What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?
My journey of losing my voice to an illness in 2013 made me a prisoner in my own body and my own home. Doctors didn’t know if I would ever speak again. I was unable to be with the public for 3 ½ months. I was sent to a vocal coach and had to do a lot of work. It took close to a year to fully regain the use of my voice. Four years later, after being released from Corporate America, I kept thinking about the illness, but this time it was in a different way. I knew if God brought me to something and through something so painful there had to be a reason. It was to be the vessel, the voice for other women who have “lost their voice”. I realized I had not only lost mine physically but metaphorically in my own life. I didn’t speak up or stand up for myself and was more concerned with pleasing others than pleasing myself. I was inspired by a family friend from back east where I used to live to write a book. It took me a while to actually commit to it because I was looking for work and didn’t think I could nor should be writing a book. I am grateful I did. Not just because I completed it, but because of the impact it has and will continue to have on so many millions around the globe for years to come. This is my purpose. This is my passion, and this is my mission.
What message do you promote?
To Never Give Up. Don’t give up on yourself or the life you were meant to live. For those who don’t know what that life they were meant to live is, I can coach them to find out.
In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?
I volunteered to teach the unemployed and underemployed to prepare them for their next steps in the working world and in life.
I also volunteered to cook, delivering and serving food to homeless shelters.
In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to.
Not believing in me. Lack of self -esteem, self-confidence, limiting beliefs. They are all intertwined. When you don’t believe in one, the others also fall by the wayside.
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
Serving others…seeing them light up after speaking with me. I had a gal message me after we met the beginning of the week letting me know how much better she felt and how things were already changing in her life since our meeting. She said she couldn’t stop thinking about me and had to message to let me know what an impact I had made on her.
How do you SHOW UP?
By being present for those I am serving. Truly being interested in serving THEM. Leaning in, listening and letting them know they are important and they matter.
If you could give one piece of advice for women who are entering the workforce or launching their own business what would that be?
Believe in yourself. Come from a place of giving, serving and sharing. Be passionate about who you are and what you do. People feel your energy.
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