Sis, We can all win!
As an entrepreneur, one of the first lessons I learned from Robin M Ware, is that you will need a coach and you will need mentors on this journey. I met Coach Robin back in 2004 on MYSPACE!!!!! Before social media even really spiraled into what it is now, I took her event planners class and fell in love with her willingness to teach me!
When I finished my course studies at Le Cordon Bleu several years later I ended up taking an externship assignment at a local bakery here in South Atlanta and the owner was another one of those people that would teach me everything I wanted to know.
More recently I had a chance to meet the Chick In Charge, Ms. Mary Parker and yall she rocked my world too. Her book poured into my soul. Like seriously. During the six month period, Ms. Mary was meeting with me monthly for her FACS University, I was constantly evolving as a business owner.
Then this powerhouse, demon bully woman of God named Sarah Jakes Roberts aka SJR blew my entire mind. While I bought tickets to her conference this summer, I just couldn’t get myself together to go. My post When your faith and finances do not align go over where a lot of us are in life. But I digress, SJR gets her delegation together frequently honey!
All of these women have one thing in common.
They have given of themselves in the most unselfish ways. Like they would rather impart wisdom from their life experiences then watch another woman have to go through some of the same things they have previously endured.
I’ve hired consultants and coaches. I’ve earned a bachelors, an event planning certification, a culinary certification and next week I will finish my Masters in Education. I’m very well learned. I’m also a believer in lifelong learning. Each of these women taught me to lead in love and to help another woman in business out.
Everything isn’t for sale
My love and light are not for sale. Here’s why I say this. Sometimes doing the right thing can not be ” priced” and placed on a menu. Over the past few months, I have been there for other women in business when they needed me. I didn’t charge a baker friend when she had a family emergency and needed someone to step in. As a matter of fact, I took off my CEO cap that day and asked for a uniform to be apart of HER staff in her absence.
When my sister-friend needed a voice of reason to help launch her brand and become a serious accountability partner for her, I did so. When my best friend hid the fact that she knows web design I offered up my brands (all 6 of them) to her; to shine and build her portfolio. And just two weeks ago a chance meeting at a baby shower has led to a newly budding relationship with one of the biggest dessert vendors in metro Atlanta. Even just being unselfish enough to ask for help when I needed it and returning the favor back to the same person two weeks later.
The simple fact that God has led each of these women into my life at this particular time blows my mind. Knowing that something I said or did can help my sister sleep better at night is more important than stamping a price tag on my knowledge.
Operate in Wisdom
God has given us a spirit of discernment. Use it. Your gifts will make room from you and every other person God has lined up to benefit from the seeds you’ve planted. Farmers don’t plant seeds to feed themselves only. The harvest will feed a multitude of people, we just have to be obedient to cultivate the land, enrich the soil, plant the seeds and water it with our tears as we walk along this journey called life.
This is a letter to my sisters……we can ALL win and I want us too!