Rasheda Kamaria Williams is the Chief Empowerment Officer of Empowered Flower Girl and this week’s featured Woman of Wisdom
Rasheda Kamaria Williams is an award-winning mentor, speaker and author of “Be EmPOWERed: How to Live Above & Beyond Life’s Drama” – a guidebook and journal written for an inspired by girls. She is the founder and chief empowering officer for Empowered Flower Girl and a staunch youth advocate.
From growing up in a single-parent household to being the first in the family to graduate high school and college with honors, Rasheda has defied the odds. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Wayne State University’s Journalism Institute for Media Diversity and has extensive training in youth development, community relations and interpersonal communication.
This is her interview
What do you enjoy most about what you do? As a mentoring consultant and chief empowering officer for Empowered Flower Girl, I really enjoy making connections. Over the years, I’ve been blessed to assemble what I call a “good vibe tribe” of amazing women and men who also are making an impact in their communities. Additionally, I love helping others realize their vision. Being of service is not hard work. It’s heart work.
What’s your typical day like now? How is it different from your daily routines in the past? My typical day starts with gratitude and in many instances, silence. In the past, I got up and got ready without purpose to my day. My days were all about completing tasks. But now, I create a vision for my day and each day starts with a thank you.
What advice would you give a woman over 40? Never forget your inner girl. Often times we beat ourselves up – from negative self talk to outright self loathing. But would we ever speak that way to or be that way with the girls and young women in our lives? Of course not. Remember, you were once that girl.
What things are most important to you now? Why? How have your dreams and goals changed through your life? For me, living for a living is most important. I used to focus so much on career goals and achieving everything on my life of to-dos. While these things are important, so is living. Living is experiencing life as a human BEING not a human DOING. While my dreams haven’t changed much – I still desire to make an impact in the world – I am open to possibility.
Tell us about any community projects you are involved in and why you support them? I am a member or Soroptimist International, a global service organization that supports what’s best for girls and women. Many of the initiatives I volunteer for bring awareness to human trafficking and support for survivors. Modern day slavery is a problem worldwide. It has no place in our society.
What’s next for you (or what’s left on your “bucket list”)? There are so many things I want to do and experience in this life. But one that has been on my mind is living abroad. Even if only for 3 months to a year, I’d love the experience of immersing myself in another culture and exploring the beauty of this earth.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why? One of the most inspiring books I’ve read was Marianne Williamson’s The Gift of Change. It transformed my thinking around service and purpose. It even inspired a TEDx talk I delivered on how Mentoring Makes A Difference.
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