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Daily Inspiration: Meet Sakeenah Aleem

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sakeenah Aleem.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My journey as a content creator began in 2012 when I started my blog Mybrownsparklez.com. I was focused on creating my own personal magazine because I was obsessed with magazines at the time. Eventually, my blog evolved once social media became more popular. I was able to grow my following and began to be contacted by brands for collaborations. In 2015, I was featured in a spread by Marie Claire magazine along with other popular Austin bloggers such as Camille Styles and Jessie Afshin.

I’ve loved being an influencer and watching the industry evolve and change. These days, I’m focusing on more intentional content and staying away from mindless scrolling. I recently launched a 21 Day Womb Detox that is a complete meal planning kit with vegan recipes. My degree is in nutrition so I have a major love for health and wellness. I try to incorporate this into my projects more. I’m also creating social media branding kits for entrepreneurs who don’t have time to curate their feed and need a little boost to their accounts. I’m enjoying being on the back end of the creative world and helping others achieve their business and life goals.

I’m eager to see where social media goes. I may or may not go with it, but I will for sure always continue to create, whether it be YouTube, my blog, or some other form of creative expression that I keep to myself. Right now, I am still active on Instagram, my handle is @mybrownsparklez and you can find me on YouTube as well. I post videos weekly under channel name MyBrownSparklez.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The world of content creation has been a tough one. You can easily get focused on popularity rather than creating true and authentic content. I oftentimes created most of my content myself, so I had to get creative and purchase a remote for my camera so that I could take pictures of myself. When you work a full-time day job, your free time is often spent planning and creating content.

My biggest struggle has always been keeping momentum. Because social media is such a clickbait-based world, you constantly need to be posting good content, often multiple times a day. It can get pretty time-consuming and costly to keep up with society’s thirst for new content and stay relevant.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
During the day, I work in real estate, leasing apartments and townhomes. I enjoy it and plan to continue to grow in real estate. In my creative work, I create social media content packages that I sell on my Etsy page MBS Creates and on my blog MyBrownSparklez.com. On my blog, I also have a boutique where I sell clothing, accessories, and products that I’ve made. I also do videography and photography for clients.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My mom has always been a big supporter of anything that I’ve done. She’s played my photographer many times. My cousin Cherell was also a huge supporter when I was in my heavy blogging phase. She’d often times be my photographer. I’ve been blessed to have great friends that have all been very supportive of my creative work throughout the years.

I’m inspired by other content creators that I met along the way who have gone on to really create their dream careers. I love watching their evolution. They inspire me to never stop dreaming and creating.

Pricing:

  • $50 21 Day Womb Detox

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Amelia K Hamilton (Image 1 and 5)

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