Occupation: Mental Health Counselor at Atlanta Counseling and Coaching, LLC
Favorite Productivity Tool: To-Do Lists
Most Recommended App: Calm App
Last Thing You Read: The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
Tell us about your journey? After experiencing a pretty moderate panic attack in college, I decided I needed to get support. At the same time, I was denied from nursing school which was the first academic rejection I had received. After changing my major three times, like such a millennial, I gravitated towards the "helping" sciences and decided to pursue grad school in counseling.
What's your favorite part of your day? My favorite part of the day is walking to the lobby to greet my first client. There's so much unspoken potential in what's going to happen in the space we're about to step into that really gets me excited about the work.
When do you feel most successful? I feel most successful when I've finished a day of therapy and feel like most of my session had good moments of insight building, skills use, and warm interactions.
What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? Being a contracted employee in private practice is pretty draining so I need different recharging tools. Consultation and supervision with other colleagues is reenergizing because it reminds me why I do what I do. Exercise, eating well, and playing video games or watching movies is another source of recharging for me. I like solitary activities because it gives me time to decompress and meditate on what's going on in my life.
What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? I wish I knew how lonely it was and how to quiet the voice in your head that's anxious about goals and success. One of the hardest things to do when you are solely responsible for your income, is separating your customers/clients from dollar signs. The more I stay focused on relationship and productive work, the less I tend to worry about financial goals or business stress.
How do you optimize your day? Meal prepping has seriously changed my life. Having my meals prepared and ready to go, helps keep me structured and oriented around the day's tasks. I don't need to worry about planning my day on stepping out for lunch or worrying about whether or not I'm going to be hungry during a session. It sounds weird, but having my meals ready, keeps me ready. I have a serious attachment to food.
Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? Definitely my husband, Ben. I know, so cute, right? He started his video production business early on in our marriage and it's been so cool to see it grow and see him have staff and work buddies when for a while it was just the two of us hustling. He's so driven and purposeful and it keeps me on my toes.
What does imagining more mean to you and your story? I think for female entrepreneurs, especially minority ones, imagining more means believing that you can achieve what others may not want you to or will help you to. It means that my crazy dream of being a speaker and encouraging others to rethink the meaning of a "healthy life" can be a definite reality because I can take reigns of my imagination and I have the ability and potential to make something out of it.
If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? READ! I love keeping up with the trends of counseling and with research. It's so fascinating to study human behavior!