We had the good fortune of connecting with Gratiana Prince and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gratiana, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I think it’s far more than monetary gain.. Success to me is when you feel like you’ve cracked the code to life’s happiness. When you can wake up, live life on your own terms, make your own rules of what you believe your life should look and feel like and actually make it happen, you’ve won. Everyone’s recipe to success is different, but for me, I’ve been mindful with how I talk to myself, what I allow myself to tolerate, how I react to unexpected situations, which has really guided me in navigating my own success journey.

What should our readers know about your business?
The Refined Brand Agency is a branding and web design agency for women-led businesses who are ready to apply pressure, We are always looking to set ourselves apart in every action, from internal communications, to how we deliver to our clients, down to how we help them even after they’ve gotten what they’ve came for. We’re truly our clients’ biggest cheerleaders and we set ourselves apart by building genuine, lasting connections with them.

It took A LOT of pain to get to this point, but I know that we haven’t even made a dent yet, which is exciting. I think the most important thing is to believe that you are actually capable of achieving what you want. I found it really easy to hide behind someone else and because I didn’t think I was worthy of it for myself, I was running myself low trying to help build someone else’s dram because that’s what was comfortable. So when I finally turned off all of the negative chat in my own thoughts, laying the bricks has been life-changing.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first stop is Roscoe’s, but the Hollywood location, because it just hits different. I have no idea why. Hawkins House of Burgers, World Wide Tacos for the Jerk Chicken and Blueberry Chicken tacos, and there’s this gas station in the CUT of LA. The name of it is escaping me, but they have the best chili cheese hot links I’ve ever had in my life. And of course, there’s nothing like an LA donut shop, so we’d get up extra early in the morning to grab a dozen of warm glaze donuts from a local mom and pop shop. LA has the best Mexican food and that’s not up for debate, so we’d also have to hit a taqueria. I feel Like you can spin and point and simply land on one that’s amazing.

To hang, I’m super chill, but I love a vibe. Hive and Honey is in Irvine, but it is an ABSOLUTE gem of a rooftop experience. The food is amazing, the ambience is unmatched. 10/10 would recommend. During the day, we’d probably hit Melrose or have a beach bonfire and of course you can’t come to the LA area without being a big kid and going to Disneyland. So many amazing experiences in LA, I feel like a week just isn’t enough time.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For sure my husband. I decided to make an impulsive decision to leave my corporate job in 2020 and he was like “Go for it. You’ve got this!”. And I didn’t have a solidified plan, but he definitely believed that I was capable, so even in the toughest moments of building, of what is only the beginning, he’s been a rider.

Website: www.therefinedbrand.com

Instagram: @gratianaprince

Image Credits
Sara Welch Photo

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