Empowering Emotional Health
For Black & Brown Midlife Women Entrepreneurs
Hi There! Want to have more joy, fulfillment, and freedom in your life and business? Then, you're in the right place.
More and more Black & Brown Women are starting businesses, thinking about starting business as a second act, or have been business owners for a while.
Entrepreneurship is a life-changing journey that is filled with both challenges and opportunities. Here you get to choose who you want to serve. Here you get to choose which passion(s) you want to use to help others. Here you get to choose how you want to serve them and where you want to serve them. Here you get to own your time and energy. Here you get to choose how much money you make.
However, these choices also present challenges for you that can leave you feeling stuck, literally and figuratively.
Stuck struggling to choose what you want to offer.
Stuck because you’re doing all the right things, but you're not getting your desired results.
Stuck because you working hard but not seeing your desired results.
Stuck in a business that truly doesn’t light you up.
Stuck because you are successful in your business but perhaps not in the other areas of your life.
Stuck because though have tasted success you're ready to spread your wings and try other things.
Stuck because being your own boss really appeals to you, but you’re not ready to walk away from your other profession just yet.
This stuckness can lead you to feel lonely, isolated, and wondering if something is wrong with you, and may even have you contemplating giving up your dreams and going back to "work."
With the best intentions and efforts, you will experience feeling stuck. This is a normal part of the journey that is also a great opportunity to learn and grow, even if it doesn’t always feel that way. However, what is not normal or healthy is to stay stuck.
You’re not sure who to reach out to and/or what you can do to get unstuck. It isn't always easy to process on your own what you're feeling. It isn’t always easy to talk about you're feeling with your family and friends for various reasons. Talking with bosses and coworkers may not be in your best interest. And the conversations that you're with yourself may or may not be helping you. The actions that you're taking or not taking may or may not be helping you have the life and business that you truly desire.
We do everything that we do because of how we feel and don’t feel. We do everything that we do because of how we want to feel and not feel. However, much of the focus in building and sustaining a business is spent on strategy, finances, processes, technology, and systems. The soft skills that are addressed usually focus on: Communication, Leadership, Mindset, Problem-Solving, Spirituality, and Learning. No question that these skills are import to building and sustaining a business that you love.
Here's the thing, the questions that you’re asking, the things that you're doing, and the challenges and opportunities that you’re dealing with all have one thing in common....They are all emotional experiences. Unless you address it at this level you'll only get so far in building and sustaining a business that you love.
While emotional intelligence (EI) and emotional regulation (ER) is talked about, very little of it actually focuses on how to feel your feelings and express your emotions in healthy ways. In fact a lot of EI/ER suppresses and discourages from truly feeling and emoting. I believe that when you know how to truly feel feelings and express emotions in healthy ways, then you can navigate through the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneur with more ease.
Allowing you to:
Explore what you truly want. Most of us were raised with the expectation that we choose a career that allows us to make a “good living” and to stay with that career until “retirement.” Because you evolve and change, wanting to pursue your various passions can feel like a tug of war between your dreams and desires, and the messages you’ve internalized from family, friends, society, and culture about success. Now is an opportunity to uncover new interests and/or reawaken dormant ones that were put on the back burner in favor of another profession. So you can clearly and confidently identify the work you really want to do.
Give yourself permission to go for more. Ambition is something that women, especially Black & Brown Women, have been taught to fear, courtesy of the negative connotations historically associated with ambitious women. Specifically, career ambition is erroneously thought to be the antithesis of having happy, healthy life. So there’s a lot of pressure to “settle” and/or play small instead of going for more.
Letting go of meeting others’ expectations and judgments. The biggest source of the pressures, the stresses, and the burnout that you experience comes from trying to be “strong” in meeting others’ expectations. It also comes from maintaining that same strength in dealing work challenges, health issues, and relationship changes. On this journey, you’re questioning what really matters, the type of life that you want to lead, the type of impact that you desire to have, and the legacy that you want to leave for others to benefit from.
All of this will feel challenging, unsettling, and exciting.
Being able to compassionately and courageously name and navigate your feelings and express your emotions in healthy, allowing you to explore what you truly want in business. It will allow you to look at the things that are holding you back and those that are helping you.
However, you don’t need to go it alone or with somebody who really doesn't get it. That’s what I’m here for to help and support you through it. I know first hand the challenges first hand the challenges of being a an entrepreneur who is woman of color: being in midlife feeling discontent and yearning for something new, something different, something more, and struggling to feel truly seen, heard, understood, and supported. I have helped others, who felt like you are feeling, identify and work through the blocks, uncover their true desires, and use what they have to create a life and business they truly love.
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"I started first working with Gigi in fall of 2018. She was very patient, generous of her time, and gave good advice with me. I now have a job! A full-time job with benefits as a contractor to an organization that I am proud to be associated with. One would do well to follow her advice and suggestions."
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