That Ghetto Country Chick
When I used to speak at high schools in Los Angeles the first thing I would tell the kids is that I'm Ghetto Country. That means I was raised hood adjacent by a country momma. That also means I'm not down for no bullshit but I got nothin' but love for you so let's hug it out after the fight.
I had to give myself permission to own my ghetto country and tell myself that I'm no less educated or accomplished because I say y'all and enjoy a loud laugh. I have a degree in business with an emphasis in personal finance. I took the class to become a licensed tax professional and now have over 15 years experience in the field. I am an alum of Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses and Leadership Long Beach.
Speaking in all those class rooms, telling my story, and having kids tell me, "thanks for being real with us," is what gave me the courage and inspired me to leave our family business and become a Certified Empowerment Life Coach and later a Certified Fearless Entrepreneur Business Coach.
In my younger days I didn't consider myself an entrepreneur but in hindsight I've been an entrepreneur off and on for the past 20 years. I didn't fully embrace it until 11 years ago when my boss told me I should quit. She meant it as a threat for me to do better at work. I took it as a challenge to get the hell out of there and I never looked back.
I ran off to join the circus, that is the restaurant business, with my husband. We had no real plan for growth, branding, marketing, nothing. The only skills I brought to the table were accounting and tax preparer. So I ran back of house, he ran front. Unless you have an unbreakable bond I don't advocate working with your spouse (love you baby).
When the accolades and raves came we weren't ready. Our first feature was in the Los Angeles Times. We operated on southern bbq shop standards of when it's gone it's gone. California folks don't like that. That was the turning point for me to get our shit together. I began to surround myself with other entrepreneurs and follow breadcrumbs of information.
All of this motivates me to help others start their business the right way. I'm determined to give entrepreneurs the keys to a successful start up instead of closing the door on their dreams.