We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal D Life and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crystal D, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Over the years of working with youth in a number of capacities from youth ministry at church, being a team mom for each of my children during their adventures in youth sports and my work with my non-profit that I founded, I thought it was time to do even more. Adults have a wide range of coaches they can pull from whether its life coaching, a business coach, or a financial coach all to ensure they are successful in a particular area. In an era, when we are constantly telling the youth to be the leaders they are destined to be, it got me thinking that the youth needed coaches just as adults do. My services are geared towards helping youth develop time management/organization skills, build strong self-esteem/self-confidence, mapping out college or simply helping them navigate through this thing called LIFE.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business is Empower Life Youth Coaching and was birthed from my years of working with youth. For years I have worked with youth in one capacity or another. Rather it was my role as a team mom for one of my children many extracurricular activities or serving as the adopted second mom to many of children friends. For several years I have served in children’s church or youth ministry while attending various churches over the years. It was in November 2015, that I founded a local non-profit, It’s A Girl Thing (www.agirlthing.org), where our mission is to help young girls between the ages of 11 to 18 to discover their purpose while giving them the tools they need to walk in their purpose. As a result of spending time with the girls in my organization, I quickly realized that many of them suffered from low self-esteem which prevented them from really understanding their purpose because they first needed to understand their worth. In 2021, I launched my coaching business realizing that our youth needed coaching just like us adults. Adults have finance coaches, business coaches, mindset coaches, etc. but we forget that our youth need coaching as well. My business specializes in providing coaching for youth, both boys and girls of any age. I have programs tailored towards the following areas: college prep, time management/organization and self-esteem and self-confidence. I consider myself a Self Esteem coach, simply because everyone’s success starts with looking at ourselves in the mirror. My Self Esteem Workshops are my specialty and can be tailored to the needs of the individual or group and as a bonus I conduct Self Esteem Workshops for Adult Women as well. I decided to open the workshop to women because unfortunately, many women do not walk in their purpose because they need to heal the little girl inside. I have conducted Self Esteem Workshops during the pandemic and eventually had workshops in-person with my latest being at a local high school with over three hundred ninth graders. That experience was truly a highlight of my business on a personal level. To see the light bulb, click on for several of them is a moment I will always cherish and never forget.
What sets me a part is my passion to see the next generation of youth become the leaders they are destined to be. I am incredibly open and transparent with them because they need to see that I can identify with their struggle or challenge because I once was them. So, I can show them if I can overcome it so can they. I do not make them feel bad for where they are, but I provide them tools to help them move pass where they are, and I challenge them to keep moving until their goals are met.
This has not been an easy journey, but it has been so well worth it. When I started my non-profit, I was new to the city of Jacksonville and knew very few people, but I knew what God had spoken so it had to be manifested. You know the saying “If you build it, they will come.” That was my mind set after all, God said it so that sealed the deal for me. And HE did it. Our non-profit has received no federal or state funding, but we have amazing donors and sponsors who see the vision and help us continuously by through their generous donations. Because of the work I did with the non-profit, it was a smoother transition for the coaching business. Parents and the community understood my love and passion for girls, so it became another venue for their daughters to go deeper. It has been an immense pleasure thus far and. I am looking forward to the other opportunities on the horizon. Speaking of which I will be conducting a Self Esteem Workshop this summer in Brooklyn, NY – so yes, I will travel!
I have learned so many lessons along the way. This biggest is that I can do anything, but I cannot do everything! One I learned to capitalize on my own talents and seek out others that may have talents that are not my talents, my load became lighter. It takes a VILLAGE but just make sure you have the right villagers in the village. We can do so much more together. At the end of the day, for me it is about quality not quantity even I am able to change the life of one youth or that one woman for the better, I feel work is done.
I want the world to know that the only person stopping them from walking in greatness and accomplishing their goals and dreams is the person starring back at them in the mirror! Doesn’t matter the family they come from or the mistakes they have made, they just need to believe they are WORTH better. YOU GOT THIS NOW WALK LIKE IT!
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.
I’m actually still learning the City of Jacksonville but my first stop would definitely be Ocean One Spa at the beach for relaxation, a little light shopping with Simply KeSay Boutique, Kayla Mill Boutique or The Classic Maven for some specialized and classy pieces to add to the wardrobe and then dinner at Jazzy’ s Restaurant or Blue fish Grill. Get a light workout with my family at NS2 Fitness and visit some museums downtown Jacksonville.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many I could shoutout that have inspired me, encouraged me, or supported me, but by far my dad has been my biggest supporter. He has shown me unconditional love and even when I am discouraged just being in his presence and having his listening ear, motivates me to keep pushing and never give up. Every milestone in my life from graduating high school/graduating college to the birth of my children, he has been there cheering me on. I love him even if he does not do anything else.
My children (Kayla, Jazmyne, JJ) give me that extra push I need when I want to give up because I know they are looking; therefore, they continue to motivate me to go the extra mile.
My spiritual Big Sister, my Evangelist, Fannie Thomas has helped me in my spiritual walk in helping me discover who I am and what my purpose is. She would always say to me “Walk with a Purpose,” those words she spoke to me while stationed in Naples, Italy still rings in my ears today. Because of her she had made me want to help others discover their purpose.
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