1. Please, so our readers can get to know you, briefly introduce yourself to our audience.
I love to laugh (especially at corny jokes), and I enjoy listening to music, reading, as well as spending time with family and friends. As a child, I wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer. While my career goals have changed slightly over the years, those initial dreams underscore who I am and everything that I desire to be. I seek to be the voice that amplifies the voices of the unheard. Oppression and injustice are issues that I plan to address with my platform. I also know that my purpose is to be a conduit of healing and to promote emotional, spiritual, and personal wellness. There is so much brokenness in the world and I seek to change that by providing services that speak to one’s heart, mind, and soul.
2. What is your business all about?
My business empowers women and youth to be their best self and helps them transform their pain into tools for success. I accomplish this through speaking, conducting training on a variety of topics, 1 on 1 coaching, and writing. Because my faith underscores the essence of who I am, I try to be a reflection of God in everything that I do. For example, my first book, Walking Through the Pain is an inspirational novel. While I certainly want people to enjoy the story, my ultimate goal is for readers to experience the healing of God in a fresh, new way.
3. What inspired you to get started?
As a child, I understood very early that people of color were treated unfairly in the US and I wanted to help change that reality. My long-term goal is to own and operate a counseling and youth center, so my current business is a step in that direction. I am where I am today because of those who have supported me, and that inspires me to give the same support to others.
4. What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a concentration in African and African American studies from Kenyon College. I also have a Certificate of Training in personal development coaching through the RS Counseling & Wellness Center that enables me to work there as a life coach.
5. What are your motivations?
My motivation is to live a life that pleases God, to fulfill my purpose, to be better than I was yesterday, and to support those I am connected to manifest their full potential.
6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing?
Be yourself. While there may be people who have your similar purpose, God did not create another you. Be proud and confident in who you were created to be. Also, don’t allow anyone to box you into their idea of who you should be and what you can do. People can only give you advice based upon their capacity and the limit of their exposure. So be intentional about exposing yourself to people, experiences, and opportunities that will help you to consistently grow.
7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I see myself in amazement of how God has exceeded my wildest dreams, impacting the world for His glory, and simply enjoying life.
8. Any present or future projects?
I recently released an online course titled Walking Through the Pain: Practical Steps to Emotional Wellness. It provides twenty-one action steps to help you to make the transition from surviving to living. My next book, Overcome Pain in 21 Days: A Daily Devotional of Biblical Principles to Heal, Live and Prosper will be released soon. It is the faith-based version of my online course. This devotional provides biblically-based tools to help people of faith to not only deal with their pain but to overcome it.
9. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your business as a person of color?
Thankfully I have not encountered any issues as a minority business owner. Since I am very aware of the discrimination that people of color face in business, my goal is to support minority business owners and provide opportunities for all of us to flourish.
10. Are you Married or Single?
I am happily single until the right one comes along.
11. How can we connect with you on social media?
12. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Giving my life to God. I know it sounds extra churchy, but without God I am nothing, and with God I am unstoppable.
13. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career?
1. Be confident in who you were created to be.
2. Be clear about your purpose in business.
3. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.
4. Connect with mentors and peers who can support and challenge you.
5. Stop waiting for everything to be perfect and start now!