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Conversations with Shinika Crawley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shinika Crawley.

Hi Shinika, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
Thank you for having me on your platform, I’m very grateful. But of course, I started with my passion and love for community and business. I always liked money and making more of it.

It took me going to college and becoming the youngest project manager of the company at that time for my love of business growth and marketing to shine through. It wasn’t until I was living on negative A.K.A no money I understood how to make money work for me, I promised myself I will never let lack of money be my problem. Turning my pain into a paycheck!

I created a group called Girls like us in 2017 to meet new people in my community and to help them with their goals of making more money. I would have networking events and workshops to help the women in my community start their businesses. I later met an amazing Girl boss
Brittany Onley, and together we created Madeherselfaboss (2018), which helps women start and grow their businesses.

My businesses grew as my confidence grew.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I wish it were a smooth road (ha-ha). I wish it was easy, but that is not my story.

I struggled with comparison, confidence, and Patients. Social media makes everything look like you’re supposed to be an overnight success,
and that’s not the case. I struggled with seeing myself the way God has always seen me. I had a hard time saying, “I am what you need to change your life!” That I truly am the Beyonce of Business Growth strategy.

I used to look at other people and say, “why am I not there” I’m putting in all this work, and I’m not there yet. Look, comparison can kill your dreams faster if you let it. You should never compare someone’s chapter 30 to your chapter 3.

I struggled with knowing what I desired but doubted if it would happen for me. Questioning my worth and deserve level. I remember saying, “who am I to do this work” “why would people listen to me” etc. It’s the casual covenants that we speak over ourselves that stop us from
experiencing greatness. I had to learn those lessons If I was trying to make figures faster.

Then I needed to do my forgiveness work and work on the 6 inches between my ears (my mindset) to make the money I truly desired. Look, money is nothing but the energy it takes in whatever form you give it, but to access it, I had to learn how to forgive myself and others and better my relationship with money. Money is Me! You can’t make money if your life is messy, Ops! I went there, lol #sorrynotsorry; a messy life can mean undercharging in your business, not showing up fully, not doing your forgiveness work, etc., and the list can go on. I’m not exempt from this. I’m just willing to do the work so that nothing stops what God has for me. I want it all!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
Yes, I am the Founder and CEO of Girls Like Us and Co-Founder of Madeherselfaboss. I help service-based entrepreneurs of impact who work a 9-5 get out of fear to experience more figures in their business. So that they can fund their freedoms, fire their full-time job, and truly
experience a legacy that goes far beyond them. I’m in the business of legacy-making through entrepreneurship, focusing on and specializing in Business growth strategy and marketing.

Helping entrepreneurs clarify who they serve to tighten their messaging and marketing to make more money. Making sure they understand who they must be, to become the money-making CEO they desire. I know the business, not just one part but all of it. If you’re experiencing
drought in your business and having difficulty being seen and heard, I’m the girl you go to for help.”It is my mission to help women make
boatloads of money in their business, to normalize them Having, Investing, and leaving more money to have wealth & legacy. That is what
makes me different.

Yes, I’m helping them with strategy because business is not a one-size-fits-all, but helping them understand how they need to position
themselves in the marketplace and that they can truly have it all. By working on the six inches between their ears. A lot of people think the
mindset isn’t the issue, they think they need more strategy to make more money. No one wants to do the work to unblock what they most desire to happen. And that’s what I work on with entrepreneurs. I truly care about the full CEO so she can be a better mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
We don’t realize many of our choices stem from our deserve or worthy level or lack thereof.

This is such a good question, so many lessons have been learned, but I have to say the most important lesson has been learning to see myself
the way God has always seen me. I’ve doubted myself and slept on my brilliance plenty of times because of fear and uncertainty, but if I had
stepped into my power, letting the God in me shine, I would not have been in many situations. I would not have let opportunities pass me by,
and I would not get all that is mine in this world.

Reaffirming who I am now and who I’m becoming, I have no reason to doubt. And not saying the fears stop when you get to your next level
(lol). No, they sometimes get louder, but it’s the fact that now I see myself as Great, as life-changing, as a queen. How dare I settle or not
walk into my purpose to transform lives? I have learned that my gift and purpose are not about me, and if you understand that your walk is
different, your talk is different, and you are more intentional about your moves. And conscious about who has access to you. That was my
biggest lesson.

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