An interview with Career + Leadership Coach and Speaker, Kimberly A. Brown of Manifest Yourself

An interview with Career + Leadership Coach and Speaker, Kimberly A. Brown of Manifest Yourself

If you've ever been to a networking event or conference where you don't know a single person in the room, then you know how magical it is to find someone with whom conversation is easy and intimate. Kimberly was that person for me, and I found myself clinging to her like a piece of velcro. #realtalk

The more we talked, the more I felt like Kimberly was a kindred spirit — someone who is driven, smart, funny, and passionate about having an impact on the world. The longer we remain in contact, the more I continue to be in awe of the work Kimberly is doing and, quite frankly, the volume and speed with which she does it. 

So settle in for an inspiring interview. And then go take a peek at Kimberly's online world. You won't be disappointed. 


An interview with Career + Leadership Coach and Speaker, Kimberly A. Brown of Manifest Yourself

Name: Kimberly A. Brown
Business: Manifest Yourself, LLC
Other Links: LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube

For those that may not be familiar, tell us about yourself and what you do. 

I'm an entrepreneur, speaker, and career + leadership coach. Through my personal and professional development company, Manifest Yourself, LLC, I provide in-person and virtual workshops, trainings, and coaching to millennial professionals looking to lead a dynamic career and life. 

I've been fortunate to speak to and create workshops for many organizations, including the New Jersey Conference for Women, Ellevate Network, Urban League, Princeton University and National Sales Network, among others. I am also on the Board of Directors for The Power of You Teens organization and am a graduate of Long Island University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (2008) and Master of Science in Counseling (2013).

How did the idea for Manifest Yourself take shape? 

Through my experiences as a career development adviser in some of the nation’s top universities, I've learned that there is so much more to career development besides having a high paying job. It’s about creating a lifestyle that allows you to do more, be more, and achieve more. I've had an online presence since April 2011, but in June 2013 I rebranded and focused on creating a platform that allowed me and others to work on creating a lifestyle that feels good.

I used to keep my entrepreneurial/online life completely separate from my 9-5 career, but over time, it made sense to merge all of my skills and interests to create a platform where I could inspire and help others.

Talk to us about the power of manifestation and what that has meant for you in your own life. 

Manifestation is a unique thing because so many people don't really understand it. Manifesting something doesn't mean that you're doing yoga, eating raw vegan meals, and lighting candles every day. It's really about getting clear on exactly what you want and believing that achieving your goals is the only option for you. We all manifest things without even knowing it.

Having said that, I've worked to be extremely intentional about my goals through vision boarding, creating affirmations, reading, and even a little bit of meditation. The M.Y. motto is "You must believe in yourself and your vision. When you do this, you will manifest the life you desire." That's the essence of manifestation, in my opinion.

While work is important, so is having a life outside of work. What do you do to take care of yourself and fill your cup up, so to speak?

I'm so so so bad about doing this, so I want to be brutally honest. I've been known to run myself ragged when I'm working on a major project or have a tight deadline. However, in 2017 I started scheduling monthly facials and massages for myself and makE a conscious effort to get my nails done bi-weekly. I also have a personal trainer and workout 4-6x per week at 6am at a gym less than 5 minutes from my apartment in New Jersey.

I'm not the best at caring for myself, but I'm working on it. I've found that I have the hardest time taking a "guilt-free" day away from my business, but I'm able to integrate moments of self-care throughout the day, week, and month to fill up my cup. 

An interview with Career + Leadership Coach and Speaker, Kimberly A. Brown of Manifest Yourself

Having been blogging and involved in the online world (business or otherwise) for the majority of your adult life, what are you most you're proud of? 

I'm most proud of being able to create something that I'm proud of and make an income. Back in college, I didn't even think about blogging or sharing inspiration online — I didn't think it was for me. And I definitely didn't think it could be profitable.

The growth of M.Y. over the past few years represents the growth I've experienced in my own life. I'm extremely proud that I've been able to create a platform where I can share my knowledge and expertise in personal and professional development. It still surprises me when someone says that they follow me online or they were moved by a talk I gave or an article that I wrote.

Anything you wish you would have done differently?

I wish I had started sooner and hadn't been afraid to make mistakes. I was so afraid that I would say the wrong thing or make a mistake that I played it too small in the beginning of my blogging journey. For the first 6 months, I didn't even use my real name; I had an alias! Playing it small is never helpful - but when you're a perfectionist (*raises hand*), you cannot help yourself.

I also wish that I committed to being more consistent in the beginning. When you look at the "mega-bloggers" out there, they all started with having a consistent presence online and being an early adapter of technology. My business model now consists of coaching, speaking, and workshops in addition to blogging, but I still wish that I moved a little faster when I was just starting out.

What does the future hold for you, your work, and your life? Anything you've been dreaming of doing and/or any new projects in the pipeline?

So many! I'm newly engaged, so I'll be planning a wedding in 2018! 

On the business side, I'm launching more online courses and products in late 2017, early 2018. I noticed that I did a lot of small workbooks and gifts for my private clients, and I'd love to bring those to a much larger audience.

The first class I'll be launching is called "Stop Dreaming & Start Planning" which is all about getting clear on your goals so you can create a 90-day action plan.

I'm also bringing back The Empowerment Social in June 2018. This is a day party with an agenda that takes place in NYC. We had our first event in July 2017 and over 147 people purchased tickets and over 123 were in the room to network and listen to 5-minute empowerment talks from experts in fitness, wellness, career and personal development, all over a buffet brunch. 

Last but not least, I'd like to start writing a career-related book. So many of my speaking engagements are about career related topics and I'd love to share my tips, tricks, and insights in a book sometime soon. This is a HUGE goal, so I have no idea on the timeline just yet.

An interview with Career + Leadership Coach and Speaker, Kimberly A. Brown of Manifest Yourself

Famous last words... What advice would you give to women who want to harness the power of manifestation and do big things in their lives?

Believe in yourself. Know that what you want is within your grasp. Pay attention to your thought patterns and educate yourself so you can make your dreams a reality.

Having a positive and affirmative mindset is a major part of achieving your goals. If you have trouble developing a more positive mindset, I highly recommend checking out my affirmation cards in the M.Y. shop. I created these first for myself, and then for my clients. I recite my favorites every morning and when I'm not feeling like myself.  I try to replace the negative thoughts with positive affirmations from the cards. At first, it feels a little corny, but it works. The key is repetition.

Also, having accountability partners to support and motivate you to achieve your goals is very beneficial. You can create a plan, recite affirmations, and change your mindset, but you also have to execute. Having accountability to ensure you're moving forward is always helpful.