We had the good fortune of connecting with Coach Shannon Owens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Coach Shannon, what’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
By far the most difficult decision I’ve ever made was to leave everything single thing I knew and loved behind and start a new life in a foreign place.
The foreign place was just Orlando, Florida by way of Akron, Ohio but it was a huge adjustment. I had no family here. I didn’t have a job. I only visited the place once and that was two weeks before I was set to move to find a place. I’d never even taken my children to Disney World.
I was scared. Yes, I did break down and in tears, I asked myself “what the hell did I just do,” but when I finally settled in laying on my freshly blown up air mattress from Target (because I only brought what would fit in my 2003 4D Pontiac Grand Am) I knew this was the beginning of a life-changing adventure.
I was excited because it showed me that when I made my mind up to do something I could do it. I had to block out a bunch of negativity from the people who couldn’t believe that I was leaving, but it was what it was.
I was not looking back and haven’t looked back since. Orlando, Florida was the place my love for writing sparked back up. It is was also when I accepted the fact that I was called to serve women by helping them to know their true self-worth and to take their power back because I had finally realized it and done it for myself.
After settling for counterfeit relationships, operating from an outdated belief system, having a lack of emotional intelligence, and my self-love levels on empty, I knew in my heart this is what many other women were battling with as well and I desired to help them grow past these areas of stuckness to show up as the women they truly desired to be in every area of their lives.
That one impactful choice changed my whole life. I was obedient to the call to move and it changed the lives of so many people including my children. All three of them and my granddaughter have all relocated here with me since and are flourishing.
When I look back if I had listened to all the naysayers, hadn’t trusted God that I could do it, and if I neglected to step completely out of my comfort zone and bust one of the biggest faith moves of my life things would have been totally different.
I wouldn’t have written and published three books, started my life coaching business Shannon Owens PDC, LLC, graduated at the age of 48 (30 years after I graduated from high school pregnant with my second daughter) with my Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University, but I may not have ever shown up to walk in my true purpose of serving women.
I also know for sure that if I had allowed fear to stop me, I would have been in the way of other people getting their blessings because of my trepidation. I’m grateful that I did it afraid.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an Emotional Intelligence Ambassador, with the iNeverworry Academy, a former member of Tony Gaskins’s only Mastermind Class, and now a part of Coach Kelly Jefferson’s Boot Camp Boss Academy I am branching out of one on one coaching and into group coaching.
This was a huge change for me and took some shifting in my mindset from believing I could only impact women in a one on one setting when in actuality I’ve learned that when you build a community you can lead more women on a grander scale and I’m excited to see the growth throughout 2022.
In 2022, I started combining emotional intelligence with the five pillars of knowing your worth: self-examination, self-accountability, self-lessness, self-love, and discovering your purpose and it has been a game-changer for my business.
Now known as the EI (Emotional Intelligence) Know Your Worth Coach, I take the wisdom imparted by all those leaders I mentioned earlier and apply it to my own life as I am always doing the work on my inner woman which helps me to journey to a level deeper than I ever dreamed of in my abilities as a personal development life coach.
I am mesmerized by seeing this community of black coaches all reaching if not already having obtained millionaire status simply by having a love for people and wanting to see them grow to their next level. They inspire me to do the same. I know if they can do it I can too.
I am a vessel that impacts and creates change in the lives of the women God sets in my path and it’s so powerful to watch their lives be unshackled from shame, guilt, rejection, low self-esteem, and the hurts of their past and to rise up and be everything they were called to boldly be without any doubt.
My goal is to eventually train women to do the same thing I’m doing. I’m only one person and there is no way possible for me to aid all the women I want to see be better by myself. These now transformed women who have learned what it takes to know their worth can go forth and change their parts of the world by assisting the women and young girls they know with knowing their worth too.
Like I always say, “a girl who doesn’t know her worth will become a woman that doesn’t” and we’re here to help break that cycle.
With all that being said, I still have a deep love for writing. Full Sail University introduced me to writing screenplays, television scripts, movie reviews, fiction and so much more. The floodgates are open now and I will be finishing my sitcom, a full-length feature film, and my first fictional work and plan to have them all completed by year-end 2024.
Many of us put ourselves in a box, but not me. I’m eclectic enough to know that we are all multi-dimensional and we should do our best to set out and taste every desire that’s in our hearts. My dedication to serving my community of Pri$less women is a priority, but I won’t forget to keep myself a priority either.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my girls were coming to Orlando, I would book our suites at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando and take advantage of their many jacuzzis, spas, and pools. Then we would venture down to International Drive and have wine on the Ferris wheel at Icon Park and then venture into Madame Trousseau’s Wax Museum and go crazy with selfies of our favorite stars.
We would then have a driver take us to downtown Orlando and enjoy live music on the rooftop hotel of either the Amway Arena or the AC Sky Bar and toast with some tasty Sangrias and scrumptious appetizers.
Finally, we would end the trip with a helicopter ride overlooking the attractions and watch the fireworks over SeaWorld light up the sky.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out my Lord and Savior Jesus for giving me the courage to walk in my purpose. My three children Lakia, Jasmine, Demarcus, and my one and only granddaughter Jaliyah. They make me want to be the best example of steadfastness and perseverance.
To all the coaches who have given me direction, been honest with me, held me accountable, and provided me with the blueprints to make the transition to entrepreneurship easier, I Shoutout to DB Bedford of iNeverworry, Tony Gaskins, Coach Kelly J, and Candance Ford.
Thank you also to all my family and friends for your words of encouragement and love. You all are appreciated. Thank you so much for rocking with ya girl.
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