Spotlight: Akirah Robinson

Entrepreneurial Spotlight

Meet Akirah Robinson, a woman with one of the bravest hearts we know.

Akirah has been skyrocketing into the world of entrepreneurship and has had some pretty amazing accomplishments (like being featured on HuffPo not once but twice) under her belt already. We couldn't be prouder of what she's doing, and we're honored to call her a sister-in-arms.

Take a look into the mind of Mrs. Robinson (couldn't resist) and you'll understand what we mean.

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Akirah Robinson

Name: Akirah Robinson Job title: Writer // Coach // Speaker Website: akirahrobinson.com Twitter: @akirahrobinson Facebook: fb.com/akirahrob Pinterest: pinterest.com/akirah

Introduce yourself as if you were speaking from the cockpit: Hello ladies and gentlemen, I am Akirah Robinson, your brave hearts enthusiast for the day. Together we’ll be taking a journey towards self-love, self-acceptance, and healthy relationships. I can’t promise you that this trip will be short, but it will definitely be memorable and well worth your time.

Please note: this is a one-way trip. Once we say “bon voyage” to any toxic relationships and self-hate, we’ll be leaving them in the past, right where they belong. But no worries, my friends. Once we start heading towards self-love, you’ll never want to turn back. And life will never be the same.

When did you earn your wings? I started writing about the topic of healthy relationships back in July. I’ve been a blogger for many years, so writing is something I feel very comfortable doing. After a few months, I started thinking of ways I could more deeply connect with women who are looking to pursue healthier relationships with others and themselves. Because I have a Master’s in Social Work and recently earned my license to practice social work, I thought making the jump into coaching might be an appropriate and fun move to make. So right now, I am in the early stages of building my relationship coaching practice, while continuing to write and blog as well.

If you could name a nail polish color after yourself of your business, what would it be? Name: Brave Heart.

Color: Pink…a bold and bright color to wear when you’re feeling really confident!

Not all flights are smooth. Tell us about how you handle turbulence in your business and life. For me, turbulence often looks like busyness. I sometimes will bite off more than I can chew and end up completely burnt out a few weeks later. I’ve learned that this struggle of mine requires more proactivity, so these days I am working hard to identify my priorities and focus on those. Recently I created a life map that lists all my priorities in the various areas of my life and I taped it to my front door. This reminds me to say “no” to things that aren’t on the sheet of paper.

Of course even the highest level of proactivity can’t prevent turbulence from ever happening. In those cases, I rely on my business coach, yoga, reading, and Candy Crush to help me calm down and clear my mind so I can later deal with the issue at hand.

Who is the wind beneath your wings? My husband rocks. He doesn’t always fully understand what it is I’m trying to do, but he tries his hardest and supports me anyway. When I forget, he reminds me I am worthy of my dream and gifted enough to achieve it. His encouragement means the world to me.

What's your advice to other women as they navigate the business world? First, get help! I highly recommend connecting with other ladies through Rock It!, Propelle happy hours, and other events. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is so helpful in this journey, so seek support often. Then, when you can, offer support often.

Second, invest in yourself! If you’re able to swing it financially, I’d suggest finding a business coach. I’m working with one now and she’s been very helpful thus far. She’s modeling to me some really smart businesses practices and I feel very appreciative of that. I was nervous about spending the money, but at the end of the day, I feel pretty good about making the investment. Taking this leap means I believe I’m worth the investment. This shift in my perspective has been invaluable.

Low on cash? Perhaps a group program or mentor would work better for your budget. But heck, even taking the time to read a business book from the library can be a great start in showing yourself that you’re worth the investment. Find something that works for you and dive in…you and your business are worth the leap!