Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. Hi There! I’m Shermikia Lemon – a mother, wife, entrepreneur, business consultant, coffee lover, jellybean connoisseur and more. I’m a lover of light and all things peaceful. During a spirit animal card reading, I pulled the card of the oyster. It shared that the focus and determination of the oyster is unmatched. Anything an oyster personality puts their mind to, they achieve with grace and charm. It shared a ton more but what I can say is that this is a pretty accurate description of who I am.
I am a true creative and will have ten ideas in my head at once, so with this energy, I have to keep a journal of my ideas as they come up so that I can revisit them later and find a way to either park them for a later time or put in the work for them come to fruition. I love networking events (especially for women) because it affords everyone a different perspective on their journeys, wins or losses.
I have a bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies. Currently, I am a full-time entrepreneur running the business, Peacefully Profitable. I also host a podcast (Peacefully Profitable) that provides conversation on discovering your passion and turning it into profit, productively balancing life and finding peace.
Q. What is your work?
A. I’m the Founder of Peacefully Profitable – a consulting firm where we help business owners sustain retention and bottom-line with profitable productivity strategies. So, I’m hired by major corporations to create customized programs to develop leaders who are motivated, productive and hungry for more success. I also have a course, Expand With Corporate™ where I teach entrepreneurs step by step tools and strategies to gain major corporate clients for their business.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. For years, I’ve been told I should write a book. It just never felt right for me and I am not a fan of forced energy so never started the project until now! Yes, I am writing a book and I’m truly excited about it. Now just feels right and it doesn’t feel forced. I didn’t want to write another self-help book that really didn’t “help” and if I’d started writing for the sake of just having a book, that’s what would have happened. So, this project is exciting because it’s personal and VERY transparent. I’ll be sharing a lot about my journey, my past, mistakes, wins and my family as they play a major part in who I am today.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. I let go of a lot of services I was offering in business. They were no longer beneficial. My business was all of over the place before I took action. I was adding things to my plate just because I knew how to do them. I was making great money but it was also bringing in more stress than I could have ever imagined. I remember staying up really late one night in tears because of all the things I’d added to my business. All the stress that I’d created. So one day, I just said these things are no longer serving myself nor my clients. I let them go. I’m glad I did because it forced me to focus on things that I’d only wished would happen in business and sure enough they did!
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. Impact! I HAVE to have some positive impact on those I encounter or life just doesn’t feel right. Everything I do is deliberate and intentional. It has to have meaning. So, even when I’m working with corporate clients, my goal is to ensure I assist them with creating an environment of growth. With my kids, yes they get to see the fun side of me, but I have to remember that I’m also a teacher, and what that means is they are constantly learning from not only what I say and teach them but what I do. They are impacted by what I exude. Young girls that may follow me on social media are being impacted by what I post and share. So, what I want most is to positively impact those I encounter and I do believe I am doing that.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Take it easy and enjoy every moment of life all while having a clear understanding of how your choices will affect your life, your children’s life, and maybe even their children’s life. Have a plan and goals and see them through no matter how far-fetched or tough it may seem. Find a great mentor you can trust.
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. Don’t shrink – Even when you’re in a room with those you admire. Always let your light shine, and when it begins to feel dim, switch out the bulb and continue on with your greatness.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. I’ve been on both ends of the stick. The successful side and the side of failure, so I like to think back to my daily habits during each season. When I don’t feel like creating I have to remind myself of how that could harm my brand, my business and ultimately the dynamics of my life. I know what it’s like to really work hard for what you want and see it come to fruition. So, when I feel myself getting in a funk, I look back over my journey to help bring the motivation back into the equation.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. I have only been into yoga for a very short period of time so I’m not a yoga expert just yet. I’d have to say the High Lunge or the infamous Tree pose.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. It took me some time to truly understand the term itself. I believe it can have a different meaning for everyone. I try to take every aspect of my life and find even the smallest part in it that I can consistently appreciate. I think that is very important. It’s easy to complain about the things we do not love about ourselves or our life. The hard part is looking at those situations and still being able to see the beauty and blessings in them. For example, I take care of my father. With a husband, children, running a business, keeping a clean house, health, homework and the list really goes on, adding a caregiver (few days a week and weekends) into the equation wasn’t really something that I’d prepared for and can be very overwhelming and demanding at times, but when I find myself allowing my thoughts to go there, I feel those feelings and then quickly change my thoughts to being extremely grateful that I still have my dad! That’s more important than the days I just want to come home and relax after a long day, but instead have to make sure his needs are met. Forever grateful for being his daughter. I live a life of abundance by appreciating every aspect of my life – the good and the bad.