*Are you happy at the moment?
Yes! After so many years of planning for and trying to anticipate the next move, I finally feel like I am existing in a space where I am doing the things that I love to do – consulting, ministering, parenting, traveling and making quality time for myself.
*If you could go back and say anything to your 16 year old self now – what would you say?
Enjoy the moment! Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up until you miss the carefreeness of being a teen with no bills and no real responsibilities. Take road trips with your girlfriends, laugh when something is funny even if no one else laughs and spend time with your parents.
*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
I have to take better care of myself. I love helping others and being a part of a million different projects but as I am getting older, it is becoming more evident that I need more time to recover from projects. I am learning to take a day every couple of weeks to do things that make me happy without feeling guilty.
*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I want to get out of my rut of being a home body. I work from home so lately I have become really comfortable just being at home and communicating through my phone and laptop. One of my goals for this year is to start attending more networking events to make face to face connections.
*What’s your secret to happiness?
Coffee. A good cup of hot coffee with french vanilla creamer or an iced coffee will almost always put a smile on my face. Sipping on my favorite beverage gives me time to reflect on whatever might be bothering me and the time to come up with a way to fix it. By the time I am finished, I have usually solved my issue and am back smiling.
*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Going to visit my family. No matter how many events I plan, books I write, shows I host or successful people I meet; I am still Kesha. There is no fanfare, no special treatment, I am just a sister/niece/daughter/granddaughter and I love it. I love feeling normal.
*What’s your biggest regret?
My biggest regret is that I didn’t take saving money more seriously at a younger age. If I had truly understood the time value of money and compounded interest; I would have been more diligent about saving and investing when I was a teenager.
*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid?
I encourage him to think for himself and to make his decisions. I don’t allow him to make all of the decisions about his life but I empower him when possible so that he understands the power that he has over his own life and the accountability that comes along with it. I have noticed that it has made him a pretty good negotiator.
*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I would love to wake up earlier. I always set the alarm but morning sleep is so good (lol).
*Aside from motherhood and marriage, what are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud of my friendships. It is hard to maintain friendships when life pulls you in so many different directions so I am happy to have sister friends that are equally ambitious and understanding. We get together to vent, laugh, sometimes cry and celebrate our lives.
*When were you happiest?
I was happiest in college. During those years, I was finding myself and discovering the woman that I wanted to become. The process was at time painful but when I look back, that pain made me the person I am today.
*What ten words best describe you?
Loving. Analytical. Outspoken. Shy. Driven. Ambitious. Witty. Funny. Confident. Passionate.
LaKesha Womack is the Lead Consultant at Womack Consulting Group, a firm that specializes in helping entrepreneurs establish and maintain successful businesses and not for profits through Brand Management, Business Development, Not for Profit Management and Political Strategy. She is also a professional speaker who travels throughout the county inspiring the young and old to shoot for the stars because it is possible to have it all – personal, professional and spiritual development. She is active in her local community as a the Co-Organizer of a local Community Walk to Stop Diabetes, Secretary on the Board of Directors for Your Town Alabama, Program Director for Building Alabama Reinvestment and Marketing Coordinator for the A. G. Gaston Conference.
LaKesha is the author of six books – My Money Matters for Kids, Teens and Adults, Building a Brand without Spending a Bundle, Success Secrets for the Young and Fabulous and Is She the ONE. She contributes to many online publications such as Mint.com and her own blogs at LaKeshaWomack.com and WomackCG.com. You can also find LaKesha on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.