What made you get started in your industry?
In 2006 I began my journey when I was diagnosed with the disease lupus. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body including skin, joints, and organs. Being diagnosed with lupus was not easy for me to accept, and changed my life completely. Eventually, I decided to empower and educate myself about my disease, which would eventually lead me to my “purpose in life”. I decided to use my struggles with lupus as a form of motivation and inspiration for individuals to begin their journey with wellness. In 2015, I became a Lupus Advocate for the Lupus Foundation of America. Being a Lupus Advocate provided me with a platform to encourage people to transform their lifestyle by incorporating wellness principles, as well as inspire people to cope with struggles related to health and illness. I pursued my passion for motivating and helping others even further by becoming a Motivational Speaker for the Florida Hospital Speakers Bureau. This was another platform and opportunity to do all that I could to educate and encourage people to live happy and healthy lifestyles by adopting health and wellness principles. When I ultimately developed my talents for motivational speaking as well as my passion to help others through coaching, I realized my purpose in life was to do just this! I found that my talents for speaking and coaching were ultimately my life’s purpose. I founded Discover Your Power LLC in 2016 to pursue my purpose of empowering and helping others.
Walk us through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did?
I began speaking for local speakers bureaus to help me build my speaking portfolio and experience. From a coaching perspective I am currently pursuing my Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) by attending Impact Coaching Academy. I also attended the John Maxwell Certification Program to become an Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team.
What do you consider are your specialty?
I created Discover Your Power as a way to pursue my purpose in life to motivate and help others reach and accomplish their goals through coaching, motivational speaking, and lupus advocacy. I focus on motivational speaking and coaching in the following areas: living life with lupus, wellness for women, career transitions, leadership development, empowerment, and coaching. I am passionate about helping people make progress towards changing their lives and inspiring them to feel empowered to take steps to create the life they want!
Do you see yourself making this full-time?
Yes. I am working for Discover Your Power full time as of this year. It’s the happiest and most fulfilled as I have been in my whole life and I know that is because I am pursuing my purpose on a daily basis. It has been a blessing.
What can we always expect from your company/brand?
Dealing with people is a personal business and I truly believe that for people to believe in my ability to help them, they have to believe in me and relate to me as a person. I share my own personal stories in life-related to lupus, leadership, and career to help relate to people and demonstrate credibility at the same time. Basically, I am an open book and just myself!
What was the best advice you ever received and why?
Hard work and hope is not a plan. You must have a definite plan in place to grow your business in all aspects.
What tips can you recommend that you’d would most likely only share with a close friend or comrade on success?
Stay consistent with the time you put towards building your goals. Prioritize what is important to help you accomplish your goals and remind yourself that the sacrifices you are making are worth it. Remember, whatever you put energy towards will grow.