In the Flow with Ayana Gibbs

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What does the CPLC designation stand for and how does it affect or support your work?

CPLC stands for Certified Professional Life Coach. It allows my clients to know that I have invested in my skills and take my coaching seriously.

 

I know you're from Jersey - were you born here?

I’m from Trenton, NJ.

 

As a child, what job did you envision for yourself?

As a child, I believed I would be an actress.

 

“Success is not a singular thing. It is a series of wins both big and small.“

 

 

You recently authored a children's book - All That Matters, tell us about the book and why you decide to write it.

All That Matters was created to show the diversity of single parents. At the time, I was just getting out of a relationship with my daughter’s father and having a difficult time transitioning.

It was a very low point in my life and I remember holding my daughter, who was nursing at the time, and crying while pieces words together that became a story. I instantly wrote it down and said this would be my first book. Short and sweet, but filled with love. At the end of the day that’s all that matters.

 

 

 

Tell us about your Authentic Convos. How did it come about? What it is.

Authentic Convos is a platform for purposeful conversation. We offer conversations in the form of panel discussions, brunches, and small workshops. Since it’s inception in 2015, we’ve been able to serve more than 500 people and acquire corporate partnerships. It started as a way for me to meet new friends and snowballed into a movement to inspire the masses.

 

 

The event you are hosting today Authentic Convos is focused on Entrepreneurism and Tips for starting a Small Business.

 

You recently transitioned into entrepreneurship. What has been the best advice you've received so far?

Start today and do the work! It’s not about being perfect; it’s about seizing the moment and creating the opportunity.

 

 

One of the areas you focus on in your work is Connections. What tips would you provide to someone looking to create connections in the work arena to grow their business or their network?

If you see someone doing great work in your field or where you’d like to be, reach out and give them their flowers (let them know you admire their work). Support their business by attending events, buying a class, or sharing their content. On another note, follow up! It’s so important to make a solid connection. You can do this by scheduling a phone call or a lunch meeting.

 

 

 

"The great man (woman) is he who does not loose his child's heart."

Mencius, Philosopher

 

When it comes to building a brand and a business, how important is to keep a child’s heart and look at the world with wonder and curiosity?

 

It’s very important. You want to approach things with wonder and excitement, not fear and misery. When you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, they shoot for the stars. We have to be in contact with our child-like selves so that we continue to dream big. The only thing that’s needed is action.

 

On your website, you describe yourself as a "servant leader." What is a servant leader to you?  

Being a servant leader means in all that I do, people are the priority. I wan to make sure I add value to people’s lives through conversation, coaching, and connecting.

 

I know you believe in the power of affirmations.

Do you still do daily affirmations and how has the habit of affirming who you are daily affected your life and the lives of those around you?

Yes, I firmly believe in the power of affirmations. I receive daily affirmations on my phone that keep me energized and try to refresh them every 3 to 6 months.

 

Women and Power

 

What is the most idea or concept or seed that you want to plant in the hearts of women about owning their power?

When you own your power, you are able to own your experiences and make them meaningful. This allows you to be a force at your jobs, be a dynamic partner in your relationships, and attract the right people into your life.

 

 In The Flow...

 

When we talk about being "In the Flow" the concept relates to the energy that exists when we are are using our gifts and talents and moving from our highest and best selves.

 

"The flow" could be defined as being "in the zone" - a mental, physical, spiritual and emotional space of abundance, where possibilites are infinite, there are streams progress and graitude abounds.

 

What does a day look like for you when you're living from this space?

I think living in the flow definitely relates the most to days I’m speaking or hosting Authentic Convos where I am fully utilizing my skills and using my gifts to help others.

 

Tells us about a recent achievement or triumph over obstacle in your business or personal life that you're proud of and how did you celebrate your win?

My recent installment of Authentic Convos was the hardest sell to date with Memorial Day Weekend festivities. It really made me take a step back and realize that no matter how much success you have in the past, you must show up 110% every time. I celebrated my “win” with 110 tickets sold and lots of friendly faces.

 

Complete this statement:

"Success is..."

“Success is not a singular thing. It is a series of wins both big and small.“

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Who are your mentors?

I’m fortunate enough to still have some of the same mentors from high school, who have helped shape my life and experiences. I also have a host of people from family friends and previous employers, who are also sources of inspiration.

 

What is your "why" What makes you hit the ground running even when your feelings may tell you otherwise?

Honestly, it’s the opportunity to meet new people and when possible, be a light in their lives. This means I have to do the work to acquire speaking opportunities and to obtain life coach clients.

 

What or who inspires when you doubt your abilities, face adversity? How do you refuel?

My daughter inspires me, always and forever. When I walk into the house she runs up and greets me with a hug, and instantly my cup is filled.

 

What sacrifices have you had to make in order to grow your business or manifest the vision for your life?

I’ve had to sacrifice some relationships with people that no longer served my vision or me. People that I loved at one point or another that grew toxic or unsupportive. It’s not an easy thing to do, but in the grand scheme of things it was the best thing to do in order to stay empowered.

 

When you think about your life's experiences what enduring truth (related to business or personal) have you now embraced that could have only been known as a result of your experiences?

I think the biggest truth I’ve learned was that knowledge is valuable, and if I had the knowledge about personal finances back then there are choices I would not have made today. However, I understand when you know better you do better, so it’s never to later to make better decisions.

 

How do you use your work and experiences to give back?

For every paid speaking opportunity I have, I donate my services to an unpaid opportunity that benefits the community.

 

Going Deeper

 

What are you reading right now?

I don’t have a specific book at the moment, but I’m planning on reading books on emotional intelligence this summer.

 

What legacy do you want to leave? How do you want to be remembered?

I want to leave a legacy that my family can be proud of that includes, my service in the community, implementing Authentic Convos around the world, and inspiring the masses to own their power and use it for good.

 

What's next for you? What are you working on?

I am currently locking down dates for Authentic Convos next installment in Brooklyn, NY around September of this year. Also, resurging for my book, “All That Matters.”

 

 Where can we find you and learn more about your speaking engagements?

You can find me on my website, www.ayanaiman.com, or on Instagram/Facebook @ayanaiman.