I am a Certified Life and Business Coach. I know what it’s like to have really big dreams. I also know what it’s like not having enough self-confidence to take action to bring those dreams to life. I also know what it’s like to be stuck smack dab in the middle of fear. For years, I floundered working at jobs that I really didn’t love or if I did love the job, the pay was not good.
Can you relate?
Or, maybe you’ve always had a dream of owning you own business, building your own brand, going back to school, writing a book or finally transitioning to become a full time entrepreneur. I want you to know that IT IS ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE! I believe that you can do and become anything you desire. You can accomplish your dreams.
Following a very painful divorce, I found myself struggling to earn a living for me and my two children. This struggle included having to file bankruptcy, foreclosure and car repossession! For a period of time, my children and I were homeless and had to live with a friend.
At various jobs, it was not uncommon for women to gather around my desk seeking advice for one life issue or another. This happened at every job! Eventually I realized that the things I had lived through equipped me with the God-given skill of empowering and motivating women.
Would you believe that as I worked full-time jobs, I walked around with my book manuscript in a backpack for FIVE years before self-publishing my book? It’s true; low self-confidence and belief that I should be embarrassed about my many past failed relationships is the reason I walked around with a completed manuscript but was afraid to actually publish the book! The title of my book is Lessons Learned: While Looking for Love in All the Wrong Faces.
Another thing I did over the years was when I would get sick and tired of being looked over for promotions or earning a small salary attached to a fancy sounding job title, was to start businesses. Having owned a successful cake decorating business, a ladies suit and accessory business and an event planning firm, I know the challenges you are facing starting and sustaining a home-based business.
Because funds were limited, I had to teach myself everything about starting a business and self-publishing. I also taught herself things like how to: build a website from scratch, how to build a mailing list and set up social media profiles. I taught myself how to set up the legal structure of my business – an LLC. Would you believe that I even taught myself how to prepare a book manuscript for publishing? And after I self-published the book, I figured out how to get my book in online retail outlets like Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and public libraries.
At the age of 38, I returned to school and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. I earned this degree in one year while juggling the demands of single parenthood. Nine years later I returned to school to earn a Master’s Degree in Education. I earned this degree in one year while working a 50 hour a week demanding state university job. I completed my Personal Coaching certification through the CaPP Institute.
One might say that I’m a late bloomer. In my 50s I took a leap of faith, followed my dream of owning a beautiful home and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta, I am surrounded by extended family and my roommate is my Black Lab/Pit Bull, Miss Dora. As you can see, it is never too late to build a dream life or start a profitable business!
Even though they were raised in a single parent home (with a LOT of love and help from my parents), my kids turned out well. My daughter is an insurance claims professional and my son is an actor. I’m also proud that I wear the title of “Grandma” to my only grandchild, Nia.