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by Dr. Sheila Pope
On Thursday of last week, I fell down in the mudd. My nails and toes were on point before the fall. I had a French manicure style on my feet. My nails were metallic pink. My hair was fresh and my jeans were starched.
Before the fall, I was literally walking away from a guy I thought would be in my life for sometime. I was feeling good about myself as I walked to my clean SUV. For those of you that know me, my SUV always needs a good shine. Anyway, I was talking to myself about my next step in life and down I go. I stepped off the curve and fell down to my knees.
I catch myself, but not before my fingers and toes were covered in mudd. My toes hurt so bad. The two people walking in front of me quickly turned around and helped me up. I was so embarrassed. The white woman had a look of terror on her face. The white man had my hand in his. I was just trying to gather my thoughts.
My butt was in the air, my body and mind were fighting against each other. I was thinking, ” Dr. Sheila Pope YOU need help! Your behind is in full view of the folks in the restaurant and the people going into the Westin hotel can see you.”
To top it off, I think the person I was walking away from saw me fall. That thought almost ripped my heart into shreds. You never want your ex to see fall or fail at anything! You want your ex to see you with your Super Girl cape on. No, I think my guy saw me in mudd. To be honest, I did not see him, but I thought I saw his vehicle drive by as I got up. My mind could have played tricks on me in the moment. My thoughts were racing.
I got into my clean SUV and put mudd on the seats, floor, and stering wheel. I needed a moment to grasp what happened. I needed a moment to cry. I did not cry; but, I did say a few expletives. My toes were chipped and scrapped. My nails were nasty. My pride was at zero.
I can laugh now, but Thursday I was filled with shame. I have had to pick myself up from falls before, but this fall hit home. No matter how accomplished you are professionally, you never want people, especially your guy to see you appear weak and helpless. I found out in that moment, it was ok to appear weak and to need help. I thank God for the white couple that helped me. I quickly received the help that was offered. I replayed the incident too many times in my mind and each time the shame was worse.
I shared the story with a few girlfriends and we laughed. I was finally able to laugh at my foolishness. I am resilent; I may fall again. However, I will always get up and find a way to laugh at my crazy!
Today, I have a few items on hand that make me feel extremely proud to say I am a proud CEO of a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB). I have my new business cards and my company T-shirts. They can be purchased off my website see featured items. Yes, they come in 3x-5x sizes too!
To rock my own T-shirts at different events is important to me. I have to promote my products because this company is a reflection of me. You can see me holding up the white and orange T-shirts too!
I partnered with Susan Gonzales, CEO of Chic Blessings, to design and print my T-shirts. Women can do great things when we come together. I look forward to adding more items to my brand in the near future. Today, I am going to rock my green T-shirt and smile knowing I am making boss moves as a the CEO and founder of The Resource Center.popesresourcecenter.com
I have been super busy evolving and changing my mindset. On January 30, 2017, I made some tough decisions that propelled me to my next level. Many of you know that I have has a small business for 10 years. However, I considered it to be my part-time business.
In February, I decided to pour into my small business so it can become a major contributor into my multiple streams of income. I am proud to announce
The Resource Center has been certified as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) by Texas Comptroller. What does that mean? It means my business is a vendor for the State of Texas. I am also going to be a vendor of other agencies. Yes, that means I am now an employer for multiple people instead of a few.
Thanks to this awesome group, NAACP’s SMAART Incubator, lead by Mr. Allen Provost, chair of NAACP Economic Chair Committee, and Khufere
Qhamata, I am surrounded by African American entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas and plans. Khufere Qhamata, called Q, helped me move to the next level of branding myself in the publishing industry. Thanks to Q’s fabulous knowledge of the publishing business, I have my own publishing company under the umbrella of my company, The Resource Center.
Under the umbrella of The Resource Center, I have also earned my first tech client, Peoples United Summit 501c3 (nonprofit). I am their website designer. I also built their social media platforms, and I manage those platforms.
I make sure their mission and goals are visible via social media. I am helping to build their brand. I am finally a CEO of a tech company! Peoples United Summit and my company, The Resource Center, have partnered together to serve the Sunnyside Community. We are focusing our efforts on improving education in the schools and ending sex trafficking.
My partnership with Peoples United Summit has helped me see myself as a Superintendent, CEO, and an employer. It is an exciting time in my life.
I also joined this fabulous group on Facebook called Courage to Earn-The Community (closed Group with 2.3K Members). I am learning so much about using my blog to earn serious income. The women in the group are powerful entrepreneurs. More important, they support each other, and they share valuable information that is practical to use.
I have more to share, but I will stop here. I will start posting weekly blogs from this day forward. I have had a ton of false starts with other business partnerships, but they paved the way for me to reach this level in my adventure.