How to Create Your Own Reality – with Tanea Smith

My guest Tanea Smith knows quite a bit about creating her own reality. In this podcast, she reveals how she went from teen mom on welfare to a thriving entrepreneur and CEO of a successful stationery company. Her story is inspiring and will have you believing in yourself so much that by the end of this episode you are motivated and ready to pursue your passions. If you feel that you have obstacles standing in the way of your success listen to this discussion to help you gain focus. Are you ready to create your own reality?

This situation was not her reality

Tanea’s journal was her constant companion and later the inspiration for starting her company. When Tanea started her adult life as a new mom who had never before had a job she relied on the strong foundation that her mother had given her, her faith, and her journal. Of course, she also had her “front row” to help her out. Listen in to hear more about her journey from teen mom to thriving entrepreneur. Tanea knew that she was in for some hard work and she wasn’t afraid to learn something new and put herself out there. On today’s episode, we discuss body image, self-love, her life story, and what it all has to do with stationery! Tanea tells a great story and is so encouraging to listen to. Her story will stir your passions and move you to take action on your own dream.

What are the 5 occasions for writing a handwritten letter?

When was the last time that you have written or received a handwritten personal letter? Are you curious to find out what the five occasions for writing a personal letter are? This episode will have you rethinking the importance of handwritten notes. Do you think that thank you notes are dead? Tanea explains to us how and when to write a great thank you and why etiquette still matters. We get some fantastic tips on how handwritten letters and thank you notes can be beneficial to both our professional and personal lives.

Transitions start with a decision

When Tanea became a mother at the age of nineteen she made a decision to change her life. She tells us the riveting story about how she applied for welfare and how that moment led her to reach high and aspire for much, much more for not just herself, but for her children. Listen in to hear about the importance of her photo ID welfare card and why she still keeps it with her today. Every change in life starts with a decision. Each major decision Tanea has made began with her writing it out in her journal. This is how she began to take control of her own destiny. Listen in to hear what else she did to create her own reality.

What you do now is up to you

Tanea’s mindset led to creating her own reality and controlling her own destiny. Believing that she could change was a real turning point in her life. One piece of advice she gives for changing your life is envisioning the outcome. When she went for her first job interview with no experience, she knew she would land the job because she had seen it happen. Learn about her tips for creating your own reality and the importance of believing in yourself by listening to Tanea’s story today on NextFem. Tanea believes that when you start the ball rolling and work hard, things will fall into place.

Episode Highlights

  • 2:02 – Where Tanea’s passion for greeting cards came from
  • 8:49 – Links between stationary, body image, and self-love
  • 14:07 – On the importance of writing handwritten thank you notes
  • 17:55 – When is the right time to send a handwritten note
  • 20:18 – How Tanea went from teen mom to successful entrepreneur
  • 31:29 – Owning your personality
  • 32:43 – On dreaming big
  • 35:32 – Tanea explains the personal significance of her welfare ID card

Resources Mentioned

1. Favorite book for women?

2. Favorite self-care hack?

  • Prayer, journaling

3. Best piece of advice and who gave it to you?

  • “You’re not the first and you won’t be the last, but what you do now is up to you.” given by Tanea’s Grandma.

4. Female CEO or thought leader you’re into right now?

  • Every female entrepreneur who has bet on herself

5. One piece of advice you’d give your 18-year-old self?

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