Entrepreneur, influencer, and author D. Irvin is a woman known for her unique story and bold personality. With an early start in the drug game, it took no time for D. Irvin to realize that life was not the life for her. Today, she’s a businesswoman and health advocate who simply wants to help women and men around the world find themselves and their true purpose. We caught up with her to discuss the inspiration being her new book, When A D.A.B. Spills the Tea, it’s importance, and much more.
Tell us about how you got into the realm of being an entrepreneur, influencer, and author.
Well, I started kind of young. I started off as a hairstylist at an early age, making my own money. I had a child at 14-years-old so I needed to work. Of course, you can’t really get hired anyone at 14 so doing hair was the first start of my entrepreneurship. As time went on, I got in and out of trouble. Once I became a felon, getting a job became even more difficult. I had to go into entrepreneurship hard, not only doing hair but sharing my word with clients and people I gained relationships with over the years. Someone said, “You have to write a book.” That pretty much stuck with me. One day, I sat down and started writing and pretty much never stopped after that.
Can you tell us about your new book titled, When A D.A.B. Spills the Tea?
The title gives people the idea that it’s going to be a lot of gossip, like a tell-all book. That never was the idea of the book, that never even ran across my mind. I’m not a tell-all person, I feel like stuff that doesn’t need to be exposed, does not need to be exposed by me. A lot of people that I know just had that vision that I was spilling tea, literally. The idea of the book was to release an experience guide. I wanted to spill my own tea on the things that I have done and obstacles I have overcome. It also gives you a look into being down. It doesn’t mean that you should be down for just your partner, it can be a friend or a family member. You’re basically being down for them, not knowing if that person is going to be down for you.
Why do you feel like this project was so important to release, especially right now?
Social media and the internet have made it so that the younger generation leans towards that. For me, I have a word for males too. This book is not just for females. My actual goal and vision is for me to reach as many people as possible. What I have to say within the book is more of an eye-opener for the younger generation because there is more to success than just the internet, social media, and including people in your circle that don’t deserve to be there. You have to be down for you, your goodness, you career, and whatever it is that you want to do for you. The pandemic has taught me a lot about patience. That was a big issue for me at one time. The Bible says that every situation can be turned out for good. No matter how bad it is, it’s about how you turn it around in the end. Once people read the book, they’ll see a lot of what I went through turned out to be good. For example, I was in a relationship and engaged for nine years to a person that was incarcerated. At one point, that felt like the worst point of my life. It was bad for me, but I used all of that and put it into the book and it has turned out to be one of the best things that could’ve came out of that.
How has quarantine life been for you?
Quarantine life has been okay. I hate that it stopped my book tour (laughs). Other than that, it got me settled, it allowed me to write more, pay more attention to things that will help expand my book, and more. It really hasn’t been too bad; I can’t even lie. It definitely hasn’t been the worst.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
In the future, you can expect another book. I’m working on that. I’m graduating with my Psychology degree in May. After that, I would like to open up a mental and physical health spa. We’re not only going to have the spa here in Atlanta that includes sessions for your mental health, but you can also get those things that we like to enhance. It all plays a role in your physical and mental health. You want to look the part and feel good. That’s my main goal. I want to continue to speak and reach as many young women as possible.
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