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My Six Month Solo Trip and What It Taught Me

March of 2021, I began my solo trip. I originally planned this trip for 2020, but had to reschedule for 2021 due to COVID. I spent six months on the road. It’s was a great trip, but it taught me a lot more about who I am and it made me realize what I really want. Before I get into that, let me tell you a little about my background so my experience during my solo trip makes sense.

While in the military, I traveled a lot. During my career as CEO of my first company, I traveled a lot. Now, I travel when I need to travel or by my personal choice. How did I get here? From an early age, I wanted to be a CEO. I used to stare off into the distance and think how my life would be as a CEO. I wanted the money, the freedom, and the nice office. I had all of those things. However, the most import thing I’ve gained over the years are the skills and the mindset to be a CEO. Just like most things in life, there will be ups and downs, but I enjoyed my journey and I appreciate what I learned and who I’ve become as a person and CEO.

The top skill to have when running a business is problem solving, you have to be able to think on your feet at all times. Not only are you running the business, but you’re managing and teaching others at the same time. Anything could go wrong at anytime.

Another important skill to have is resilience. Things are not always going to work out, so when things fail, you’ll need to figure out away to get things back on track.

During my solo trip I visited old friends and family members I haven’t seen in awhile. While in those cities, I visited old spots I used to love while living or visiting there before. I visited the following cities:

Chicago, IL

New Jersey

Washington D.C

Atlanta, GA

Pelzer, SC

Miami, Florida

I traveled by car, train, and plane. I traveled during the day and at night. It was a lot of fun, but here is what I learned from revisiting people and places. Sometimes when you’re meant to go to a certain level that’s only meant for you, it’s not meant for everyone to understand. It’s not meant for everyone to go with you either. I discovered that my mindset had changed completely. So much so, that I couldn’t relate to a lot of people anymore. Everything had changed. It’s was a great moment for me. The lesson here is to stop letting people back into your life that’s not meant to be there. Continue to move forward without looking back.

Chicago, IL – I used to live in Chicago. I opened an office here for my first company, Direct Consultants, LLC.

New Jersey – A two-day camping trip at Mahlon Dickerson County Reservation.

Washington, D.C. – A two day train ride to Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA – I got the chance to party and catch up with old friends. I relaxed a lot in Atlanta.

Charlotte, NC – I celebrated my 32nd birthday. There was a lot of dancing and tequila.

Pelzer, SC – My hometown. I visited family and childhood friends.

Miami, FL – I invited my brother on this trip. We drank early in the morning and spent a lot of time at the beach.

How did traveling for six months change my perspective. I learned that no matter where you travel or live, you’ll always experience the same things and the same people. This is why you should always decide to move and travel for a new experience. Learn something new. Meet new people. Try something new, from an experience to a new food or drink. It also showed me what I really want in life and that is stability. Anything that comes before is there to help get the stability or after when things are drawn to you based on where you are in life.

What are some of the activities I did while traveling to each state:

Chicago: I paid $100 for a steak dinner. It was worth it. I also got my teeth cleaned.

New Jersey- I camped at a camping ground for two days. I hiked through the mountains most of the time.

Washington: I shopped at a train station for the first time.

Atlanta: I went to my first seafood boil.

Charlotte: I took personal training classes.

Pelzer: I slept outside in my hammock.

Miami: I stayed at a airport hotel for the first time and I was able to begin drinking mimosas at 9 a.m. at a restaurant.

I planned this trip for over a year, but I had the idea for several years. The one thing I loved about the military was the traveling. We were aways on the go. I’m that type of person. But, this time I got to do it on my own. I was so excited about this experience and still am. Now, I’m back in New York. I’m so ready for what’s next. For the countries I didn’t get a chance to visit this time, my next solo trip will be different countries ONLY.

My next blog post will explain how I was able to manage traveling for six months while running my company, MJI. I’ll discuss what I accomplished with my company in just six months.

The Mindset of Success

Have you ever wondered why when things are going well, other things began to go bad? For example, when you’re happy and negative thoughts begin to take over your mind. What about when you set a goal, reach that goal, then a friend or family member turns their back on you? There are pros and cons to life, no matter what we do or how we do them. Have you ever heard the saying, “No matter what you do, good or bad, someone will find something wrong.” That’s a true statement. I’ve always said, do what you want and be who you want to be because not everyone is going to like or approve. You can’t have success without cons. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your success, but you can only enjoy it if you understand the cons, first. Here is what you need to understand about success.

