We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Crystal Boyd McIver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Crystal Boyd, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
I had to decide that I was the one who had to believe in myself. Everyone else knew I could do it. People would always share with me about my energy and how I connected and could make people feel aligned and balanced. But I had to accept the fact that I had the ability to really help individuals shift their energy from a negative to a positive vibration.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the founder of a non profit called Experience 180 inc. the mission of this organization is to create programs that change lives.
The first program under the non profit is “Total Package” a re-entry process for justice involved individuals. We help navigate this population through resources serving the local citizens.
I operate as a life Coach and Business coach through my LLC Crystal Solutions.
It was not easy creating two companies especially being an African American female. I never had the chance to see family members operate from a business mind. I had no clue where to start, I didn’t have money and I didn’t even know that I could do it. But I had determination. The challenges I faced and continue to face are never going to stop me. And beyond it all the one lesson that has kept me going is remembering that I’m only visiting this earth. And in the words of Abraham Hicks, you will never get it all done, so I learned to chill and allow. Allowing gave me the chance to enjoy my businesses and meet so many peaceful humans.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My number one bestie is flying into town I told her to pack less. She already knows how we roll, it’s always a day of shopping when we hook up, but not before our Yoni steam, Pedi, Mani and the ultimate day spa treatment. It’s 7 days of pure blissfulness we both enjoy the art of Reiki and crystals, so we add 2 full days of meditation and soulful connections.
We love art and art galleries with wine, of course we spent time enjoying such.
We also enjoy music and it just so happens the Anthony Hamilton was in town at a local outside venue, we spend one evening in complete magic while the soulful music makes us dance all night long.
One of my favorites during our time was when we spent time at the lake for the morning sun and yacht rides with other friends.
This visit was short but sweet, we enjoyed seafood, wine, music spiritualality and connection to God.
As she boarded her plane the cherry on the ice cream was when she shared that she had 2 tickets to Hawaii for us in 3 months. I was so shocked….. I was so excited to know that we had something to look forward to. As she disappeared for the flight I heard her scream….. pack less.
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?
My shout-out goes to Oprah Winfrey, and Iyanla Vanzant because as an African American female who was a foster child, adopted and then homeless, I lost hope.
I found hope in myself by seeing Oprah on TV as a child. When I saw this beautiful women being so strong and bold, it gave me permission to be who I wanted to be. I didn’t have hope, I didn’t know who I was or who I wanted to be, I had no clue of my power.
But understanding how important it was for me to stand up and BE…. I learned that from Oprah.
My favorite book is “Yesterday I Cried”. This book was written by Iyanla Vanzant. It changed my life so much that I had to learn more about the woman who wrote the book. After learning how Iyanla chose to use he pain to help others I decided I could do it also.
After years of following Oprah and Iyanla I must say these two women encouraged me to keep moving passed my mess and into the bless state of functioning.
I found strength to complete the rigorous task of completing a doctorial program and receiving my PhD. I realized that I too could become someone who could help other African American females believe in themselves.
Facebook: Crystal Solutions