Women are nurturing by nature. We are wired to care for others on a different level than men. In our society we are taught to do so. For Black Women, the care of others has been put before our own in several different ways. I’m sure you’ve heard the term “Strong Black Woman” at some point in your life. Well that actually breeds weak women, appearing to be strong on the outside, while slowly dying on the inside.
Being a Black Woman and feeling the stresses that come along with that title are exactly why I jumped on the opportunity to learn more about Zakiyyah Walker and her business With Zakiyyah-Personal Revolution Coaching For Black Women.
Zakiyyah is a woman on a mission to heal Black Women. In this mission she’s helping herself and others to create a legacy while transmitting the negative energy from the disconnection associated with slavery. This ancestral trauma passed down through generations has created the strong black woman syndrome. However like any other conditioning it can be reversed.
Meet Guillermo Figueredo, owner of Awesome Web Designs, a Toronto web design company. After studying advertising and discovering the world of digital marketing it was evident to Figueredo that web design was home to his passion. With a mission to provide an online presence to businesses that previously didn’t have one he’s able to focus both his passion and creativity. However, like all Whatever The CAIS stories this journey wasn’t paved and clear.
Have you ever moved and found it hard to make new friends? Imagine leaving moving from Spain to Canada leaving everything behind! Immigration comes with its own unique challenges but Figueredo used this as an advantage. He understands that the world changes all the time and so should a business and therefore individuals. Adaptation is key.
Already out of his comfort zone in a new country Figueredo started a new position and began making connections and gaining experience. Those connections coupled with his education and new found passions led him to quit his job and start Awesome Web Designs.
Being a small business owner isn’t always as glamorous as we sometimes make it out to be. Sure there’s a ton of freedom, which can be great but can also be a downfall for some. There are limitless possibilities out there when you go for them yourself. However the struggle can get real, and that’s when we make that hard decision to see it through Whatever The CAIS or pack it up and live a normal life. This blog is all about those tough times and how we overcome them to reach our goals. If you’re going through a tough time in your business or on your path to reaching any goals let these stories inspire you to keep at it.
My story is what inspired me to create #WhateverTheCAIS and the term itself. This story begins before I even knew CAIS was something I wanted to create. I’ll take you back to 2016….
December 2016 was the worst month of my life...at that time. I was 4 months into my new job as a property manager which at the time I thought was everything I wanted. On December 6, 2016, I’ll never forget that date, my regional manager walked in unannounced. First I was excited to see her as I thought she was coming for more of my training; which I desperately needed from her. I was wrong, she was there to fire me. I was devastated, 5 months pregnant with very little saved up.
I was sure, in my mind that my career was over. I had never been fired before, and had no idea how to deal with it. Eventually, after having my daughter and healing I began to look for work again. By June 2017 I had secured a commercial property management position as an independent contractor. All of the clients were local and small businesses. I found myself giving them advice and helping them build beyond just leasing an office in the building. When the building started to run out of space for small businesses, about 3 months into my working there, the light bulb turned on and I created a space for small businesses within the building. The following January CAIS was born!