Name: Crystal

Social Media Handle/Username: HendrixMonae

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: Hey! Hey! My name is Crystal aka Hendrix Monae. Hendrix Monae because I love Jimi Hendrix and Janelle Monae. I’m a 36 year old single mother to an amazing 8 year old boy. I’m a music loving, video game playing(Yes, I will beat you). trash talking podcaster, nail artist and sports fanatic(my fantasy teams would destroy yours).

What Inspires You Every day? : My son is my inspiration. I look at that handsome face and big smile every day, and I’m motivated to keep going. He deserves the world and I will give it to him.

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What is some words of wisdom you live by?: “You stand for what you believe in and sometimes you have to stand alone.”

~ Queen Latifah

What is your ultimate goal in life? : Ultimately, I want to be able to say that I’m happy and my son is happy. Whatever happiness looks like for either of us. I have one more goal and that’s to own a press on nails vending machine. I want my machines in some of the busiest malls in America and outside of America.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : The pandemic has had positive and negative effects on me. During this time, I lost my grandma. That was extremely hard to deal with, especially because we were unable to visit her in the hospital due to the Covid restrictions. There’s been so much loss. That has taken a toll on me mentally and emotionally. On the positive side, I’ve been able to become a more active parent. I enjoy being able to cook 3 meals a day for my son and pick him up from school every day. Working from home has been great. I, also, started a new business. It’s a press on nails business called Monae Nails. That has been amazing. I’m a creative person, so being able to show my artistic skills on nails is fun for me. Seeing my designs being worn by several people have been amazing.

What is a message you would like to give others? : Never allow anyone to stop you from pursuing your dreams. There will be naysayers. People will think you’re crazy, but don’t let their fears stop you. Do you, do whatever makes you happy. Forget what people think.

“This is your life. You’ve got to live it your own way.”

~ En Vogue

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I’m almost 37 and I’m just getting started on a career that I am in love with. I’ve tried so many different jobs and have finally figured out what I love. It’s never too late to get started. It’s ok to change your mind. I did it, and I don’t have any regrets.

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