What Services / Products Does Your Business Provide?
Personal Transformation: 1-on-1 Mentorship Programs, group mentorship programs, Online video courses such as "Break The 'Good Girl' Complex"
How Long Have You Been In Business?
In this specific business almost 2 years. I've had a few businesses before this one that very much so influenced and helped shape the work I do now. With this business I started out working with writers on digging into the deeper root of their blocks. Now I work with female-identified persons of color who are often creatives or entrepreneurs.
Why Did You Start Your Business?
I started this business because I spent YEARS on my own personal transformation and evolution. Years digging into my deep down bullshit - things so deep and old I didn't even realize they still impacted me or how vastly they affected multiple areas of my life. When I started that process I had no idea how much I was going to discover about myself, how deep the layers I peeled back would go, or how much I, or my life, would change as a result. I also knew that there are so many people who need to do that work for themselves and like me, didn't have a guide, or support, or any direction. After years of working through the process over and over for myself (a process that always continues and never stops) I knew that it was a great gift of mine to be able to guide others through their evolution.
I facilitate transformation and evolution for others so they can have my guidance, my knowledge base, my wisdom, my strategies, my support. I facilitate it so they can step fully into who they are, their power, and really create the life they desire. I work with WOC/female-identified persons of color because we don't have many spaces in the personal transformation world that is catered just to us. It is largely catered to white people and white women. I want my business to be a space that uplifts People of Color and that means catering to Black and brown voices, issues, and struggles. This is why a big element of the work I do with clients is identifying and unraveling from old, internalized, oppressive conditionings and beliefs that have shaped a false sense of who you "should" be. We as WOC and POC have an immense power in this world that is being unleashed more and more everyday. My work is to have more of us standing in our power, standing in who we are, and taking a stand for what we want to create.
At it's core my big why for doing my business, my art, my writing, my everything is to challenge and break oppressive power dynamics and system by igniting WOC and POC into their power and their truth. When we stand the world changes.
What Has Been The Toughest Part About Being In Business For Yourself?
This is a tough question. I'd say it comes down to my mental game. It is a stretch to step into something new and with no safety net. To really believe what you haven't seen happen yet and know that you can create it is so challenging because our minds and subconscious want to pull us back into the familiar where they know it's safe. It blows my mind sometimes how many non-business things impact my business. I recently realized that the mistakes I made in a past relationship led me to stop trusting myself which meant I wasn't trusting myself in business. Now I'm healing that. I have to constantly be on my own personal transformation work to clear and unravel the unseen blocks that then show up in my business (and elsewhere in my life).
What Was Your Dream Job As A Kid And Why?
I had many but I wanted to be a writer and an actress. I loved movies and tv and telling stories. I wanted to create worlds and bring them to life on paper or on screen. I still do.
What Woman Inspires You And Why?
Do I have to pick just one? Off the top of my head right now I want to say Serena Williams. She is excellence incarnate. She is beautiful and powerful and multi-faceted. She is one of the most phenomenal athletes on this planet and still as a Black woman she has to deal with people constantly dismissing, minimizing, and trash talking her because she is a Black woman.
She is power and magic.
What Will Be The Biggest Challenge For The Generation Of Black Women Behind You?
I'm not sure that the challenges have changed. I think they'll have to deal with the same ones we did and one of those is really finding their true self and following their true voice and path in a world that constantly tells them they are less, or have to be/do/act XYZ to be respected or have money or be successful. We still live in a very racist world and a very racist country. There can be the image of improvement and increased equality but at some point every single one of us has to deal with being told we are _______ because we're Black women and that blank is always less than the fullness of who we are. So biggest challenge? Continuing to break the mold. To fight and take a stand for who they truly are. The work to change the game, break the old perceptions, and challenge oppressive power dynamics and systems just by owning who they are.
Where Can We Find You And Your Business?