Lisa Baker King
*Are you happy at the moment?
Yes! I am entering a season of harvest. After years of preparation, pain, countless hours, sleep deprivation and moments of complete panic that comes from taking a leap of faith and finally taking steps to start a business, my time has arrived. I am finally at a point in my life where I can live in faith and pursue my purpose with passion. There are times I doubt myself. Those moments are few and far between and they will not stop me from impacting the lives of children, families and companies.
*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
“Stop tying to be perfect. Perfection is a myth and quite frankly little girl…being perfect is boring.” I was, and still am, a very goal orientated and focused individual. As a young girl, and into my early 20’s I worried about being perfect. It was my goal. Perfect grades, perfect hair, perfect clothes, perfect friends, perfect boyfriend, perfect weight, and perfect makeup…exhausting! I decided to break my own rules after college and throw ‘perfect’ out the window.
*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
I am living proof that things happen for a reason. What may look like a tragedy or a set back might just well be your biggest blessing and catalysis for something so amazing, so big, so impactful that it has not even hit your realm of current possibilities.
*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
Through zebecs.com and LBK Kreatives, I want to explode this movement to connect families, celebrate children and change companies by breaking the rules! I want to get my children’s book (which breaks all the rules) into the hands of every family and every child. I want to be able to rain blessings on families and companies by expanding the coaching arm of the business. So, basically, a few lofty goals to obtain, but that’s how I roll.
*What’s your secret to happiness?
My faith. The knowledge that God, through His grace, has brought me here for a reason and this path I am on is His. I don’t have to know the answers because He already has them. I just have to be faithful and follow and try as hard as I can to exemplify His love to others.
*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Finding time to refuel by being creative. My personality is such that I run as fast as I can and I keep going and going and going. I keep scribbled mind maps (I think in pictures) of all these great ideas; I have a hard time finding the ‘off-switch.’ Then I hit a wall and need to refuel. Being creative (usually writing) relaxes and refuels me. It keeps me grounded.
*What’s your biggest regret?
It’s a bit cliché, but I really don’t have any regrets. My mistakes, my successes, all of my choices (good or bad), have taken me to the place I am now. If I had to think of something I wish I could have done differently, that would have been to embrace my purpose sooner.
*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
My kids are my clients, the child in the car next to me as I am driving, the kiddo in the grocery store, the neighbor kid running across my lawn. Having not had the blessing of children myself, I am compelled to be an example to children of all ages. We all have a responsibility to be a role model for children. They are learning how to be an adult from us. I strive to teach them to love to learn by honoring their unique strengths.
*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
To find more time for my health and myself and be more consistent with exercise. As a female and a business owner, our nature is to give and we need to own giving to ourselves and recognize that by doing so, we will have more to give others. Now I just need to take my own medicine.
*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud of leading my dreams. Going after them with passion and a purposeful plan. I don’t believe in following your dreams. Following your dreams implies that your dreams are always in front of you, difficult if not impossible to catch. I believe in leading dreams. Dreams of teaching children to love to learn; dreams of coaching families to celebrate their unique talents and strengths; dreams of coaching companies & small businesses to make a difference in the world; dreams of writing children’s books and putting learning resources in the hands of educators and parents.
By leading my dreams I have caught them. They are mine and they are real. So how do we lead our dreams? The answer is simple; get a plan and set goals for each step along the way.
*When were you happiest?
I’m eternally optimistic so that’s a tough one to answer. I do remember a specific time when I first felt that magical and empowering sense of owning my future. It was my 10-year birthday. Gesturing happily, waiving my arms in the air and proclaiming to everyone that I was now ‘two hands of fingers’ old, I knew…really knew…NO LIMITS. Dressing up in a blue tulle princess dress, complete with a star & sequined toped wand (a gift from my Godmother), I went around granting wishes at my birthday party. I find it interesting that is what I do now. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we take off the limits!
*What ten words best describe you?
3. Risk Taker
Lisa is a nationally recognized and televised family author and coach who is creating a movement to break the rules and celebrating what is RIGHT about us. As a certified coach, specializing in KolbeTM, she is passionate about helping families, organizations and small business owners find and pursue their passions with purpose.
Her newly published children’s book, The Zealous Zebecs from the Midnight Ocean’s Zenith, published by Morgan James NY, is breaking the all the rules as a shared family journey teaching children of all ages how to love to learn. Join this imaginative story with intense alliteration that encourages children in a seek-and-find to celebrate the sound of the spoken word. Check out Lisa’s Facebook Page and follow her on Twitter too!