All the things I wanted in my twenties I had by my early thirties … Marriage, three beautiful children, a house , paid off, car and many upper management positions making a salary that meets my needs. I’d be mad to say I wasn’t happy with it all , but I hit the brick wall of unhappiness when I recognized in the pursuit of my dream , I left me behind somewhere on the journey. The worst feeling in the world was living life wearing a mask as I built
It’s funny how we put so much importance on things that don’t matter . . . You may have read in my story how I faced eviction 3 times. Just to clarify, I was not actually evicted, but I did have to go to court to fight to keep a roof over my head. Even though I did not lose my apartment the first 2 times, on the third fight, I decided that it would be best to just walk away. Before I faced those battles, there are a few others I
I wasn’t someone who grew up wanting my own business. I originally organized my agency as a coach, educator and curriculum creator because of an annual business plan contest I learned about a few weeks before its deadline. The contest offered 25k in prizes so was worth a shot. I created a website, commissioned a logo and wrote up a business plan in three weeks. I didn’t win and was determined to have a better plan the next go round. The following year I followed all the rules, upgraded my
J. K. Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.
Staying in New York to pursue her acting dreams even after she ran out of money, Halle Berry lived in a homeless shelter prior to landing a role on ABC. It was her mother’s tough love; refusing to send Halle money, leaving her to figure it out on her own, that helped Halle become the star we know and love today. Today, Halle accepts that her mother did the right thing and she’s grateful for her tough love. She adds, “It taught me how to take care of myself and
It was such an exciting time in my life. I finally completed my non-fiction book proposal. I created a Youtube video to tell the world, I posted the news on Facebook and I told all of my family and friends. My head was gassed up and I thought I was super cool. At only 19, my book proposal was not only complete but I just got signed to an agent! I was on the ride of my life and the feeling was grand. So then it was time for my
It makes me angry how men try to take advantage of women sometimes. I’ve had so many encounters where men either undermine my knowledge or my abilities. This scenario was one where I was looking for an investor for my cultural inspirational line of T’s. After several meetings – we finally had a contract – we met to discuss and go over it and that was when he placed his hand on my knee saying: “the terms can be better if you really wanted it to be.” I was in disbelief and like
It was literally a cold and rainy day. I had a pretty big print job to pick up and deliver to a client before heading uptown (during rush hour) to meet with a prospect I had been trying to meet with for months…but let me give you the backstory first… The week before this rainy day, I had been trying to process a credit card transaction for one client’s print job and for whatever reason it would not work. I needed this transaction to go through so that I could