Negative thinking:

The way we think is based on many factors. Those factors consist of who we hang around, what we watch on television, what we eat, etc. Negative thinking could and will randomly happen when you least expect it. I like to call that an “attack.” This is your mind attacking you from the inside. All the things we allow inside will eventually come out some way, somehow. Most negative things we allow on the inside will come out through our actions, how we treat others, how we spend our time, and the most crucial one, our mindset. Your mindset is the most important factor to your success. It determines how far you’ll go in life. Which brings me to my next point. Disapproval from others. To be successful, you’re going to have to change. It may not feel right or be easy, but you have to grow in every aspect of your life to reach your highest potential. Here are five crucial factors that affect your mindset:

  1. Your environment (neighborhood, household, church, etc.).
  2. Your circle (friends, family members, influences, etc.).
  3. Your entertainment (music, television shows, reading material. etc.).
  4. Your mindset (your character, your personality, how you treat others, decisions, habits, etc.).
  5. How you think of yourself and how you treat YOU. People will treat you how you treat yourself.

https://myekajohnsoninc.com/2019/01/24/reprogramming-the-subconscious-for-your-new-journey/

Disapproval from others:

Disappointment usually comes from wanting to be loved and accepted by those you love and care for the most. You’re human, so it’s okay to feel this way and want this from close friends and family. However, this can also thwart you from achieving success because you become addicted to wanting it from them, so that becomes your focus. You can’t expect to reach new heights in life and take people who aren’t meant to be there, with you. This is why maturing and allowing yourself to change is important. You have to be strong enough to accept this and move on from it. There is no other way. Many people can’t handle not being invited to things, people not liking them, people talking about them, or people discrediting their success, character, and reputation. So, they give up on what’s important to them to become successful and give in to their enemies. There are willing to do what their enemies what them to do, act how they want them to act, and be someone they’re not because it’s easier. However, it will affect them later in life. You will lose close friends. Your circle will become small. Those you love may give up on you. It’s all part of the process. Remember, what’s meant for you will eventually find its way back.

https://myekajohnsoninc.com/2019/11/07/how-to-succeed-the-non-traditional-way/

The thought of fear:

Fear is the downfall of success. You can fear being successful and you can fear the feeling of failure of not becoming successful. At the end of the day, we all fear what others may think about our lives and what we choose to do with it. People tend to treat you how they see you. This is why so many people work hard to appear successful, but realistically, they are not. Success is a term we use to define who we are and what we have achieved. Many people never become what they would like to become in life because they fear what may happen or not happen. Others fear success because they can’t handle what comes with success. Either way, you may have to deal with things that are uncomfortable but it’s part of the journey. Not allowing yourself to deal with the uncertainty will stop you from growing and maturing into the person you need to be to achieve your success. Allowing it will teach you things about yourself and life that will be beneficial to your future.

https://myekajohnsoninc.com/2019/12/30/success-without-haters-isnt-success/

The Top Ten Things you will go through being successful:

  1. Having haters and others praying and wanting you to fail
  2. Uncertainty of what to do next or how to do it
  3. Uncertainty of where you are going and how
  4. Failure and the embarrassment, shame, and guilt you may feel from it
  5. Lost of friends, family, and those you care for the most
  6. Fear of making the same mistakes
  7. Making the same mistakes
  8. Stages of instability
  9. Fear it may not work out
  10. Feelings of regret, failure, uncertainty, and fear

Turning Thirty and In Debt; Living in New York City

What’s the one thing we all struggle with in adulthood? DEBT! From school debt to credit card debt, we all owe someone something. If you don’t, lucky you. My debt included student loans, money spent starting multiple companies, and moving to different states all in my twenties. At one point my debt was above $90,000. Recently, I watched a video where this 25 year old who makes $70,000 or more a year pays all of her monthly bills, except her student loans. Her student loan debt is $115,000. I met a 23 year old who makes $163,000 a year and paid $12,000 of his student loan debt within five months. They both live in New York City.

Living in New York is expensive. I live in New York City and I make six figures a year with nearly $20,000 in debt. However, I have multiple strings of income and in 2018, I hired an accountant to help balance my income to debt ratio. The main reason for hiring an accountant was so I could purchase my dream home. Before hiring an accountant, I hired a debt relief company to go through my credit report and do an analysis. They help me raise my credit score and decrease my debt.

