for major networks such as MTV, BET, TV One, WB and Turner South as well as projects for celebrities such as Sean “Diddy” Combs, Usher and many more. Then I launched Sherane’s Vintage Closet, LLC, which is all about vintage fashion. Sherane’s Closet basically brought both businesses together to fulfill one purpose. My businesses represented who I was at the time. WTM was all about TV/Film because I was discovering my love for media. SVC is all about vintage fashion because I was discovering my love for style. In addition, my experience as a college professor enables me to exercise my gift of teaching. God uses all of my gifts – media, fashion and education to share His gospel, which is my ultimate passion but I didn’t discover my overall purpose until I discovered WHO I WAS without any title, business or rewards.

What do you currently do? Do you own your own business? If so what is the name and mission?

Currently I own a [online] vintage fashion boutique, I am a professional speaker, college professor and life/career coach. My brand is called Sherane’s Closet, which includes my [online] vintage fashion boutique, Sherane’s Vintage Closet, LLC. The mission of Sherane’s Closet is to “illustrate ministry as a lifestyle and share the gospel of Christ in style.”

Did you have any fears or insecurities when starting your own business?

Most definitely! I will give you the short version so I won’t bore your readersJ I have a family full of entrepreneurs so I definitely felt a lot of pressure to succeed- overall. Before launching my first company- I was a full time employee for a TV station here in Atlanta. Before landing that position, one of my college professors told me that I would never begin a career in media in a big city such as Atlanta. Proving him wrong boosted my confidence yet when I discovered that I didn’t want to work at this particular TV station- I became fearful that he was right. Making money in media wasn’t very “popular” so I always questioned how I would succeed financially. Yet, God as well as my family gave me a great measure of faith so my drive to excel in the arts overpowered my insecurities.

When I first launched my business, I was very young- not even old enough to drink. I didn’t know who I was as a person. I was VERY insecure about myself without the title as a business owner so therefore those insecurities overflowed in everything I touched. It came to the point where I was totally unhappy with myself as well as with my business and I had to take a break to discover who Sherane Heron was [without any title]. During that break I went back to school and joined the leadership team at church. During this time- I was completely stripped professionally and personally. God allowed me to have nothing so that I could gain everything [Him]. I discovered real Love [Him]; I discovered real peace [Him] and wisdom through His word. I no longer cared about titles and etc but God chose to use my gifts for His kingdom anyway.  When I came back to entrepreneurship – I was grounded and confident yet I still endured some apprehension with my new discovered calling to minster the gospel of Jesus Christ. It took about 5 years for me to thoroughly understand how God wanted me to fulfill this mission and that’s how Sherane’s Closet was birthed. Overall, throughout my 10 years as an entrepreneur, I’ve experienced many failures [too long to list] but they all taught me valuable lessons.

Describe you or your brand in one word.

Purpose

What is the biggest obstacle you have faced in going after your dreams?

I’ve had 2 major obstacles:

1. Discerning the difference between my gifts and my purpose. While many of us have a lot of gifts- knowing exactly which one to use and when to use it can be difficult.

2.  I had to get used to doing things differently when operating in purpose. Overall, the industry that raised me [media] takes a different approach to completing assignments than the purpose, which God sent me. For instance, instead of exalting myself- my purpose is to exalt Jesus Christ. Instead of competing with others, I must love others. I’ve had to say  “no” to certain opportunities that did not line up with my purpose. Money is no longer my motivation, yet it is a result. Overall, working for God’s glory in such a superficial society is a huge obstacle that I’m sure many can relate to.

What/Who inspires you?

God inspires me because His word brings me so much peace; His word is where I found myself so I try and keep it close to my heart. In addition, my family [especially my parents] because they have been entrepreneurs for nearly 30 years and watching them sacrifice to provide a better life for myself as well as my siblings is almost unreal. My close circle of “sister-friends” because regardless of what I have or lack- they continue to love me for who I am. I’m inspired my so many young [especially Black female] entrepreneurs who illustrate integrity and wisdom while operating in purpose. A few names come to mind- Michelle Obama because of her strength to carry such a heavy burden as the very first Black First Lady of the United States; Oprah Winfrey because she is such a great role model and has been for years; Dr. Cindy Trimm who has mentored me [virtually] through her wisdom and knowledge. All these women bring Light to dark places and for that I am grateful.

How do you motivate yourself?

When I’m feeling down, I like to be alone. I’ve never enjoyed being around a lot of people and talking my problem out [which isn’t always wise]. I prefer dealing with my pain alone- just God and myself so you can say- prayer and worship motivates me because it reminds me of who I am. I usually receive a message that God sends me to share with others.

In what ways do you try to impact other people’s lives?

Just being myself. With or without any titles, websites or LLC’s – I will teach. It’s who I am. I love to laugh and I can literally find humor in anything. Laughter is good for the soul and it’s important to know when to be serious and when to be silly.

Why do you think it’s important to give back?

We exist to give. When everyone gives to one another- no one lacks. Giving builds community and life is all about relationships.

Who is your style icon? (The one person whose style matches yours or that you absolutely love)

I would have to say- Patricia Fields – stylist for Sex and the City, Devil Wears Prada and others. By looking at her- her style is extremely eclectic but I LOVE the way she illustrates the personalities of certain characters through fashion.

If you could have one dream come true, what would that be?

To witness ministry become a mainstream lifestyle for the majority in today’s society.

What advice to do have for others?

Lose yourself in Jesus Christ in order to find yourself in Jesus Christ. That is the only way you will know what true Love is. After making the decision to seek God with all of your heart- make sure you keep your heart in everything you do. Never feel pressured to do something because of what you think you may gain but rather take on projects to help others.

Isn’t she just amazing!! You can find more information, inspiration and latest updates about Sherane and her work by visiting Sheranescloset.com and followong her on Twitter and Instagram at @SheranesCloset. If you have any questions you can email her at info@sheranescloset.com.

SnF: Sherane's Closet

SnF: Sherane's Closet

I love women who are passionate about touching the lives and hearts of others.  Sherane honey you are definitely SnF approved!!!

xoxo B

Side Note: This is the commercial for Sherane’s Vintage Closet that’s set to launch in August! Enjoy!

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