Today we’d like to introduce you to Theresa Exum-Lucas.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
When I first started graduate school at the University of Southern California, I began working with student-athletes to help them improve academic and personal development skills. In the years that followed, I continued advising and mentoring college students on personal and professional development issues and realized I had a true passion for helping young people. Part of my “why” is because of my own personal struggles – I have Major Depressive Disorder, anxiety, and PTSD and I was raped in college. As I worked with people of all backgrounds, I realized my story resonated with a lot of people and that sharing it, and how I practice self-care, can help others, too.
So, I started my business (Happy Go Lucas) with the purpose of providing millennials with the self-care resources they need. My business is the publisher of my book, With These Words, which is a poetic memoir of love, loss, and discovery. We also offer group and 1-1 services including life coaching, home organization sessions, and career and personal development resources. While we generally offer in-person sessions, we are only offering virtual sessions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not! When I first started Happy Go Lucas, I was also working full-time, being a wife to my husband, raising two littles, and working towards a doctoral degree full-time. I don’t have any educational background in business or technology, so figuring out publishing my book, creating my website, managing social media, and everything else has been challenging!
Now that Happy Go Lucas has launched and, with it, the book release for With These Words, life looks a little different. I’m no longer going to school, I’m looking for full-time work, and we’re homeschooling our kiddos. Any extra time goes to enhancing Happy Go Lucas and serving clients!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Happy Go Lucas – what should we know?
I am most proud of this business because I know how much it will help people and I know I’m the right person to do it! Each time I tell someone who knows me about the business, they say “oh, wow! That’s right up your alley.”
I know that if I continue reaching out to people, I’ll help someone who needs it. And that will be worth it for me!
We’re a woman-owned, Black-owned business. I’m a 26 year old wife and StepMom who has survived rape, depression, and suicide. God has blessed me with a testimony to help others on their own journeys to healing. Happy Go Lucas will be influential in positively impacting the world.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Corion Lucas – my husband! My biggest cheerleader, supporter, and advocate. He pushed me to pursue my vision of publishing With These Words and launching Happy Go Lucas, allows us to spend financially to improve the business, and is just overall amazing! I couldn’t do it without him.
Danielle Darden – my brand manager and friend. She assists me with all things social media and all of my growth in that department can be traced back to her. She’s awesome at what she does!
- Organization sessions start at $20
- Life coaching services start at $45
- Career coaching services start at $45
- Career prep packages start at $35
- Website: happygolucas.com
- Phone: (661) 339-8719
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @theresaexumlucas
All photos were taken by Theresa Exum-Lucas or Corion Lucas, or created by Theresa Exum-Lucas