New York vs. North Carolina

I lived in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina for three years and two months. Before the statewide quarantine executive order, I worked in both New York and New Jersey through out the week and I commuted and worked 10 hours per day. I spent two of those hours in traffic. LOL! The cost of living in North Carolina is a lot less cheaper than New York. Below shows the difference between my expenses living in both states:

Rent:

NC: $2,300 (two bedroom/two bathrooms/1160 sq ft.)

NY: $3, 200 (1 bedroom/1 bathroom/501 sq ft.)

Transportation:

NC: Less than $100 monthly

NC: $400 monthly

Utilities:

NC: Less than $100 monthly

NY: Nearly $300 monthly

Gas for car:

NC: $100-$150 monthly

NY: $300 monthly (work 6 days a week)

Going out:

NC: $50 -$75 each time

NY: $150 -$200 each time

Insurance (dental, car, renters):

NC: $430

NY: $800

Here is how I got out of debt:

*This is based on the money I had in my savings and having multiple strings of income, which gave me a head start. I also used the money from my retirement. I did not borrow money.

Step #1) I hired an accountant.

Step #2) I consolidated my debt. This will help decrease the interest rate.

Step #3) I created a budget and set saving goals for one year.

Step #4) I called each creditor to see if there were any special offers to reduce amount owed.

Step #5) I paid off the smaller amounts due in full first.

Step #6) I sold things I didn’t need or use anymore.

Step #7) I limited the quantity of non-essential needs (nails, hair, spa, eating out, going out, etc.)

Step #8) I saved a certain amount of money per month.

Step #9) I went generic.

How I raised my credit score:

Step #1) I consolidated my debt.

Step #2) I paid off 50% or more of my debt in a little over a year.

Step #3) I paid my bills on time.

Step #4) I got a credit card to use for small expenses, like gas, food, etc. I paid off the amount spent on the credit card before it was due. (Give or take, within 7 days)

Getting out of debt takes a lot of discipline and a lot of sacrifice. I did not do it alone. Between my accountant, the debt consolidation company, and individuals whose stories and concepts I used, I was able to pay off my debt and raise my credit score. I did however, use my own money. My success as a business owner and my career choices also helped me get out of debt and reach my financial goals.

How to Start and Run a Successful Business Part I; Important Key Factors

As you know, I ran a successful business consulting firm for nearly twelve years. I started with the idea to run a small business to help those in need, but it turned out to be more. By the time I retired, I had expanded the business to four states. I had a team of over fifty, which included employees, investors, interns, and business partners. It was a huge responsibility, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Now, I am going to give you insight on how I did it and give you tips and ideas to help you run a successful business. Here is what you need to know:

CEO/Founder Responsibilities:

The number one issue that most business owners struggle with is having start up capital, maintaining their capital, and knowing how to ask for it. Here are things you need to know:

How to create and maintain your profit and loss statement.

How to create and maintain a balance sheet.

How to create and maintain a forecast for your business.

How to campaign for raising capital.

How to pitch your business to get an investor(s).

How to get leads.

How to turn leads into clients.

How to maintain clients.

Before you can define each point above, you should know what type of business you want, who you want your audience to be, the end goal for your business, and basic information such as, name, owner(s), current budget, expenses, and current employees and business partners. Not knowing these things does not mean you can’t start a business, but it does give you a clearer vision on what you need moving forward.

You maintain a business by maintaining the flow of the business. You keep a business open by keeping the revenue flowing in.”

Unwanted things, but inevitable things that will happen when you open a business.

You may run out of money.

You will receive negative reviews.

Your revenue will decrease during the holiday (November-January) season.

The best time to start a business is from tax season through the end of summer.

The dominoes effect is real.

Your race does matter.

Doing work for free is BAD!

Starting a business with friends and family isn’t a good idea, but that isn’t a reason to not try it out.

You may have to ask close friends and family for money.

You will fail at something.

Switching roles within your business may be the one thing that saves your company. Even if this means you are not CEO for a period of time.

You are not the only one with the idea, so knowing and understanding your competition is important. Especially, the average rate per product and service.

Debt is inevitable.

In, How to Start and Run a Successful Business Part II, I will break down the key factors above.

How To Succeed The Non-Traditional Way

Tradition is really important in most families. There are many traditions that most people follow is society today that others don’t understand or believe in. Family and friends think you’re supposed to follow a specific plan to reach your goals. Go to college, get your dream job, get married and then, start a family. It’s called the “traditional” way. When others see you’ve followed this plan and succeeded, they look at you as successful. When you don’t, they look at you like the person who needs to get their life together.” Even if you succeed following your own plan, it’s not good enough. Do you feel this way? It’s okay that you do because this is a real thing and it happens to a lot of people. You’re not alone. People don’t approve that you live your life in a non-traditional way, because they don’t know how. You don’t have to feel bad that you didn’t follow their way.

