How has your story motivated you on days when there seems to be nothing to keep you going?

I think that now more than ever I understand the power of something I like to call my ‘Prayer with a vision’-board. I keep reminding myself of who I want to become and where I want to go. Regardless of how I feel at that moment, all the battles and struggles that I have overcome should always be the fuel that keeps me going. Regardless of how it makes me feel in that moment, I know that if I settle for whatever I felt in that momentI will look back and regret that I didn’t push forward. And of course the smile of my little princess–my daughter–motivates as well. 

In what ways, if any, did you have to pivot to ensure your vision was well executed?

This journey has been a lesson in collaboration. There was a time when, out of disappointment, I wanted to do everything myself. But my mindset changed as time went onI’ve learned that if you want to move fast, you do it alone. But if you’re aiming to go far, you do it together. I also learned the importance of supportive tools like Vev, which is the platform that helps me run my business. Utilizing the right resources was a huge help in realizing my goals.

How do you showcase the empowerment of Women’s History Month every day?

The funny thing is, I am a Forex Trader and Network Marketer. The financial market is often portrayed as a man’s world. But within the platform I joined and within my team there are a whole lot of women on the rise! We celebrate each other’s small wins, big wins, whatever wins! We know each other’s goals and hold each other accountable, empower one another daily, remind each other to do our daily affirmations and make sure that we don’t just have dreams, but actually accomplish the goals we set. 

Who are some lesser-known female entrepreneurs from history that you admire and believe deserve more recognition?

I live in the Netherlands, and here not everything is celebrated the same way as in the US. Around here there are many well-known female entrepreneurs from history that women–and people in general–don’t even know about. That is why I can appreciate the women in movies like Hidden Figures and Madam C.J. Walker. Those black women did something in a time where it seemed like it couldn’t be done, but yet they did. That still motivates me today. 

Reflecting on your own experiences, what are some effective ways that male allies have supported you in your career journey?

In my church community there is a speaker who knows exactly how to motivate me. He keeps me on my toes by bluntly saying things as they are. It forces me to reflect on what I do and change for the better constantly. I have two male mentors in the Network Marketing business who do so as well. In this business you need to know your worth and stand your ground. They constantly remind me of this and it has a positive effect on how I run my business. 

How do you strike a balance between ambition and self-care as a woman in a demanding business environment?

I was on the edge of burning out because of the corporate life I was in. At that moment, I realized how important it is to find a balance between hard work and self-care. Since I took the leap of faith to become an entrepreneur I have more time and freedom. I make sure I attend the Sunday services of my church, I take time to relax by doing my nails or hair, I read self care books. I also created an agenda on Vev that makes it possible for me to manage my time way better than I used to and now I have more quality time to spend with my family.