Today we’d like to introduce you to Lamaria Grace.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Death got me started. My brother died in 2016 and dealing with that pain triggered all kinds of other pains I thought I healed from. I was able to look myself in the mirror and really see into myself, and didn’t find much to be happy about. That started me on my journey, to what I thought was happiness, but is really a road to discovery. I created a space for myself to express my feelings. I opened that space to my community and quickly found we all needed a space to express, release, and most importantly, learn. SelfCare Sunday is a monthly group therapy session in Detroit, MI. I collaborate with the city across generations to ensure we have real conversations with real people, so we can learn and teach new tools to discover ourselves. I like to say, “we can’t take care of ourselves if we don’t know ourselves” so I made sure to educate myself on myself first. I sat down and talked to my self, still do really, to make sure I am making the right changes for me to thrive. Once I see something works, I share what I have learned with others. I became a life coach in 2017 and decided that mental health would be my specialty. I practice recovery coaching, creative entrepreneurship coaching, mass media consulting, and event planning. That may be a lot to explain to someone, so I use Self Development coaching to embody all that I know how to do.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
NOT AT ALL. A lot of trial and error. A lot of market research, before I knew what market research even was. What may be interesting about my struggles, however, is that they are all internal. Becoming confident in my abilities, trusting myself with what I have learned, dealing with disappointment, staying faithful and loyal to the goals I have created for myself. All of those things aren’t easy tasks for me. When I think about the hurdles I’ve jumped over to get where I am, these always stand out more than the outside forces, finances, or personal inconveniences.
SelfCare Sunday, LG Coaching and Consulting – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a self-development coach, specializing in alcohol and drug use/abuse, business, event and mass media, life, and empowerment coaching. I create safe and brave spaces through interviews and group therapy. I may be most known for SelfCare Sunday, a monthly meet-up of community and vulnerability that allows us to spread love, education, and resources to each other and across generations. What sets me aside from others is my working system and framework that I created and use on myself first. From those experiences, I can adapt the system to anyone, any age, any time, creating and reaching small goals with my clients quickly. I use a mixture of the 8 phases of self-care and Maslow’s theory to guarantee holistic development, while strengthening personal toolbox skills.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Of course, the fat bank account and private school for my kid are on my criteria list, I ain’t gone lie. But, I feel successful everytime I’m able to help someone. Every time I’m told by a client that something I said/activity we practiced made an impact on them, I feel like a success. I pride myself on the ” guarantee”. Coming from a sales background, I go into every situation knowing what I am selling and most of my peace of mind comes from providing everything I said I would. Master P said, “If you find peace in what you’re doing, you’re successful”, I felt that.
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