I wasn't always an entrepreneur, a best-selling author, or a mom.
To be honest, barely even five years ago, I would have never have predicted this was what would my life would have become. You would have found me burning my wheels to burnout in what I thought was the dream job.
Just like you, I knew there was a bigger calling over my life. But I played it safe...
I believe you move life or life moves you. I did at first what was safe and what was expected of me because it was comfortable (until it wasn't).
I see stories as the gateway into shared experiences and lessons. I hope that through the trials and tribulations of my story, you are empowered to pursue your own path to happiness even in the face of adversity.
Here's a glimpse into mine.
C-Suite Executive At 30
After college, I spent 6 years grinding my way through corporate until I landed an executive level position as a Chief Operations & Marketing Officer by the age of 30.
I was geeked. It felt like a full circle moment because I had accomplished exactly what I said I would.
I thought I had finally made it.
M.B.A. to MOM
And then in August of 2019, my entire world changed. My husband and I were expecting our first child. What was supposed to be a routine stress test, ended up being the greatest scare of my life. I was told they couldn't find my son's heartbeat and I was immediately rushed to the hospital.
They were able to trace my son's heartbeat; but after hours of monitoring my son's heart flatlined...again. I remember a barrage of medical personnel shoving my husband out of the way and rolling me away to a bright, cold room and after that I went black, only to awake with no memory of birth and asking my husband did our son make it. By the grace of God, he survived and he was healthy.
Little did I know my life was about to change forever.
I Ate Adversity for Breakfast
As if it wasn't already enough almost losing my son during birth, two weeks later I faced losing my job if I did not return back to work. In a blink, my maternity leave was cut short.
I begrudgingly returned one month to the exact date after I gave birth. I still had the stitches from my emergency C section and could remember crying as I had to watch my mother soak in those precious beginning moments as I worked.
I felt powerless. I felt out of control of my life.
Have you ever felt this way?
As I stared at my son, something awakened in me. I realized I was existing rather than living.
I made a promise to myself that day that I would never be in a position where I had to choose between my family and a career.
In October of 2019, I set out on a quest to discover my own life of freedom. I began to rebuild my life piece by piece.
However, with all things in life, it was a challenge. Releasing the fears of failure & rejection were difficult. On the outside I put on a brave face, but on the inside I was drowning in my struggle. Struggling with imposter syndrome. Struggling with the fear of letting my family down. Struggling with juggling new motherhood while working and building a dream.
But I slowly chipped away at the doubts and launched my own business. I had worked behind the scenes for so long growing other's businesses, I thought what was stopping me for doing it for myself?
I defined what I wanted my brand to be, built the website, and made my business official in April 2020 ready to take on the world.
The Rebirth of a Queen
To the world, I just appeared to be an exhausted new mom, but deep down I knew something wasn't in alignment.
I knew I had to make a choice: continue to let my circumstances define me or pick up my own pen and write my own damn story. I chose to be the author of my own life and fully own the life I wanted.
I began to pick my head up, share my story. The imperfect one that I had been ashamed of for so long. That same story earned me my very first media feature and shortly after my first clients.
Facing, owning, and sharing my journey has empowered hundreds of women to pick up their pens and lift their voices to do the same.
All because I took the leap of faith, looked myself in the mirror and said, "This is not my ending."
Now I have the honor and privilege of supporting women every day as they unapologetically own who they are, speak their truth, and boldly pursue the lives they really want while impacting the lives of others for the better around the world.
and now it's your turn!