Thursday, February 26, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Health Successor" Caprice O'Bryant

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Caprice O'Bryant is a certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition specialist through the National Academy Of Sports Medicine. She is the owner of Excuse Free Fitness, Inc., a personal training business with custom meal plan services. Caprice is a warrior and advocate of Epilepsy. She has hosted fundraisers to raise awareness in which 100% of the proceeds went to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.  She works to remove every excuse from people's lives as to why they cant do something. She says that with Excuse Free Fitness, you can do all things! Caprice is truly a walking miracle! "I believe I can still win with the hand I was dealt. Because in order to be used by God, you must literally be used!"

The BOSS Network: What are some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?



CO: When I first started as a trainer I was operating in an environment that frequently caused lots of stress, I would often get sick and have to cancel appointments due to hospitalization. This was very discouraging and I often told myself that training was too much for my body because of my health condition. Instead of giving up I saw those struggles as the opportunity to take a leap of faith and make myself a boss to eliminate the stressors.

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
 

CO: June of 2012, I had a seizure in class, hit my head, then woke up in a hospital and didn't know my name. I attempted to pursue everything I was before I lost my memory but it wasn't working. Then I started exercising because the doctors recommended I do so to regulate my blood sugar and control my seizures. Ladies in the gym always came up to me asking for tips as if I was a professional so I just helped them for free, it was really fun! Then one of the trainers at that gym (Corey Mullins) said "you've got quite the potential, you should get certified." A few months later I was dreading every moment of my waitress job and decided to listen to Corey and educate myself on how a career in personal training would be.

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find balance?

CO: As much as I would like it to be my strong suit its not. I am now learning the power of no, including more leisure activity into my life and simply making time for myself! It's difficult to say "don't bring work home with you" because fitness is a lifestyle not a 9-5. But I know that in order to grow I must create a healthy balance so I am diligently working towards that!

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
 

CO: "Fall down seven times, stand up eight" Throughout my life thus far I have experienced two major car accidents, one where the roof caved into my head and I couldn't walk for 5 months and the other I developed seizures. I was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, hypoglycemia, epilepsy, and retrograde amnesia. I certainly know what it feels like to fall. But every single time I fell, I got back up! I will continue to keep these values and lead by example because God never said the weapons wouldn't form, He just said they wouldn't prosper.

 BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped you or encouraged you along the way?


CO: My immediate family and boyfriend are huge motivators in my life and they are constantly encouraging me to remain focused on my goals. The trainers that mentored me are Summer Helsel, Larry Howard, and Corey Mullins. They each played a different role in my growth as a trainer but above all they believed in me. Keith Johnson, taught me a great deal about sales, knowing my target market and how to dominate it. Attorney Ernest B. Fenton, taught me to "work smarter, not harder," he is a powerful leader and definitely one of the most positive male role models in Chicago.

BN: What are your must haves to keep your business going?


CO: Keeping God in the center of my life and all my decisions! I lean on my own understanding at times but patience in knowing that His plan is better than mine keeps me going. 2. Remaining true to my brand and what I really stand for with health and wellness. The fitness industry is saturated with the "lose weight fast" gimmicks but I don't want that for my clients, I want them to be truly healthy. I want them to be 80 and able! 3. Consistently sharing my testimony. I never know who I am inspiring and I've learned that people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Telling my story allows my clients to see my passion for health and why I'm different than any other trainer.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?
 

CO: A boss is someone that holds the utmost confidence, professionalism, and dignity. A boss is highly responsible, trustworthy, and admirable. A boss redefines the box that most try to think outside of, and is therefore not confined to its parameters and limit I am Boss!

 
 
Connect with Caprice O'Bryant on Twitter and Instagram @BodiesByCaprice and Learn more about products and services at www.excusefreefitness.com .www.excusefreefitness.com .


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Join Us Thursday, 2/26/2015 at 7/8PM EST For A Live Twitter #BOSSChat with Sophia Nelson!

