No more suffering in silence – Micaela L. Thomas is speaking out

Micaela L. Thomas is a wife and mother. Co-captain of a large, blended family, she parents 6 biological children, 4 stepchildren and 1 bonus child with Husband, Kendrick. Born in March 1987, she grew up in East Cleveland, OH to a single mother and loving family village. Micaela has always had a knack for writing. Whether it was poetry, plays, songs, books or short stories, she was always able to utilize her imagination to keep her centered from the internal turmoil that brewed within. Eventually relocating to Columbus, OH., this is where she began discovering her various talents. The story of Micaela’s life has been kept secret for the majority of her 33-years of existence. She has now decided to share her journey for the encouragement and betterment of others who may be suffering in silence. It is her hope to assist in being an advocate for the intentional healing of others through her own journey of self-awareness and manifestation.

What does success look like to you?

What success looks like to me is freedom and having a full heart. It’s being able to let go of the small stuff and handle the larger things effortlessly. Success is knowing that you are selflessly making an impact in the lives of others and paying forward every bit of positivity that I have ever gained or received from other people and/or the world.

What kind of impact do you want to have on the world?

The kind of impact I want to have on the world can’t really be measured. As long as I know I have touched hearts, encouraged others to heal and inspired people to live life unapologetically, there’s not much more that I can ask for.

Have you authored a book? What is the title and synopsis for your book? What do you want readers to gain from your book?

Yes. The name of my book is STRIPPED TO MY TRUTH: UNPACKING THE EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE. I would like readers to gain the knowledge of self, from my book. For readers to know that no matter how far they think they’ve gone off track that they can always find their way back. I would like for readers to know that no matter the trauma, harm or detriment they’ve been through (whether self-inflicted or by others) that they are perfectly capable and able to heal. Regardless of how deep their wounds are.

What is the name of your business? What type of business is it?

Stripped to my Truth is not only the name of my book, but also my coaching business. I “coach”, encourage and inspire others to enable their own healing. Along with assisting them in finding their own light in the dark.

What made you choose this type of business?

I love helping people. I love being able to assist others that have been or are going down the same path(s) that I have also traveled. I was once that girl/woman who was lost and wasn’t sure how to go about finding my way back to me. Because of that, I almost gave up because I didn’t have the guidance I needed. There are plenty of others who are the same and there’s no greater feeling than being able to be that guidance for them.

What hurdles did you personally face in getting ready to open your business and how did you overcome them?

Fear was definitely the most prominent hurdle. Fear of not knowing, of uncertainty, of failure. Fear led to a lot of other hurdles such as procrastination and self-doubt. I would second guess myself and stress myself worrying about what people to say or think. I overcame that with prayer, affirmations and by looking myself in the mirror every day and giving myself more reasons to do what I wanted to do, what I needed to do and what I knew was best to do versus the reasons I gave myself NOT to do it. In turn, I stopped caring what other people said or thought about me and my business. It has since served me well.

Does your company help the community where it is located?

My company will help the community. I am currently in the works of planning quite a few things that will definitely give back to the community.

Why did you choose entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship chose me. I was never created to punch a time clock or follow the “algorithm” of an employer. I am purposed for so much more. I like to be the boss more than being bossed and entrepreneurship allows me to be so creative in various ways. My creativity and the ideas that I have are endless.

What would you say is your most driving motivation to keep doing what you to do?

My most driving motivation is my family. In the previous generation before me, there was always planning and lists of things that they wanted to do, but for some reason or another, it was never fulfilled or completed. I am the person in my family who is going to change that. My driving motivation is not only them, but also my children and every woman and mother who desires a different life than what they are currently living. To show them and teach them that it is never too late. That their goals and dreams are attainable. Their only hinderance is them.

Have you ever turned down a client?

No, I have never turned down a client.

What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your business? What are the goals that you hold personally?

The goals I most want to accomplish is my business is definitely growth. I hold that personally because everyone has a story to tell. However, my story is unique because it’s MY story and in order to share my story with others and inspire and encourage them for better and change, I have to grow. Not just in business and financially, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as well. It’s not just business. This growth is personal.

Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.

Absolutely! The biggest one for me is Tyler Perry. A man who literally lived by faith. He risked it all. From living in his car to living in a box and continuing to be so faithful and humble throughout the process. He has gone on to achieve so much because he not only had faith, but he believed in his talents, his gifts and his purpose. On a more personal level, my grandmother has definitely deeply influenced who I am, what I believe in and what I’m committed to in my work and in my life. She’s influenced me as a woman, a mother, a healer and an entrepreneur. She gave up a lot of her desires in life for me, for us, her children and grandchildren. Instilled in us the faith that we need to fulfill our goals and dreams. Her strength and influence are incomparable.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

My advice would be to just start. Perfection will not happen…especially in the beginning and it doesn’t have to be perfect. But to just start and begin the process is the best thing I can tell you. Get rid of the “shoulda, coulda, wouldas” and step into that dangerous level of not caring what anyone else thinks.

What’s next for you in your business/brand? What can readers look forward to from you?

Well…I am currently working on a documentary as a visual for my book. I will also be releasing my 2nd book in July 2021. I don’t want to give away all the tea, but I am definitely working on some pretty great things in 2021.

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Women’s History Month Feature – Nichole Wright

For Women’s History Month I will be sharing the stories that define and provide examples of women empowerment, uplifting stories of personal triumph and businesses that are inspiring and are making a difference for women. Women’s History Month is a declared month each year that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

I want to introduce you to Nichole Wright, Founder of Satrell Beauty.

Nichole Wright is a finance professional, wife, mom, and now an entrepreneur, from Charlotte, North Carolina. Nichole was inspired to start her own business after watching the entrepreneurs in her own family. While the beauty industry has a wide selection of products, Nichole believes it’ s time to add her own innovations, free from harsh chemicals, to the mix. Nichole is passionate about making all individuals feel beautiful in their own skin by providing products that allow them to showcase their personalities.

Here is HERstory:

I’m a wife, mother, and entrepreneur trying to make a name for myself in the beauty industry. My background is in Accounting and Finance, but I really love beauty products and decided to create a brand selling those products. The main reason I chose beauty is because you can be creative and expressive.

Her business is Satrell Beauty.

What does women empowerment mean to you?

Women empowerment to me means being confident and not being afraid to take on challenges. It also means having the strength to withstand negative energy around me and speak up for what’s right.

What advice or words of inspiration would you like to share with someone?

I always tell people that you should never give up on anything you aspire to do. There will always be naysayers, but there will also those around you who will endlessly support you. Just keep moving forward with your plan as long as it makes you happy.

What do you want your legacy to be?

I want to build a brand that’s well respected and trustworthy. I also want to show my sons’ that it takes hard work and dedication to build something from nothing. They are aware that one day the business will be passed down to them.

When did you realize entrepreneurship was right for you?

I was inspired to start my own business after watching the entrepreneurs in my family. I then realized that I wanted to be an entrepreneur because I wanted to have a business I could call my own. Yes, it’s a lot of work and you’re responsible for making sure everything is running smoothly, but it’s worth it in the end.

What are you most excited or passionate about? (In both business and life or both)

I’m passionate about my family, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and building a legacy for my family. Through Satrell Beauty, I’m passionate about making people feel beautiful in their own skin and have always wanted to be an entrepreneur who leads with passion, boldness, and trust. We also just launched new lip gloss shades and I’m excited to see what I decide to launch next!

What’s next for you in your business/brand? What can readers look forward to from you?

I’m still in the process of building the color cosmetics line of my brand, but definitely looking forward to creating a skincare line in the future. I’ve also considered creating an apparel line. Be on the lookout because there is more to come!

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Women’s History Month Feature – Tijania Goodwin

For Women’s History Month I will be sharing the stories that define and provide examples of women empowerment, uplifting stories of personal triumph and businesses that are inspiring and are making a difference for women. Women’s History Month is a declared month each year that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

I want to introduce you to Tijania Goodwin, Brand Creative Director & Consultant.