Many people are afraid to fail because they think others will only remember their failures. Unfortunately, this is true. As you live your life, you will fail at things and succeed in others. People who believe in the traditional way of living will see your failures first. Here are three reasons why:

They expected something different from you, so now they feel some type of way. They also feel this way when you succeed, especially, if they didn’t expect for you to.

They once failed at the same thing and never bounced back, so they are trying to figure out how you did it. Them not knowing how you did so can lead to them being angry and/or jealous of you.

F.O.M.O (fear of missing out). We have all witnessed someone who was at the top of their game and then, one day they said or did something “wrong.” As a result, they lost their position, lost some of their friends and people stopped “dealing” with them. Those friends who stopped dealing with them most likely felt they would be dismissed if they continued to socialize with that person. Before you admire someone who is at the top, be knowledgeable of what they did to get there because they could have made decisions based on F.O.M.O. Keep in mind that what you did to get to where you are is what you’ll have to maintain to stay there.

Another non-traditional way of living is choosing not to go with the flow. I’ve always felt that people who go with the flow out of fear of losing status or friends are weak. Reality is, they are. Many people are afraid to believe in something or live a certain lifestyle because they feel if they do, they would “lose” something or be labeled as someone or something that’s not approved by the majority. Have you ever noticed how someone won’t stop being friends with someone because they fear if they do, others will choose the friend instead of them and then, they will be alone? Even if the person is toxic. What about if they choose to stop being their friend, that friend may reveal their secrets? Unfortunately, it happens, but it’s better to not be trapped in a life you aren’t happy with to please others. Loneliness is hard and it can be dangerous if you don’t teach yourself how to be alone. This isn’t a reason not to live the life you choose, even if you do it alone.

Here are ways to succeed the non-traditional way:

Have a plan and stick to it. If you know what you want to do, you will live the life that best fits that plan. This is when others feel you are living non-traditionally because they don’t understand or they can’t do it. Well, it is a non-traditional way because it’s not the way they were taught to do something so they believe it is wrong.

Don’t get distracted when people stop supporting you. Yes, it hurts. It doesn’t make sense and you want to know why. However, don’t waste time trying to figure out why they left your life. Instead, look at it as they weren’t meant to be there. If they are meant to be there, they will return somehow, some way.

Rejection. This is the biggest struggle of choosing to live for you and no one else. If you choose a non-traditional way to live, you will get rejected a lot. I mean, a lot. Rejection doesn’t suck. The feeling of being rejected sucks. After so many times of being rejected, many people give up. Those are the people who move back home, start being friends with toxic people to fit in or begin to make unwise decisions to please others because of the fear of missing out. You will have to deal with this. It’s inevitable.

My advice to you is to understand and accept that things happen in life we can’t control, but we can control how we react to them. One of my biggest issues in my 20s is my reaction to many of the things that happened to me. I was angry, frustrated, and disappointed because I didn’t know what I know now. I didn’t grow up in a traditional household and I didn’t have anyone in my life that reached the level of success I was aiming for. So, I didn’t have someone to show me the way. However, I had a goal and I did what I needed to do to reach that goal. It worked. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. Keep your head up. Living a non-traditional way doesn’t mean you are a failure. It means that you are brave. You got this.

Reprogramming the Subconscious For Your New Journey.

This is something you should do if you start a new journey that requires a new career or routine. Many people aren’t aware that our subconscious plays a major part in how we think, act, and live our lives. When we make a major change in our lives, those attributes change. If not prepared, it could be a rough start. The subconscious mind stores all of your previous life experiences, your beliefs, your memories, your skills, all situations you’ve been through and all images you’ve ever seen.

According to Wikipedia, Sigmund Freud first used the term “subconscious” to describe associations and impulses that are not accessible to consciousness. He later abandoned the term in favor of unconscious, noting the following:

“If someone talks of subconsciousness, I cannot tell whether he means the term topographically – to indicate something lying in the mind beneath consciousness – or qualitatively – to indicate another consciousness, a subterranean one, as it were. He is probably not clear about any of it. The only trustworthy antithesis is between conscious and unconscious.”[

Think about it like this: When driving a car and talking to a friend, the conscious mind is the one engaged in conversation. Our subconscious mind is the one who keeps automatically doing everything needed to drive the car.

