Occupation: Founder & CEO, Beautiful Scars
Favorite Productivity Tool: Turboscan; scanning documents and contracts on the run saves SO much time...also, why are some of you still faxing?
Most Recommended App: Signal; it allows you to send sensitive information that you might not want to text or email.
Last Thing You Read: Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD
Tell us about your journey? I am a storyteller. As a preacher, poet, educator, and founder, I know how significant it is to harness the power of narrative. From growing up as a first-generation Caribbean-American in New York City to traversing the red clay dirt in Uganda, I am bursting with the love, resiliency, and grit of the African diaspora. It is my foremothers’ legacy of radical truth-telling that fuels my work and vocation.
What your favorite part of your day? My favorite part of the day is in the early morning when, after prayer and meditation, I receive spiritual downloads. From new product ideas to content creation, there is nothing like feeling tuned in and aligned.
When do you feel most successful? After I hit “send.”
What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? I am so grateful (and proud!) that my body craves yoga now. I practice at least three times a week and my mat is my respite.
What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? You are not working for yourself! You have as many bosses as you have clients.
How do you optimize your day? I’m a visionary and a taskmaster. So I will visualize how I want my day to go and use my Passion Planner to help me synthesize and crystallize my schedule.
Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? My deep community always calls me to my highest self. My chosen family are the people around whom I can let my soul slouch. I can be my true, glorious, messy, authentic self and I am still unconditionally loved and supported.
What does imagining more mean to you and your story? Imagining more means re-imagining how traditional institutions and systems have been sustained. If the status quo is oppressing already marginalized people, we need to deconstruct and reconstruct new ways of being so that all of humanity is affirmed, valued, and nurtured.
If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? I would connect deeply with the most impactful people in my life. Whether it is a one-hour phone call to explore goals and struggles or meeting up for a cup of tea, connection is critical.