There are moments in life when you need to look at yourself in the mirror and say, you did that. I'm Pretty Proud of ME! I must say that it's been an adventure these last seven months as a coworking space owner. I never ever, not even for a second questioned my decision to be a business owner. I was born to BE. Heck, I've been an entrepreneur for some time now and freakin' love it. But there were times in my journey, that I felt uncertain.
As a PK (pastor's kid) every 1st Sunday in church, I experienced testimony service. See this was a time in the service where the congregation had an opportunity to share about their life..their journey. As I child, I remember the elderly people jumping up to share about their life experiences. They wouldn't hesitate. I mean, they were pretty excited to share about what God did for them. No shame in their game. My daddy would say, "It's testimony time, who has a testimony." Sis. Taylor would stand up, sing a song and begin to tell her story. She would share about her challenges but her faith got her through. She didn't stop there, Sis Taylor would end the testimony by sharing her victorious moment. Everyone would clap and say amen. See they weren't clapping just to clap. They clapped because they could identify with her. Sis. Taylor's story helped someone in the congregation keep the faith.
See, I never understood the value and richness of her testimony until I became an adult. My elders testimonies inspired the congregation to never ever give up. The story gave hope and it encouraged. It reminded everyone that no matter what you were experiencing, you can make it. Even in the moments when you felt like given up, you were reminded of your purpose and it ignited your inner strength to keep going. There was empowerment in every story.
I, as a female entrepreneur carry on this tradition and share this amazing gift of storytelling from my elders to my tribe. My journey as a female entrepreneur has been crazy, challenging and rewarding. I wouldn't change it for the world. As I live out my story out loud, I aspire to inspire. As women. our story is meant to be shared to the world. My story matters. Your story matters. I have a story. She has a story and the world needs to hear it. #shestories