Today we’d like to introduce you to Vallerie Moore-Belt.
Vallerie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
For most of my adult life, I was a miserably unhappy, sad person. In February of 2007, I read a book called Your Best Life Now by Pastor Joel Osteen, and it changed my life. I can’t pinpoint one specific thing in the book that gave me my aha moment but there was something that made me realize that happiness, positivity and joy, all of that, is a choice and I get to choose how I embrace every moment of every day. I decided to chooseto live each day with happiness, joy, peace, and positivity, and my life has not been the same. I believe my mission in life is to share that with others so that they can see that they are really responsible and in charge of their mindset and how they move through and view the world and their lives; that they understand that they deserve to be happy and joyful.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it has not been a smooth path. I had to do a lot of work on changing my mindset. Changing how I believed that, because I had a very unhappy childhood and I never saw happiness in the women in my family and in my environment, I couldn’t have happiness and joy. I really didn’t think that happiness was real I thought it was something that you saw on television. So, I became a seeker. What I mean by I became a seeker is that I started a journey to learn how to changing my mindset by reading self-help books. I’m a Christian so I prayed a lot, as well.
My biggest advice to younger women starting out on a journey of seeking happiness and joy is to gain a clear understanding that happiness and joy starts from within. It doesn’t come from an external source; you’re not going to get it from a man or your best friend or a designer handbag or pair of shoes. You’ll find a good time at happy hour, but you won’t find happiness at happy hour, it all starts from within.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a Life Coach, Joy Crusader & Mindset Cultivator. I work with women who are successful professionally but struggle to create satisfying, happy, joyful personal lives. I tell the women I work with that I believe you can have it all, you just have to define what you’re all is. We work together to help them figure out what their all is and together we create an action plan for achieving “their all.” I also guide Vision Board workshops. I started the vision board workshops because I believe in the power of setting intentions and manifesting what you want your life to look like; be it spiritual, physical, travel, professional, etc.
So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
Yes, I believe there are opportunities. I think there will be more opportunities to come in the future, as well. I think that we as women can connect and network and collaborate to create even more opportunities, though.
I think that there are opportunities that women are particularly positioned for such as management & leadership, community organizers, to name a few. I also think because there are more women in political positions who understand the plight of women in the workplace, young women and families, there will be even more opportunities for women.