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Former White House reporter, prominent political and cultural commentator, Sophia A. Nelson, says all women live by a Code, whether they realize it or not. Nelson’s second book, The Woman Code, debuted in October 2014 as an instant national bestseller and was featured in national magazines and major media outlets including NPR, Family Circle, Essence magazine, Ebony magazine, Publishers Weekly, TBN, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, The Daily Caller, American Business Journals and Business Insider. She says, “It is time for us as women to start looking for what we need inside of us, instead of always looking to be validated by what or who is outside of us. When a woman isn't living by the Code, her life is out of balance.” 

Sophia Nelson is a woman on the move, with an emerging global platform that is making strides to help women rede fine themselves and unlock their lives by tapping into the power within. Nelson is an American award-winning author and journalist. Her work and advice have been endorsed by top writers, journalists and businesswomen including Mika Brzezinski, Chris Jansing, Serita Jakes and Soledad O’ Brien. A former Congressional Committee counsel and corporate lobbyist, Nelson left her legal practice in 2008 to pursue her childhood passion to become a journalist. In 2009, she became a freelance reporter and White House correspondent for JET magazine and various other outlets. She is now a noted TV and radio personality, as well as a highly sought aft er motivational speaker and corporate leadership trainer for Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and major universities. She contributes regularly to national media outlets. 

Nelson has also appeared on the BBC, NBC’s Today and World News with Diane Sawyer. She has contributed feature articles to USA Today, Essence magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post. 

Join The BOSS Network and Cameka Smith (@iamcameka) and 
Sophia Nelson (@iamsophianelson
for a live #BOSSChat 
Thursday, February 26th at 7/8PM ET Live on Twitter
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Monday, February 23, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Spiritual Coach" Lakara Foster

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Lakara Foster, M.Ed. is the President of She Speaks Inc., an Atlanta-based firm that provides workshops and coaching focused on women's empowerment. She was nominated Author of the Year for her book *The Grown Woman's Guide to Greatness*. She has been featured on several television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show and VH1's Atlanta Exes.

The BOSS Network: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

Lakara Foster: The biggest obstacle I had to overcome at the beginning of my business was mastering time management, becoming more fiscally responsible, and learning to trust my instinct.

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

LK: In 2012 I was laid off from my job as a school counselor due to budget cuts
in the city's school system. It was during this time that I discovered my
calling as a spiritual life coach, author, and speaker whose mission in
life is to empower women into greatness. Many times as women we live our
lives for others and seldom get to fully experience life on our own terms
and doing what God designed us to do. Getting laid-off allowed me a chance
to breathe and to see the world through new lenses. I relied on my

God-given gifts to create income which in turn allowed me to live a more
authentic life, get in touch with my spirituality, and experience a freedom
I never knew existed.  I knew the best and maybe only way to inspire other
women was to lead by example. 


My world was watching and while there were some who thought I might fail, I knew for certain that there were too many others rooting for my success. With this love and support I took a leap of bold faith, trusting that if I put in the work that God would handle the
rest. I was right! I now live life to the absolute fullest every single day
and it encourages so many others around me to do the same.

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been
able to find a balance?


LK: I am a certified workaholic but when you love what you do it never feels
like work. I try to keep balance in my life by scheduling date nights with
my significant other, laughing uncontrollably with my friends, and
vacationing every few months. Doing these things keeps life in perspective
for me.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

LK: I live by the scripture Philippians 4:13 "I can do ALL things through
Christ who strengthens me."


BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged
you along the way?

LK: My mother, Maggie, is one of my most significant mentors, though she
probably doesn't even know it. I have watched her successfully open two
businesses from the ground up, learn the ropes of each, and thrive. I am
happy to have inherited her drive, passion, and compassion for people. It
is what motivates me to serve others in some capacity every day.


 BN: What are your must-haves to keep your career or business going strong?

 LK: My must haves to keep my career or business going strong are daily
prayer, mentoring, continuing education and training, and the support of my
loving family.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

LK: My definition of a BOSS is a woman who has the spirit of a finisher. She
understands that obstacles will come and hurdles will be placed in her way,
but when she sets her heart and mind to do anything that God has aligned
for her purpose, she will train for the race, run it with all her might,
FINISH and most like be wearing stilettos the whole time!!!



Connect with Lakara Foster on Twitter @grownwomanguide  and
 Learn more about products and services at www.lakarafoster.com


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