It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. Who am I? Initially, I started to answer this question with a few labels and characteristics that describe me. While doing this, I noticed my self-talk changing. Labels change, life is impermeant. After meditation and stillness, I revisited the list and decided to narrow it down to two sentences.
I am a spiritual vessel meant to fulfill a purpose that is constantly unfolding. I am put on this earth to live in God's purpose.
My background, was born in Winston Salem NC, but grew up in Asheville NC. Living in Asheville taught me to be a free spirit. After graduating from high school, I moved to Greensboro with my high school sweet heart attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. We now have two children together, one 8 and the other is 4.
Ten years later, Greensboro continues to be my home.
Q. What is your work?
A. My work touches me deep in my soul. After teaching for six years, I transitioned into the role of being an instructional coach. I now work as an independent educational consultant. Working for companies such as Education Resource Group and P.A.C.E., both founded by women, I have the opportunity to support educators with implementing research based strategies, and maximizing their classroom environment. I have spent the last five years studying the art of coaching to support educators with reaching their goals and increasing their effectiveness. Working closely with educators and administrators to set goals so they may live up to their potential.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. My experience as an independent consultant has sparked my interest in lifestyle and spiritual coaching. I am currently in the process of completing the necessary trainings and learning experiences to launch my coaching business. Ultimately, I see myself supporting schools with mindfulness practices. I recently enrolled in a mindfulness training course, and it is exciting to deepen my practice. This is a journey and process that has ignited fire in my soul. It is an amazing feeling when you feel as though you are getting closer and closer to your purpose.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Completing in the Company of Women took a fearless spirit. Being vulnerable enough to share my dreams, fears, thoughts, and emotions with other woman required me to open up my heart and spirit. Sharing the thoughts that are most dear to me, opened me up to a different side of myself. By the end of each session, I felt full of life and joy. I have a new-found confidence in my dreams.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. I am looking forward to using my coaching experience as a lifestyle and spiritual coach. After completing this training, I am looking forward to creating a brand. The creation process is fun because I get to create in a judgement free zone.
Fear of failure and being vulnerable has hindered me from starting the process years ago. After connecting with Alisha through lifestyle coaching and my vision planning group, I have been able to overcome this fear of failure and passionately pursue my dreams with all my heart and soul.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Simply put, you are enough and everything you need is within. You don't have to search for outside people to validate you and confirm who you are, you have it within. You are God's creation and that makes you enough. I spent so much of my young self, trying to people please and seek validation outside of myself. As an adult, I have gotten to a place where I can truly say with all honesty say, "you are enough". This belief is truly freeing and has brought me through some of my most troublesome times.
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. Be in the present moment and live each moment knowing that death is the only guarantee. Living fully in each moment gives me the opportunity to make decisions that align with my soul. Knowing that death is the only guarantee, has helped me to release attachment to life changing events that I have no control over. It has also helped me to savor each moment knowing that another second may not be promised.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. Stillness, nature, meditation and sleep keep me creating when I am in a creative rut. All four acts give me a chance to connect with God and listen to my soul. Through stillness inspiration and answers come to me. I am able to act and create from an authentic place because I am connected with my soul.
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. Life is a miracle constantly unfolding in each moment. Embrace it! From my heart to yours!
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. Child's pose is my favorite. It makes me feel so powerful as a woman. I am embracing my body and loving each part of me, as I lean into my body. It reminds me of how powerful the human body is.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. Through love, joy and gratitude I live a life of abundance. Daily, I write in a gratitude journal and it prompts me to reflect on the wonderful things that happened the day before, and helps me to set the intention for the day. I list ways (things I can control) to make the day wonderful. It gives me a focus for the day and helps me to focus on the abundance of love and joy in my life.