Today we’d like to introduce you to Daphine Bush.
It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?
Hi I’m Daph, it’s an absolute honor to have this opportunity. I am the founder and CEO of SimplyDaph, a faith-based fashion/lifestyle outlet that connects women with inspirational content. I’m from a small town in Louisiana called Lake Charles. I’m currently based in Houston, Tx and I blog on fashion and lifestyle topics with an ultimate desire to connect others through my social media channels, to help boost followers’ self-confidence and integrity while displaying excellence. As a digital creator I am focused and vigilant about building a community and safe space for women of all ethnicities and walks of life to engage and be uplifted in a positive manner. I LOVE God and people.
I like sharing life lessons surrounding overcoming grief, millennial marriage, sexual purity and mom life.
I’ve overcome the darkest of days dealing with anxiety and depression…BUT GOD! ???????? I like sharing this testimony because so many are battling with this and I want them to know THEY CAN BEAT IT!
I started my blog as a means to connect with and inspire others to cultivate a TRUE relationship with God and incorporate him in every aspect of their lives. THIS is truly living! Life minus God never yields true fulfillment.
Fun fact: I’m a Christian singer with a new single out!
I’m sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way?
You are so right! It has not come easy but I’m grateful even for my hardships and the opposition I faced. I experienced many challenges when I started my career as an influencer. Especially since it was later in life. I’m 41 with a family and so many thought what I was doing was a joke or something I should not be doing as a Christian minister, established hair stylist, and worship leader. I prayed about it and kept moving towards what I felt God leading me to do. I was talked about and misunderstood BUT it has worked out for my good. Now that I’m established in this industry I’m able to guide and encourage others to pursue their dreams and still remain in the confines of God’s word and his will concerning them. I always say if you want to overcome “people” and insecurities start influencing! You have to put yourself out there to be judged and ridiculed! You’re ultimately at the mercy of others. Nevertheless if you are confident in the one who made you and called you, you can do ANYTHING with grace and integrity. I’ve been overlooked for campaigns, not chosen for major opportunities and I’ve experienced discouragement in this field but I’ve been able to push through this and see success on the other side of my disappointment. I’ve learned a lot about focusing, and preserving beyond what things may look like. Success is ALWAYS attainable if you don’t give up.
Let’s talk about the work you do. What do you specialize in and why should someone work with you over the competition?
Apart from being a lifestyle expert, I am also a licensed cosmetologist so blogging allows me to tap into another branch of the beauty industry. I am always passionate about connecting brands with consumers. Since the inception of SimplyDaph in 2018, I have partnered with hundreds of high-growth established brands and talent agencies, operating as a curator, brand affiliate, trend forecaster, and classy professional intent on delivering a high-quality experience to consumers every day! I am a people person, well known for my empowering and inspirational content that focuses on helping others’ journey until they find their passion and true purpose in life. I believe that one never has to compromise their integrity to acquire success in any capacity and I think this is what sets me apart. No matter what I do I will always represent God in it. I value being an ambassador for him FIRST!
What’s your best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life?
My thoughts are that TRUE Success can only be found in the confines of the will and purposes of God. You can experience happy times and moments in your life but success comes from God in my opinion. In his will is safety and success even if you experience failure along the way.
God is always teaching and prepping us for success. Being connected to God and keeping him in the center of all that we do will ensure that we are on track with him and his purpose for our lives. If God is not involved…I don’t consider it successful, for me. Find God…find success.
Speaking of success, what does the word mean to you?
Success means fulfillment and PURPOSE! We are all here on this earth to make a difference and impact others. What that looks like may vary for all of us, but it will be the fulfillment we seek for when we reach it through Christ. We can accomplish so much and still be unfulfilled when we acquire it outside of purpose. Success is being able to do what you were created to do! You can’t help but do this efficiently when you acknowledge the one who created you on how you should go about doing it. Whatever IT is.
I cannot tell you the countless emails, DM’s and messages I received over the years about the impact my story has had on the lives of those that I’ve crossed paths with through the content I create online. It brings me to tears. I love inspiring others through uplifting messages that often came through my own struggles.
What’s next for you?
I love building long-term business partnerships and intend to write and publish a book soon to mentor others on how to thrive as a dynamic influencer, online marketer, and lifestyle expert.
Also I’m writing a book called “Love at no sight” about what Love truly is and how it has nothing to do with our senses. My father is blind and has been all of my life. My mother passed away unexpectedly at 49 years old. He never physically saw her or any of their 6 children but the love that they shared was the best love story you ever wanted to see. They were married 30 years. Their relationship was based on God’s word and it was BEAUTIFUL. This is what our world needs to tap into. God is love and only he can teach us how to give and receive it. This book will give perspective on what it means to love and be loved.
I am also working on more original music and continuing to inspire others through written material and life lessons shared via my social media channels.
Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more?
Please feel free to explore more about me on https://simplydaph.com/. I am always interested in making new professional acquaintances.
Instagram : https://www.Instagram.com/Simplydaph (my DM’s are always open)