Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryana Dunn.
Bryana, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story starts with being raised by two parents who tried to let me experience anything I peaked an interest in. I believe this jumpstarted to where I am today. I always knew I wanted to work for myself I just didn’t know how, where, or when. Life threw me some cards early on and I became a single mom at 21. Those words stung for a while because the life I curated in my mind didn’t play out the way I thought. Tell God your plans and watch him laugh- right? I worked part time at a grocery store and was there for 8 years. I didn’t know it at the time but I was lost and more importantly forgot about my dream of being an Entrepreneur. I decided to move away from my hometown and after that I ended up graduating with a BA in Communications & Marketing from the University Of Central Florida and got a job in Healthcare in Corporate America. Worked in that field for about 3 years and transitioned into working from home. In 2018 I knew I was over only looking forward to the weekends and chasing the check week after week month after month so I started my blog on October 1st 2018 not really knowing what I was going to do with it. Then, Life decided to throw me another curveball and by the end of October I was let go from my work from home job – my safety net that I held on to for so long. All the floodgates opened with doubt, the worry, all the emotions and one day late in the night I just stopped applying for jobs. My spirt didn’t align with a 9-5 and I just said let me truly step out on faith see how it goes. I didn’t want to wonder later “what if” I just did. I knew if it didn’t pan out I could go back to working for someone else but started blogging full time and doors started opening that I didn’t know existed that is where my new chapter begins.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Does anybody have a smooth road in life? It’s kind of wild when you think of it like why do we have to struggle in order to succeed? I’ve had struggles and I used to compare my struggles to others saying oh I can’t complain my struggles aren’t as bad as the next persons but then I realize everyone’s story is different and everyone has a story to tell and it wasn’t a competition of who struggled the most but how that person came out of their struggle with all the odds stacked up against them. Being a black single mom was already hard but then the dark stigma that came with it in society was worse. I think one of the two biggest struggles for me was cutting off all the noise: people telling me what I should or shouldn’t do. Telling me that focusing on business and raising kids doesn’t work and that it gets in the way and that one will suffer. Letting fear control the decisions. I would also say that the WILL to continue in this entrepreneurial path was a big struggle as well. It can be a lonely road and no one tells you that. No one understands what you do and people always question it. You have to work when no one is looking or telling you too. The sacrifices that are made in order to be where you want to be is hard— people see the success but not the struggle and the temptation to give it all up and go back to what’s “safe” or what we know is real, but there is no growth in the comfortable stage. People always want to know if it makes me money but not if it makes me happy? It does both!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Webwithdunn – what should we know?
Webwithdunn was originally created in 2015 as a web design business to help small companies create websites. I say business but I might’ve only received three clients and my website just stayed stagnant. I created it and then kind of just left it there didn’t work on it didn’t build on it but when 2018 came along I revamped it all and became Webwithdunn now a business who inspires those millennial moms to find the fun again, seek experiences, live creatively, And try the food. And what all that means is a lot of times as moms we lose ourselves along the way and forget about what makes us happy, we give so much but forget to give to ourselves and we can’t do that. Our children always come first but we can’t pour from an empty cup. Living creatively is about living on your own terms and living your truth. Seeking experiences and trying the food are my passions that really make Webwithdunn. Sharing my travel experiences through my eyes as a millennial black mom and adding my energetic extra personality to the mix sharing all the foodie things is what sets me apart. No one can do what I do the way I do it and I truly think my audience keeps coming back for my energy that I bring. I would say I’m most proud of all that I have accomplished as such a young blogger and not young in age but young in being a business. The opportunities to grow kept coming to me and I jumped in and even when I was content with how my blogging business was going God was always there to say- no bigger!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
First and foremost God. Hands down! He had me the whole time and I doubted it all. I’m stubborn, hard headed and like control so for me to relinquish that and leave it up to him was nothing but growth for me. My partner Chris deserves the recognition he believed in me and supported the dream every time I tried to quit or was backed into a corner. He spoke reasoning and understanding into me even without fully understanding what I was trying to do. I wouldn’t be where I am without him. Also, my parents of course they set the ground work —I’m a force to be reckoned with because of them. The tough love household but the many conversations about worth ethic, the importance of education, and how no one will give you anything but networking is everything. Then there are the handful of friends: The ones who would drive me everywhere when I didn’t have a car and never blinked twice about it. The ones who dragged me out of the house for a night of fun when I wasn’t in the mood but my spirt needed it, the coworkers that made work better and listened to my constant rants about more to life who became friends. The friends who just make me better because they keep showing up regardless of distance or time. The circle you keep/have is important.
- Website: www.webwithdunn.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/webwithdunn
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Webwithdunn
- Twitter: www.Twitter.com/Webwithdunn
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