We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Like many other women in this great, big world, I wear several hats – wife, mother, corporate professional, content creator, entrepreneur, author, daughter, sister, and friend. Rather than limit myself to exploring one role, I have bravely decided to embrace each, and my goal with Cup of Consuella is to inspire other women to do the same. At Cup of Consuella, I preach the gospel of chasing your dreams, walking in your purpose, and sprinkling your magic along the way. Cup of Consuella is more than a blog – it is a safe space for women. It is a resource for women. It is a landing pad for all things family and motherhood, shattering glass ceilings, empowering women, and having the confidence to bet on yourself. Women simply cannot be confined into one title, and Cup of Consuella will certainly reflect that. At the very core of this space, I hope I am able to connect with my audience, through words and experiences as I navigate through life one day at a time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The question people always ask whether it relates to my corporate job or my job as an influencer is: “So, what exactly do you do?” And my answer? “A little bit of everything.”
I like to say I’m a businesswoman by day and a blogger by night (although I honestly do both around the clock). I have my BS in Hospitality Management which I use for my corporate job, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship which comes in handy for my blogging business. I feel most proud to say that I have turned my passions into paychecks and I have inspired other women to do the same.
By day, I work as a Convention Services Manager for the city of Atlanta, which has allowed me the opportunity to explore Atlanta on another level and connect with meeting professionals from all over the world. I get to serve as an Atlanta ambassador, helping to impact Atlanta’s economy, and also work on some of the most amazing events in the world, like Super Bowl and the Miss Universe pageant.
As an influencer/digital content creator, I get to connect with women from all over the world and it’s been my driving force. Some of my biggest passions are motherhood. food, entrepreneurship, and uplifting women. I’m known for posting a lot about my family, namely my daughter Sanai. I have to admit, most of my followers come to my page for the family content and I embrace that. I’m also known for sharing delicious and yummy recipes with my instafamily. I’ve been able to add “author” to my list of accomplishments, as I’ve now authored a total of 4 ebooks: (2) cookbooks and (2) that are focused on monetizing your influence. I also offer 1:1 coaching for influencers looking to monetize, as well as group mentorship for those who thrive in a community setting. I’ve made multiple six figures in one calendar year as an influencer and my ultimate goal is to teach other women to do the same. Helping other women in such a life changing capacity is absolutely my biggest accomplishment to date.
I would say the thing that sets me apart from others is that I show up for my people! My instafamily can feel my authenticity in everything I do. Anyone can say they are genuine, anyone can say they want to help other people win, but not everyone actually practices what they preach. I DO. I pride myself on being honest, real, and myself! . I tell my friends/followers all the time “No one is as perfect as their Instagram feed” and I make every effort to show them that on a daily.
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.
If my best friend was visiting Atlanta, I don’t think we’d have enough time to do all of the amazing things the city has to offer. The most important thing is food and there are tons of options for that! I’d probably stop by The Optimist first and get the oysters, the octopus, and the lobster roll- its the best in the city. I’d also make sure we make it to Marcel for a nice steakhouse, Papi’s for some authentic Cuban food, and Desta for the best Ethiopian Food you’ll ever have. To get dressed up and have some drinks, we’d head over to the Regent Cocktail club in the Shops of Buckhead- their Old Fashioned is my favorite! We’d of course have to visit Ponce City Market and head up to Skyline Park and 9 Mile Station for the most amazing views of the city. Then we could head out to the beltline for a nice walk, if it’s not belching hot. If we have time, I’d schedule us a city tour with Stephen from ATL Cruzers to learn about some of the amazing and rich history that Atlanta has. She’d have to come back for us to see everything else. The options are tremendous!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If I had to give a shoutout to a person that has had a major impact on my success, it would absolutely be my husband. He has undoubtedly been my biggest cheerleader while transitioning into entrepreneurship and I could not have done it without him. He’s been my photographer, my accountant, my creative director, my wardrobe stylist, my muse, my source of inspiration, and my therapist when things hit the fan! Any time that I’ve doubted myself or felt that I wasn’t prepared or ready to make the leap, he’s been there to reassure me that I can do anything I put my mind to. He’s been there since Cup of Consuella was “just a blog” and hobby, to now it being a multi six figure business. I enjoy being on this journey with him by my side and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
credit to Mike Dawkins @miked.shotme on all photos