I thought it would be fun to give you guys some background information about We, The Peculiars.
- Where did the name We, The Peculiars come from? We, The Peculiars wasn’t always the name. Years ago, God gave me 1 Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” When I heard Peculiar People I knew I had to do something with it. Peculiar People didn’t sound inclusive enough and the name was actually taken but I knew I needed to do something with it. So, I started brainstorming and for whatever reason I kept thinking of the Preamble to the Constitution where it says, “We, The People…” It stuck with me and somehow became We, The Peculiars.
- What was your process of getting started? It took years to get me here but not because I couldn’t have done it then. It was my fear that held me back for so long. I didn’t have the confidence. I thought, “How can I stand out in over-saturated industry?” I initially wanted to open a boutique. After that, a non-profit and then a Museum. The question I should’ve been asking was, “How could I not stand out?” I didn’t understand that the difference was that God trusted me with this, even if it was just a name at the time. He trusted me to do something with it. It wasn’t until I realized the difference was me; I had never been in those over saturated arenas. I was the unique factor. Once I realized that, I owned the brand because I was the brand. The second issue I had was which avenue to choose. I chose to blog because I didn’t have to choose a niche; I could talk about art, make up, God, clothes..whatever, it didn’t matter.
- Why did you choose flamingos to represent the brand? It was between flamingos, foxes or unicorns. I really wanted a mixture but flamingos won. Foxes because back in the day beautiful, strong women were called, “Foxy.” It didn’t stick because it was defined as “sexually attractive women” and I knew “the movement” was more than a “Baddie” squad. Then there was the unicorn. This fit. I was 33, single with no children…a mystical character, if you will, and I loved how Urban Dictionary defines it:
That girl that you can’t catch. Everything about her is so perfect (divine, if you will) getting with her is unfathomable. She is truly a blessing from God. Bumping into her on the sidewalk is a good day. Holding a conversation with her… you were probably dreaming. Anything beyond that – good luck. It takes time, effort, and a whole lot of persistency. But never give up; unicorns, are said to be “uncatchable,” but nothing is impossible. Impossible is nothing. Under no circumstances, never ever, not ever, at no time, should you ever marry a girl who is not your unicorn…Unless you have some super square wheels, then you should look up the word “Swamp Donkey.” Everyone has a unicorn; it’s just a matter of spotting her and tracking her down. Give it time, it will happen. “For destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.” Good will hunting boiiis.“Dude, did you just see that girl? I think I just found my unicorn. Now how do I go about talking to her?” “That girl is a ten for sure.” “No bro, she’s not a ten – she’s beyond a ten. She’s my unicorn.” #perfection #mrsright #wifey #dreamgirl #smokeshow #ohhotdamn
The unicorn is majestic and beautiful (You might notice that I use the unicorn emoji a lot, it’s because there’s no flamingo and I still love what is stands for) but something just spoke to me when I saw the flamingo (this was before it became super popular). I thought, “How could a bird with all of these exaggerated features be so beautiful?” Think about it, its legs are like stilts, it’s body pretty large (compared to the legs at least), huge beak, no teeth, curved neck, webbed feet. There’s been plenty of teenage girls teased for a lot less but that same girl, when she matures a bit usually winds up being breathtaking. Then I started do more research, even with all that, they fly, they might need a running start but they fly pretty well, actually. They are beautiful shades of blush, coral and hot pink, super graceful and have a crazy filtration system in their beaks even though they don’t have teeth. They stand in mud all day and are still social. They are known to stand on one leg so they are great with balance. They also have strong pair bonds and the males and females share in feeding of the young. I loved how their peculiar features are exactly what made them so beautiful and how we may need a running start but we soar anyway. Although they stay in the shallow end, they stay in their lane and know that more can be accomplished together than apart.
We, The Peculiars Manifesto:
- Always understand that balance is different than focus, you need both but they don’t operate at the same time
- Always stand tall, but humble
- Always rise above the crowd-stick your neck out and go the extra mile
- Always know what you behold is what you become-choose wisely
- Always be aware of your vibe, adjust at will
- Always represent impeccably, in word and in deed
- Always remember it’s more for you than against you
- Always filter non-sense, just because you may have to stand in mud, you don’t have to sling it
- Always create
- Always do everything in love
- Always take 100% responsibility-if you want to have more and do more, you have to become more-you change, your world changes
- Always embrace the peculiar
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