We had the good fortune of connecting with Arnesjah Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arnesjah, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I remember the nights I’d sleep in my car after spending hours in the library. You’d think I was crazy. But I was just a young girl pursuing my purpose even if it meant risking ALL of my comfortability. I left my hometown in 2016 because God was tugging me to step into my promised land in Atlanta, Georgia. Little did I know that all I had given up was preparation for where I am today. No matter how many times I’d transition from home to home month after month, something within me kept me going. I call it the passion to pursue my purpose. There have been plenty of times when I wanted to give up on my entrepreneurial journey. However, I am passionate to see the manifestation of my dreams and aspirations. It’s in those moments when I feel like giving up that I think about the result of what giving up will bring me. Giving up will only take me back to the barren places I once lived. When I look at how far I’ve come and how much success I’ve acquired, I find joy in continuing the journey. Realistically, you will have moments when you don’t see any progress. You may feel uncertain about your journey. You will have moments when you feel incapable of taking on higher risks. But that is when you refill your soul with encouragement, affirmation of your identity, and positive surroundings to keep believing. When you remind yourself of your “why”, then you will be determined to keep going. When you remind yourself of why you started and why you must complete your journey, you will feel empowered to endure through any circumstance. When you have the passion to pursue your purpose or anything in life, you will know to keep going. Passion is the compelling desire that generates your momentum to keep going. As you go forward, there will be times when you have to let go of old things. You will have to let go of some of the people, places, and things that may be a hindrance to your growth. You will have to say no to some outings/events. You will have some sleepless nights. You will have to wait for the things you desire the most. You will have moments where you feel like giving up. You may not have the money you desire in your bank account for a moment. However, through it all, there is a positive end. What matters the most at this moment, is your effort to take the risk; to continue in your journey. Even if it seems like the craziest decision you’ve ever made. God will reveal the reason for everything in due time! I promise you that.
What should our readers know about your business?
In July of 2019, I was fired from my full-time job. I then began writing my second book, I…Am Chosen, and I also started a virtual assistant business. My very first client was an author whom I helped develop a revenue strategy system that produces multiple streams of income for her business. Helping her ignited the passion in me to help other authors do the same. The method to creating multiple streams of income from a book is rising in the author industry. Over the past year, I’ve improved my system. I stand out in this industry because I have a unique approach to sales. Sales is not one of my favorite words. So, I like to create “genuine conversation” when presenting an offer to someone. While helping Sleep is 4 Suckers sell their products in the mall, I was given the opportunity to sell my books at their kiosk. Within 3 months of that experience, I made over $12k in revenue selling my books. The experience was not easy. I had days where I didn’t feel like showing up because many people turned down my offer. However, I could not give up. The more I increased in confidence, the more I made supporters (or customers). I needed the kiosk experience so that I could teach other authors not only how to sell their books, but how to find joy in selling their books. My desire is to help authors see the value within their book; to go beyond publishing it. To be a leader for the souls who are impacted their story. We can no longer publish books and treat them like trophies. There is more to one’s book. There is valuable content, a slogan or statement that can go on apparel and stationary products. There are courses, masterclasses, webinars, and a program that can be developed from one’s story. All of these things can be developed with a strategy. Today, I am an Author Strategist. I teach authors how to monetize their books through my Author’s Revenue Strategy program, which provides online and in-person marketing strategy for intentional authors who desire to make multiple streams of income.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend were visiting the area, I would show her all of the festivities in Atlanta. Our first stop would be Sunday brunch at Negril ATL to enjoy their LIVE band and savory jerk salmon. Then for brunch, we’d hang out at Atlantic Station to browse around while snacking on a sweet treat from Kilwins. Monday is a great day for catching up on some business work at a local café. We love earthy-modern scenery. So, we’d hang out at the Chattahoochee Coffee Company in Smyrna for a few hours. After working, a delightful mani-pedi at Tu La 2 would set the perfect for our evening. To top the night, we’d enjoy a nice rooftop view at 9 Mile Station. At the break of dawn on Tuesday, we’d hike up a nature walk into the beautiful Roswell Mill to view the waterfall. Afterward, grab breakfast at First Watch. Later on in the evening, catch up on some business work. There’s usually a networking event happening in Atlanta. So, Wednesday we’d attend an entrepreneurship event downtown. Later that evening, The Garden Room would be our fancy treat for a long eventful day. Thursday would be a great day to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to sightsee Dr. Martin Luther King’s environment. Then visit the famous Georgia Aquarium. I’ve heard Slutty Vegan is worth the long wait in line. So, of course, we are eating there! We’d rest for a few hours. Then for dinner, enjoy some Persian Hospitality at Rumi’s Kitchen. African American history is a big part of our culture that we value. So, Friday we would take a visit to the Apex Museum. Then the evening we’d grab a bite to eat at Bowl-Shi: Sushi in a Bowl before hitting up a comedy club. Saturday is the perfect day to have a picnic at Piedmont Park with a few other friends before she heads out of town.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My entrepreneurial journey would not be as successful as it is today without the amazing help of all of my supporters; those who have been impacted by work in a special way. I’d like to thank Jamel D. Jackson and David Shands for challenging me to improve my entrepreneurial skills and teaching me how to scale my business. I am thankful for my Peculiar Fitness friends who have contributed to my entrepreneurial journey and my spiritual life. Lastly, I’m forever grateful for my close friends and family members that consistently keep me encouraged – my sister Ashley Mickens, my dad Arnold Miller, and my good friend Alexis Riva.