MMIA Magazine - Million Moms In Action Magazine June/July 2014 - Page 22

exclusive interview THE authentic elder 20 ENTREPRENEUR moms YOU’LL LOVE “I love the freedom that comes from being able to create the life I want. I appreciate the learning curves because although it can be challenging at times, it’s making me a better woman.” Vikki Johnson Founder & CEO of Authentic Living Enterprises Washington, DC. Vikki Johnson is a TEDx Women Speaker, Best Selling Author, Soul Wealth Mentor, Associate Pastor, Emmy Award Winning Media Executive, Founder of Girl Talk Unplugged and a proud Mom. A graduate of Howard University, her mission is to inspire women and girls to be great in the mirror first, then in the marketplace. Vikki Johnson Twitter: @ElderVikki 22 | MMIA Magazine | June 2014 MMIA: How did you get started in your business? VIKKI: The seed for business was planted in me as a child. My Grandmother was a very successful Avon Distributor and she owned multiple properties. I believe it was inevitable for me to journey into the adventure of entrepreneurship. Serendipity is my FAVORIT E word because all my life I’m in the right place with the right people to take advantage of opportunities for growth/expansion. MMIA: How long did it take you to go from business idea to actually seeing income? VIKKI: Honestly about 18 months MMIA: Do you ever regret your decision to become a full-time entrepreneur? VIKKI: Absolutely not! I love the freedom that comes from being able to create the life I want. I appreciate the learning curves because although it can be challenging at times, it’s making me a better woman. MMIA: How do you balance the roles of mommy and entrepreneur? VIKKI: I balance the roles of mommy and entrepreneur by getting up early, planning my top three priorities each day, being flexible, and making sure to be FULLY PRESENT with