We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel B-Foy and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rachel, what matters most to you?
Authenticity and Transparency. These two important principles matter a great deal.

In the age of social media, filters, photoshop (and other platforms), people can ‘create’ an online life that is nothing close to reality. It’s misleading to others, and, for the person perpetrating the deception, it is also self-destructive. In the spirit of full disclosure, I admit, I’ve been guilty of not only believing the stories that appeared on my timeline(s), I began comparing my own journey to others’. It was an eye-opener. I learned a lot, though. When I stopped being so hard on myself and began appreciating my own experiences, I learned that it is so important to:
1) Give yourself GRACE. As I became more transparent, people identified with my journey; they were able to relate to the good, the bad, and the down-right ugly. They were able to finally see that it was possible to deal with the hand life dealt them, and win! One’s trials do not define you; they help build you and shape the person you can become.
2) It’s okay to be ALL of you. There is depth to our being, authentically, at our core. We are not superficial beings. There will be days when your soul may truly ache because of what is happening in the world. Conversely, some days you may feel blissful, thinking about how blessed you really are. All these feelings are okay because they are a reflection of your authentic self. Great! It’s okay to be you!

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Elevated Possibilities, LLC, is a coaching, consulting, and empowerment business. Our company works with clients who want to achieve success but lack the basic know-how required to reach their goals. Our team uses practical, straightforward actionable steps and immediately implementable strategies. We don’t believe in a long, drawn-out process designed to enrich our business at our clients’ expense. We get to the heart of the matter and identify (and work on) the issues by collaborating with our clients. We help them learn how to help themselves. Whether speaking on a stage or coaching clients in a group, people leave with the know-how to reach their goals and are inspired-to-ACTION as they strive to attain them.

Through the years, I discovered that I was blessed with the ability to empower others (clients, friends, family, even complete strangers) by sharing my own experiences of loss and grief. I used that God-given gift as the inspiration for my first book, iQUIT: The How-To Guide to Letting Go of Everything That Is Holding You Back. The book, which I am proud to say, is an Amazon bestseller, encourages readers to uncover the greatness that lies within us all by “quitting” the bad habits and negative thinking that limits our potential. I am most proud of the testimonies from men and women all over the world, who have chosen to QUIT and transform their lives. Seeing people practice the ideals of iQUIT by literally quitting everything that is holding them back and, consequently, discovering confidence, initiative, and a results-driven thought process makes me ecstatic.

Between running my own business and being an author, I have developed a keen entrepreneurial spirit. Every day is a learning experience. Every single day! What you know you apply, what you do not, you learn. If there is nothing out there that provides what you need, create it yourself.
I’ve learned several lessons as I grow my business:
1) When juggling being a mother, wife, daughter, friend, and entrepreneur, compartmentalize your life. This method helps me keep my sanity intact.
2) In business, there are general practices I live by: discipline, organization, and planning are just a few.
3) Schedule ‘creative thinking time’ on the calendar. That is a period in the day, week, or month where you focus on developing new ideas. I use that time to find ways to keep my image and brand fresh.
4) Use all the technology available to you (especially social media) to stay in touch with the latest trends and follow like-minded individuals, who too, are intent on building their successes.
5) ALWAYS network and maintain connections.

I want people to know that it will not be easy. Period. No ifs, and, or buts about it and anyone that says it will,  is not being genuine.” My journey almost destroyed me. And it would have if I let it! That is the operative theme…if I LET it. I chose to fight, and so can anyone reading this article. We really discount how strong we are. Have you ever thought about some of the things you’ve been through and said to yourself, I am still standing, despite it all? That is your inspiration. That is your motivation. That is your PROOF that you are capable of handling everything life throws at you. Yes. EVERYTHING.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a stunning masterpiece of sheer beauty and a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Grab your comfortable shoes and explore the Dallas Arts District. You won’t be disappointed. Panoramic views of Dallas, anyone? Then head over to Reunion Tower and grab a bite to eat and cocktails at ‘the ball’ restaurant while there. Ready to dance, listen to music, or just jam out? Deep Ellum is your place. Regardless of your flavor of music, you’re sure to find something appealing here! Unwind from a week of festivities at the Spa Castle.

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?
Listen! I have an entire tribe to shout out! Whether they sent an encouraging text, informative article to expand my knowledge, a supportive direct message, an uplifting emoji, or simply prayed for me, THANK YOU! I am blessed to have my community, and their support runs deep. My husband, Randy, deserves a special shout out! He has gone through the growing ‘pains’ process of the business and brand. Randy’s had a front-row seat in the roller-coaster of tragedies and triumphs in my life. He cheered me on, kept the faith, and encouraged me when I wanted to give up. I also have to thank Carlos Wallace (or “Mr. Mentor” and “Coach,” as I like to call him). Carlos has been an intricate part of this journey and its success. He has not only urged me to pursue what seemed impossible, but he’s also encouraged me to push the envelope creatively. He is an example of what it means to be an example of humble, helpful, and a vessel for God, by constantly reminding me not to “overthink it” and that “we have more work to do if we are to have a positive impact on this world.” Carlos does not allow me to settle for anything less than greatness, and to always pay it forward!
Last but not least, my family, friends, and hometown of Palestine, have all contributed to the success you see today in some way, shape, or form!

Website: https://www.rachelbfoy.com/
Instagram: @rachelbfoy
Twitter: @rachelbfoy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therachelbfoy/
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Image Credits
Kimberely Williams CAllen