We had the good fortune of connecting with Charmisse Morency and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charmisse, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by my son, Donald. Youth, in general have been my inspiration for my books and business because I want to help them feel encouraged, empowered and equipped for their future. As a mom, I want to lead by example and give my son the tools he needs to have a bright future. He’s naturally curious so I am always trying to show him things, teach him how to do things and explain things to him. We read a lot, but he hasn’t taken an interest in the book I wrote for and about him, Donald Goes to College. However, he’s well aware that mommy is in school and she works. He is intrigued by my books, desk and laptop. I always show him what I am working on and I even ask for his input. I want him to see my journey and my work ethic and be inspired to achieve anything he sets his mind on.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
When I turned 29 years old, I made the decision to make some changes before my next birthday. I didn’t know what my plan was. Over the course of that year, I took a book I had been working on and went full steam ahead. I published my first book, Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started College in 2016, a few weeks before my 30th birthday. That book provided me the opportunity to speak at multiples schools and programs about my college journey as well as how to prepare for college. In 2017, I became a wife and mother. I was still doing speaking engagements but I found myself wanting to reach a younger audience. In 2020, I published my second book, a children’s book called Donald Goes to College. It was inspired by my son, Donald. I also launched my business E3 Education Solutions, LLC. I want to encourage, empower & equip youth as they prepare to enter higher into education. It hasn’t been the easiest journey but I’m here now. I’ve curated multiple webinars, created simulations and experiences as well as put together packages for consulting. I think the hardest thing about having a business is struggling with the things you don’t know or don’t have the best experience with. It’s important to network, research and outsource. It’s also important to be confident and own your gifts. I’ve had to overcome thoughts of doubt because I know that my gifts are meant to be shared and that I have a purpose. I’m a passionate about education, especially first-generation college students. My brand and business are reflective of my lessons learned and my passion for people. My products and services are authentic, organized and heartfelt.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in Fayetteville, put’s me far outside of the ATL streets. For all major needs I love to go to Peachtree City. But, if I was to go deeper into the city, I would go to Slutty Vegan, Trader Joe’s, Phipps Plaza, Krog Street Market, and hangout on the Beltline. Because I’m a breakfast or brunch gal, I would go to either Flying Biscuit or Highland Bakery. And, I don’t have the most sophisticate pallet, so I would go to Vortex for lunch or dinner. Their burgers are amazing. Two places I love to shop are Urban Outfitters (on Ponce) and Fab’rik ( at Lenox). I also recently discovered a great little store near the AUC called Sanktuari of Self. I bought natural deodorant (Play Pits) but I want to go back to get some jewelry and crystals. That’s as fun as my adult life gets without including my son. My husband and I love the Fernbank , Georgia Aquarium, Children’s Museum, High Museum of Art and any open park our my son to play.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize Clark Atlanta University (CAU) as a starting point for my story. My experience at CAU as a first-generation college student was quite the journey. So much so, that I wrote a book about it. CAU’s motto is “Find A Way or Make One.” I have applied this motto to all aspects of my life especially as an author and entrepreneur. Prior to writing my first book I was feeling discouraged about turning 30 years old. I didn’t know where my life was headed but I was ready for the next step. I chose to find my own way. I never imagined being an author or speaking to youth about my college experience. I combined all the things I was passionate about decided to walk in my purpose and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.