Wise Women Wednesday: Cheminne Taylor-Smith

Cheminne Taylor-Smith

Q. Who are you? What is your background? 
A. I’m a motivated and strong person who loves helping other women find their strengths in business. I was a navy brat so I can fit in almost anywhere, which has helped me from the mountains where my family is from to the New York/LA social scene where I have worked and continue to work.

I have a family I adore and a wicked sense of humor that helps me see the fun in most anything.

Q. What is your work?
A. I’m a business coach and strategist. I have a varied business background with a focus on marketing, strategic thinking, idea generation, and business strategies.

 Cheminne and her Grandmother

Cheminne and her Grandmother

Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I’m working with a client on a reinvention of her business and brand that is really starting to take off. She was recently featured in the Washington Post in an article that I pitched to them as well.

Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Taking on a tough client who’s known for diva tendencies. She can be hard to work with, but I find that women like that really just want someone as strong as they are to talk to, someone who isn’t intimidated by them and who can remain calm in the midst of what can be their own self-made chaos.

Cheminne with her daughter

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 would love to own a bakery – I would bake and make jam all day! There is nothing stopping me – I do bake and I do sell my jams. But I know where my sweet spot really is, and that’s in the business I’m doing right now. I think you can have both a passion that makes you happy and a job that takes advantage of your best abilities. They aren’t always the same thing, but if you can find a way to do both either together or separately, that’s a good life. It’s Yoke AND Abundance. :)

Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. When you’re too scared to make a decision or to take a new path, think of the worst-case scenario that could happen. It’s almost always not really that scary. Facing fear head-on makes it less frightening!

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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. Think differently. When you’re stuck, approach an idea from another angle. It’s so much easier to find an answer or a new path if you can step back and look at it differently. Nothing has to be “the way it always has been.” Nothing.

Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. Ideas pop into my head constantly – but they’re like soap bubbles. If I don’t capture them right away, they’ll disappear. I have notebooks all over my house where I can quickly jot down whatever hits me. Then I sort through them once a week to put them into categories (work, ideas for writing, ideas for my daughter, etc.). I use those lists all the time and sorting through them helps me spark that creativity.

Cheminne

Q. What's your favorite yoga pose? 
A. Pigeon. Always pigeon.

Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. My grandmother lived to be 97 and was vibrant and full of life up to the last minute. She always said it was because she was curious about everything.

I’ve learned from her, so I go down every path that interests me. I love to read and am passionate about literacy, so I’m an adult literacy tutor at Reading Connections. I love to make jam, so I’ll pick a weekend to experiment in my kitchen. I am committed to being involved in civics, so I volunteer with groups that are doing good work. I love yoga and kickboxing, so I make time for both. I believe abundance comes through our relationships, so I have a wide and varied network of friends that I love to see. And, most importantly, I put a priority on spending time with my family. That seems like a lot, but it isn’t. It’s a matter of continuing to learn, following what you’re excited about, and always being around those you love. If you’re doing that, you’re going to lead an abundant life.

You can find out more about Chemmine at her website here: http://cheminne.com

Cheminne and family at daughters wedding