Sitting here reflecting over the last year and the only thing I can say is that God is amazing. Never did I envision myself proclaiming to be an entrepreneur or conducting coaching sessions. You see, this around the way girl with chinks in her armor could not see that I had it in me all along. Instead, I talked myself out of walking in my purpose. What will people think? Can you do this? Will people even sign up or trust you to coach them? I limited myself based on my observations of what I believed I was lacking.
My life is not perfect. I strive everyday to get it together, in fact, I often joke with my friends about needing to get my life together. I’m not where I want to be spiritual, financially, or career-wise. I work everyday to be better than I was the day before. I pray every day for grace, mercy, forgiveness, and peace. I fall just like the next chick and I often wonder when will my time come.
Truth is, I doubted me. I was the obstacle in my own way. A year ago, today I decided to stop being that obstacle. I decided to trust what God had already given me and I decided to step out of my box and seek my purpose with everything in me. I decided that fear would no longer hold me back. Who cares what people will think. They’ll never think anything good or bad if you never step out and share with the world your God-given gift. I’m not the most extroverted person at times. I don’t do well in large crowds. If called onto speak in front of people I freeze up on the inside. I’m somewhat shy at times when the spotlight is on me. At times, I can be awkward. With all of that, I still decided to jump and put myself out thereby declaring that I’m walking in my purpose and I’m sharing my gift.
You see I always knew I wanted to help people, I just didn’t know how I would get there. I can remember doing the career assessment in undergrad and being pointed in the direction of being a life coach. I had never heard 0f a life coach and I was intrigued so I researched and researched until I was on life coach overload. Even though it was something I could see myself doing, I just couldn’t see myself being working for myself. This is not something you can apply for in most cases and then I was a 9 to 5 type of girl. I needed stability for my growing family and a steady paycheck was a priority on the list. That was almost 10 years ago. After experiencing life more and getting to the point of being uncomfortable with being comfortable, I did it. Me! The girl from the hood. The chick with 5 kids. The one they thought would never make it. They counted me out. I was told that I would never be successful because I had, had my kids so young. I was made to believe that the only way up was by climbing someone’s else’s corporate ladder. No one like me was supposed to make it because I didn’t come from a certain family or I don’t have a certain net worth. Society would have me believe that I should be lucky to just have a job. BUT GOD!
One day I realized that God has been calling me to the table but I have been avoiding the call. You see this coaching thing is not about me and how great I am but how great I can help others be. I’ve learned that each of our destinies is directly tied to the destiny of someone else and if you’re not answering the call, someone, you’re preventing them from being called. We were all put here to help uplift and empower each other. Our stories are meant to empower and inspire. We go through things so that we can grow and share our testimonies. So that the next young woman from the hood with a bleak looking future can look at someone just like her and understand that she can to do great things. She can help people with her story. She doesn’t have to settle for the box that society has already placed her in. She can overcome any obstacle thrown her way and with the proper guidance she can do great things and take the torch to empower and uplift the next.
The best thing I could’ve have done was decide at my dining table on August 21st, 2016 that I was going to answer the calling NO MATTER WHAT! I declared it out loud to the Lord and I prayed for his guidance and strength because I knew that I was in for a fight. When you step into your destiny, that’s when the real battle begins. You’ll be thrown with all types of left and right hooks by life. Things you didn’t have a problem with before will now become a problem. Your children who are normally well behaved will act out. Your marriage will be tested. Your faith will be tested. No matter the test you must stand and fight. Keep pushing. Keep believing. God didn’t call you to fall, he called you because he knew you wouldn’t fall. God knows what’s in us before we do.
I’m happy to say that 1 year later I’m still answering the call. I’m still pushing and I’m still working. I’m still working the plan. I’m still coming up with ideas to grow the business and I’m still being patient and depending completely on God for guidance. I always wanted to be the next Oprah but God is showing me that he’s grooming me and guiding me to be the only Life Strategist KG.
I’m so blessed to be able to say that I made it. I MADE IT! I hung in through some of my hardest times. Through life’s up’s and downs and I pushed through. Over the course of the last year I’ve had some wins:
- Published my first book, Real Tales of a Momprenuer
- I became the Editor for Model Mom Magazine (Ask A Life Coach & Model Woman on the rise)
- I met some awesome women living their dreams and inspiring women all around the world.
I’ve had some losses:
- Not every product or service was able to be launched within the first year.
- Events I wanted to host haven’t made it yet.
- I’m not making 6 figures. (I was for sure that I would be making 6 figures by now, dang Instagram moguls)
Ove the course of the year I’ve touched many and empowered a few but most importantly, I’ve been able to show my children that with hard work and dedication, you can accomplish anything. The joy I seen in their eyes when they saw their mother’s face on the cover of a book is priceless. The pride they have when they say my mama has her own business can’t be replaced. If for nothing more than to be a light to my children, I’m happy.
I want to say thank you. If you’re reading this, thank you for your support. Thank you to everyone who believed in my dreams and supported me with no questions asked. If you’ve purchased a book, thank you. If you’ve signed up for coaching and allowed me to help you on your journey, thank you. If you just read a post or shared my content, thank you. If you prayed, thank you. THANK YOU for helping a girl who society counted out, show the world why you should bet on me to win.
I’m looking forward to the next year and prayerfully many years to come. I’m still growing, learning, and working. I hope to help as many people as possible realize that their dreams are waiting on them to take the first step and they can do it, one foot at a time.
Your friend in your head and real life too,
Life Strategist KG♥
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