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Rising Stars: Meet Sherelle Gilbert

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sherelle Gilbert.

Hi Sherelle, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started my blog, She Experienced, in 2013 as a way to share my story about how I dealt with and overcame low self-esteem, an issue that many women experience. This outlet blossomed into a way for me to further share other experiences in life that many women were able to relate to and it became a way for me to connect with more and more women.

Growing up, I was always afraid to be myself, but now I’ve embraced who God has created me to be and I’m determined to share my journeys in life with others to inspire them to live out loud and not be afraid to be themselves or ashamed of their story. In 2018, I decided to take this a step further with the creation of my apparel and accessory line, She Experienced Collections. I believe that every woman has an experience, a story to tell, that someone else needs to hear.

With She Experienced Collections, it is my hope is for women to feel encouraged and empowered to be proud of their story, their journey or experience, and inspired to share it with others. The overall idea behind She Experienced Collections is to spark conversation and inspiration.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road. I’ve been through so many changes with my blog, like trying to find my lane, my niche, my area of expertise. I initially started out trying to mimic other blogs I saw and while it’s great to gain inspiration from others, it’s more important to be your authentic self and allow inspiration to just be the inspiration.

I had to learn to be my authentic self and I think that’s when I began to connect with more women. I also found starting a business in general a challenge, and even still a challenge – from self-doubt to making time to put into the business while working a full-time job, to making sure things are perfect, etc.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a social worker at heart. It is the essence of what I do in my 9 to 5 as a Victim Advocacy Trainer and Family Advocate at a child advocacy center and in my small business. My love for advocacy and my social work heart really translate into what I do with She Experienced. She Experienced has become a lifestyle brand where I advocate for women telling their stories and showing them how to grow through their difficult experiences in life.

I am known on social media for sharing my very real and emotionally raw fertility journey. A lot of times on social media you only see people’s highlights and the good parts of their lives. What sets me apart from others is that I share the ugly and the difficult parts of my journey. It’s not easy, but it’s relatable and I think the authenticity is what sets me apart from others.

I’ve learned to tell my story even through my merch, She Experienced Collections, and I’m most proud that I have found my purpose and I walk in it proudly.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I feel like I’m part of two industries – content creators and small business owners (apparel and accessories). I see the industry of content creation continuing to grow and evolve as so many people are tapping into their skills, their purpose, and creativity. Many brands are now looking to content creators for marketing and collaboration and I see this continuing to grow.

I’ve found a new love in content creation because I’ve always been creative and expressing myself through video, photography, and writing has given me so much freedom to truly be myself. The small business owner industry, specifically in apparel and accessories, will continue to grow as well. Everyone wants to look good and feel good. A lot of skill-based services now are geared towards small business owners and how to grow their business.

I see many more small business owners launching their brands and continuing to take over in the next 5-10 years. Ownership seems to be the goal of this generation and I love that and see that for so many people.

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Gianna Snell Photography

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