On the surface, Inspired 4 U Ministries creates, edits and publishes books, blogs, documents, websites and videos. But what we really do is Enlighten, Encourage and Empower Women, Writers and Entrepreneurs to explore and expand their perception of self and vision; and then help them broaden their online exposure in a professional and authentic way.
My Phoenix Moves came on the heels of my illness related catalyst moment. Read along as I paint the picture of the ashes that I rose out of with my phoenix moves. It was December 2013, the first day of my six week assignment to train Best Buy employees at two different stores. However, just before the assignment started, I experienced the flare up of a former recurring bronchial asthmatic condition that used to put me out on disability for two to three months at a time. It manifested as a lingering non-stop hacking cough that ripped through my throat and chest.
The first time I experienced it was in 1990 and the last time had been in 2009, including two to three episodes in between the years. Now, four years had passed since I’d gotten it under control by addressing the emotional related causes (more about that later).
Many of us on this journey of the Entrepreneur and Small Business ownership will experience multiple catalyst moments in business along the way that propel us toward transformation. Although some catalyst moments are caused by joyful circumstances, my catalyst moments in business were birthed out of a “key” job resignation and an illness that reoccurred through my disobedience.
“The Why of What I Do” helps me stay focused, encouraged and motivated to hold on through my catalyst moments.
In peeling back the layers of Why I do what I do as Inspired 4 U Ministries, I continue the Brand Story Challenge journey to share more of “me” on deeper levels. This is my second round of responses to the journal prompts because after the close of the third challenge, I said “Yes” to two sister brand story challengers, requesting accountability-partner support as they repeat their process.
Jo Anne Meekins is the founder of Inspired 4 U Ministries and Inspired 4 U Publications; and an author, publisher, coach and speaker.