We had the good fortune of connecting with Soneakqua J. White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Soneakqua, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’m confident with calculated risks and I take them often. I would not have left my comfy, but unfulfilling job if I hadn’t been willing to take a risk in going out on my own. I put myself out there even farther when I published my first novel in 2017, which was very risky. I never considered myself an author until after my fifth publication. Now, I’m established as such. I believe that if you won’t take risks you’ll never find out what you can ultimately accomplish.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I don’t know what I love more…working with clients to improve mental strength or writing. So, I combined the two! I typically write to clear my mind or to help other people. I absolutely love topics that most people tend to shy away from. One of the most heavily avoided subjects that clients are forced to bring up in counseling with me is “mommy issues”. Because I learned that there are so many more people than I could have ever imagined who are dealing with this, I decided to create an online video course as well as a written manuscript on this subject. Since I’m the person that you come to when you’re in trouble, trying to figure out how to get out of trouble, or trying to keep yourself from getting in deeper than you already are…why hold back? Let’s just get it all out! My next big topic to tackle, which I’m most excited about, is working with groups and individuals who find themselves thrust into the spotlight of pop culture without a safety net. Those who are at risk of reaching the top of their respective platforms and then falling straight to the bottom because of being unprepared for the fast, dark lane. I’m already coaching some of these amazing people and the book is coming soon! It’s entitled Coaching the Called. I started off my career in counseling and I’m still going strong. However, I realized that there are 3 groups that would be better served by coaching so, I created a completely separate business to serve creatives, athletes, and ministers of the Gospel. I started writing books and creating courses in order to reach more people. None of this has been easy. The hours of work are long, hard, and never ending. But, if it wasn’t worth it I wouldn’t keep going. It’s totally worth it to see the improvements, the lightbulbs, and the successes of those I work with. I have had many challenges to overcome and I have had to learn that I can’t do it all by myself. I need help. I need coaches and mentors to guide me and I’ve also had to make investments in myself. It not only takes time, but it eventually takes money to make progress. If there is one thing I want the world to know about me it’s that I am on an assignment from God. I may not have all the answers or even see the complete picture, but I do know that my purpose is rooted and grounded in the work He has for me to do!
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.
Because I love nature, I would say that some of the best places to visit would be our lakes and parks. The Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth, White Rock Lake in Dallas, the Dallas Arboretum, the Water Gardens in Fort Worth, and the Dallas World Aquarium are a few of my favorites.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this to my mother (Annette) and my granny (Mary Lee). These two women are the reason I have had the courage to do whatever I set out to do. All you need is one person in your corner who thinks you hung the moon and I was blessed to have two!
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