How do you reprogram your subconscious if I have a negative mindset?

Life experiences: The key is to create NEW experiences. You do this by disassociating with people or things that created bad experiences.

  • Explore a different experience each month.
  • Talk to a different person each day.
  • Read a different topic each week.
  • Learn a different language.
  • Hang out with a different friend each time you go out.
  • Take a chance on something new each time it’s presented.
  • Have more than one hobby.

Your beliefs: First, understand what you believe. Your belief is YOUR belief. Even if you don’t always live up to something, doesn’t mean you don’t believe in it. Not everyone is going to understand and agree with your beliefs, but you can’t lose focus.

Your memories: Your memories are the base of your subconscious. We can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we deal with them. Our memories come from good experiences and bad experiences. If we decide to look at the good, no matter how hard things get, our subconscious mind will remind us of the good things. This can only happen if you look for the good when things aren’t going as you would like them to.

Your skills: There is a difference between talent and skill. Each of us has talent, but not all of us are skilled in that talent. You have to practice, practice, practice…… This will help develop skillRepetition creates muscle memory. Muscle memory creates discipline.

  • Talent: a special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitude;
    a natural ability to do something.
  • Skill: the ability to do something well; expertise.
  • Muscle memory: the ability to reproduce a particular movement without conscious thought, acquired as a result of frequent repetition of that movement.

Situations you’ve been through; Images you’ve seen: When we go through things, the images of that experience begins to develop in our subconsciousness. This is what develops your subconscious. No matter what you’ve gone through in your past, you need to reprogram your subconscious to develop healing, growth, maturity, positive thinking, and confidence. We can’t avoid offense in life, but we can forgive and move on. If you are someone who grew up in a negative household, had negative parents and family members, and a negative environment, YOU CAN DO THIS. It may take longer, but it is possible. If things are beginning to go wrong, YOU CAN DO THIS. Train your subconscious to produce positivism NOW. You will begin to view your circumstances or situations differently. Reprogramming your subconscious begins with your decision to make a positive change in your life. YOU CAN DO IT.

My Sunday Routine (Winter)

Sundays are my fun days. I usually try something new, read, cook Sunday dinner and most importantly, I relax before a new week begins. When I was CEO, usually I would spend Sunday night preparing for work. Now that I am retired, I can spend more time relaxing. One of my favorite hobbies is cooking. I love to cook. I like to try new things in the kitchen to up my game. Before I get into my favorite things to cook, let’s discuss my Sunday routine.

Morning: 8:00 a.m – 11: 00 a.m.

I drink a cup of coffee and reflect on my week. I write my thoughts, pray and think over my goals. After my cup of coffee, I wash my face and brush my teeth. If my hair looks like bedroom hair, I fix it to look decent to go to the gym later. Next, I cook breakfast. I prefer to eat a big breakfast because, number one, it gives me an extra boost. Second, it keeps me full longer. Thirdly, it gives me enough protein for the gym. To give my food enough time to digest, I begin cooking Sunday dinner. After I finish cooking Sunday dinner, I stretch and then, head to the gym.

Afternoon: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Once I am back from the gym, I hop in the shower. While in the shower, I wash my hair and give myself a body scrub. After my shower, I begin my spa-day routine. This includes, conditioning and styling my hair, whitening my teeth, giving my feet and hands a scrub, and moisturizing my skin. It’s important to exfoliate and moisturize your skin, often, during winter because naturally our skin gets extremely dry because of the cold weather. Once I am done with my spa-day routine, I stretch.

Evening: 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m

It’s dinnertime. Yes! With dinner, I have a glass of wine. If the mood is right, I’ll watch a movie during dinner or just eat in silence. After dinner, I clean the kitchen. Once the kitchen is clean, I read one or two chapters of my monthly book. For this month, I am reading “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama. From that moment on, I reflect on my day by writing my thoughts, praying and reflecting on my goals.

Key components:

I take daily vitamins.

I drink at least eight glasses of water.

I spend time on one of my hobbies (average time: 1-2 hours)

Sunday Meals

Breakfast:

Pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, salad, and an apple or banana. With my salad, I’ll add avocado and diced cucumbers on top. For the dressing, I prefer ranch, but I also like Italian. By this time, I’ve already had a glass a water, but I get a second glass, along with my morning coffee.

My second choice for breakfast is a breakfast sandwich or an omelette, with a salad.

