All great reinventions have one important requirement: a network of women who support each other. In fact, it seems like most women I know — including myself — are constantly in the process of some sort of reinvention. Each decade brings a new twist to our story. We hardly have time to settle in to what we’re doing when — BAM! — another decade arrives and suddenly we find ourselves shifting.
My own reinvention came knocking when “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended. I was the audience producer and pre-show warm-up girl for the show, and I passionately loved my job. Every day I spent in the studio connecting with the audience was an honor — and I’m certain it was my destiny.
When the show ended, I didn’t want to lose that connection — so I started my company, lovespeaks. The idea came to me during a dental surgery I had been putting off but finally scheduled when the show ended — because who had time for that during the most exciting season of television! For the first time in my life, my mind was at rest and, 100 stitches later, I had envisioned my business. A few months later I was trained in Transcendental Meditation, which absolutely took the fear out of my reinvention. A still mind can make everything clear.
Lovespeaks allows me to engage audiences with a meaningful message of connection to self and surroundings, for the purpose of personal and professional development. My mission is to use my story to help women write theirs. Whether I’m emceeing an event, speaking to a group or counseling young professionals, I feel the support exchanged in the room, and that is what fuels me.
I’ll never forget a moment a few months after starting my business. I had emceed an event and I saw a line of female audience members waiting to speak to me. It took me by surprise at first, and I remember thinking, “Are they waiting for ME?” When I realized they were, I felt validated and I knew I would be OK on my own. I began to trust my talent and was prepared to use it in a new way.
I recently launched a video series featuring women business owners who are doing what they love in hopes of inspiring other women to do the same. Because I felt so much support from my former female colleagues, it felt natural to feature them in my series. We had a ball reminiscing and talking about our futures, and it was a reminder to me that a team is always there for you, no matter where you work or where you live — and a team of women can do anything. So if reinvention is on your horizon, stay connected to your community of women, because when women support each other, incredible things can happen.
For more information on Loveman and lovespeaks — and to connect with women who are using their talents to do what they love — visit lovespeaks.tv.