As this month of June comes to a close today, I am stopping to celebrate a major milestone. As of this June, I am celebrating the 2-year Anniversary of Yolanda Ransom Consulting, LLC in business!!!
Two years ago, I decided to start my business. Around that time, I was working full-time as a financial counselor at a non-profit. Due to some unexpected organizational changes beyond my control, I was not able to continue full-time in the position as desired.
During that time, I had come to see how much I loved the work that I was doing, even though I was not always able to serve those whom I was most passionate about serving. So when my desired position fell through, I summoned up my courage, and decided to start my own business: a business that reflected my own values.
When I had worked as a financial counselor for the nonprofit, I often felt like my hands were tied when my Black women clients would describe to me the very real economic and financial obstacles that they were encountering. Both they and I knew that these were almost often related to race (as well as gender). However, all I could do at the time was silently acknowledge what they were telling me, while feeling powerless to directly address it.
So I decided that when I created my business, I would serve those whom I cared most about, those whom I understood the most, those who I connected with most easily, and those who I could genuinely relate to—because in essence, THEY were ME.
I am extremely proud to have a business today that directly serves professional Black women by empowering them to take control of their money and their financial destinies, rather than leaving their destinies in the hands of someone else, or feeling like they have to leave it up to others because they have no control.
These past 2 years have been amazing ones: full of both ups and downs, growth and setbacks. And no, I'm not where I'd like to be in my business. Both in terms of the amount of Black women that I've been able to serve and impact, as well as the income goals that I have for my business. But I am SO MUCH closer to the vision of my life that I am striving to create than I was just 2 years ago.
I know and believe that my goals are possible. And I KNOW that I will get there, by staying focused and dedicated in creating the vision of my business—and life—that I so greatly desire.
Over the next year, I look forward to serving and empowering more and more of you, and other professional Black women, to help you create your wealthy reality.
So I want to encourage you on this note: KEEP going!
Wealth-building is a process. A lifelong process.
And let's face it, the time is going to pass ANYWAY. What you do today is going to shape your tomorrow. What you do today will either bring you closer—or farther away—from the wealth and life that you want for yourself.
Each and every step that you take today to invest in your dreams, and in effective money management, will bring you that much closer to abundant wealth.
Don't give up!