MMIA Magazine - Million Moms In Action Magazine June/July 2014 - Page 28

exclusive interview destiny THE designer 20 ENTREPRENEUR moms YOU’LL LOVE “Setting time aside for dedicated family time is also important so the entire family can unplug and enjoy each other’s company.” MMIA: Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur? STACIE: I was tired of feeling like my skills and talents weren’t being completely appreciated or utilized working for other people. If I was going to put in the extra effort, I wanted my family and I to be the beneficiary of the results. MMIA: How long did it take you to go from business idea to actually seeing income? STACIE: I was fortunate to start making money within my first 6 months in business but I didn’t start seeing a real profit until about 5 years of running my business full time. MMIA: Do you ever regret your decision to become a full-time entrepreneur? STACIE: There have been times when I questioned leaving a steady substantial income for an uncertain contract but the reward of seeing the direct fruits of my labor and the ability to design my own destiny is more rewarding. MMIA: How do you balance the roles of mommy and entrepreneur? STACIE: Balancing the roles of mommy and entrepreneur is not any easy task because both demand intense attention. I have been able to strike a balance by including my children in some decision making for the business and execution of some of my contracts. It makes it easier for them to understand when they can see the bigger picture. Setting time aside for dedicated family time is also important so the entire family can unplug and enjoy each other’s company. For instance we have family game night , go out to dinner or the movies, etc. MMIA: How do your children feel about mommy being an entrepreneur? STACIE: I ask them about their perception of what I do and it is very encouraging to hear their responses. They get it and they are proud of what I do to help others and actually remind me of my value when pricing my services. Albeit, some of that may be for their own selfish gain (smile). 28 | MMIA Magazine | June 2014 Stacie Grant Founder & CEO of C&G Enterprises Queens, NY Empowerment Specialist & Event Strategist, Stacie N.C. Grant is living her divine calling to LEAD, TEACH and INSPIRE! Described as “God’s Designer Original”, she ignites her audiences with her captivating smile, intoxicating humor and boundless energy. As an Empowerment Specialist, Ms. Grant is a highly sought after Inspirational Speaker, Trainer, Life Coach and Celebrity Guest Host. The strategic focus of her Empowerment platform is executed through her Destiny Designers University®, a community of focused entrepreneurs dedicated to lifelong learning, collaborative achievement and designing a destiny that will leave a legacy of service and create value in our global community. Her work empowers individuals to create behavioral shifts in their productivity that will enable them to identify and purge the distractions in their lives so they can take immediate ACTION on their goals and dreams. Stacie Grant Twitter: @StacieNCGrant IG: @StacieNCGrant