Describe an average day in your life.
Each day is different, and that is on purpose. In this year, I am bringing in some new habits to start my day. First, I will pray, read my devotion, mediate and inhale the new challenges of the day. I am intentional about letting go of yesterday and starting anew. Then, I spend about 30 to 45 minutes working out, which for me brings creativity and clarity. By 9 a.m., I am at my office checking emails, responding to emails and reviewing trends. I typically end my day at about 6 p.m. after writing my goals for the next day. After work, I enjoy the evening at home connecting to my personal space, or you can catch me at an event or interest group. Before I go to sleep, I will have a cup of tea and read a book.
What do you like about the In Her Shoes Foundation?
I love the support that it provides for diverse women. I also love the access it gives, and most importantly, I love the name. We need more women to collaborate with other women. We can do more together than apart. So, the need to partner and collaborate is more crucial for the growth and success of young women and women in general.
How do you stay so positive?
For me, it is a lifestyle. I only surround myself with people who pour into me and are honest with me. I am only as good as the people around me. It allows me to be authentic. I am naturally a positive person. I am the person who will find the silver lining in everything. My mom is like that, and she raised me to be the same. If being positive isn't natural for you, perhaps you should invest in counseling, coaching or some form of psychotherapy to help you gain a more positive perspective.
What advice do you have for women?
You can have it all, but not all at once. I believe you are what you attract. So, if your circle is negative, then you might have to take inventory within yourself. Your circle of influence should empower you and make you better. They should pour into you and not drain you. You should ask, "Are they attractors of positive energy or detractors of positive energy?" Once you determine that, then you can operate in a more positive, holistic way. Michael Jordan said, "To be successful, you have to be selfish or else you never achieve. And once you get to the highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate." I was blessed to have worked with Michael Jordan while working with the Chicago Bulls, and I actually witnessed his level of focus and selfishness. This quote reminds me that being selfish is not an act of malice but an act of championing for yourself. So, when you decide to not go out with friends because you want to finish working on your book, know that you are giving yourself permission to achieve at the highest level. Try it and see what happens.
What’s your favorite pair of shoes?
My favorite pair of shoes is my pumps. They make me feel sexy and powerful.