Tijania “Tee“ Goodwin is Media Personality, educator, serial entrepreneur and branding strategist from Philadelphia. She has worked with brands assisting them in executing their business branding, sponsorship consulting and media. She believes that defining your brand is a journey of business self-discovery. Tijania is a well-rounded person who enjoys living life through PURPOSE and with PURPOSE. She uses her life experiences to empower others to stay strong and push through all situations no matter how hard they may be. She lives by this great quote, “Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it up with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” She is honestly a Mogul in the Making!

Here is HERstory:

Building my brand, along with tackling life, has not been easy. I went through the loss of my mother and grandmother during this time. Living without them has been one of the hardest challenges yet in life. Not having them around made me feel like I was non-existent to some extent. It was my “new normal,” and I had to get adjusted to it real quick. So, of course, these events has now made me depressed and have anxiety. I did not realize until maybe 7 or 8 years later that this journey was about me learning about who I was. Navigating the journey of who I was as an individual was and is still interesting. I had been a caregiver for the majority of my life. So I was use to always putting other people first instead of myself. I also second-guessed a lot of things I wanted to do in regard to becoming an entrepreneur as well, especially a full-time one. I wanted to know if I had enough money saved or would I get enough clients to sustain myself. Of course, there were plenty of others, but I knew this was something that would change my life. So I started to live a life of the unexpected because I had no clue how things were going to pan out. I always knew that if things did not work out, I could go back to work. In the back of my head, I could not have that as an option. Becoming the individual, I am now, showed me that I had to take those life struggles and turn them into life triumphs because they helped develop who I am today.

Her business is The Divine Connections Agency.

What does women empowerment mean to you?

Women empowerment means uplifting the next woman when she is faced with ups and downs. Pouring positive energy into her as well so that she can have the ability to pour great energy into someone else. Women empowerment is also being transparent and authentic with not just the next woman but also yourself.

What advice or words of inspiration would you like to share with someone?

The piece of advice I would give to someone is, life is going to get hard and you will be challenged. When you give it your all, great things will happen. So stay focused and grounded.

What do you want your legacy to be?

I would want me legacy to be that I was someone who was determined, respected, authentic, and unique. I was an individual who embraced all my flaws and used my testimony to help others get through.

She has authored the following book, “Purposely Bossin Up: The 10 Step Guide to Help you Unveil your Inner Boss.”

What does self care mean to you?

Self care are the techniques individuals use to better themselves. Self care is long-term and is something that should be used to reach a greater goal. These techniques strengthen us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Why did you choose entrepreneurship?

I chose entrepreneurship because I am great at it. I feel very comfortable building relationships with my clients and networking with others.

What would you say is your most driving motivation to keep doing what you to do?

My faith in God is the driving motivation because it was times in my life when I doubted who I was and what I was capable of doing. You have to have foundation in everything that you do and for me that is my faith.

What are you most excited or passionate about? (In both business and life or both)

I am passionate about assisting my clients find their PURPOSE in their business and in their personal life. It is so important to take a look at our setbacks and accomplishments because these are the things that will help us understand why we are here.

Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.

I must say my main mentors were my mother and great-grandmother. They are both deceased but I see them in me all the time. These two women were strong, prayer warriors, spontaneous, determined, and special in their own way. When I look at myself and the things I do, I see that I hold so many of their characteristics.

Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to be doing what you’re doing today? Tell me about them.

When I think about life-changing experiences that led me to where I am today, I think about the passing of my mother. Even though it was death, it was a new beginning for me. I went through so many different transitions to get where I am today. Ups and downs in my life led to challenging my faith, suicide attempts, drinking my pain away and so much more. I really had to sit back and think about how my actions would make my mom feel. Once that lightbulb went off, I knew I had to get myself together. I started to use the strength I knew I had to make things happen. I pushed myself so hard to get back on the right path and I am happy that I am here today.

What’s next for you in your business/brand? What can readers look forward to from you?

My brand will be doing a mini-brand content tour. I will also be releasing my second book entitled, “God Did Me a Favor when He took Her Back: Coping with Life after Death.”

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