Born: October 22 in Germany
Educational Background: Bachelor of arts from The University of Texas at Austin and master of integrative wellness management from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
High Point: Graduating with my master’s degree
Low Point: Being laid off from a job I enjoyed
Current Mobile Device: iPhone
What do you do for a living?
I am a wellness consultant that helps people become healthier by using alternative methods like Eastern medicine.
What do you love about your work?
I enjoy helping people while educating them so they can make better decisions with the tools they have.
What are your favorite apps/tools that help you do what you do?
What was your childhood dream?
I wanted to be a famous lawyer like Johnnie Cochran.
When you make sacrifices for your work, do you tell people or keep it to yourself?
I tell my closest friends so they can pray for me and send encouragement.
How do you keep track of what you’ve done?
What do you do to recharge yourself?
Read a book and get a massage.
Other than money, what else have you gained from your job?
I have a greater appreciation for health and everything a woman goes through to bring life into the world.
Do you have a morning routine or ritual? If so, what is it?
I drink water, stretch, talk to God out loud and put on worship music.
What’s your favorite scripture?
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” — Philippians 4:6 NLT
For what are you most grateful?
Jesus and my chosen family, friends.
What inspires you?
Information. I can get it in so many different ways.
What makes you angry?
Inaccurate information being shared.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
My Grandfather, an Army veteran, devoted husband of 60 years with five kids, 16 grandkids, and 11+ great-grandkids. He talks to me about everything and lets me know the difference between now and when he was growing up.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I am sometimes shy.
What is your most significant accomplishment? Is there anything you hope to do even greater?
At the moment, I would say starting my business is my greatest accomplishment. I would like to remove fear and not hesitate on a greater scale.
What scares you most?
The idea of failure.
Which is worse, failing or never going for what you want?
Never going is worse because you will always wonder what if.
What has been your biggest disappointment in life, and how did you handle it?
My biggest disappointment is not taking myself serious sooner. I made a plan and pushed forward. I’m continually learning to encourage myself like I do others.
What do you feel your impact is on those around you? What would you like it to be?
I feel that my impact is to encourage, and I would like it to stay that way. I’m the one that motivates people to go for their dreams.
If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
How to relieve stress.
What’s been on your mind most lately?
Stress is deadly, and black women are dying from it so how can I help relieve it.
Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a while? If so, what is it and why haven’t you?
Yes, writing a book has been a dream for a while. I am a writer, but I run away from the project after writing a chapter or so, but I’m currently finishing up my first book.
Why do you think you run away from working on your book?
I run away because once I finish it, there’s no going back.
If your life was a novel, what would be its title and how would it end?
Dream Big. It would end with me on an island with my loved ones playing in the ocean celebrating another book deal.
What piece of literature has influenced you the most?
The Autobiography of Angela Davis
What are you currently reading or is the last book you read?
I’m currently reading Don’t Settle for Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts.
What is the most exciting thing you’ve read online recently?
Variety’s Q&A with Issa Rae and Michael B. Jordan.
Who is your favorite person to follow on social media?
What is a song, album or playlist that everyone should hear?
This is hard because I’m a lover of music. “Flawed Beautiful Creatures” by Stacy Barthe is a perfect song.
Where is your favorite place?
The bookstore or a taco spot.
If you could take a one-month trip anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go and what would you do?
I would go to Bali. I would swim, write, read and go to the spa.
Do you have a favorite restaurant? If so, what is it?
Rosa’s, a Tex-Mex place I go with my grandparents.
What is your favorite comfort food?
What is your favorite food to prepare?
Baked pork chops, collards, rice and gravy and cornbread.
In conversation do you tend to talk or listen more?
It depends on the conversation, but I usually talk more.
What are you looking for when you have a conversation with someone? What topics do you want to discuss?
Music, hobbies, latest read, how do they view life.
If you were guaranteed honest answers to two questions, what would you ask and to whom?
I would ask Gabrielle Union what album is a soundtrack to your life and what book changed who you are.
Do you have a mantra or quote that guides your life?
Dream big, rock it, and be dedicated.
What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned?
My life is not like anyone else’s; it’s my own.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Go for it and take the risk.
What would you regret not fully being, doing or having in your life?
I would regret not allowing new people in my life. I like new friends and old.
What is happiness to you?
Happiness is living my best life while emptying myself of all the gifts and talents God has given me.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a God-fearing woman who fulfilled her purpose and loved life and people.
What is your purpose?
My purpose to encourage, inspire and educate people on how to live a better life.
Who would you like to answer these questions?
Natalie Lauren of Native North.
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