Life Lessons:
Nea E. Wiggins


*Are you happy at the moment?

Overall, YES! I will be honest in saying that as CFO of a multi-million dollar government contracting agency, and being a single mom, I’m pulled in all directions, most times in high-pressured situations, that can cause happiness to be fleeting; however, I am very grateful for the life I’ve been given and that helps keep things in a positive perspective.

*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

RELAX! You are enough, you have enough and you do enough. Just keep God first and everything else will fall into place.

*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

I’ve learned that the best part about my life is that it’s mine and I have to live it authentically and unapologetically. I don’t need anyone else’s permission to have big dreams, believe in them, or pursue them. I validate me and through my experiences, my family my opportunities, etc., I will live my best life!

*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

Now that’s a hard question for someone who’s always setting goals! LOL But, I would have to say that because there are so many moving parts to my life, I desire to become more centered.

*What’s your secret to happiness?

My daughter! She’s proof that anything is possible and that I have a purpose. Health-wise, I went through a lot during my pregnancy with her, but it’s clear to me that if I could endure all of those challenges just to get her here, and STILL be alive to tell the story, I’m obviously here for a reason!

*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Conversations with God. I pray and have talks with Him throughout the day and it keeps me focused, hopeful and positive.

*What’s your biggest regret?

Letting fear paralyze me. Through my father’s company, I play an integral part of such a large legacy, and I’m so honored to do so, but I’ve always wanted to start my own business. For so long, I allowed the fear of jumping out on my own to keep me one-dimensional, but I have since gotten over what’s held me back and have made strides in building my own creative empire.

*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

To be more than just a pretty face. You have to be just as beautiful on the inside as you are outside.

*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

As with most of us, I am my own worst critic. Self-doubt just creeps in at times and makes us get in our own way. I certainly doubt myself way too much and I’m working more on believing in me, my abilities and what I’m doing to impact the lives of others. I know I can do it!

*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I’m proud of who I am as a person on the inside. I come across people and realize how blessed I am to be who I am. I genuinely care about others and helping them reach their goals. I also say “please” and “thank you” on the regular, which proves I have manners, morals, values, etc… you know, all of the things that seem to be lacking in the world! LOL

*When were you happiest?

When I became a mommy. My daughter is my greatest accomplishment to date. I hit the genetic lottery with her! It’s a beautiful thing to be given the opportunity to have such a strong influence on a person and live day-to-day seeing so much of you in them.

*What ten words best describe you?

Genuine, ambitious, caring, helpful, funny, analytical, dedicated, passionate, visionary and creative.


Nea Wiggins is The ultimate Business Sophisticate. As the owner of So Fancy Design Studio in Baltimore, she is the curator of memorable event experiences. She’s also the youngest CFO in her field managing a multi-million dollar family-owned business. She spends her little spare time doting on her 6 year-old daughter Sophie, while also making herself available to empower women CEO’s and entrepreneurs privy to the “Pink Suite” across all industries. She can be found on Twitter @ThePinkCFO & @NeaSoFancy, Facebook as well as NeaSoFancy on Instagram.