We had the good fortune of connecting with Coach Marion Boyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Coach Marion, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was first off, that this world is big enough for thousands and thousands of entrepreneurs so I shouldn’t let someone deter me away from my aspirations. People shy away from starting their own business because they feel like something has already been done, that their products/services aren’t unique enough, or that it’s just complicated. My business is unique because I’m the owner of it. There’s always a need for my service even if that means, starting out, being attractive to a handful of people. Something that comes easy will never last, but something that takes sweat, blood, and tears will last a lifetime. I had to motivate myself on days when nobody was rooting for me, and I’m very grateful for the friends who stayed in my ear pushing me. I had to want my business to be a success just as much as I work my corporate job and want to perform at a high level to get a raise. The start of a business is not for the weak and the faint.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am your millennial transformational coach and speaker specializing in grief coaching. Grief is something that everyone doesn’t fully understand the scope of. Grief isn’t just the lost of a loved one due to death, but it’s also the dissolve of a relationship, marriage, or friendship, and the lost of a dream, aspiration, or career. If you’re desiring to learn to cope with your grief in healthy ways while learning to be emotionally free, mentally health, and strong enough to share your story, then why haven’t you booked a consultation yet? I don’t just take clients, have a session, and that’s it. No, I follow up and check in periodically and I also offer 24/7 access to me in the case of emergencies or a quick call. That’s one way I’m different from others. The other thing that sets me apart is that I start, lead, and end with God. He’s embedded throughout my entire business strategy. I am most proud of the lives I’ve witnessed change from tears to triumph; hurt to healed; depressed to rediscovered; and guilt to glory. The two main lessons I learned along the way were 1) don’t be afraid to ask– the worst anyone can say is “No” or “Not Yet.” When I overcame the fear of asking people if they would try my services, opportunities started to open up for me. The other lesson I learned was being okay with knowing my services aren’t for everyone, and that’s okay. I want the world to know that I am not your ordinary millennial. I will not allow society to pressure me or put me inside of the box in order to fit in. I have and will continue to travel roads that are less traveled and pave the way for the youth to follow and discover their own paths.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In Atlanta, there are lots of things to do and places to go. I would start off at doing something out of the ordinary and going to a Medieval Times show. The shows are so entertaining. Then afterwards, we can hangout at Sivas Midtown for some great drinks and an overall good time. The next day, we will hit up Ponce City Market and enjoy art, shopping stores, and the beltlihe all at the same time. For food, we will swing by The Varsity for their delicious greasy food, and then chill at Atlantic Station. We will likely wrap up the night at Kat’s Cafe for some live jazz music and poetry.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to God, my family, and close friends. I want to thank God for trusting me with this vision and giving me the willpower to carry it out. To my family who believed in me before I believed in myself- THANK YOU. You all have been my backbone and motivation through this entire journey. To my close friends, you know who you are- WHEW, THANK YOU! I love that we can encourage, motivate, challenge, and ultimately, support one another no matter what. You all have pushed me beyond my boundaries and limits!

Website: www.marionelle.com

Instagram: @MarionElleCoaching; @MarionBoyd24

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marion-boyd-mba-cplc-2195821b/

Twitter: @MarionElleC; @24MBoyd

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marion.boyd.9

Image Credits
Wright Creations, LLC by Aaron Wright Ashlee Tiamiyu

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