We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiera Coleman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiera, is there something you believe many others might not?
Most of my life people have always tried to force me into a box. Whether it be that they’ve never seen someone operate/do things the way I have before or they were too scared to take certain steps with their own lives and they tried to hinder/warn me. My favorite misquote that has been said to me since the beginning of my career is “Do you want to be a jack of all trades and a master at none?” Most people, including me until recently, do not realize that the full quote is . “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” I’ve never been comfortable doing things the way others do them or the way they were ‘laid out’ for me. I say that anything you set out to do, you should make sure you do it with full conviction and if it doesn’t serve/feed you, let it go. That could mean many things, a few things, or just one thing. Just make sure you do it with passion.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My business has transformed so much in just a short time, mostly because I have. LunaSol Beauty allows me to feed my creative side while also feeding one of my passions, which is helping people in which ever way that looks like. Some people in my industry should honestly be covered by medical insurance because we are therapists in our own rights. One way that sets me apart in my industry is that I put genuine care into every aspect of your time with me. That could mean that I simply remember things as simple as your favorite flower/crystal or something a bit more detailed like the difficult conversation you had to have with a friend about setting boundaries and that person pops back in testing your boundaries a few years later. It excites me to help people realize the beauty within themselves. Most of us are really hard on ourselves, sometimes we need that reminder of all we do and how far we’ve come to really appreciate ourselves. I have a memory like an elephant, so I’m great at reminding people of such things. I got where I am today by starting off as a rebel without a cause then turning that into being a rebel with a cause. I was always taught that business and my personal life should never merge/coincide, although logically I understood why, it just seemed so unnatural to me. If I spend majority of my waking hours working my business, how could that not eventually merge into my personal life. I think the problem with society a lot of the time is that people are so busy being cogs in machines that they forget the fact that we’re human beings with very human needs. I pride myself on putting care and compassion into my practice. I try to make sure people feel better leaving me than when they came. It took a lot of work to get where I am, I have to be honest and say getting out of my own way was the most challenging part of it. One of the best lessons I’ve been taught is time management and respecting people’s time. Another would be setting proper boundaries, especially when you’re a giver. What I would love for people to know in terms of my story is that you need to get out of your own way and sometimes you need to cut out the noise from others. If it resonates with your soul, do you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Preface…I’m a foodie. Monday- Eggspectations for breakfast, Kilgore Falls for a little hiking and a dip in the river/falls if it’s warm, after that we’re hitting up Jarretsville Creamery & Deli (they make their own ice cream), I’m definitely napping on a Monday after that, then for dinner we would go to Linwood’s in Pikesville. Tuesday- Granny’s (BIPOC owned) for breakfast, after that we could go to the National Aquarium, after that we can go to R. House which is basically a hipster food court which an eclectic selection of food including Taharka Brothers Ice Cream (BIPOC-owned), after that we might head back down to the to walk and get on a paddle boat, and for dinner we’re going to The Charleston. Wednesday- Water for Chocolate (BIPOC-owned) for breakfast, after that we’re headed to McFadden Art Glass to do some glass blowing for a few hours, after all that hard work we’re hitting up Portside Pub (Essex) for the best cream of crab soup I’ve ever had in my life plus the crab pretzel. If we still have energy after that, we’re headed to the casino where I can sit down somewhere while they gamble. Thursday- We better be sleeping in, but if not we are headed to Miss Shirley’s Cafe for breakfast, after that we’re going to spend some time at The Great Blacks and Wax Museum, after that we’re headed to SNAC by Nancy (BIPOC/LGBTQIA-owned). After that we could do an escape room, then end our night with delicious crab dip tacos from El Bufalo. Friday- We’re having a clean breakfast and are headed to Sunset Raw Juice Bar (BIPOC-owned) in Owings Mills. After that, we’re meeting my aunt who’s a certified HQL instructor and going to Guntry and doing target practice. Hanging with my aunt we would likely wind up at a crab place. After lunch, we’re going to a movie at Next Act Cinemas (BIPOC-owned). Friday night we’re probably headed down to Canton/Fells Point/Federal Hill for some bar hopping. Saturday- We’re making smoothies for breakfast, then we’re headed to pole dancing classes with TK at Dawl Haus Akademie, After that workout, we’re headed to Gunther & Co for lunch. After that, we’re headed to Urban Axes for some axe throwing, then after that we’re going to Mount Vernon Marketplace (another upscale cafeteria) for food and drinks. Sunday- After all the peopling and doing of things, we’re doing a spa day. We’re getting facials with Destiny of Destiny Jewel’s Beauty Spa (BIPOC-owned). Lunch at Grind & Wine (BIPOC-owned). Then after that, massages with Crystal at FX Studios. To finish off this lovely weekend, we’re doing dinner at Ida B’s Table (BIPOC-owned). Because I tend to follow a schedule for majority of the things in my life, I tend to really wing it when I finally have some off time. You never know where it might lead. In the spring & summer time, the farmer’s market downtown is great to peruse. Later in the summer, you have cool places like The Sunflower Garden to visit.If you don’t mind driving, DC has things like the Spy Museum and normally some seasonal events happen ending at The National Harbor. The possibilities are endless!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hope this isn’t too cheesy, but I would have to say my daughter, Ezra. In trying to set the best example for her, it has made me have to mature/get myself together in so many different aspects of life. Professionally, mentally, spiritually, etc. If I didn’t have her, I honestly don’t know if I would’ve have cared about building a legacy to leave behind or it would’ve taken me way longer to get here.