In 2018, I wrote my first Christian Empowerment Book- Destined To Reign. Destined To Reign is based on the book of Esther, and is about a woman who had no idea that within her was the ability to reign. Through trials and challenges, God revealed to her the truth about her identity, abilities, and unknown gifts. Like Esther, each of us have the ability to reign. We have gifts waiting to be discovered, strengths in the midst of our struggles, and a masterpiece in the making.  It’s a story of hope, redemptive love, and freedom in your purpose and calling.  God is waiting to reveal your true identity in Him and use you to shine your light in this world. By sharing my own life journey as a millennial, as well as examples from Esther, I empower individuals to take reign over their circumstances, so they can reign in life.

Outside of being an author and writing my first book, I minister through song, and serve the community as an inspirational speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team. I recently received my certification as a DISC Consultant/Trainer, and am the CEO of Paths Forward Coaching, where I assist individuals and organizations in Navigating Their Paths Forward in Life and Leadership through Christian Counseling, coaching,  speaking engagements, small groups, book tours, retreats, and workshops in Leadership, Personal, Professional, Spiritual Growth, and Youth Empowerment. 

What inspired you to go into this business?

I was inspired to go into business through the John Maxwell Team. After years of working with children and youth, I love inspired them towards greatness and was referred to join the team as a next step up. They gave me the tools and inspiration to get started and the opportunity to not only work with the youth in a different capacity, but build a business in the process.  Building Paths Forward Coaching came later as a result of an instinct to follow my dreams, and from there, everything slowly but surely began to come together.  

 To what do you attribute your success in business?

Faith. I believe your attitude is what makes your business succeed or fail. It sets the direction of everything you set your mind to. I also believe that my success in business can be attributed to networking, and taking the limits off what I believed was possible. I seek to understand those I serve and that enables me to serve them the best I can. 

How do you manage your work life balance?

We all go through seasons. There were moments I was able to focus strictly on building a business, and having the mindset to do what I needed to accomplish at that time. However,  I’ve also gone through the financial struggle that can come as an entrepreneur chasing her dreams. I’m so grateful that time has been on my side. Nothing is quick, and I learned that early on, so I trusted seasons of my life when I had to sacrifice one thing for another and still do at times. I do my best to make it work for me and my family. Alongside this business, I also work part-time in the wellness arena and with children. The sacrifices I made prior, have definitely paid off now. 

What motivates you when you are faced with adversity?

For me, Adversity is Opportunity in Disguise. This is how I choose to view it.  When I view it with this frame of mind, I’m motivated to keep going. I believe when you have a dream, you can’t let adversity stop you. You have to let it strengthen you. There are some lessons that I have learned in adversity, and if I would have given up, I wouldn’t be here to speak to others about those.   

What has been your most satisfying moment in business?

Wow. At one time, I was doing so much within the business. As much as I enjoyed every moment, I found scaling down my business to be a satisfying moment for me. It helped me to clarify what avenue I was in, and allowed me to better serve my clientele. Also, being able to fulfill my purpose is a great reward. To know that not only am I building a business, a legacy, but I am fulfilling a dream and call. I am transforming lives. The world is better because of something I may have said or did, or a presentation, workshop, course,  that someone has joined and implemented within their own life.

 What’s next for you in the near future.

Well, I still coach clients, but since writing my book, I am asked to speak more often. Next is the Global Youth Initiative and the Destined To Reign Experience. 

The Destined To Reign Experience will empower you to transform your life and push your vision to the forefront for manifestation. It’s a year long experience for you to stretch your faith, and maximize your potential. As part of this experience, you will receive one-on-one coaching, and access to online courses. 

What would you like to share with anyone who is thinking about becoming an entrepreneur?

There are so many people looking to build a business. The key to remember is that you can still grow in a field of flowers. Even with everyone doing the same thing, find what makes your business personal and significant to you. Consider what it is you desire to do, who you want to serve, and how you can add value to them now. Also, remember to count the cost. Take your time, and save when you can. Know your customers. Know Your Business. Know Your Brand.  

How can readers find out more about your business? 

The easiest way to find out more about my business is to visit my website at www.marykane.org or www.pathsforwardcoaching.com