Lunch: I don’t eat a heavy lunch, so if I get hungry, I’ll eat a snack or not eat lunch at all.

Dinner:

Poultry: Chicken, steak, pork chops, or fish. You can fry, bake or grill your poultry.

Protein (1 or 2): Beans or boiled eggs (2-3).

Vegetable: I eat all vegetables, but cucumbers are my favorite. My second favorite vegetable is corn. My third is steamed or fried Asparagus.

Side dishes: Salad (spinach preferred), rice or pasta, and homemade bread.

Each meal listed above is usually a part of my weekly meals. Each week, I try a different meal from online recipes or recipes I’ve tried before and loved. Also, I cook meals from my cook books. Would you like to know how I prepare and cook each meal? Stay tuned. I have more coming your way.

No Regrets!

   When I left home at age eighteen, my mindset was to try everything under the book. I wanted to travel, meet new people, shop internationally, live in different places, learn new hobbies and skills and explore as many coffee shops possible. =~)!  I also wanted to create new memories, make new friends, and build a platform that would pay off in my thirties. There are two versions of “Myeka.” I’m nerdy, smart, intelligent, and determined, yet, I have a huge personality, I love jokes, I’m athletic and love sports, I am competitive, I love to dance, I love books, and I am a coffee addict.  All of those listed describes my personality. Each one listed contributed to my success and platform that I created for myself in my twenties. 

Inspiration

My niche:

  • I am really good at public speaking, pitching (corporate term), and problem solving. 

My Inspiration:

  • I love seeing others prosper and happy.
  • My determination to go after what I want no matter if I fail.
  • Having fun.

My quotes:

  • If it doesn’t challenge you, then it’s not for you. 
  • No matter what you do, not everyone will like you, so do what makes you happy. 

Memories

Best memory: Shopping in Japan

Money well spent: SHOES 

Most exciting accomplishment:

  • Renting an apartment in a downtown area with city view.
  • Purchasing my Fiat 500.
  • Shooting a commercial with Allen Iverson.

My Go Tos

Morning: Coffee

Driving: Coffee and music

Last minute: Chapstick

Working out: Headphones and belly burner

Chill night: Wine

Ladies night out: Great shoes and tequila

App: Instagram

Eating: Mirror, chapstick, and floss

Show(s): Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family

What I seem to forget: Glasses

YouTube: Motivational videos

Cooking: Sriracha sauce, buffalo sauce and ranch dressing

My Favorite Things

Books: Autobiographies

Coffee: French vanilla

Hair: Short

Shoes: Stiletto boot

Music: Acoustic

Movies: Titanic, Forrest Gump, For Colored Girls, Bad Boys Two, Sex and the City, Legally Blonde, Love and Basketball, 27 Dresses, 13 Going on 30, Cast Away, Pearl Harbor, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 1917, The Blind Side

Vacation spot: Vegas

Artist: India Arie

Feature: Height

Old school: 90s music and war movies.

Kid movie: Shrek

Sport: Basketball

Beauty secret: Working out

   I had tons of fun in my twenties. I discovered much about the world, other people, and myself. I have no regrets because everything that happens in life teaches us lessons and forces us to grow no matter how difficult. If I had any advice for those coming into their twenties, I would tell them: Explore new things, take risks, and have fun. You can’t control most things in life, but you can choose how you view them. Happiness comes from the inside, so remember your view on things becomes part of your self-conscience. Your self-conscience affects your mind. Your mind control your thoughts and your thoughts control your mouth. What you speak from your mouth, you are the first to hear. 

 

Starting a New Career at 30

   In six months I will turn thirty years old. Looking back at my twenties, I can honestly say I had really great times with awesome people and I had really hard times which taught me patience and understanding life better than before. I achieved a lot in my twenties — I served in the United States Marine Corps, I wrote a book, I modeled and acted for campaigns and TV commercials, I was the CEO of a business consulting firm for nearly 12 years, which I started at age 17, I was nominated for and received many awards and I traveled to and explored many places, events, and of course, coffee shops. The important things my twenties taught me was humbleness and how to be confident in myself. I was so determined to be successful during my teenage years and I can honestly say that I did achieve success. 

What’s it like to be young and a CEO? Most CEOs start a business because they have an idea that would some day make them a ton of money or change the world. Did I want the same thing? Yes! I was young, ambitious, and I wanted to make a difference. Like most young people, I wanted to help others. My career molded me into the woman I am today. Now, it’s time for me to start a new journey, and I am so happy you’ve decided to join me. 

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