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Hidden Gems: Meet Latrice Brookins of Fancy Thoughts

Today we’d like to introduce you to Latrice Brookins.   

Hi Latrice, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Prior to the launch of Fancy Thoughts in the Summer of 2020, God began to deal with me about the topic of purpose. I reflected on all of the different career moves I had made, all of the shiny pennies I had chased, realizing that each of those moves was made because of the influence of society. What the world views as success may not always line up with God’s purpose for our lives. I started to think back to what my thoughts were before the distractions took hold, and I was reminded that I had a desire to share the good news of Christ at a very early age. I remembered how proud I always felt about my decision to go against the grain when that meant keeping my integrity intact. Those thoughts and those memories inspired Fancy Thoughts. 

As a mother of two, it is important to me that my children grow into the life that God destined for them. In my quest to make sure they have a strong foundation I find me learning new lessons and improving my relationship with the Lord in the process. The content we create is inspired by my talks with my 9-year-old daughter. Each day she is faced with new challenges and it is my job to make sure that she has sound, bible-based advice. I feel so blessed to be in a position to share these messages in hopes of helping other little girls facing some of the same struggles. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Yes and no. As military spouses, constant moves and changes are a big part of our lives. We have moved 3 times since the inception of Fancy Thoughts causing a lot of starts and stops. In spite of what feels like delays, I believe that the Lord is paving a path for everything to come together in his time. I feel like the Lord has opened so many doors for our business. Since moving to SC. We have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and really begin to start connecting with the community and I believe that there is much more of this to come. Even the opportunity to appear in this magazine was an amazing surprise. 

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Fancy Thoughts is a faith-based Journal and Apparel brand. We are on a mission to make sure that every little girl knows that God created them for a purpose. There will be days when you might question it, but your sheer existence is proof that you are meant to make an impact. 

I am proud that we create resources that promote positive self-esteem. With a solid foundation about who you are in Christ, you can withstand the negativity that other children may unknowingly inflict. We want to promote positive thinking as well as mindfulness about how your words could inadvertently make someone else feel as if they do not have worth. 

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
My favorite childhood memory involved a one-on-one day I had with my aunt. I remember it just being her and me and she took me to target to get a Cinderella necklace and then we went out to eat at the village. I think that memory was so special because she invested one on one time with me. We listened to Fred Hammond’s songs in the car and talked. I do not remember the conversation but when you have siblings the opportunity to be the focus of an adult your admirer’s attention sometimes can mean so much. 

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