Today we’d like to introduce you to Georggetta Howie.
Hi Georggetta, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My inspiration for becoming a social worker started from one conversation with one professor, Dr. Isaiah Marshall. I thought I had it all figured out in my senior year at Winston Salem State University. “I am going to be a Psychologist is what I told everyone,” yet it was senior year, and I had not applied to graduate school or taken the GRE. Meeting Dr. Marshall at the time did help me get clear quickly. He had a master’s in Social Work and was in his final year of completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy; I remember us speaking, and he shared his robust experience with an M.S.W. It sounded like he did everything I dreamt of doing and more, and that was all I needed to shift my focus from Psychology to Social Work. I opted out of taking the GRE, leaving my options limited to only a few schools. Back then, I do not remember considering obstacles or failure much; my life would have meant that whatever I decided to do and was fully committed to doing it. I decided I was ONLY going to apply to Howard University, that was my choice, and that was it. Dr. Marshall had other plans, and somehow I was pushed to apply to one more graduate program, so I picked Virginia Commonwealth University. Would you believe that fate and ordained destiny landed me at V.C.U? It would be the most academically and socially challenging experience for the three years of my life. It was dreadful, and even thinking back, and I can contribute my completion to the resiliency within me. I completed V.C.U., took my graduate licensing exam, and passed on the first try (unheard of among my peers). I completed two years of post-graduate work serving in various capacities of case management, program manager, community support worker, group home assistant supervisor, and clinical in private practice. It was an intense two years of around-the-clock work. Hustle had become my main priority, and I got it done. At the end of year two, I took my clinical license exam for Licensed Clinical Social Worker and passed on the first try ( again, unheard of). This was the golden ticket; having a L.I.C.S.W. meant I could open my practice, ask for more money, that I was in demand, that I knew my ish, and that yes, “mama, I made it.”
Over the next several years, I would work with adolescents who faced difficulties related to mental health, trauma, neighborhood violence, and sometimes substance abuse issues. I loved it, I was committed, and it allowed me to heal the wounds of my adolescent self. As I grew, so did they, and so did my audience and clients I attracted. I shifted from adolescent to serving black women. Helping black women required that I become an example of what was possible. Out of this possibility, I created Giving L.I.F.E. (Leverage Insight to Fulfill and Empower) LLC., a private therapy practice designed to help high-achieving black women manage their anxiety and depression. Since starting in 2014, I have added a new skill and service to serve my clients better, and I now provide one-to-one coaching. Coaching with me is a one-of-a-kind experience in which you learn how to master yourself, so that experiences and circumstances become more manageable. Together we shift your mindset, expand your emotional wellness, create boundaries, and make a ton of decisions.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
Obstacles and challenges create fertile ground for growth. My life has not been without struggle, and since I was allowed to share, the most detrimental to my success would be a lack of belief in myself, the services I provide, and the client’s ability to change. When you lack trust in yourself, you struggle to make decisions and create the necessary action to have the life you want. This entrepreneurship journey requires you “stay out of your way.” You continue to grow, and you continue to inspire others. I had to stay committed to this journey because it fulfilled my purpose. The one factor that helped me overcome this challenge was creating community—creating a supportive network of other like-minded successful entrepreneurs who were navigating the challenges I was facing.
Suppose you find yourself struggling, check-in with yourself and assess what you need. Get support if you cannot create the changes on your own. Then build a community that will encourage, empower, and motivate you to be consistent at showing up in the best way possible.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My clients say I give off; “Rich Auntie Vibes,” and I love it. Instantly, a picture of her pops into your mind. You all have a friend, or you are the Rich Auntie of the group. She is usually fabulous, beautiful, intelligent, has her ish together, a world traveler, and adored by many. I consider myself to be all those things and much more, including a fiance, a multi-passionate multiple business owner, a healer, and a connector. These collective qualities and characteristics set me apart from many and are what attracts women who, on the outside, may appear to have it all together, but they lack fulfillment. With one-on-one sessions, I create space, transformation, accountability, and healing for her. I am the life coach for high-earning black women who want happiness, balance, and fulfillment in their everyday life. The group coaching program Life on Your Terms is a community for black women to connect, encourage, and thrive together. This is a lifetime access program in which members will attend live weekly coaching calls, private community, and workbooks to create a fulfilling life. Out of need and tons of requests, make a few physical products that include a mug to remind you to “Live Fulfilled”; a 52-affirmation card deck aka The Self Discovery Companion, which has 52 affirmations and 52 transformational questions. An 80-page spiral notebook for journaling and daily reflection. And lastly, I love being a guest speaker for intimate experiences on the topics related to all things black wellness; mindset; mental health; emotional health; resiliency & strength of black women; purpose & fulfillment.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting?
Get familiar with failure. I welcome it because some of your great achievements are after your biggest losses. Master all the ways you self-sabotage. It would help if you learned how you get in your manner. Create and be a part of two types of communities, those on the same level as you and striving for more and those where you desire to be. Create balance. When starting, there is a time for hustle, but there is always a place for rest. Never sacrifice your rest and time necessary to restore. Make a lot of decisions. Get creative, stay inspired, and become a learner. Invest in support (coaching, therapy, etc.) when needed.
Believe in yourself!
- One to one starts at $6k
- Group Coaching is $2500
- Affirmation Card Deck $35
- Live Fulfilled Mug $15
- Journal $20
- Website: www.coachgeorgie.com/links
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livefulfilled/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georggetta.howie
- Other: www.coachgeorgie.com
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