We had the good fortune of connecting with Lakeshia Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lakeshia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started Real Moms Of Homeschooling because as a mom of 5 I know from first hand experience that as rewarding as homeschooling is, it can also be frustrating, overwhelming and lonely. There is a great deal of information about homeschooling with just as much misinformation as well. I wanted to provide a space that allowed newbie homeschool moms to get the correct information, resources and tools they need while also gaining a support system for themselves! In this sisterhood the focus is on “HER” first as a woman. Why? Because, when mom is spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically healthy and supported she is able to show up the way she desires. I’m not a typical Homeschool Consultant and this isn’t just another mom group, this is a sisterhood of women supporting women along this journey of teaching our children from home without losing ourselves. To have a safe space to vent, to be educated, to have fun, to laugh and to be supported.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m mom of 5 children and I began my own personal homeschooling journey in 2014. This decision came about because my daughters experienced bullying and I also realized that my son who is autistic needed a learning experience specific to his needs. During these early years I was all over the place, trying all kinds of methods based on this video I saw or that blog post I read. Looking at Tracy, Maria and Sandra homeschools and trying to make mine like theirs. I wasn’t alone because like many newbie homeschool moms I had fell into “comparison syndrome”. It is real and does way more harm than good. You find yourself in a constant state of confusion, overwhelm, and even depression. But what did going through that experience do for me? It taught me that I wasn’t being true to myself or my children. I was focusing on all the wrong things by trying to re-create public school and other people’s methods in my homeschool. Not realizing that each persons journey, family dynamic and needs are completely different. That experience along with not having a supportive village and being overwhelmed with so much information is the foundation of why I created “Real Moms Of Homeschooling”. To help newbie homeschool moms “STOP COMPARING” and to be true to themselves when creating their homeschool. I wish I had someone to walk me through this process step-by-step without pushing their methods, ideology or principles on me as a must do! As a Homeschool Consultant I am able to provide that guidance to moms desiring to teach their children at home. I am dedicated to creating the supportive village for fellow newbie homeschooling moms to have along this new journey. To feel empowered and gain confidence in their ability to oversee and provide the best educational experience for their children! Real Moms Of Homeschooling is a sisterhood of unapologetically bold women committed to taking care of ourselves, teaching our children and taking care of our business!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My best friend visiting me in Atlanta from California for the weekend. First place we are checking into The Kimpton Overland Hotel which have some beautiful views to watch flights take off from Hartsfield International Airport. Not to mention the rooms and staff are awesome. We are then heading over to The Real Milk & Honey for an amazing lunch. Next we are swinging by Little 5 Points for some eclectic art, cultural vibes, good food to snack on and shopping for some one-of-a-kind finds. Now let’s head back to the hotel to rest and freshen up. Alright we are ready to start the night off with dinner at No Mas Cantina for some authentic Mexican food. We are Cali girls so this is our kind of eating. Okay now girl, we have been eating, shopping and having a ball but the day ain’t over until we break a sweat moving and grooving! Heading over to Cascade for adult skate night. You know we can tear up a skating rink with our moves. That about wraps it up the day and tomorrow we just gonna chill, relax by the pool and reminisce on the day before.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
One of my closest friends, LaTonia Camp has been incredibly instrumental and supportive in my growth. I am grateful for her patience, wisdom, transparency and her ability to help me to trust myself and show up authentically in everything that I do. You need people like that in corner that make you laugh, listen to you, support you, keep it real and keep you grounded. My relationship with her is a true sisterhood that I strive to replicate for the women that I connect with in my business.
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