Natalie Martin always loved numbers, and despite seeing no Black female role models getting their advanced-level math degrees, she pursued what she loved. But still, her ambition was limited to being a math teacher and military wife, moving through nine different bases with her husband and five kids. On the plus side, moving so much exposed her and her kids to many different cultures. But after being in and out of the classroom, taking on tutoring jobs so she could be home with her kids, Natalie knew she was destined for more. She just couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t coming toward her.
“Nothing was making any headway, and it was sucking the life out of me. I knew I was moving through life with no direction. I could see these big dreams, but I had no way of getting there. And then it’s as if I heard God say, ‘You have to renew your mind.’” She took that to mean breaking ties with all the organizations she’d been part of and starting from scratch. She emptied her mind of everything she’d been telling herself and began listening to motivational speaking—literally five hours a day. “I had to get my mind out of thinking ‘I can’t’ to thinking ‘I can.’ What I was thinking about myself, that was the problem.”
It took about two years for her to move past that—and then Covid hit. “Covid really gave me the push that I needed. I had been for years talking about writing a book and doing different things and stepping out in entrepreneurship. But I didn’t find my niche,” she says. But she loved counseling, and when she saw how moms were struggling with kids being home and everything being shut down and having to consider home schooling, she decided to create a workshop to help them. She’d done all the self-development work; she was ready. And now she had a purpose.
The Monday after everything shut down, she held her Zoom workshop and three people showed up. But she put the recording on her Facebook page and it got hundreds of views, with people sending her messages of gratitude. Now she is building her client list and preparing to leave the legacy for her kids that she feels her grandmother left for her. And that legacy is the most important thing to her. “I’m standing on the ceiling that my grandmother made for me; my kids are going to be standing on the ceiling that I make for them. So I got to go higher, because they will not be paying for college. They will not be struggling.”
Read more about Natalie’s advice for leaving the legacy you want in the inspiring new book Moms Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic, by Tam Luc, the author, educator, and podcaster dedicated to helping women “boss up.” The book collects 16 interviews with moms who are side hustlers and multitaskers, who faced the uncertainties of the Covid pandemic—and other obstacles—by embracing their strengths and finding their authentic paths. They have so much to share and to teach, and while every story is unique, there is creativity and perseverance at the core of each one.
Connect with Natalie at her website: NatalieLeeMartin.com or on Instagram @Natalie.Lee.Martin.
You can also learn more about her at https://bossupbestseller.com/NatalieMartin, where you can find a link to Moms Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic. And don’t miss all the dynamic and supportive women from the Women Who Boss Up book series who are scheduled to speak at the upcoming Women Who Boss Up Summit!
Details and registration are at www.womenbossupsummit.com
About Women with Vision International
Women with Vision International aims to inspire, uplift, and empower women everywhere to never give up their dream of living their life on purpose. We gather dynamic, entrepreneurial women who are making a difference and changing people’s lives to spark conversation around the topics that impact us all such as building their businesses, fundraising, and balancing their work and their families.
About Tam Luc
Tam Luc is an international bestselling author and the founder of Women with Vision International who shares the triumphs, stress, and struggles of balancing her life to help women grow their businesses. After 20 years as an entrepreneur, she is able to help women leverage their messages and create the lifestyle they want through her unique book messaging strategies.
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